DEAD MAN
1995, Miramax, 121 min, USA, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) is expelled from a frontier town with a bullet lodged in his chest and a trio of bounty hunters at his heels. Fortunately, he is befriended by Nobody (Gary Farmer), a Native American who escorts him to the Pacific coast, where his destiny lies. Described by director Jim Jarmusch as a “psychedelic Western,” this haunting black-and-white vision features a soundtrack by Neil Young and a memorable supporting cast including Gabriel Byrne, Iggy Pop and, in his final film, Robert Mitchum. “One of the very best movies of the 1990s.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times


PUMPKINHEAD
1988, MGM Repertory, 86 min, USA, Dir: Stan Winston

Effects wizard Stan Winston made his directorial debut with this macabre modern folk tale. Lance Henriksen stars as Ed Harley, a grief-stricken father who asks an old witch in the swamp to bring forth a demon from hell to wreak vengeance on the teen dirt-bike riders who accidentally ran down and killed his tiny son. That vengeance comes at a terrible price, as the link between Ed and the monster grows until the carnage threatens to consume them both.


NEAR DARK
1987, De Laurentiis Entertainment, 94 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Teenage farmhand Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), smitten by pale young drifter Mae (Jenny Wright), ends up shanghaied by her strange surrogate family (Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, Joshua Miller), who turn out to be a wandering clan of vampires. Caleb’s father (Tim Thomerson) and younger sister (Marcie Leeds) try to track him down, to no avail. Can Caleb detach Mae and himself from the bloodthirsty pack before he becomes totally transformed into a creature of the night? Writer-director Kathryn Bigelow’s breakout feature skillfully blends cutting-edge horror, gothic romance and a modern Western.


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