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2019, 90 min, Dir: David Marmor

David Marmor’s feature debut is a taut and exhilarating thriller dealing in paranoia, community and cults. Nicole Brydon Bloom stars as Sarah, a waifish young woman who has moved to L.A. to escape an overbearing father and pursue her costume design dreams. She stumbles upon an open house at an apartment complex and, to her surprise, is offered a seemingly perfect unit. But shortly after moving in, she is plagued by debilitating sleep deprivation from noisy pipes that no one else can hear and the question arises whether she chose the place or vice versa. This gruesome gem is chock-full of brutal psychological and physical torture that will push you to your very limit and is an incredible examination of what some people will do to belong to a community, no matter how twisted and sinister the initiation. Bloom delivers a staggering performance as a woman in her descent to hell and Ronen Landa’s score goes a long way to imbue the action with full-throttle creepiness.


KILLER CROCODILE
1989, 90 min, Dir: Fabrizio De Angelis

Italy in the 1970s and ’80s was a paradise of ambitious cheapo knockoffs like KILLER CROCODILE, which fits squarely in the post-JAWS, giant-animal-run-amok rip-off subgenre yet is so much more. Written and directed by Lucio Fulci’s longtime producer Fabrizio De Angelis, the film tells the story of a crocodile grown to unnatural proportions (by way of toxic chemical dumping) that wreaks havoc on a river community. Shot back-to-back with its sequel, KILLER CROCODILE 2, the film stars Richard Anthony Crenna (son of RAMBO franchise icon Richard Crenna). The scenic authenticity of its Dominican Republic locations mixes deliriously with its rubbery croc gore to provide a one-of-a-kind cinematic feast.


PAGANINI HORROR
1989, 88 min, Dir: Luigi Cozzi

The devil isn’t fiddling around with this one! Director Luigi Cozzi (CONTAMINATION, HERCULES) opens the gates of hell with this blast of supernatural heavy-metal horror. When an all-girl rock group uses an infamous piece of sheet music written by Paganini for their new album, they unknowingly activate a portal to the underworld and find themselves trapped. Co-written by and starring Daria Nicolodi (DEEP RED) and featuring a guest appearance by Donald Pleasance.


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