Judy Ann Santos (MNS Photo)

Judy Ann Santos (MNS Photo)

It’s confirmed: Judy Ann Santos will play the role popularized by Janice de Belen in “Tiyanak.”

Tiyanak” was one movie, according to Judy Ann, which, in her teens she watched and dreamed to do.

Tiyanak has long been talked about by those who have watched it. Produced by Regal Films and directed by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, it tells the story of a childless wife who adopts a child.

To her horror, the child turned out to be demonic.

“Dito na nagsimula,” Judy Ann narrated, “ang series of events na sobrang scary, especially for a child my age then.

“Yet, ayaw mong iwanan ang panonood. Kaya, nasabi ko sa sarili ko, given the chance to do a similar movie, pagdating ng araw, I will grab it,” she added.

Grab it, she did, when Peque and Lore proposed to her the idea to do another “Tiyanak, but of a totally different set up and approach.

“Paliwanang nila sa akin. Noong panahon dawn na ginawa nila ng first ‘Tiyanak,’ ‘di pa uso ang digital. Kaya nga raw yung mga unbelievable eksena na ipinakita nila sa pelikula ay kanilang ginawa through hand puppets.

“Ngayon nga naman, with the existence of digital technology, can you imagine kung anu-anong klaseng magic onscreen ang puwede mong gawin?

“My God, I’m excited,” she remarked happily.

Equally exciting for Judy Ann is having two new and younger leading men, Sid Lucero and Tom Rodriguez. (MNS)