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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.

Jul 11, 2017

'Bloody Crayons' Director Topel Lee Talks About The Difference Between A Suspense-Thriller And A Horror Movie

ALTHOUGH THE movie ‘Bloody Crayons’ has two established love team, those of Janella Salvador & Elmo Magalona, and Sofia Andres & Diego Loyzaga, its director, Topel Lee, says the movie is not really focused on love teams and is definitely not a love story. “This is more the story of their whole barkada who encounter a terrifying experience while shooting a film in a deserted island,” he says. “Siyam sila ritong magkakaibigan and aside from sina Janella, kasama rito sina Jane Oineza, Mariz Racal, Ronnie Alonzo, Yves Flores and comedian Empoy Marquez. I’m happy kasi even if they’re all young, puro sila magagaling na artista.”

‘Bloody Crayons’ opens today in movie theatres and it’s a suspense-thriller with many heart-pounding scenes that will leave the viewers gasping for breath. Some of Topel Lee’s past scary films are “Ouija”, “White House”, “Dilim”, “Basement”, “Sundo” and some episodes of the “Shake Rattle & Roll” franchise. What is the difference between making a suspense-thriller from the usual horror flicks he did?

“Mas realistic ang suspense-thriller kasi walang supernatural elements like mga multo or aswang. Dito sa ‘Bloody Crayons’, the killer is another person, who can be any of the barkadas. In horror, important yung developing an atmosphere of fear. Sa thriller, mas mahalaga yung gulat factor from, unpredictable, unexpected things that are happening on screen. Good examples of recent thrillers are ‘Don’t Breathe’ where a blind man stalks the people who break into his house, and ‘Get Out’ na bagong-bago yung kuwento about a black guy na napunta sa community of white people.”

“Bloody Crayons” is based on a Wattpad series written by Josh Argonza. What changes did her make in the original material to transfer the story to the big screen? “The author gave us the go signal to make revisions to his story para mas bumagay ito as a movie. Ginawa namin yung Bloody Crayons game and incorporated it into the story. Binawasan namin yung characters. From 12, naging 9 na lang. Then we had to make other changes para maitago yung identity ng killer sa viewers kasi mahirap kung mahuhulaan agad kung sino yung murderer."