THE H-MAN
BIJO TO EKITAI NINGEN
1958, Sony Repertory, 79 min, Japan, Dir: Ishiro Honda

A sexy, exotic dancer slinks across the stage, showered in flickering lights. A bebop combo wails, sax and drums riffing like Charlie Parker and Max Roach. Square-jawed gangsters with slick hair and flashy vines smoke, drink and watch, doted on by giggling bar hostesses. Just another night at Cabaret Homura, but the heat’s about to come down on these mobsters - that is, until an even more dangerous villain appears. Ishiro Honda’s genre-blending sci-fi thriller is a mix of detectives, hoods, radioactive goblins and atomic paranoia. Starring genre regulars Kenji Sahara as an idealistic scientist, Hisaya Ito as an evil drug lord and Yumi Shirakawa as a beleaguered cabaret beauty.


NAILS
2017, MPI/Dark Sky, 85 min, Ireland, Dir: Dennis Bartok

From the executive producer of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and the award-winning producers of THE HALLOW and LET US PREY comes a terrifyingly claustrophobic thriller where evil is never more than an arm’s length away. After surviving a near-fatal accident, track coach and mother Dana (Shauna Macdonald, THE DESCENT) awakens in a hospital, paralyzed and imprisoned in her own body. While struggling to regain control of her life, Dana is confronted with a vindictive spirit: a terrifying presence called Nails, whom she is convinced exists inside her hospital room. Faced with skepticism from her husband, doctors and the staff, Dana is left struggling to keep her grip on reality as the targeted attacks grow increasingly violent. The debut feature from longtime Cinematheque programmer Dennis Bartok (who wrote the Lionsgate horror film TRAPPED ASHES), NAILS co-stars British comedian/actor Ross Noble (STITCHES) and Steve Wall (of Irish band The Stunning), with an eerie score by Gary Numan collaborator Ade Fenton. “At its core NAILS wants to scare, and it does a very good job of delivering on that front.” -- Josh Hurtado, Screen Anarchy.


FLESH EATER
1988, Vinegar Syndrome, 88 min, USA, Dir: Bill Hinzman

“They’re coming to get you Barbara … again?” In 1968, Bill Hinzman shambled his way through a Pittsburgh cemetery, becoming the very first zombie in George A. Romero’s landmark horror film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Twenty years later - thanks to a lack of copyright on NIGHT - he literally resurrected his iconic ghoul, writing, directing and starring in a very unauthorized pseudo-sequel. When an ancient evil is accidentally awakened on Halloween, unleashing a horde of zombies, a group of college students must try to warn the town before they all become the living dead. Featuring a plethora of gory special effects, a haunting score, and the ability to withstand a double blast of lawsuits from Romero and NIGHT co-writer John A. Russo, Hinzman's tour de force will melt your mind and eat you alive.


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