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At the Intersection of Balete & 13th Street (Trese Case, by Budjette Tan

By Budjette Tan

While the sunlight units within the urban of Manila, don't you dare make a incorrect flip and prove in that dimly-lit facet of the metro, the place aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping earrings, the place kapre are the kingpins of crime, and engkantos slip in the course of the cracks and scouse borrow your most dear possessions.

When crime takes a flip for the bizarre, the police name Alexandra Trese.

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4 Orgy is also clearly modeled after British horror film; the detective in the film even smokes a meerschaum pipe Victorian Values—Harmes 39 and is overtly likened to Sherlock Holmes, a landmark British cultural figure. Another way these films harmonize is in their treatment of sexuality. Of the three, the Italian-made Hichcock is perhaps the most lurid in its themes, even if Orgy is most explicit in its imagery and its amount of on-screen nudity. Having faced the British Board of Film Censorship’s scrutiny, Hammer’s Plague shows the least in physical terms, but suggests a great deal in terms of potential sexual activity and violence.

In the climax of Hichcock, the first Mrs. Hichcock, risen from her tomb, chases the second Mrs. Hichcock through underground passages. Orgy meanwhile concludes with an attack of zombies in a large and lavish sepulcher. All films revolve around sites and rituals that are not simply associated with death but with its ornate commemoration. The nineteenth century setting of these three films is significant and suggestive in terms of the Victorian period’s preoccupation with the sumptuous public mourning of the dead, which carried over into the sexualization of the undead.

He is identified as a specific individual, which zombies by definition are not. He deconstructs this distinction, and he deconstructs exactly the zombification that some forms of Christianity would seem to demand from his followers. Zombie Jesus is part of a corporate identity, but by definition he has not lost his individuality as true zombies do. This is the model and the challenge for faithful Christians, and more broadly for anyone living in the world but trying to fight against the systems of oppression and injustice.

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