Every Halloween, it’s been part of our tradition to binge watch flicks, series, or documentaries that would bring chill to our bones and make us cover our eyes and mouth in horror. But years before we got so hooked on the current array of trending must-watch shocker flicks, these Kapamilya horror shows in the early 2000s have truly scared us to bits.
The longest-running horror series on Philippine television, !Oka Tokat brought horror and kilig to the audiences during its five-year run from June 24, 1997 to July 2, 2002. It featured the brightest stars of the network then Ricky Davao, Diether Ocampo, Jericho Rosales, Angelika dela Cruz, Paolo Contis, and Agot Isidro. The title is the palindrome for “Takot Ako!” (I’m scared!), therefore the exclamation point is at the beginning.
After a decade, a remake was released with the title stylized as “Oka2kat”. Despite bearing the same title, none of the previous actors reappeared as it focused on the thrilling adventures of the new set of characters, namely: Paul Salas, Sue Ramirez, Jane Oineza, Joshua Colet, and Makisig Morales. Unlike its predecessor, it only aired for three months (February 4, 2012 – May 5, 2012).
Paranormal enthusiasts got their weekly doses of horror as Nginiig served every Saturday real horror and ghost stories re-enacted by artists according to the victims’ accounts of the horrifying events. It ran from 2004 to 2006 . For two years, it was hosted by various celebrities – first was Raymond Bagatsing, succeeded by Jericho Rosales, and the last was Hero Angeles. There were also instances when Rayver Cruz, Maja Salvador, and John Wayne Sace substituted for them.
Teen adventure plus a supernatural theme is definitely an accurate formula to have a successful teleserye such as Spirits. It was the prequel of the Chito Roño-helmed movie Spirit Warriors and the director’s first TV project despite already having a big name in the industry.
It followed the story of eight adolescents from different walks of life who were bounded by their supernatural abilities and their primary goal to suppress the evils. They were the only kids who survived the uncanny epidemic, which affected the children in their hometown caused by the birth of an alien
The main characters were portrayed by promising teen stars then: Rayver Cruz, John Wayne Sace, Michelle Madrigal, Serena Dalrymple, Joseph Bitangcol, Mico Aytona, Jiro Manio, and Maja Salvador.
Due to its unique storyline and stellar cast, it was able to keep high ratings throughout its airing from December 13, 2004 to May 6, 2005.
We’re hoping to see these shows again and maybe future programs carrying the same genre.