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The Politics of Horror: The Aswang In Film

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That monster of Philippine lower mythology, the aswang, is possessed of a career as varied as her aspect. The years have not withered her, nor custom stated her cruel variety. She is seductive: a vampire who craves blood; terrifying: a viscera-sucker who consumes internal organs; confounding: a werebeast who transforms into pig, dog, cat, and human; horrific: a witch who causes illness; disgusting: a ghoul who preys on corpses and laps up the phlegm of the sick (Ramos xvii-xxxii).

Keywords: Aswang; Philippines; contemporary Philippine cinema; horror; vampire; werebeast; witch

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 1997

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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