Release date: 2009
Aswangs are, to me at least, absolutely fascinating. Like Jordan Clark I first came across them in the US movie Aswang, discovering a Philippine sourced vampire with a long extending tongue that fed on unborn babies.
The film had aspects right, but the breadth and variety of the folklore is much wider. Often female the aswang has many and varied varieties. There are aswang that turn into dogs or pigs, aswang like the manananggal that are beautiful women who segment their bodies at the waist and hunt the night on large wings.
|films start to inform myth|
For both folklorists and vampire fans this is an essential documentary. Now all we need is for the wealth of Philippine aswang films to start getting Western releases, as too few can be found with English subtitles. 9 out of 10.
The imdb page is here and the documentary’s homepage is here.
|Janice Santos Valdez as Maria|
|searching for the unnamed girl|
Finally the DVD also contains the first three issues of the aswang centred “Diliman” comics – which can also be found here on artist Tobie Abad’s page.