PREDATOR
1987, 20th Century Fox, 107 min, USA, Dir: John McTiernan

ALIEN meets RAMBO when an elite military squad heads into the jungle, only to be confronted by an unstoppable extraterrestrial killer. Director John McTiernan shows signs of the expert action technique he would later refine in DIE HARD, while Arnold Schwarzenegger provides rooting interest as the tough-as-nails hero. With special effects from the great Stan Winston.


THE GATE
1987, New Century Vista Film Co., 85 min, USA, Dir: Tibor Takacs

Three kids accidentally unleash a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. With Stephen Dorff, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan and Jennifer Irwin.


CARRIE
1976, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma strikes exactly the right note between empathy and horror in this yarn of Carrie (Sissy Spacek), a teen misfit who becomes so unglued after being repeatedly victimized by sadistic classmates and religious-zealot mom Piper Laurie that her latent telekinetic powers kick in, resulting in a blitz of gory, vengeful carnage. Enormously popular on its original release, CARRIE remains one of the best adaptations from a Stephen King novel. With John Travolta, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen and P.J. Soles.


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