The Monster Chronicles Tiktik AKA Tiktik The Aswang Chronicles (2012)
When Makoy (Dindong Dantes) leaves Manila to follow Sonia (Lovi Poe), his pregnant girlfriend back to her village, little did he expect the hostility with which he was greeted. After getting a good walloping with a saucepan from Ma, Makoy attempts to curry favour with Sonia’s dad Nestor (Joey Marquez) by offering to buy a pig for Sonia’s birthday party.
Mind you Makoy does not want to pay too much for the porker so on the recommendation of Sonia’s cousin Bart, he and Nestor head for an isolated village where Bart says they can get a bargain. Yep bad idea, because the village belongs to a tribe of aswangs (Filipino shapeshifters) and they like nothing more than the taste of new-born human baby.
So Makoy gets his piggy home and ties it up in the kitchen, only of course it’s not a pig and after a quick change Porky is on his way to Sonia’s bedroom. Needless to say Makoy and Nestor kill the aswang, but of course there’s more than one of them about. It’s going to be a long night folks, just as well they have plenty of garlic and salt
Essentially The Monster Chronicles Titik is another retread of Rio Bravo/Assault on Precinct 13, with a Filipino farm taking the place of the jailhouse. That’s not to say it isn’t a whole bunch of fun and it certainly has some good visual gags pepping up the narrative as well. I have to admit (Slight spoiler alert) that I prefered the first wave of the aswang attack when they were still recognisably human even though their table manners left a lot to be desired. The second CGI full on doggy aswang wave was a bit too overworked for my taste, but the conclusion is quite clever.
The Monster Chronicles Titik is the first full length Filipino horror movie to use greenscreen in a comic book fashion, its fast-moving, gruesome and deliciously funny
Full on mental shapeshifter mayhem I give The Monster Chronicles Titik a big 666/666
The Monster Chronicles Titik is released on DVD in the UK 28 March
In Tagalog with English subtitles
An Aswang is a vampire-like witch ghoul in Filipino folklore and is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories. Spanish colonists noted that the Aswang was the most feared among the mythical creatures of the Philippines, even in the 16th century.
Aswangs are shape-shifters, living as regular townspeople and transform into creatures at night (such as a cat, bat, bird, boar or most often, a dog). They enjoy eating unborn fetuses and small children, favoring livers and hearts. Some have a long proboscis, which they use to suck children out of their mothers’ wombs when they are asleep. Some make noises, like the Tiktik, (the name was derived from the sound it produces) which are louder the farther away the aswang is, to confuse its potential victim; An aswang will also have bloodshot eyes, the result of staying up all night searching for houses where wakes are held to steal the bodies.