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.


BLACK CHRISTMAS
1974, Shout Factory, 98 min, Canada, Dir: Bob Clark

The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. As the residents of sorority house Pi Kappa Sigma prepare for the festive season, a stranger begins to stalk the house. Obscene phone calls start to plague the residents of the sorority and it becomes clear that a psychopath is homing in on the sisters with dubious intentions. And though the police try to trace the calls, they discover that nothing is as it seems during this Black Christmas. Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin and John Saxon star in this Canadian-produced cult favorite, one of the first slasher films.


THE NIGHTSHIFTER
MORTO NÃO FALA
2018, 110 min, Brazil, Dir: Dennison Ramalho

Stênio (Daniel de Oliveira) works the night shift at the local morgue in an incredibly violent Brazilian city; his marriage is failing and his son constantly disrespects him. What keeps him going is his extraordinary ability to converse with the mutilated cadavers he sews up, primarily gang members and criminals. Stênio talks with the city’s slain, learning their endless, potentially lucrative secrets - and unwittingly invites violence and mayhem to his doorstep when he acts on information from a particularly nasty corpse. A terrific genre film; tense, terrifying and relentlessly creepy, this gem offers up exceptional gory set pieces to sate hardcore horror fans up through its thrilling climax.


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