SURVIVING EVIL (hell island) (2009 U.K. SOUTH AFRICA) D/W: TERENCE DAW P: ANTON ERNST/MALCOLM KOHLL/ DAVID PUPKEWITZ
A tv crew arrives on a small Filippino island (actually a lovely location in South Africa) to film a jungle survival Bear Grylls-type show with Billy Zane (who`s badly cast). A local tribe turn out to be Aswang, flesh-eating, long-haired jungle ghouls who can shapeshift and fly (this scene reminded me of THE TWILIGHT PEOPLE). They actually look pretty cool and scary, but unfortunately they`re stuck in this slow, uneventful non-scary bore of a movie. Natalie Jackson Mendoza (from THE DESCENT movies) co-stars (and looks great in a bikini), and Joel Torre is their guide looking for long-buried Japanese gold. "Aswang" seems to be a catch-all word like "ghoul", "beast" or "demon" in Filippino folklore and a number of Philippine Aswang movies seem to have little in common. Another non-Philippine (American) Aswang movie is ASWANG (1993). THE BLOOD DRINKERS was also an Aswang movie.

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