SHOCKING DARK
1989, AGFA, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Bruno Mattei

For writers Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi (TROLL 2) and director Bruno Mattei (ZOMBI 3, CRUEL JAWS), their final and most notorious collaboration went beyond brazen plagiarism to become a fearless act of deranged genius. In this bravura dual rip-off of ALIENS and TERMINATOR, a team of badass marines ... a tough female civilian ... and an orphaned girl battle monsters beneath the Venice canals while chased by an indestructible killer cyborg ... with everything careening towards one of the ultimate WTF twist endings. Geretta Geretta (DEMONS) and Tony Lombardo (RATS: NIGHTS OF TERROR) star in this “schlockfest of awesome” (Cool Target), which was released internationally in the late ‘80s as both TERMINATOR II and ALIENATORS.


A QUIET PLACE
2018, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: John Krasinski

John Krasinski directed, co-wrote and stars in this unsettling and original thriller. In the near future, the human population has been decimated by creatures of unknown origin - they can’t see but their hearing is extraordinarily sensitive. Engineer Lee (Krasinski), his doctor wife, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), and their kids struggle to survive day to day while making as little noise as possible in an effort to avoid alerting the creatures to their presence. Under Krasinski’s exquisitely controlled direction and mastery of sound design, the result is one of the scariest and most emotionally involving horror films ever made, a new classic of the genre.


GANJA & HESS
1973, Kino Lorber, 113 min, USA, Dir: Bill Gunn

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion and African-American identity. Duane Jones (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), bestowing upon him the blessing of immortality ... and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s beautiful and outspoken wife, Ganja (Marlene Clark), comes searching for her missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership and explore just how much power blood holds.


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