An ambitious journalist challenges the leader of a violent vigilante group to a high-stakes drinking game that may score her a scoop or a bullet to the head. In this hyper-stylized take on actual events that occurred in director Dean Colin Marcial’s native Philippines, “Manila Death Squad,” is pure sensory overload — pulsating lights, music, sound effects, on-screen graphics — delivered in a frenetic pace, half movie, half video game. The journalist Olivia bravely enters a Manila bar looking for answers on a series of recent killings. There she finds a rollicking group, drinking and getting wild. Olivia butts in seeking an interview, where she clashes with the leader, Rufio, who justifies his murderous behavior as destroying crime, completing his civic duty. During a game of listing assassins, Olivia provocatively names Imelda Marcos, the wife of the former President of the Philippines. What was tense before, ratchets up even further, and leads to a ‘sudden death’ game of memory between Olivia and Rufio. Marcial boldly pushes beyond comfortable viewing, packaging his film as a flashy, at times even charming, history lesson soaked in blood. [Watch on YouTube]. (13 minutes). Shot & Cut by Dean Colin Marcial. Written by Kent Szlauderbach & Dean Colin Marcial. Dialogues by Raya Martin & Ria Limjap. Starring Sid Lucero & Annicka Dolonius. Produced by Daphne O. Chiu, Andrew Renzi, Dean Colin Marcial. Executive Producers: Fernando Ortigas, EA Rocha. Co-Executive Producers: Brett Potter, Lucas Leyva. Co-Produced by Samuel Gursky. TBA Studios x North of Now x Borscht x Irving Harvey.