Suspense-thriller movie 'Takas' to premiere on Feb. 15

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"Takas" made its strong presence felt on social media after its trailer garnered more than 1 million views in four days.

Produced by Hand Held Entertainment Productions, the suspense-thriller movie stars Teejay Marquez, David Chua and Janelle Lewis. Also starring are Marvin Yap, Rob Sy, and John "Sweet" Lapus and Easy Ferrer. It is directed by Ray An Dulay.

"Takas" will be streamed on Feb. 15- 19. Tickets are now available worldwide at KTX and for only P249.

The movie revolves around two main characters: Jake (Teejay Marquez) and Belle (Janelle Lewis). Rob (David Chua), Jake's best friend, is the protagonist.

Jake is a celebrity, while Belle is a simple lady. They met an unfortunate fate. While they thought to have survived the crisis, a dark secret was unveiled. It tells the story of how a star survived in the hands of a psychopath.

Dulay, director of "Takas," is a pioneer independent director. He began his showbiz career with a lead role in "Bath House," a film by veteran director Cris Pablo.

Then he starred in other mainstream movies and television series. He completed his directorial workshop at the UP Film Institute under Director Maryo J. Delos Reyes.

His directorial debut was "Potpot," a story written by his wife Joyzell Regalario Dulay, won awards in several award-giving bodies. Later, he started producing movies "Palo-Palo" (2011) and "Turo-Turo" (2015), which starred AJ and Enchong Dee. It became a finalist at the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Category. He now owns a production company and has also been the marketing head of multiple production outfits.

Joyzell revealed she wrote "Takas" 10 years ago. She said she was just waiting for the perfect timing to have it produced for the big screen.

Katrina Lyn Javier Polotan, also known as Kate Javier, is the producer of the movie. Prior, Kate lived in Bermuda for 11 years, and she just relocated to the Philippines in 2018. She graduated cum laude in accountancy at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila. "Takas" is her debut project under Hand-Held Productions.

Kate said she plans to produce more films focusing on the suspense-thriller genre. She has lined-up "Takas Part 2" for her next project and will create the synopsis for the upcoming movie with his brother, who is a psychologist by profession.