EVILENKO
2004, TLA Releasing, 111 min, Italy, Dir: David Grieco

It is 1984 in Kiev, and communist professor Andrej Romanovic Evilenko (Malcolm McDowell) is dismissed from his teaching position after charges of pedophilic behavior toward one of his students. Thus begins the harrowing real-life tale of a serial killer who terrorized Russia, raping, killing and cannibalizing women and children, with magistrate and family man Vadim Timurouvic Lesiev (Marton Csokas) assigned to catch the psychopath before more civilians fall prey to his depravities.


OPEN WATER
2003, Lionsgate, 79 min, USA, Dir: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

Susan (Blanchard Ryan) and Daniel (Daniel Travis) take a daylong scuba diving trip while vacationing in the Caribbean. When a miscount happens on their tour boat, the couple is left behind in the middle of the ocean, with darkness descending and a stealthily increasing school of sharks circling ominously in the waters below. A terrifying breakout hit at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, OPEN WATER is a startling docudrama that takes the familiar horror trope of the lurking, unseen shark and gives it an unsettling home-movie feel.


SILENT HOUSE
2011, Open Road Films, 86 min, USA, Dir: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the filmmaking duo behind 2003’s OPEN WATER, once again confront the face of fear in this enthralling psychological thriller. Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) works with her father and uncle to fix up the family’s longtime summerhouse after it has been violated by squatters in the off-season. As they work in the dark, Sarah begins to hear sounds from within the walls of the boarded-up building, and senses the past may still haunt the home. Impressively captured in a single continuous camera shot, SILENT HOUSE tracks the escalating panic of a young woman trapped in an unnerving nightmare.


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