Coming to cable and VOD from director Terence Daw and Freestyle Digital Media comes a story of what happens when you are SURVIVING EVIL.
This film tells the story of a documentary crew headed by Seb Beazley (Billy Zane), the host of a survivalist television show. Going to the Philippines for six days he brings crew Phoebe Drake (Christina Cole), Louise Barnes (Rachel Rice), Dex Simms (Colin Moss) and natives Cecilia (Natalie Mendoza) and Joey (Joel Torre).
While filming Seb’s survival techniques, Cecilia and Joey go into the woods to find a village for the crew to talk with later. What’s found when they arrive is not what any of them had planned.
The forest rustles with something evil and the legend behind what it is will challenge everything they know about survival!
FINAL WORD: Zane as Seb gets the chance to play an overblown self-indulging pompous television star and he does it well. When he does have moments of caring they are laced with humor which is sharp and funny. No matter what this actor does I enjoy it, its almost like I can’t help myself!
Cole as Drake keeps the crew focused until that becomes impossible. Rice as Barnes has a green-eyed monkey on her back watching Moss’ character Dex has eyes for Cecilia. Hey, you have to have a triangle in a scary situation to take your eye off the ball.
Mendoza as Cecilia has secrets of her own buried deep in her memory and Torre as Joey has secrets of his own with an agenda that is surprising. Both of these characters add such strange twists within the story that are pretty interesting.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give SURVIVING EVIL three tubs of popcorn out of five. I honestly wasn’t expecting a lot here but that’s the jewel in the films crown. This is the type of film that has twists and turns, an original story and doesn’t take itself so seriously that it can’t have humor.
The legend of the Aswang, which is depicted in the film, is real in case there is a question. It is a vampire-like creature going back as far as the 16th century. It is a shape shifter that are fast, make a horrid noise and is aggressive. I’m not going to say anymore than that so see the film and know what I’ve described here is tame!
This is definitely a rainy Saturday afternoon film to catch on television to take a moment to track it down and give it a look-see!
In the end – the legend is alive!
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