A QUIET PLACE
2018, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: John Krasinski

John Krasinski directed, co-wrote and stars in this unsettling and original thriller. In the near future, the human population has been decimated by creatures of unknown origin - they can’t see but their hearing is extraordinarily sensitive. Engineer Lee (Krasinski), his doctor wife, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), and their kids struggle to survive day to day while making as little noise as possible in an effort to avoid alerting the creatures to their presence. Under Krasinski’s exquisitely controlled direction and mastery of sound design, the result is one of the scariest and most emotionally involving horror films ever made, a new classic of the genre.


GANJA & HESS
1973, Kino Lorber, 113 min, USA, Dir: Bill Gunn

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion and African-American identity. Duane Jones (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), bestowing upon him the blessing of immortality ... and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s beautiful and outspoken wife, Ganja (Marlene Clark), comes searching for her missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership and explore just how much power blood holds.


BLACK CHRISTMAS
1974, Shout Factory, 98 min, Canada, Dir: Bob Clark

The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. As the residents of sorority house Pi Kappa Sigma prepare for the festive season, a stranger begins to stalk the house. Obscene phone calls start to plague the residents of the sorority and it becomes clear that a psychopath is homing in on the sisters with dubious intentions. And though the police try to trace the calls, they discover that nothing is as it seems during this Black Christmas. Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin and John Saxon star in this Canadian-produced cult favorite, one of the first slasher films.


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