1998, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA/France, Dir: Jamie Blanks

Many urban legends end in grisly death, a fact put to excellent use in this appealingly self-aware slasher film. Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Joshua Jackson and Natasha Gregson Wagner are among the students targeted by an unstoppable killer who may or may not be connected to a 1973 massacre at their New England university. Among the suspects is a professor played by A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET’s Robert Englund.

2002, Sony Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

When Jodie Foster and her daughter (a pre-TWILIGHT Kristen Stewart) move into their spacious New York brownstone, they are intrigued to find it includes a high-security safe room - which comes in handy when intruders Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam come looking for a treasure that belonged to a previous occupant.

2000, Lionsgate, 101 min, USA, Dir: Darren Aronofsky

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky adapted the Hubert Selby, Jr., novel about mothers, sons, drugs and letting your demons take over your rational self. Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Connelly and an Oscar-nominated Ellen Burstyn turn in stellar performances in this hard-hitting film about the corrosive nature of addiction in all its forms. Once again working with PI cinematographer Matthew Libatique, Aronofsky juggles characters’ subjective and external worlds with an innovative visual style to evoke a nightmare that’s impossible to shake.

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