DEREK Ramsay is ecstatic over the positive comments he got after the press preview of his Metro Manila Filmfest entry, “All of You”, produced by Quantum Films. Most press people who saw the film believe he did good and has a good chance of bagging another acting award, especially for that confrontation scene with Jennylyn Mercado by the roadside where he got very emotional.
“Thanks for all the good words,” he says. “I’m really flattered and excited, but more than winning an award, I really pray that more people would watch our movie and appreciate it. Gusto naming lahat sa movie, mapasama kami sa list ng topgrossers.”
He seems more at ease with Jen this time as they feel so comfortable with each other doing their love scenes, where Jen is even shown taking off her bra. His son, Austin, was with him and his girlfriend, Joanne Villablanca, at the press preview. How did they react to his love scenes with Jen?
He called his son. “How did you like it?”
“I didn’t understand much of it,” says the boy who just arrived from Dubai where he lives with his mom. “Most of it is in Tagalog. But I’m proud of my dad. I think kissing another girl is normal for an actor like him.”
How about Joanne? “I loved it! They’re both very good.” Didn't she get jealous? "She's not the jealous type," says Derek.
How’s Derek doing with Joanne’s own daughter from a previous relationship? “We’re okay, si Sophie. Lagi akong kinukulit. We have a great relationship. She calls me Tito, but she has a good relationship with her own dad and I don’t intend to replace him. Ganun din si Austin with his mom. Their relationship is unbreakable. I’m really thankful she allowed Austin to spend Christmas holidays with me. After the filmfest awards night, I’m taking him to Palawan where my family and I have a resthouse para makasama niya ang parents ko. Doon na kami magi-spend ng New Year. I’ve also bought the gift he wants, an Alienware high tech laptop good for gaming. Ang mahal ha. About P100,000. But it’s worth it kasi ayaw na niyang bitawan.”
After “All of You”, Derek is supposed to do a new movie with Bea Alonzo for Star Cinema. But since Bea is starting a horror movie with Charo Santos directed by new filmmaker Mikhail Red, Derek goes back to Quantum Films to do a movie with Kris Aquino, directed by Chris Martinez. “I’m excited. We got to work together in ‘All You Need is Pag-ibig’, pero sandali lang kasi we were just in a short episode of that omnibus movie. Ngayon, full length film itong gagawin namin. I’ve read the script at maganda talaga so can’t wait to start shooting it.”
This is one of two movies that Kris is scheduled to do in the coming new year. The other one is said to be a horror movie for Iflix no less.
NOT JUST ABOUT SCARING VIEWERS
DIRECTOR Ian Lorenos had an entry in the Metro Manila Filmfest last year, the family drama “Mano Po VII: Chinoy”, but it didn’t make it to the list of 8 finalists. He is much luckier this time with the horror flick, “Haunted Forest”, which a lot of people are predicting will hit it big at the box office as it’s the only horror entry this year. Is this his first horror film?
“No, I did a horror film for Cinemalaya, ‘The Leaving’, in 2010 about ghosts in a haunted building, for which LJ Reyes won a best supporting actress award,” he says. “Pero ibang-iba itong ‘Haunted Forest’ in terms of scope and production vales. Mother Lily and Roselle Monteverde of Regal gave me freedom and didn’t leave any stone unturned to make sure this will succeed in scaring the audience. I think we achieved naman our purpose of presenting visual horror without resorting to cheap jump scares. We offer something that will last in the memory of the viewers even after they’ve watched the movie.”
He says the movie is not only about frightening the audience but also about giving them an involving story. “It’s about family relationships din. Raymart Santiago plays a cop who’s assigned to the province at sinama niya roon ang anak niyang si Jane Oineza as Nica. They have a big gap as father and daughter and this worsens when a mysterious and unexplainable force takes over Nica when she goes to the forest, which she doesn’t know is haunted by a monstrous elemental creature called Sitsit. I got the idea from a mythical island in Samar na during the day, it’s all forest, gubat lang talaga. But at night, it looks so well lighted up like a big city. I enjoyed shooting the movie in Mt. Makiling and in a farm in Tanay, Rizal.”
What can he say about his cast? “Aside from Raymart, we have Joey Marquez as the town’s chief of police and they’re both veterans who know what they’re doing and make my work easier. Aside from Jane, the other young stars are Maris Racal, Jameson Blake and Jon Lucas. They’re like typical young people na magulo, naglalaro sa set, but when it’s time to act for the camera, they can all easily turn serious and you can see they have a passion for their craft as actors. They all deliver well and we’re confident that viewers will enjoy having a good scare with ‘Haunted Forest’.”