A dilapidated building in Boys Town, Marikina City, servedas the hospital of Patient X, the upcoming horror film starringRichard Gutierrez and Cristine Reyes. Directed by Yam Laranas, this "creaturefeature" tells the story of a doctor who struggles to survive attacks by aswangs by cooperatingwith another aswang incarcerated in the basement of a hospital.
The horror film, which will open in cinemas starting October 28, is ajoint project of GMA Films & Viva Films. It was also co-produced by RgutzProductions (owned by Richard and his siblings).
What were the reactions of Cristine and Richard when they first read the scriptof Patient X?
Cristine Reyes reveals that she was scared already by the script of YamLaranas’ film. "Nung binabasa ko yung script, hindi ko kayang basahin mag-isa.Binabasa ko siya pag marami akong kasama kasi matatakutin talaga ako. Nungbinabasa ko yung Patient X sa car nang mag-isa, hindi ko kinaya."
For his part, Richard pointed out that it was the perfect project for him."Nung first time na binasa ko yung script ni Direk Yam, talagang perfect siyafor me kasi nakakatakot and it’s fast-paced. And it’s so different from my lasthorror movie. Of course, we made certain adjustments in the course ofdeveloping the script. We made the story even better and to make the scareseven bigger. So talagang sinulat namin yung script na nakakatakot atfast-paced."
A member of the production revealed that when Direk Yam was conceptualizing thescript, he specifically had Richard in mind to play the lead role.
Miriam Quiambao plays Betty, the nurse incharge of patient X, the aswang portrayed by Cristine. Miriam recalls the timewhen she watched the celebrity premiere night of The Echo. "Nungnanood kami ng The Echo, sobra kaming sigaw kami nang sigaw, tapos paranoidkami at the end of the movie. Tapos pag-uwi ko, paranoid pa rin ako sa bahay.
The former beauty queen also complimented Direk Yam for his organized helming of this production. "Super professional si Direk Yam. Naka-schedule lahatnang maayos. Within one to two hours upon arrival, nagsu-shoot na kami atwithin 16 hours, tapos na ang shoot."
Richard pointed out that Direk Yam was able to bring out the best in all ofthem for being so organized. "Si Direk Yam gumagamit ng ibang ilaw at ibanggamit na ngayon ko lang nakita in all my years that I’ve worked in thisindustry. May mga ilaw siya na galing pa sa ibang bansa na pinadala niya dito paramagamit namin. Pati yung pag-i-ilaw niya at yung camera movements niya, ittells a story."
Did the cast members experience supernatural things while on the set of PatientX?
"May mga nagkukwento rin sa amin na mga staff and crew na may nagpapatay raw ngilaw sa likod," shares Richard. "Yung isa nakakarinig daw sila ng mga soundspero, siyempre, para sa amin, parang normal lang naman yun kasi nasa abandonedbuilding kami. Pero kami wala pa kaming na e-experience during that time, butthen all of a sudden nung bumisita si Joey Abacan sa set namin nag-picturetaking sila at nagkaroon kami ng evidence na meron talagang elements [doon].May shadow niya, then meron isa pang shadow sa tabi niya. Meron namang nakasilipna mukha. Kinailanagan siguro lang namin tibayan yung loob namin as actors."
SYNOPSIS. After 20 years, local police capture the murderer of theolder brother of a young boy. Now a doctor, he must go back to his old town andface the murderers himself. He then discovers that the murderers are aswangs.
Patient X will have its premiere night this Sunday, October 25,at SM Manila. The film will open in cinemas nationwide starting Wednesday, October 28.