|release date||November 30 1993|
|director||Wrye Martin, Barry Poltermann|
|writer||Wrye Martin, Barry Poltermann|
|starring||Norman Moses, Tina Ona Paukstelis, John Kishline, Flora Coker|
|tagline||They're coming to feed on the unborn.|
SynopsisA 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!
“Aswang” is one weird movie, make no mistake about that. The basic plot is that a young, unwed pregnant girl, Katrina (Tina Ona Paukstelis) is made an offer by a wealthy man and his wife to buy her baby. However, something happens to the wife and the next thing you know, Katrina is married to Peter Null (Norman Moses) and being taken to his lavish but remote estate in Wisconsin to “meet his mother” (if EVER there were sinister words in a movie…). Mrs. Null (Flora Coker) is a semi-invalid, toting around an oxygen tank and breathing apparatus like Frank in “Blue Velvet” and has a Filipino maid named Cupid (Mildred Nierras) to see to her every need. And BOY, does “Mother” have needs! See, Mom is an Aswang, a Filipino vampire that feeds on the unborn and has some unusual physical…attributes with which to accomplish this. There are some squirm-inducing aspects to this indie film including an early, fairly graphic sex scene which was necessary for…well, you’ll see, as well as Mother’s attempt on Katrina’s unborn child with her…physical attribute. And there’s also Peter’s crazy sister Claire (Jamie Jacobs Anderson) who is kept locked in a nearby rundown cabin – and Katrina has been strictly forbidden to stray near that area (always a bad idea to “strictly forbid” the heroine in a horror movie to do anything as the opposite is always the outcome). The story is pretty original – I’ll give it that – and the acting is adequate, especially Tina Paukstelis who has a memorable scene involving a gory escape from handcuffs, as are the SFX. This is just not a movie that is going to appeal to everyone, given the subject matter. It has some gruesome moments involving power tools and gardening implements and the ending has a neat twist not everyone will see coming. …Read More