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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 27, 2017

Janella Salvador & Elmo Magalona Don't Mind Being Second Choice As Leads Of Suspense-Thrillers 'Bloody Crayons' To Be Shown On July 12

STAR CINEMA’s new suspense-thriller teen flick, “Bloody Crayons”, is based on a popular Wattpad mystery whodunit written by Josh Argonza who uses the pseudonym of Kewlblue-Element. It is full of intriguing twists and turns of plot and concerns a group of graduating students who went on a vacation in an island.

While they are there, they play a game of called Bloody Crayons where the players get punished, not knowing that this will turn their vacation into a deadly nightmare when they start dying one by one. They now have to figure out who the killer is before all of them die. But the problem is: what if the killer is actually one of them?

"Bloody Crayons" is directed by Topel Lee, who replaced Quark Henares. Topel has done other horror films before like “Dilim”, “Amorosa”, “White House”, “Basement”, “Sundo” and “Tumbok”. The movie originally started with Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia in the cast, but after the success of “Vince, Kath & James”, they were given other projects and were replaced by Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona as lead characters Eunice and Kiko. Didn’t Janella and Elmo mind that they were not the first choice?

“Not at all,” says Janella. “The film has really gone through a lot of changes and it’s been in the making for two years na raw. We just feel lucky na sa amin ito napunta as this is our first project together for the big screen after doing ‘Born for You’ on TV. We’re really excited as it’s our first film for Star Cinema. I’ve done movies for Regal, like ‘Haunted Mansion’ and ‘Mano po 7’, pero ngayon pa lang talaga ako nakagawa sa Star Cinema.”

What makes it different from her first horror film, “Haunted Mansion”, which is also about a group of young people who go on a retreat and die one by one? “This is not really a horror film like 'Haunted Mansion' kasi walang supernatural theme dito na mga multo-multo. It’s really more of a suspense-thriller na talagang kakabugin ang dibdib mo sa tension.”

Supporting Janella and Elmo in “Bloody Crayons” as their barkada are Jane Oineza as Olivia, Maris Racal as Rich, Sofia Andres as Marie, Ronnie Alonte as John Jose, Yves Flores as Justin, Diego Loyzaga as Kenly and comedian Empoy Marquez as a funny character named Jerard Anderson. Don’t miss it when it opens in theaters nationwide on July 12.