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.


COCOON
1985, 20th Century Fox, 117 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

Senior citizen troublemakers Art (Don Ameche), Ben (Wilford Brimley) and Joe (Hume Cronyn) have seemingly discovered the fountain of youth during one of their nightly excursions to an unattended swimming pool. After their swim, their ailments and fatigue dissipate and they begin to experience a renewed energy. Little do they know that the source of the pool’s power involves a pair of extraterrestrial visitors, who are eager to enlist the men’s help in an elaborate plot to return home. Featuring Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg and Maureen Stapleton, this Ron Howard sci-fi classic won Oscars for Best Visual Effects and Best Supporting Actor (Ameche).


LIQUID SKY
1982, 112 min, USA, Dir: Slava Tsukerman

Anne Carlisle stars in a dual role as Margaret and Jimmy, rival New York City models who are both coke fiends. It turns out tiny alien beings also enjoy a good drug rush; when the extraterrestrials also latch on to human orgasms, Margaret begins using sex as a weapon. Among the most original films of the 1980s, Slava Tsukerman's midnight movie classic mashes up UFOs, social satire and New Wave music to dazzling effect. “The funniest, craziest, most perversely beautiful science-fiction movie ever made.” - David Denby, New York Magazine.


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