Italian director Sergio Pastore made some fantastically inventive films in his lifetime, building his reputation as a master of the crime/thriller genre over a 20 year span before his unfortunate death in 1987 robbed the world of his talents. SETTE SCIALLI DI SETA GIALLA (which translates as THE CRIMES OF THE BLACK CAT) was made in 1972, and begins with a blind pianist discovering that his girlfriend has been murdered. A clue lies in a conversation that he overheard in a bar the night before the event, although a yellow silk scarf provides further intrigue. Pastore offers a few grand guignol-esque set pieces as his film draws to a powerful conclusion, while also teasing some splendid performances from his excellent cast.
Violent British horror. A group of young offenders are given the chance to rehabilitate themselves and learn self-sufficiency skills when they are sent off to a boot camp on a remote island. What they discover is a forbidding landscape inhabited by a vicious psychopath, who starts hunting them and picking them off using an array of horrific traps. Against the odds and the elements, the young prisoners have to learn to work together in order to survive.
Highly stylised action film by cult Japanese director Seijun Suzuki, made as a remake-cum-sequel to his 1967 gangster film 'Branded to Kill'. Makiko Esumi stars as Miyuki 'Stray Cat' Minazuki, a beautiful female assassin who is branded number three in the hierarchy of professional killers - all of whom are trying to outstalk each other to kill their opponents and attain the coveted number one title.
Adaptation of controversial French author Michel Houellebecq's novel. Bruno (Moritz Bleibtreu) and Michael (Christian Ulmen) are two very different brothers whose unconventional upbringing has led them to develop complex and unsatisfactory sex lives. While Bruno can only find satisfaction in meaningless sex with prostitutes, Michael seems to reject sex altogether, focusing his attention instead on his work in gentics. When Michael meets Annabelle (Franka Potente), a woman who turns into the love of his life, he seems to have the chance at a normal relatioship, but one that might threaten the world-changing impact of his scientific studies.
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A giant mutated Tasmanian Devil is stolen from a lab by two eco-activists and escapes near an old cemetery where a group of unsuspecting college students are making a zombie film. The hideous creature takes up residence in the old mining tunnels beneath the graveyard, feasting on both the living and the dead. Meanwhile, the two scientists responsible for the deformed creature are desperately searching the countryside witnessing the carnage of their poor little "Precious". Their search leads them down a path of mutilated corpses as they continually miss the creature. Experience the terror and fear, as one by one, the young filmmakers fall victim to the ravenous beast!
The bleak but captivating story of three men who take a woman hostage and hijack a car driven by a man taking his dying son to the hospital. Mario Bava's film was completed posthumously in 1997 by Peter Blumenstock. Told in real time.
Vintage horror starring Boris Karloff as James Rankin, a writer who decides to reinvestigate the 20-year-old case of 'The Haymarket Strangler' - in which he believes a man was wrongly hanged for the gruesome murder of five people in 1880s London. But as he gets close to the heart of the case, it turns out that he himself has a closer connection with the murders than his worst fears could ever have imagined.
A scientist (Bryant Haliday) working on a matter transmitter discovers that his corrupt head of staff is colluding with a government minister to use his invention for their own ends. When a demonstration of his equipment is sabotaged, he orders his assistant to project him into the minister's home as proof that his discovery really works. However, the experiment goes wrong and the scientists emerges in a back alley, hideously disfigured and with the ability to kill by electrification.
In a tour-de-force sci-fi story with only three main characters, Kiwi director Geoffrey Murphy creates an interesting dynamic nuanced with shades of mysticism. When scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) experiments with a radical new power source -- a band of energy that would circle the planet -- the project goes awry and apparently wipes out all living creatures (they vanish without a trace). At first Zac adjusts by indulging himself in some of his materialistic desires, but he soon starts a serious search for other signs of human life. He discovers it in New Zealand in the form of Joanne (Alison Routledge), with whom he falls in love, and Api (Peter Smith), a Maori. The challenges the three face in order to survive, as well as their personal interactions, keep this human drama engrossing.
Seven episodes, each taking place on a different day of the week,on the theme of suicide and violent death. The Body of a naked man floats in blackness. Slowly stretching out from a foetal position it begins to decompose. A little girl sits in the sun scribbling in a sketchbook. "Der Todesking" - deathking - she writes. Der Todesking, Jörg Buttgereit's second full-length feature film, has no central character or characters,but instead thematic continuity in the act of suicide. Divided into days of the week, it comprises of a series of set-pieces, each of which featuring the self-destruction of a complete stranger.
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