1982, New World Pictures, 77 min, USA, Dir: Amy Holden Jones

“You bring the pizza … I’ll bring the drill.” A horror film written and directed by women that proves the ladies can serve up the slaughter just as well as the boys, as a group of high school girls decides to throw a slumber party that turns into a night of terror when an escaped lunatic crashes the party with his big power drill. Written with a feminist slant as a critique of the slasher genre, THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE is a rare exploitation film that delivers the goods to the audience while having something deeper to say.

2004, Fox Searchlight, 96 min, USA, Dir: Jared Hess

From the rural town of Preston, Idaho, comes Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder). With a red 'fro, his moon boots and illegal government ninja moves, he is a new kind of hero, who spends his days drawing magical beasts, working on his computer hacking skills to impress the chicks, and begrudgingly feeding his grandma's pet llama. When his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) decides to run for class president, it is Napoleon to the rescue to help him triumph over adversity.

1986, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: Willard Huyck

The titular sarcastic, cigar-chomping, 27-year-old hero of this ahead-of-its-time fan favorite hails from the planet Duckworld, from which he’s suddenly beamed away via an Earth-based scientific experiment gone awry. Landing in Cleveland, Howard must contend with this new and strange place, and, of course, prevent the very destruction of the universe by a villain who also gets accidentally beamed down to Earth. Visually inventive and engaging, HOWARD THE DUCK is an amazing oddity: a comic book film squarely aimed at adults with humor way above the heads of the young audience it drew.

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