BETTER WATCH OUT
2016, Well Go USA, 85 min, USA, Dir: Chris Peckover

A festival fave across the world, this subversive, violent and hilarious Christmas-set black comedy opens as Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) is gearing up for another night of babysitting 12-year-old Luke (Levi Miller) and his geeky best friend (Ed Oxenbould). But the planned evening of pizza, some games and a film soon takes a left turn in this brilliant inversion of the home-invasion formula, as Ashley faces dangers unheard of in order to keep herself and those in her charge alive. With Patrick Warburton and Virginia Madsen in small but unforgettable appearances as Luke’s parents.


THE GRAPES OF DEATH
LES RAISINS DE LA MORT
1978, Kino Lorber , 90 min, Dir: Jean Rollin

Pop the cork and pour yourself a glass of vintage French horror from one of the most sublime masters of the genre, Jean Rollin. Traveling to Roublès to move in with her fiancé at his vineyard, Elizabeth discovers that the locals have become flesh-eating zombies as a side effect of a pesticide used on the grapes. Now she must find her fiancé among the infected townsfolk or succumb to the living death herself. A dreamy mix of psychedelia, sexploitation, horror and gore best served in a dark movie theater and enjoyed one delicious sip at a time.


RAWHEAD REX
1986, Kino Lorber, 89 min, Ireland/UK/USA, Dir: George Pavlou

Bursting from beneath thunderstruck Earth, Rawhead Rex shares more with the rubber-suit monster movies of yore than his much darker cousins, the Cenobites from HELLRAISER, though both were spawned from Clive Barker’s Books of Blood. Director George Pavlou took the ancient pagan God from Barker’s script and transformed him into a 9-foot-tall, punk-rock ogre moving at full ramming speed across the Irish countryside - no man, no child, no trailer park and especially no priest can withstand his unholy rampage.


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