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.


HOUR OF THE WOLF
VARGTIMMEN
1968, Park Circus, 90 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Artist Max von Sydow and wife Liv Ullmann take a trip to a desolate island and quickly become troubled by eerie visions - are they hallucinations or something more sinister? Ingmar Bergman combines elements of the horror film with his usual preoccupation with relationships in crisis to create a stunning work. In Swedish with English subtitles.


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