AMITYVILLE 3-D
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Self-confident writer Tony Roberts and wife Tess Harper purchase a house made infamous by haunted activity but refuse to believe that it is inhabited by ghosts. Eerie manifestations bring the realization that supernatural phenomena still exist within the dwelling, as "The Demon" rises from a bottomless well in the basement. With Candy Clark, Lori Loughlin and Meg Ryan.


THE KING OF COMEDY
1982, New Regency, 109 min, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Way ahead of the curve in its dissection of celebrity culture, this unsettling film reteams director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro to profile a New York outsider less violent but no less deranged than TAXI DRIVER’s Travis Bickle. Wannabe comedian Rupert Pupkin is so desperate for a chance to perform on a late-night TV show that he kidnaps its host (Jerry Lewis, a revelation here) with the help of a stalker (Sandra Bernhard).


GLORIA
1980, Sony Repertory, 123 min, USA, Dir: John Cassavetes

Writer-director John Cassavetes was hardly known for crime thrillers, but he made a riveting one in GLORIA. Gena Rowlands earned an Oscar nomination in the tough-as-nails title role, a mobster’s ex-girlfriend on the run through the gritty streets of New York with a young boy being targeted by hit men. Costarring Buck Henry.


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