PSYCHO III
1986, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins directs and stars in this final theatrical installment of the PSYCHO saga. As Norman Bates, he’s still dealing with the fallout from the last group of killings in the form of a nosy journalist and a disgruntled motel employee. On the plus side, he’s fallen in love with a suicidal nun (Diana Scarwid) - but Norman’s over-protective mother never did think much of his taste in women.


WHITE DOG
1982, Paramount, 89 min, USA, Dir: Sam Fuller

Virtually unseen outside of a few retrospective screenings, this film is the story of “a four-legged time bomb,” a powder-white German shepherd trained to attack black people. In a fit of inspired casting, teen queen Kristy McNichol (TV’s "Family") stars as the dog’s owner - but the film really belongs to Paul Winfield as an Ahab-like animal trainer, obsessed with de-programming the dog. Music by spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone.


PALE RIDER
1985, Warner Bros., 115 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood produced, directed and starred in this taut Western, one of the most successful of the 1980s. A group of California prospectors are harassed by a powerful mine owner until a mysterious stranger known only as “Preacher” (Eastwood) rides into town to help defend them. With evocative cinematography by Bruce Surtees and solid supporting performances from Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress and Chris Penn.


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