THE STEPFATHER
1987, 89 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Ruben

Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn) tries to be the perfect husband and father, and he expects the same perfection from his family - when they don’t measure up, he murders them and assumes a new identity in a new town to start the process all over. Inspired by the case of killer John List, this is one of the 1980s’ most effective thrillers, powered by terrific performances by O'Quinn and Jill Schoelen as the increasingly suspicious stepdaughter.


THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
1988, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Wes Craven

Harvard researcher Bill Pullman is dispatched to Haiti to investigate a drug that turns people into zombies and finds more than he’d bargained for. Inspired by actual events, the film balances some truly gruesome imagery with psychological tension as the waning days of the “Baby Doc” dictatorship send the island toward chaos. Among the support cast, Zakes Mokae is unforgettable as the fearsome chief of the Tonton Macoute.


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