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Aswang (1994)

 -  Horror  -  23 January 1994 (USA)
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A young, unwed, pregnant girl is made an offer she can't refuse. Marry a rich young man with a wealthy estate to please his dying mother, and she'll be well taken care of. What she doesn't ... See full summary »

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A young, unwed, pregnant girl is made an offer she can't refuse. Marry a rich young man with a wealthy estate to please his dying mother, and she'll be well taken care of. What she doesn't know is the family has plans to sacrifice her baby! Written by Humberto Amador

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They're coming to feed on the unborn.

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Rated R for horror violence | See all certifications »
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23 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Not bad for 90's indie horror
19 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is certainly interesting in many ways and for different reasons. It was the first horror movie ever shown at Sundance. It's also a serious departure from the usually tired and done-to-death western vampire stories. Plus, for a movie made in 1994, it doesn't suffer from the usual woodenness of pretty much all horror films that came out in the 90's.

I guess I watched this because I always thought the idea of aswangs (a vampire/witch type creature from Filipino folklore) was kind of cool. I suppose the promise of some gore didn't hurt either. Although, on the gore front I was somewhat let down. The version I watched said it was uncut, but if that's the case I'd really hate to see the cut version. There's not much going on here in the way of gore or really much physical violence period. The horror aspect comes more from the tension than anything else and it seems to work rather well. The story is fairly simple, revolving around a pregnant girl who is tricked and led to a remote home where a family of aswangs attempts to steal (or eat?) her unborn baby. While not entirely original, it's done well and doesn't drag on as one might expect. The acting is above par for the budget, but only slightly.

All in all it's not a bad time. I do wish they would have touched on the mythology of the aswang, especially since the family is about as white as they can be but it's just mentioned that they used to live in the Phillipines. Fair enough, but without any back story that's just a bit lame. I'd really like to see the original uncut version (I have to assume that the one I watched was the "R" version), but still it's not too bad.


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