THE SHAWSHANK REDEPMPTION
1994, Warner Bros., 142 min, USA, Dir: Frank Darabont

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is a young and successful banker who is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940s, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, an inmate entrepreneur played by Morgan Freeman, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. Based on the Stephen King short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”


THE BLOB
1988, Sony Repertory, 95 min, USA, Dir: Chuck Russell

Screenwriter Frank Darabont (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) and director Chuck Russell (THE MASK) teamed up for this exceptionally scary (and exceptionally gory) remake of the 1950s cult favorite, resulting in a rare reboot that’s superior to the original. Cheerleader Shawnee Smith and rebel biker Kevin Dillon team up to take on an amorphous substance that engulfs an entire small town while shadowy government operatives try to figure out how to harness its power; the substance itself - the blob of the title - is a marvel of state-of-the art 1980s special effects that still holds up today.


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