SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 3: BETTER WATCH OUT!
1989, Lionsgate, 90 min, USA, Dir: Monte Hellman

Cult director Monte Hellman (TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, COCKFIGHTER) tackles horror, franchise filmmaking and holiday movies in the third installment of the SILENT NIGHT series. Killer Santa Ricky, this time played by horror icon Bill Mosley (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), is awakened from a six-year coma by a doctor’s ESP experiments. Feeling the Christmas spirit and psychically connected to a clairvoyant blind woman named Laura, Ricky has some gory gifts to deliver to her and her family for the holidays.


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AMORE, PIOMBO E FURORE
1978, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Monte Hellman

Easy choice for gunslinger Fabio Testi: the noose or a contract on ex-gunman Warren Oates (in his final Western), who just won’t sell out to the railroad. Only trouble is, Testi’s tired of killing, he and Oates hit it off, and Oates’ wife Jenny Agutter (WALKABOUT), is lonely. With a Sam Peckinpah cameo. In English.


ROAD TO NOWHERE
2010, Monterey Media, 121 min, USA, Dir: Monte Hellman

In this expectation-confounding, enigmatic film-within-a-film, a director (cleverly named Mitchell Haven, and played by an excellent Tygh Runyan) struggles with a series of unsettling catastrophes that beset his small film based on a "true story" murder mystery and the following disappearance of a young woman. Haven's lead actress (played with alternating relish and calm assurance by Shannyn Sossamon) bears an uncanny resemblance to the actual missing femme fatale, and the crew begins to uncomfortably wonder if the actress and murderer are one and the same. Meanwhile, Haven's obsession with his beautiful lead grows deeper and more profound. Shot with economic practicality on the Canon 5D and using traditional still-photo lenses, Monte Hellman's mind-bending mood piece is as aesthetically hypnotic as it is emotionally beguiling. Official selection of the Venice Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and SXSW. "A certifiable masterpiece." - Film Comment. "May also be as significant to the indie feature as AVATAR is to the popcorn movie." - The New York Times. "Monte Hellman's first feature film in 21 years is one of his finest and deepest, a twin peak to his 1971 masterpiece, TWO-LANE BLACKTOP." - Variety. Be sure to check out the trailer for ROAD TO NOWHERE, dubbed by the Austin Post as “the most beautiful trailer ever.”


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