THE EXORCIST III
1990, Morgan Creek, 110 min, USA, Dir: William Peter Blatty

THE EXORCIST novelist William Peter Blatty helms this shocker set 17 years after the original film. Police lieutenant William F. Kinderman (George C. Scott) is confronted by a string of murders in Georgetown that resemble the work of the Gemini serial killer, who had died years earlier. The investigation leads Kinderman to an old friend - Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) – who may be possessed by a demon. “As a movie writer-director, William Peter Blatty is like David Lynch's good twin: He is eccentric, original, funny and daring, but he also has a sense of taste, pace and restraint - which is by way of saying that this is one of the shrewdest, wittiest, most intense and most satisfying horror movies ever made.” - Ralph Novak, People.


GRAVEYARD SHIFT
1990, Paramount, 89 min, USA/Japan, Dir: Ralph S. Singleton

Rodent-phobic viewers, be warned! GRAVEYARD SHIFT begins with a lone worker running a cotton-processing machine replete with sinister iron combs when he notices a bevy of rats staring at him; tossing one into the combs to destroy it, he is himself attacked by a flying creature. The new job opening at the local textile mill is filled by drifter David Andrews, who works with exterminator Brad Dourif to slaughter the rats and prevent the factory from being shut down. Featuring exceptional set design (the factory teems with Lovecraftian hallways & Hammer-inspired mass graves), this genuinely creepy film will be a hit with any fan of Stephen King or the vast “When Animals Attack” horror subgenre.


HEAVEN’S GATE
1980, Park Circus, 219 min, USA, Dir: Michael Cimino

After his Academy Award-winning triumph with THE DEER HUNTER, Director Michael Cimino broadened and deepened his epic vision of America with this elegiac Western. Kris Kristofferson is a sheriff caught in the middle of mounting tensions between affluent landowners and newly arrived homesteaders in 1890s Wyoming; complicating matters is a burgeoning love triangle among Kristofferson, his paramour Ella (Isabelle Huppert) and hired gun Christopher Walken. In Cimino's hands the personal, political and historical intersect to powerful effect, with a majesty more apparent than ever in this stunning new restoration personally supervised by the director.


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