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Surviving Evil (2009)

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A TV documentary crew arrive on a remote island in the Philippines to film a survival special. Their back-to-the-wild adventure proves to be more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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Terence Daw

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Credited cast:
Billy Zane ... Sebastian 'Seb' Beazley
Christina Cole ... Phoebe Drake
Natalie Mendoza ... Cecilia 'Chill' Reyes
Louise Barnes ... Rachel Rice
Colin Moss ... Dexter 'Dex' Simms
Joel Torre ... Joey Valencia
Leon Petit Leon Petit ... Creature Performer UK
Philip Zarcilla Philip Zarcilla ... Creature Performer UK
Tamsyn Lee Tamsyn Lee ... Creature performer
Alexis Georgiou Alexis Georgiou ... Creature Performer UK
Wernich Van Der Berg Wernich Van Der Berg ... Creature performer
Daniele Du Plessis Daniele Du Plessis ... Creature performer
Daniel Hagon Daniel Hagon ... Creature Performer UK
Thabane Dlamini Thabane Dlamini ... Creature performer
Stuart Moores Stuart Moores ... Creature performer
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A TV documentary crew arrive on a remote island in the Philippines to film a survival special. Their back-to-the-wild adventure proves to be more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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Country:

UK | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2009 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Island See more »

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1.85 : 1
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At the end of the movie, the beam with the rope breaks so the rope falls in the hole, but we can see that the rope is back and attached a few seconds after. See more »

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ALONE AGAIN
Performed by Natalie Mendoza
Written by Eliot Kennedy & Natalie Mendoza
Produced by Eliot Kennedy
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Good Acting, Bad Script.

I grew up with the stories of the "Aswang", which is a mythical creature in Philippine folklore. (The Aswang is an inherently evil vampire-like creature and is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories, the details of which vary greatly.) Knowing this, I was expecting a great deal from the movie.

The opening scene was fairly decent and stoked me up for what should be coming next. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed with too much unnecessary dialogue that made the movie a bit of a drag to watch after the first part.

To make a brief enumeration, the story had a lot of potential. I believe they could have made this into a really good horror movie since the concept of the folklore has its own charm.

All the actors had to be given credit for doing a superb job on such an obviously meager script. If they did one thing right, it's picking out the cast in this film.

Now, the background music/sound effects reminded me of Vincent Price for some reason. Which I found a bit funny since the cinematography is like watching something from the 70's. I'm thinking, it's either something deliberate for effect or just a result of having a low budget.

Things pick up, though, near the end. Unfortunately, even then, there wasn't much focus on the Aswangs and their shape-shifting prowess. This could have been precious fodder for making a great horror story and messing with viewer's minds.

Overall, it's not THAT bad, but it's not something I would watch again.


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