Those who say Philippine cinema is all rom-coms and infidelity stories are in for a rude awakening.
Fans of zombie flicks are thoroughly impressed by the upcoming local movie Block Z, which just dropped some stills last week.
The photos were uploaded by film website Screen Anarchy on Friday and were also posted by the film’s director Mikhail Red on the same day but netizens still can’t stop talking about it online.
The photos show what looks to be a zombie outbreak, with the actors wearing some pretty good prosthetics. One of the stills show actors Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Maris Racal, and McCoy de Leon in a room, looking complete terrified.
Not much is known about the plot but in January, Red revealed that its protagonists will face the zombie apocalypse.
He also hinted at the film’s treatment of zombies by posting a video of a fast-moving undead and saying: “Think 28 days later instead of the Walking Dead. Here’s a clip from our look-test last year. We will have fast-paced, heart-pounding chase scenes!”
Remember it’s Fast Zombies! Think 28 days later instead of the walking dead. Here’s a clip from our looktest last year. We will have fast-paced, heart-pounding chase scenes! Cast will need to run for their lives or die trying! #blockZpic.twitter.com/n4zVRti2QC
— Mikhail Red (@MikhailRed) January 24, 2019
Netizens are really into it.
“BLOCK Z. First look. The first ever zombie movie in the Phil coming soon. Cant wait!” said @itsdrdcshunga.
BLOCK Z. First look. The first ever zombie movie in the Phil coming soon. Cant wait!
— Diane 라해미 ™ (@itsdrdcshunga) March 16, 2019
“[A] quality [F]ilipino zombie movie??? It looks like the Philippines is finally progressing, please don’t disappoint me Block Z,” said @pilosopiaa.
a quality filipino zombie movie???UMUUNLAD NA ATA ANG PINAS pls block z dont disappoint me https://t.co/zRv3M4UjPg
— (@pilosopiaa) March 15, 2019
“A zombie film directed by Birdshot’s Mikhail Red? Sign me the f**k up!” said @avidriley_.
A zombie film directed by Birdshot’s Mikhail Red? Sign me the f**k up! https://t.co/qBrPBfcJEk
— Riley on the Radio (@davidriley_) March 16, 2019
@JhangFrost said: “I’m f**king thrilled for this!”
@heycanny called on the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) not to cut out the gruesome scenes in the zombie flick.
Wag na epal MTRCB sa BLOCK Z plsss let them showcase the innovative produced movie in our country. It’s normal to have gruesome scenes in a zombie movie. So please wag KJ
— feleciano (@heycanny) March 15, 2019
One netizen, however, said that the quality of the screenplay is important, too.
“Zombies are good. But [the] story still matters to make it commendable,” added @CrisiiDavid.
Zombies are good. But story still matters to make it commendable.
— Cris John David (@CrisiiDavid) March 15, 2019
The film is scheduled to wrap shooting in May, Screen Anarchy reported. It is targeted to be released by the end of 2019.
Red’s 2016 film Birdshot was selected as the Filipino entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. His horror film Eerie will premiere nationwide and in Asia on March 27.
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