MANILA -- Aside from cinemas showing the Metro Manila Film Festival entries, also drawing holiday crowds is the Hollywood "scream park" near the Manila Film Center in Pasay City.
The nightly horror park, created by Hollywood monster maker David Willis and supposedly the first of its kind in Asia, has scared the wits of celebrities like Sarah Geronimo, Melissa Ricks, Nino Muhlach, and comedian Pooh, who was spotted running away from goblins Friday night.
Park-goers are made to pass through spooky Vigan-inspired road infested with zombies, a terrifying maze-filled mansion, and a graveyard reminiscent of the Hollywood horror thrillers "The Conjuring" and "Insidiuous."
Dozens of Scream Park zombies working on shifts had to undergo acting workshops, before they were assigned their walking dead roles in their respective scare zones in the humongous area fronting the World Trade Center.
Their latest spectacle Friday night was a spot-on production dance number to the tune of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Willis, best known for his makeup and special effects in "House of Wax," "Star Wars" and other movies, is also planning to incorporate Filipino mythical creatures like the "aswang" and "tikbalang" in the horror park.
The venture, which had an original November 2013 opening, was hit by several delays in construction, electricity and customs permits. It eventually opened last Christmas Day.
The park is open to visitors aged 13 and above.