“Filly willies”

Films: Aswang (1992)

Alias: None

Type: Mystical

Location: Forest/Civilized Area

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: Yes, we know that that name is capable of making some people let out an immature giggle every time they hear it. But make no mistake, this vampire is no joking matter.

History: The Aswang is a shapeshifting vampiric menace that preys on the youth of the Philippines. Most of the time, this Aswang masqueraded as a young woman before attacking her victims in the moonlight. The local townsfolk can only handle the continued murders for so long.

Notable Kills: Rips a man in half, and leaves him to try and crawl away with his innards dangling behind him.

Final Fate: The Aswang forces a young child to decide between her and said kid's beleaguered nanny in a sadistic game of "who's who". Thankfully, the real woman is chosen, and the kid helps set the Aswang on fire.

Powers/Abilities: Shapeshifting.

Weakness: Salt, garlic, and assorted religious symbols.

Scariness Factor: 3.5-Shapeshifters are always scary with their paranoia-inducing ways, but the Aswang's true form is...a little too fake-looking to be taken too seriously. Still, impressive bloodlust on this one.

Trivia: -The Aswang, according to Spanish colonists, was often considered to be one of the scariest monsters to originate from Filipino folklore. Funny thing, considering the belief that the Spaniards spun the tale of the monster in order to keep the locals in line.

-Descriptions of Aswangs vary, though some believe they have long proboscises to suck children out of wombs, or replace their victims with caricatures made of wood. Even zanier is that one of their weaknesses is said to be a whip made from the tail of a stingray. Also, you can tell if someone's an Aswang if your reflection in their eyes is upside-down.

Image Gallery

When the obscure moon is full...
The wrinkles of an Aswang run deep.