1998, Paramount, 121 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Brothers Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton think they've found the answer to all their problems when they come across a downed plane containing a bag full of money, but their windfall soon leads them down a moral and emotional spiral of lies, betrayal and murder. Sam Raimi combines icy chills with powerful family melodrama in this terrific adaptation of Scott Smith's acclaimed novel. Bridget Fonda and Gary Cole costar

1990, 20th Century Fox, 108 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Hopkins

Director Stephen Hopkins takes the PREDATOR mythology from the jungle to urban Los Angeles, where cop Danny Glover discovers something far more dangerous than Colombian street gangs lurks in his city. Bill Paxton and Gary Busey provide solid support in this unusually distinctive sequel.

1987, De Laurentiis Entertainment, 94 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Teenage farmhand Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), smitten by pale young drifter Mae (Jenny Wright), ends up shanghaied by her strange surrogate family (Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, Joshua Miller), who turn out to be a wandering clan of vampires. Caleb’s father (Tim Thomerson) and younger sister (Marcie Leeds) try to track him down, to no avail. Can Caleb detach Mae and himself from the bloodthirsty pack before he becomes totally transformed into a creature of the night? Writer-director Kathryn Bigelow’s breakout feature skillfully blends cutting-edge horror, gothic romance and a modern Western.

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