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.


FIRESTARTER
1984, Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: Mark L. Lester

After rocketing to fame in E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, pre-teen Drew Barrymore was tapped for the lead in this Stephen King adaptation. She plays Charlene “Charlie” McGee, a girl with pyrokinetic powers that government agency “The Shop” is eager to harness; her father (David Keith) also has psychic abilities, which he uses to protect his daughter from Shop agents. Sharing the screen with fiery special effects is a top-notch cast - including George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Louise Fletcher, Art Carney and Heather Locklear - and an electronic score by Tangerine Dream.


HARDCORE
1979, Sony Repertory, 109 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

This underrated drama from writer-director Paul Schrader is anchored by one of George C. Scott’s greatest performances. He plays Jake Van Dorn, a conservative Midwestern businessman whose daughter disappears during a church-sponsored trip to California. Horrified to learn she may now be working in the L.A. porn industry, Van Dorn enlists a sleazy private investigator (Peter Boyle) and a wary streetwalker (Season Hubley) to find the girl.


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