2008 marks the 10th anniversary
of Regal Entertainment's horror film and perennial Metro Manila Film Festival
entry, Shake, Rattle and Roll.
Director Mike Tuviera, son of TAPE Inc. head honcho Tony Tuviera, revealed that Regal is cooking up something big to celebrate the
movie's decade-long run.
The director spoke with PEP (Philippine
Entertainment Portal) during a shoot break last September 9 at the old Regal
office in Valencia St., San Juan, and
excitedly shared how the giant film outfit is pulling all the stops to make
this latest trilogy project different from the previous ones.
"Regal really wanted to come up
with something special this year. Basically me and direk Topel Lee are coming
back; we started in 2006 so ito naman ‘yong third namin in a row. Ito rin ‘yong
parang grand slam rin naman namin, so it means a lot to be included in this
project," said Direk Mike, who is in charge of episodes one and three, while
Topel will direct the second episode, titled "Class Picture."
REINVENTING THE ASWANG. Direk Mike generously gave us a background
of the last episode, "Emergency."
"'Emergency' deals with the people
inside a hospital in the province. Medyo sa liblib na lugar, surrounded siya by
forest, tapos may doctor dun played by Roxanne Guinoo, tapos meron siyang rocky
relationship, medyo tumultuous ‘yong relationship niya with her ex-boyfriend
who is played by JC de Vera.
"Then one quiet night biglang may
pumasok sa emergency room na mysterious na babae na puro sugat sa mukha and
they didn't know kung ano ‘yong cause nung mga sugat, kung sino ‘yong babae na ‘yon.
But because of that event, ang nangyari is because of the chain of events
merong mga aswang na sumalakay dun sa ospital."
The situation makes the characters
of Roxanne and JC face the situation and save the lives of the patients and
other innocent people inside the hospital. Playing the lead roles of
aswang are Mylene Dizon and Wendell Ramos.
The aswang has been
played out many times before on local television, in movies
and in literature. This time, Direk Mike wants to present the character without
the usual stereotypes to show a different facet of the feared creature.
"I wanted to create an aswang na
modernized," said the amiable director excitedly. "Yong iba ‘yong dating. Ito talaga
tribal sila and they co-exist, they live in the forest, they hunt and gather tapos
‘pag galit sila 'tsaka lang talaga makikita ‘yong true colors nila 'tsaka lalabas
"It's almost a modernist approach
sa mga aswang. They're not just the plain monsters who can't speak. They have
their own language, they have their own culture, tapos may relationships din
sila. May family rin sila, parang in the way na iniba na ‘yong approach ng mga
vampires, for example, sa mga modern Hollywood movies. We wanted to do that kind
of approach, parang modern twist sa aswang naman dito."
MIXED BAG OF TALENTS. Being an independent company,
Regal Entertainment is in that enviable position by which they can invite and gather talents coming from the two rival stations—ABS-CBN and GMA-7. Direk Mike is obviously pleased with his rare privilege of directing a
variety of talents without having to think of any network alliances. But it still
takes real effort, particularly in the beginning, to make everyone feel at ease
in each other's company.
asked if it's easy to mix Kapamilya and Kapuso talents under one project, the director admitted casually, "Not really. Sometimes
‘pag may project and ‘yong mga artista mo galing sa dalawang network, it becomes
a little complicated because they don't know each other, so merong mga getting
to know you portion pa ‘yan.
"Pero in this particular project kahit
na magkaibang network sila they basically know each other from past projects. You
know, they've met already before or they worked together before, so hindi naging
mahirap this time around. It was very, very smooth, nung nagsimula kami, story
con pa lang, parang barkada na," describes Direk Mike.