Ai-Ai delas Alas and Rufa Mae Quinto topbill horror-comedy "Pasukob"


Rufa MaeQuinto (left) reunites with Ai-Ai delas Alas for the OctoArts Films presentation Pasukob. The two comediennes first worked togetherin Viva Films' Booba (2001), which was Rufa Mae's launching movie.



OctoArts' Films pre-Christmas offering this year is thehorror-comedy Pasukob, a parody of contemporary Pinoyhorror-suspense films. The Orly Ilacad-helmed production outfit has created afilm that will not only tickle funny bones but also spoof horrific moments thathave shocked Filipino viewers in the past.

This movie was supposed to be part of the Metro Manila FilmFestival but as luck would have it, the producers will show it in theatersnationwide starting November 28, 2007.

Directed by Wenn Deramas, Pasukob starsAi-Ai delas Alas and Rufa Mae Quinto as two sisters who become separated fromeach other. They meet again and come to realize that their weddings haveoverlapped, or in the vernacular "sukob." This superstitious belief dictatesthat siblings should not get married within the same year, orelse misfortune will befall them. Apparently, a double wedding spells bad luck for one of the couples because it'sjust too much happiness for evil demons to overlook.


In Pasukob, the sistersJulia Rose (Ai-Ai) and Jenny Rose (Rufa Mae) lead lives that are completelyopposite. Julia is often unlucky in love since her previous threehusbands died the moment she gave birth. She has resigned herself to singlehoodbut then she meets Arthur (Antonio Aquitania). Convinced of Arthur's passion,Julia decides to give love another chance.

Jenny Rose (Rufa Mae), on theother hand, leads a charmed life. She is preparing her upcoming wedding toboyfriend Dino (DJ Durano). Jenny has always been favored by the gods and whenshe crosses paths with long-lost sister Julia, she suddenly realizes why LadyLuck continually smiles upon her.

In a pressconference for Sukob, Ai-Ai explains the reason for this occurrence: "Hindialam [ni Rufa Mae] na magkasukob kami nang ikasal. Siya, kay DJ Durano at ako,kay Antonio Aquitania."

As soon find out that they share a common past, they findways to prevent them from meeting a horrifying future.

When asked todescribe scenes from Sukob that he spoofed in this comedy flick, Direk WennDeramas narrated: "First is the wedding scene where a death occurs in thekampanaryo. We shot it in the belltower of the old church in Nagcarlan,Laguna.

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"Then there's theending where one of the sisters had to make a sacrifice to save the other. In Sukob,parehong handang magsakripisyo sina Kris Aquino at Claudine Barretto for thesake of each other. Dito, sina Ai-Ai at Peachy [Rufa Mae's nickname],nagtuturuan kung sino ang dapat magsakripisyo dahil pareho silang ayaw mamatay."

He pointed out that thismovie not only spoofed Sukob but other Filipino films as well. "But it'snot only Sukob that we spoof here but also other horror films like FengShui and Wag Kang Lilingon. Para itong Scary Movie series ngWayans Brothers sa Hollywood. Mas comedy lang itong sa amin," said Direk Wenn, whoalso helmed the movies Ang Tanging Ina, Ang Cute ng Ina Mo, and ApatDapat, Dapat Apat.

ThisOctoArts Films presentationalso stars Allan K.,Eugene Domingo, Rhap Salazar, Joshua Cadelina, Paul Salas, John Lapus, Mahal,Debraliz, Chokoleit, and former Pinoy Big Brother housemates NelRapiz, Bodie Cruz, and Robert Woods.

Pasukobwill be shown starting November 28 intheaters nationwide.


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