Erik Matti Tackles Darkness and Sanity in the Time of the Pandemic in UPSTREAM PH Anthology

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MANILA, Philippines—With the bleakness and uncertainty brought by the COVID-19 health crisis, we have seen the world in various levels of disarray even as restrictions have started began to ease and borders have slowly opened.

Learning of these varying levels of havoc, told through bizarre tales of love, trials, triumph, and defeat, collected throughout the pandemic, acclaimed Filipino filmmaker, Erik Matti, joins trailblazing streaming platform UPSTREAM PH in bringing four unique stories on how, in a time as unclear as this, the world can drive you RABID.

Production still courtesy of UPSTREAM PH

On it’s first anniversary, Upstream PH is presenting the new Upstream Original which brings the tales of the pandemic to life through a twisted anthology film made in collaboration between movie powerhouses Regal Entertainment and Reality MM Studios.

“We almost went ‘crazy’ on last year’s lockdown. We made this film to capture that feeling of helplessness that bordered on insanity.”

Production still courtesy of UPSTREAM PH

RABID is a clear nod to Black Mirror and Twilight Zone, with a strong Filipino take told through the perspective of the multi-awarded auteur. The twisted fables are presented in four episodes, entitled “HM’’, ‘’Kami Lang Ba Pwede Malasin’’, “Shit Happens’’ and ‘’Iba Pa Rin Ang Karne’’, all taking inspiration from the current reality of fear, danger, loss and uncertainty.

RABID also features a cast of rising stars and theater veterans being given the spotlight on the big screen, including Ameera Johara, Ayeesha Cervantes, Brace Arquiza, Cheska Diaz, Donna Cariaga, Jake Macapagal, Jay Glorioso, Kent Gonzales, Pam Gonzales, Ricci Rivero, Ube Lola, Vance Larena and Ynigo Delen.

Production still courtesy of UPSTREAM PH

With an intriguing story line and a fresh cast that bring Matti’s creative visionis best exemplified in RABID premiering on November 12, 2021 on Upstream PH.

Image courtesy of UPSTREAM PH

Watch the official trailer here:

Visit Upstream’s social media pages and website to learn more about the film. Tickets can also be purchased through Gmovies at