Aswang (1997)

Directors: Wrye Martin, Barry Poltermann
Genre: Independent Horror/Vampires


"This amazing gorefest was the first horror film ever screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it caused a sensation in 1994. Aswang was immediately picked up for US distribution, retitled The Unearthing and cut for an 'R' rating. After a brief theatrical release, nervous video chains refused to carry the film and the shocker all but disappeared.

A pregnang girl enters into a strange pact, agreeing to play the part of someone else's wife. She is taken into a huge, isolated estate to give birth.

What happens next will haunt your nightmares for years.." - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Well, that it'll "haunt your nightmares for years" is a bit of an overstatement.. Don't misunderstand me, I really liked Aswang! It's got a creepy atmosphere and its got real good acting for an indie horror movie. Also, I found it had an original touch in the "vampire" genre. I've seen/heard people complaining that there isn't any gore in it, but that's not right. The uncut version has some nice gory scenes. Just make sure you see the uncut version! I enjoyed this movie from the beginning to the end. It's sad that the directors haven't done any other projects in my opinion. When it comes to the "Unrated Director's Cut DVD" I bought of this movie, it's pretty good. It's got some great extras including a "making of", 3 different trailers (especially the fundraising trailer was very interesting and fun).

I definantly recommend this movie if you're into independent movies, but it's also worth a look for all other horror fans!

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Want more info on this movie?: IMDB

Buy "Aswang, Unrated Director's Cut" at: DVD Pacific