THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
1988, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Wes Craven

Harvard researcher Bill Pullman is dispatched to Haiti to investigate a drug that turns people into zombies and finds more than he’d bargained for. Inspired by actual events, the film balances some truly gruesome imagery with psychological tension as the waning days of the “Baby Doc” dictatorship send the island toward chaos. Among the support cast, Zakes Mokae is unforgettable as the fearsome chief of the Tonton Macoute.


MONA LISA
1986, HandMade Films, 104 min, UK, Dir: Neil Jordan

This superb British crime drama brought Bob Hoskins his sole Oscar nomination (along with a raft of acting awards for this performance). He stars as George, recently released from prison, who is hired by his former boss (Michael Caine) to chauffeur high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson) to her London clients. Despite differing backgrounds, George and Simone develop a friendship, and he is all too eager to help when she tells him about another prostitute in trouble. Costarring Robbie Coltrane.


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