1981, Vinegar Syndrome, 78 min, USA, Dir: Alfredo Zacarias

A mining mishap in Mexico unlocks an ancient curse of a demon that only possesses people’s left hand. Once it takes hold of the appendage, it causes pain, suffering and gory death. The only way the possessed can free themselves is by cutting off their hand. In the tradition of Oliver Stone’s THE HAND and EVIL DEAD II comes the ultimate killer-hand film.

1979, Vinegar Syndrome, 105 min, USA, Dir: Marvin J. Chomsky

Legendary production designer Polly Platt (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT) wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of William Inge’s novel about a high school Latin teacher (Anne Heywood), whose life is upended by an abusive affair with a black student (John Lafayette). A searing tale examining race and sex in 1950s America, the film costars Donald Pleasance, Robert Vaughn, and Ronee Blakeley.

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