MAYHEM
2017, RLJ Entertainment, 86 min, USA, Dir: Joe Lynch

The sterile toxicity of the contemporary office environment can be deadly, but nowhere near as noxious as Joe Lynch’s take on corporate hives and their workers. Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”) stars as Derek Cho, a corporate attorney who is about to have the worst day of his career. Derek is framed by co-workers to take the fall for a case gone wrong and harangued by a collaterally damaged client named Melanie (Samara Weaving), fomenting a perfect storm of chaos as the office building goes on lockdown due to the spread of a highly contagious virus. As the infection plows through the office ranks, leaving the masses defenseless against their own wild impulses, Derek knows he must survive, but to survive he first has to get justice - in any bloody way possible.


OPERA
aka TERROR AT THE OPERA
1987, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Dario Argento

One of director Dario Argento’s greatest masterpieces, OPERA is a tour-de-force of deliriously cinematic setpieces surrounding the murderous production of an operatic version of "Macbeth." (The script was inspired by Argento’s attempt to mount "Rigoletto"!) Argento’s camera moves like a thing possessed: swooping, gliding, tracking a bullet through a peephole and, in one mind-bending shot, whirling around the opera house on raven’s wings. When a prominent opera star suffers a non-fatal car accident, her understudy Betty (Cristina Marsillach) must take on the role of Lady Macbeth. Coincidentally, a deranged madman goes on a homicidal rampage. Co-starring Ian Charleson and Daria Nicolodi (DEEP RED). “A violent aria of memory, bad luck, the artistic drive and the horror of the stare. … If you've pinpointed the identity of the film's killer, it's of little consequence - the genius of the film lies not in such details but in Argento's operatic attention to death and the way in which the film's killer forces Betty's gaze.” – Ed Gonzalez, SlantMagazine.com.


NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
1968, Janus Films, 96 min, USA, Dir: George Romero

Director George Romero’s unqualified masterpiece pits a handful of citizens holed up in a farmhouse against a newly revived horde of flesh-eating zombies. The cast of talented unknowns (headed by Duane Jones) are all alarmingly believable as they fight for life, trying to escape a bad dream that gets uncompromisingly worse and more horrifying as the hours crawl by.


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