MMFF 2014: Battle of sequels

AFTER its absence in the last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Regal Entertainment’s most lucrative horror film series is back as it is among the 13 films submitted for consideration in the 40th edition of the annual movie event.

The Regal’s cash cow since 1990 (the first Shake, Rattle and Roll was released in 1984 by the defunct Athena Production) has always been part of the MMFF with the exception of the sixth installment, which premiered in January 1997. It’s most successful installment to date is the SRR X, which earned more than P119 million in 2000.

In the box office revenue category, the latest installment of the movie franchise will compete against other movie sequels of  Star Cinema, Viva Films and GMA Films.

MMFF 2014 movie entries

Star Cinema and Viva Films joined forces again for the second installment of Praybeyt Benjamin, which is known to be the first Filipino film to break the P300-million-mark in the box office. It held the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time until it was surpassed by the 2012 MMFF entry, Sisterakas.

Another Star Cinema entry is the sequel to the 2004 horror-flick Feng Shiu, which top-billed Kris Aquino. The sequel, as expected, still stars the actress and TV host and will be joined by younger stars Coco Martin, Kim Chiu and Paulo Avelino.

Meanwhile, Dingdong Dantes is back with a comedy-action-horror film, which will be helmed by Erik Matti. To be produced by GMA Films, no less, Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles part 2 is said to top itself for being the first full-length Filipino film to be shot entirely on green screen.

Other films in consideration are: Double Tap Films’ Bonggagster starring BB Gandanghari;  Ten17 Productions’ Kid Kulafu top-billed by Cesar Montano and Alessandra de Rossi; ATC Motion Pictures’ featuring newcomer Ruru Madrid and music veteran Pepe Smith; Philippians Productions’ Bonifacio starring  Robin Padilla and Iza Calzado; Quento Media and Deus Lux Mea’s Whistle-blower with lead stars Nora Aunor and Cherry Pie Picache; T-Rex’s Kung ang Hanap mo ay Ligaya sa Buhay starring Boots Anson-Roa and Ronnie Liang; Quatum Films’ English Only, Please starring Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby; Scenema Concept’s  Magnum Muslim .357 topbilled by ER Ejercito; and Octoarts Films’ My Big Bossing’s Adventures starring child wonder  Ryzza Mae Dizon and Vic Sotto.

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