Hashtags members Jon Lucas and Jameson Blake were both surprised that their movie Haunted Forest made it to the Magic 8 of the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters asked about their reaction, the two Star Magic talents displayed their surprised faces!
Jon then recalled a story he was just telling to Jameson hours before the interview.
He said, "Kakasabi ko lang po sa kanya kanina, 'Bro, noong bata pa ako, pag nakikita ko yung parada sa balita about sa MMFF, yun talaga yung gusto kong matupad, sana mangyari. Tas sabi ko, ito na mangyayari na, magfo-float parade na!"
As for Jameson, he said that he is also excited since it will be his first time to join the MMFF Parade of the Stars, which usually happens every 23rd of December.
Aside from that, Jameson is also happy that he was able to work with his friend Jon for the first time in a movie project.
"Masaya, [kasi] since Hashtags pa, good thing na nagkasama kami sa isang movie kasi di mawawala yung chemistry namin."
Jon added, "At saka magaan kasi siyempre dati pa kaming magkaibigan."
PEP.ph and other reporters spoke to Jon and Jameson during their November 11 mall show at Market, Market in Taguig City.
ONLY HORROR FILM. Haunted Forest is the only horror entry in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Do both Jameson and Jon think that it is an advantage for their film in terms of awards and box-office sales?
Jameson answered, "Siguro, sa mga gustong manuod na mahilig sa mga horror films, at saka usually every MMFF may horror film, e. So sana kami mag-represent ng horror this year."
Jon also said, "Pwede po maging advantage, kasi marami pa rin naman pong tao na kahit nagse-celebrate ng holidays, marami pa ring tao na mahilig sa horror films so marami pa rin sigurong tao na pipiliin yung Haunted Forest na panuorin."
However, the two admitted that they feel pressure that their movie is part of the December film fest, competing with other big films.
Jameson reasoned out, "Siyempre kasi habang nagsu-shoot kami, yun ang hinihintay namin, e, yung sabihing makapasok kami sa MMFF.
"So since entry na kami sa festival, pressure siya kasi people are expecting na maganda ang movie namin."
Meanwhile, Jon wishes that Haunted Forest will also have the same fate as the two previous entries of Regal Films for the MMFF: Haunted Mansion (2015) and Die Beautiful (2016).
"Ine-enjoy na lang namin pero totoo, may pressure talaga kasi yung mga Regal Films na dating nakakasama sa MMFF, talagang nagba-blockbuster.
"For example, Haunted Mansion, Die Beautiful, yun, lahat yun parang blockbuster. Lahat yun napag-usapan ng tao.
"So ngayon, medyo parang gusto namin, makasabay kami sa mga artista na gumanap para kahit papaano, yung pelikula na ito ang mapag-usapan."
Aside from Jameson and Jon, Haunted Forest is also top-billed by Jane Oineza, Maris Racal, Raymart Santiago, and Joey Marquez, among others.
It is directed by Ian Lorenos, who helmed Mano Po 7: Chinoy in 2016 and is currently directing the Kapamilya afternoon series Pusong Ligaw.
The other competing entries of MMFF 2017 are: All of You (starring Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay), Ang Larawan (starring Rachel Alejandro and Paulo Avelino), Ang Panday (starring Coco Martin), Deadma Walking (starring Edgar Allan Guzman and Joross Gamboa), Gandarappido: The Revenger Squad (starring Vice Ganda, Pia Wurtzbach, Daniel Padilla), Meant To Beh (starring Vic Sotto and Dawn Zulueta), and Siargao (starring Erich Gonzales and Jericho Rosales).