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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.

Aug 1, 2022



‘KALUSKOS’ IS a horror movie from Vivamax cult director Roman Perez Jr.  

It’s an entry in the current Cinemalaya Film Festival that will have its gala night on Monday, August 8, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

It stars Coleen Garcia- Crawford who Perez gets to direct for the first time.  

It was shot on location in an old house is Silay City in Negros. 

“Coleen is very good in the role of a mother who is in the middle of a custody battle with her husband, Karl Medina, over her only daughter, Rebekah, played by talented child actress Queenzy Calma,” Perez says. 

“Strange happenings start to occur when she sees another version of her daughter. Naging dalawa ang anak niya and mysteriously, she connects better with the child na alam niyang kopya lang or doppelganger ng tunay niyang anak kaysa sa real daughter niya.” 

How did Coleen find her role as Amaya, the beleaguered mom confronted by a very bewildering predicament in “Kaluskos”? 

“It’s very challenging,” she says. “It’s good I’m now a real mother and this is very helpful for me in internalizing my role as a mom na may kakaibang problema sa anak niya. 

"I don’t know if I’d be able to play the mother role as effectively kundi pa ako tunay na mom in real life. Dala-dala ko yung pagiging mommy ko ng baby namin, si Amari, sa shooting.”  

Coleen was last seen as the avenging daughter of a man killed by a syndicate in a Vivamax movie, “Adarna Gang”. 

Prior to that, she did “Mia”, where she played an alcoholic doctor and got positive reviews for her performance.  

“I started with TV commercials, then Star Magic signed me up and I did soaps and films like ‘Ex with Benefits’ and ‘Sin Island’. 

"I can feel my growth not just as an actor but also as a person, as a human being going through different stages in life, like I became a wife, then a mom and it all helped me to get better in my craft.”

She says she recommends “Kaluskos” to all those who enjoy having a good scare. 

“I guarantee you, kung mahilig kayo sa horror films, marami itong terrifying sequences. So be prepared na matakot kayo. 

"Playing a mom beset with horrifying problems in ‘Kaluskos’ came to me naturally. I’m really afraid for my child. I also want to thank Direk Roman Perez for he really helped me in interpreting my character well.”  

Here’s the screening sked of “Kaluskos”. CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute - August 7, 2022 — 6:15pm August 13, 2022 — 9:00pm

CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo 

August 8, 2022 (GALA NIGHT) — 3:30pm.  August 10, 2022 – 9:00pm. Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta, Trinoma, Manila Bay, Capitol Central, Centrio) 

August 12, 2022 — 3:50pm - SM Cinema (SM Megamall, SM Baguio, SM City Clark, SM Dasmariñas, SM Legaspi)

August 11, 2022 — 3:50pm, August 15, 2022 — 4:30pm