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.


CHILD'S PLAY
1988, MGM Repertory, 87 min, Dir: Tom Holland

“Andy Barclay has a new playmate who’s in no mood to play." Young Andy Barclay is thrilled to get the hottest new toy - until he learns his doll is possessed by the spirit of a psychotic criminal! Can Andy convince the adults in his life that "Chucky" (voiced by an exceptionally creepy Brad Dourif) is out to get him before it's too late? Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks star in this horror classic which spawned an entire Chucky franchise, and which does double duty as a shrewd satire on consumerism and its effect on children.


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