CHILD'S PLAY
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 87 min, USA, Dir: Tom Holland

Andy Barclay has a new playmate who’s in no mood to play. Young Andy is thrilled to get the hottest new toy - until he learns his doll is possessed by the spirit of a psychotic criminal! Can Andy convince the adults in his life that “Chucky” (voiced by an exceptionally creepy Brad Dourif) is out to get him before it's too late? Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks star in this horror classic which spawned an entire Chucky franchise, and which does double duty as a shrewd satire on consumerism and its effect on children.


SATANIC PANIC
2019, Cinestate, 85 min, USA, Dir: Chelsea Stardust

Times are tough for Sam. Already a cancer survivor at twenty-two, she eeks out a meager existence delivering pizza for minimum wage - and minimum tips - while dealing with an exploitative boss and obnoxious coworkers. When the final delivery of the night promises to take her to a wealthy neighborhood with the chance of a healthy tip, she takes the opportunity to make up for an unprofitable shift. What begins as a quest for cash ends up as a quest for survival, though, when it turns out her customers aren’t who she’s used to delivering to. Instead, they’re a Satanic cult of a very different color: high-society elites for whom worshipping the Dark Lord coexists with country clubs and casseroles.


WOLF’S HOLE
VLCI BOUDA
1987, 92 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Věra Chytilová

In writer-director Věra Chytilová’s subversive spin on 1980s sci-fi/horror, a group of teenagers are invited to a skiing workshop at an isolated lodge, where their camp counselors seem bent on pitting them against one another. Political overtones of the Czech normalization period are certainly present, though genre fans will likely be too spellbound by the mounting psychological terror to notice. Aided by inventive camera work and a standout performance from Radka Slavíková as teen Emilka, WOLF’S HOLE is sure to get under your skin.


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