Eager to find her estranged father, Summer (TWILIGHT's Ashley Greene) sets out on a cross-country journey but soon has a slight run-in with the law. Much to her amazement, a local handyman rescues her. It’s an unusual connection, but she is quickly charmed and accepts his invitation to spend the night. The following morning she is in for a rude awakening when he decides to change the rules of attraction by trapping her in his house. Taken prisoner in the demented stranger's basement, her dream has come to a bitter end and her real-life nightmare has only just begun.
Widely considered to be an expensive failure, Waterworld was an epic vehicle for Kevin Costner, who starred in and co-produced the film, with his friend Kevin Reynolds as director. It was based on a 1986 screenplay by Peter Rader and cost an estimated $235 million, more than any film in history up to that time. Costner eventually fired Reynolds and directed the last few scenes himself. The story was filmed in Hawaii, using several artificial islands, and is set in an apocalyptic future, after global warming has melted the polar ice caps and flooded civilization. The Mariner (Costner) is one of the human beings who has adapted by growing gills. The survivalist lives on a boat on which he is growing a precious tomato plant. He tries to sell the plant and its dirt to the residents of an artificial island built of industrial waste. They imprison him when they discover that he's a mutant with gills. But the island is attacked by the Smokers, a group of oil-guzzling raiders on jet skis headed by the Deacon (Dennis Hopper). The Mariner escapes with Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and her daughter Enola (Tina Majorino). Back at sea, the Smokers repeatedly attack, using planes and boats, until they kidnap Enola. Enola's back is tattooed with a map showing how to get to Dryland, the last unflooded area on Earth. But Deacon, who needs to get to Dryland to replenish the Smokers' oil supply, can't immediately decipher it.
Director Oliver Assayas has established his name by crafting well-made erotic thrillers like DEMONLOVER and CLEAN. The director sticks closely to his guns by adding another similarly themed entry to his canon in BOARDING GATE. Assayas's film is a loosely plotted drama that stars the provocative Asia Argento (SCARLET DIVA) as Sandra, a former prostitute with a penchant for S&M, narcotics, and assassination. Sandra's former flame, sleazy businessman Miles (Michael Madsen), wants to get back together with her, and the two meet after indulging in some steamy phone sex. Sandra murders Miles during a bout of coital rough-and-tumble, and she flees to Hong Kong to be with her new lover, Lester (Carl Ng). But Sandra finds herself on the run as she arrives in Hong Kong, with Lester's wife, Sue (Kelly Lin), aiming to permanently cut her husband's mistress out of his life.
House follows Jack (Reynaldo Rosales, TV's Medium) and Stephanie Singleton (Heidi Dippold, HBO's The Sopranos), a self-absorbed couple who get sidetracked on their way to a counseling session. After blowing out their tires, they find their way to the Wayside Inn, a ramshackle B&B where they meet an equally self-obsessed couple, Randy (J.P. Davis, Blue) and Leslie (Julie Ann Emery, TV's The Riches). The foursome quickly find themselves terrorized by a household of ghoulish servants and a masked lunatic, known as the Tin Man (Michael Madsen, Kill Bill: Vol. 1), who demands a dead body by sunrise. Their only way out, it seems, is to venture further in. But the deeper they go, the more horrifying the killer's game and their night becomes.
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