Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan have all put their horror movies on the map. It's just amazing that this new generation of horror has come from a few small Asian countries in recent years. Their footprint for new extreme core horror and cultural horror has gotten noticed across the great Pacific. One country still hasn't caught up.
The Philippines does not have that reputation as of yet. However, Yam Laranas is hoping to change all that. He has already directed the box office smash Sigaw and the Hollywood remake The Echo.
The thing about Filipino horror is that it's mostly about ghosts and folklore. Most of the country actually believes in ghosts and mythical creatures. So their horror movies revolve around the sights and sounds of the unseen making carefully constructed, slow burn jump scare horror. You're not going to see torture porn coming out of these islands.
So Laranas's new movie, Patient X gets its story from the most infamous of Filipino legends the Aswang. The plot is below.
After twenty years, local police captures the murderer of the older brother of a young boy. Now a doctor, he must go back to his old town and face the murderers himself. He then discovers that the murderers are Aswangs (folkloric Filipino vampire-like creatures) and they pose a deadly threat not only to him but also for the entire town.
The teaser is below.
Thanks to Twitch and the official Yam Laranas blog for the info.