Corazon ang Unang Aswang is released by Skylight Production, a division film outfit of Star Cinema and it is directed by Romy Somes.
Corazon (Erich Gonzales) is Daniel's (Derek Ramsey) wife who is longing to give him a child to prove her love to Daniel. Giving birth might as well heal the connotation of the community about her as a daughter of a bitch. The conflict starts when Corazon questions God after her new born child died and eventually, makes her insane pushing her to kill all children in her place. And the 'screaming' begins on this part.
The movie was set in the Japanese rule (1946) where you will see a different color correction of the film. The green fields turned yellow. There were too much warm and crushed blue scenes but the details were not compromised.Derek Ramsey stays hunk and Erich looks so lovable.
Kudos to Epy Quizon for a job well done as a supporting actor who plays as Daniel's friend. The extras were also perfect. The costumes and their faces fit the setting giving the viewers the element of consistency. The children victims, were doing their job well. The acting wasn't bad. Erich and Derek, on the other hand, got the spark that the market wants to see. They compliment each other. I am sure, you will love this couple in the movie.
The film has succeeded a new experimental film in terms of technicalities. The establishing shots of the locations and its mood were successful. The witch Erich was very convincing. Her acting prowess is enough to kill a viewer with heart problems.
The first 25 minutes is full pack drama. It almost dragged the show but the moment you complain, scenes changed.The energy gets high and the plot slowly reveals the real message of the film.
Aswang in this film is different. She is a human who does inhuman actions. I like how the writer creates his own version of the origin of aswang tapping the Filipino-Japanes war. The creators projected that everybody can be an aswang consuming our own pride.
It isn't hiding. The real message of the film is not the history of ASWANG according to Somes mind but the characters realization when they have found real love. Unconditional love. A feeling that saves you when you are experiencing darkness in your life.
The message is how to become brave despite of all rejections and when we feel that GOD does not exist. Although, in this film, GOD is not emphasized but I think it is now our duty to comprehend it.
I like how the film ends as much as I want to spoil the movie.haha..Unlike the usual horror films, it should be ended with one big scary revelation!
The cast were gone physically living somewhere but as Epy said, " Sa tuwing may kumakaliskis sa ilalim ng bahay at umuungol ang mga aso, alam naming nandyan lang sila" which is so true. We are scared when we hear strange sounds. We don't dare crossing the jungle at night. We use the thought of aswang to discipline our kids.
Corazon is the first witch. The first pinoy horror film I love. Why is she the first aswang really?
Watch the film.