ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
1981, Rialto Pictures, 99 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Kurt Russell delivers one of cinema’s most legendary performances as ornery, one-eyed Snake Plissken, a sentenced-to-die anti-hero sent into a maximum-security prison in a Manhattan of the future to rescue U.S. President Donald Pleasence from villain Isaac Hayes. A highly entertaining tall tale with influences ranging from comic books to apocalyptic sci-fi to spaghetti Westerns! With Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton and Adrienne Barbeau.


WILD AT HEART
1990, Park Circus/MGM, 124 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

Blending elements of THE WIZARD OF OZ and CINDERELLA (!) with a catalog of film noir subplots, director David Lynch leads us on an intoxicating, bizarrely perverse Southwestern odyssey with romantic ex-con and Elvis fan Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and his teen girlfriend Lulu (Laura Dern) as they flee psycho matriarch Diane Ladd (Dern’s real-life mom). With an unforgettable Willem Dafoe as demonic slimeball Bobby Peru. Also starring Harry Dean Stanton and Isabella Rossellini. This film was initially in danger of getting an “X” rating, until Lynch was forced the make cuts to earn an “R.”


CHRISTINE
1983, Sony Repertory, 110 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Horror heavyweight John Carpenter directed and co-composed the music for this adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a 1958 Plymouth possessed by evil. Nerdy teen Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) buys and restores an auto against the better judgment of buddy Dennis (John Stockwell), and as the killer car dispatches its victims, it gradually transforms its owner into a '50s-style delinquent. With Harry Dean Stanton and Kelly Preston.


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