DON’T GO NEAR THE PARK
1979, Severin Films, 80 min, USA, Dir: Lawrence D. Foldes

Prehistoric cannibals cursed to an eternity of old age hunt the streets of Los Angeles in search of a female virgin to sacrifice. If successful, they’ll be freed of their curse, but an investigative reporter and a young runaway are trying to stop them. Featuring cult favorites Aldo Ray and Linnea Quigley (in one of her earliest roles).


AND HOPE TO DIE
LA COURSE DU LIÈVRE À TRAVERS LES CHAMPS
1972, CCFC, 99 min, France, Dir: René Clement

This adaptation of David Goodis’ novel Black Friday concerns a crook on the lam (Jean Louis Trintignant) who crosses paths with a Montreal gang plotting a big score - led by noir stalwarts Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray. “Froggy” (as Ryan dubs our hero) decides to join in the heist and, of course, ends up neck-deep in danger. An odd and invigorating French-Canadian-American production, this is a rarely screened homage to noir on both the page and screen, sparked by a devilish script from author Sébastien Japrisot (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun). English dubbed version.


NIGHTFALL
1957, Sony Repertory, 79 min, USA, Dir: Jacques Tourneur

One of the last true noirs of the classic era, this often-overlooked gem, based on a novel by noir legend David Goodis, features terrific direction from Tourneur and stunning cinematography by Burnett Guffey. Aldo Ray plays an artist whose life goes permanently haywire when fate interrupts a winter hunting trip. From then on it’s life on the run, dozens of double-crosses, psychotic killers on his trail, lots of de rigeur flashbacks, and a young Anne Bancroft decked out in sequins and lace.


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