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.
Anna (Angharad Rees) is unknowingly the daughter of Jack the Ripper, and as a child witnessed the death of her mother at her evil father's hands. Some fifteen years later the young woman has become terribly troubled by something and enters strange violent trances. Her case is assigned to psychiatrist Dr Pritchard (Eric Porter) who believes he can cure Anna, but as he uncovers her violent memories and her murderous behaviour is unleashed he starts to fear that the case is spiralling out of control.
Hammer horror classic starring Peter Cushing. A pair of twins, Maria and Frieda, move from Vienna to the village of Karstein to live with Aunt Katy and grim Uncle Gustav (Cushing) in the shadow of the dreaded Karstein Castle. Gustav is a fanatical Puritan and leader of a religious sect - the Brotherhood, feared for their witch hunts and burnings. At the castle, a mock sacrificial rite is organised, where Count Karnstein stabs a girl strapped to a sarcophagus and reincarnates his vampire ancestor the beautiful Countess Mircalla Karnstein. Her first act is to bite the count, turning him into a vampire. The Count then captures the beautiful Frieda and sinks his fangs into her neck and she, too, is transformed into one of the undead. The Brotherhood manage to capture Frieda and prepare to burn her at the stake but Karnstein manages to switch the twins. Maria will face the fire while Frieda goes free to create evil havoc.
Tresette (George Hilton), a gambling gunfighter, has been hired to transport gold from Wagon Bend to Dallas. But he is doublecrossed by banker McPherson (Cris Huerta) who has secretly stolen the gold and converted it to dust. Tresette discovers the betrayal and goes in search for McPherson.
Italy, a monastery on the top of a hill. A misterious friar makes a massacre without reasons. The newspapers write about the case, but the Church stops the investigation. Mounths later, ten boys and girls are going to prepare a barbecue at the holiday's house: it will be an horror night. A pure Slasher in John Carpenter style.
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