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Product Description

This amazing gore fest was the first horror film ever screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it caused a sensation in 1994. It was retitled for distribution in the U.S. as The Unearthing.
A pregnant girl enters into a strange pact, agreeing to play the part of someone else's wife. She is taken to a huge, isolated estate to give birth...
What happens next will haunt your dreams for years...
Special Features:
  • Cast And Crew Interviews
  • Two Separate Audio Commentaries
  • Widescreen Digital Anamorphic
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Fund Raising Trailer
  • Storyboards Of Lost Scenes
  • Gallery Of Rare Stills And Posters
  • New 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Audio


This movie is NASTY. -- -Joe Bob Briggs

A dedicated, chilling horror film. ---Sundance Film Festival

Shocking and original. ---Psychotronic Video Guide

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Jamie Jacobs Anderson, Flora Coker, Victor Delorenzo, John Kishline, Norman Moses
  • Directors: Paul Johnson, Wrye Martin, Barry Poltermann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7SSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By creatureart on March 22, 2004
Format: DVD
this is a cool movie!when i picked it up in the store i really didn't know what i was geting my self can read the back but you still dont know what your in for.i wont tell you any detail of the movie,dont want to ruin anything what i will tell you is as much as this movie may not seem original when the movie is all over you will understand that its truley very original.its sick its twisted its spooky scary and it works,it works good!!i really liked it and if your a true horror fan you will like it to.if your a bloody fan you wont be discruntled,ther's a decent amount of it.hurry up get this dvd its got cool interviews with director,cast and so on and it is geting harder and harder to find in curl up with your pillow chomp down some popcorn ladies find someone to sqeeze and eveyone ENJOY!!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2003
Format: DVD
On a whim, I picked up this DVD from directors Wye Martin (who?) and Barry Polterman (who?). I haven't gotten that lucky since scoring a prom date with the head cheerleader! (I didn't actually score a prom date with her, I use that as an example of "luckiness".) Anyways, the movie is a good, old fashioned romp of the horror kind! Like many of the classics, you have extreme moodiness balanced against brief scenes of gore. Plus, vampires that eat unborn babies! What more could you want?! If you're in the mood for fresh horror fun, check out "Aswang". And then watch the documentary and extras - those directors were nutty, man! You get the feeling making the movie was quick and cheap, and that the group involved made friends and enemies. Quite a soap opera behind the scenes of a horror shoot. Somebody should make that into a reality show. (Don't use that, Hollywood big-wigs! It's mine.) Oh, and stellar performance from Tina (the lead whose last name I can't remember). Perfect pitch for horror heroine. Recommend!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blackie on September 2, 2003
Format: DVD
This film would have been a lot funnier with Steve Martin and Queen Latifah in the starring roles. But it does stand well on its own. It scared me. It scared my wife. And it scared the house full of kids (believing they were watching TOY STORY),that our six year old showed it to when we forgot to take it out of the DVD player. Angry parents? Let me tell you.
For horror fans who have become jaded by the run-of-mill teen scream films of late. ASWANG is a breath of fresh air. All the gore we've come to expect AND an actual storyline, too. Why no sequel??!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Harris on March 29, 2006
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Aswang is a truly unique and deliciously revolting horror movie that is able to stand on its own merits pertaining to the Philippine folklore. Unfortunately the makers decide to fall back on familiar B-movie territory that causes the movie to fall flat.

Frank Anderson is credited with the Aswang story and scenes of his influence is evident, if you're familiar with the Aswang M.O. When the doctor is walking in the woods and hears the heavy sporadic breathing, that is an experience I've heard confirmed by people in the provinces of the Philippines. Attacking from the roof is classic aswang. When Aswang sticks to its source material, it's pretty good. There's even a sizable amount of Tagalog spoken, some with subtitles and some without. When it falls back on and references the Evil Dead, chainsaws, Rosemary's baby and others, it loses its luster and tension. While these references may be fun to recognize for the horror fan, it sort of dowses the unique vibe Aswang had going.

I was disappointed in the tongue, which is one of the most defining characateristics of the aswang. While almost all references I've read and heard describes the tongue as "thread-like" the movie opts for a tongue that's as thick as a garden hose. It's nonetheless amusing and I would've opted for more tongue "so to speak" than the chainsaws. The acting particularly by stars Norman Moses and Tina Ona Paukstelis is very credible considering the overall production values.

The whole baby or fetus eating aspect is the most horrifying, intriguing and revolting aspect, particularly since it sucks the fetus out the womb.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Kramer on April 17, 2005
Format: DVD
Well I give this movie 3 andf a half stars. First off it is a low budget movie for those who dont know. That for sure dont bother me especially in this case. On occasion it has the look and feel of a movie from the late 70's which is awesome. This movie is about Vampires , well phillipino vampires. It is very original, the acting on occasion is kind of cheesy, but what would you expect from a "b" movie. The originality was there, the acting was decent a majority of the time, the gore was there enough to satisy anyone as I love a good gory movie and i was pleased they ddint over due it as some movies do. the directors were creative and I feel did an excellent job.

I dont reccomend this movie to people who are fand of movies such as " Scream " , " Jeepers Creepers " or " I know what you did last summer " or those type of movies. This movie has the feel of an older 70's movie at times as I stated. Being a fan of horror movie from the 70's and 80's , I can appreciate a movie such as this. The idea and originality and I feel the creativeness was excellent any real horror fan I think would be satisfied and think it was a pretty solid movie. I had brought this movie from Best Buy for $14.99, took a shot on it didnt look at reveiews or anything just brought it, I just had a feeling and I was right. Im glad I didnt go buy all of these negative reviews i read on here. TO ME it was worth the money and i was satisfied ,as we all have different taste alot of you may think its a waste. But i would also assume that if people who watch this movie like the same type of movies as i do, whcih a majority of some of my favorite movies i gave reviews on here at amazon, then they should be satisified. Other words for all you kiddies who think you know what a good horror movie is but you really dont , I wouldnt advise you get thios I doubt you will be happy. Thats IMO.
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