PUMPKINHEAD
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 86 min, USA, Dir: Stan Winston

Effects wizard Stan Winston made his directorial debut with this macabre modern folk tale. Lance Henriksen stars as Ed Harley, a grief-stricken father who asks an old witch in the swamp to bring forth a demon from Hell to wreak vengeance on the teen dirt-bike riders who accidentally ran down and killed his tiny son. That vengeance comes at a terrible price, as the link between Ed and the monster grows until the carnage threatens to consume them both.


NEAR DARK
1987, De Laurentiis Entertainment, 94 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Teenage farmhand Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), smitten by pale young drifter Mae (Jenny Wright), ends up shanghaied by her strange surrogate family (Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, Joshua Miller), who turn out to be a wandering clan of vampires. Caleb’s father (Tim Thomerson) and younger sister (Marcie Leeds) try to track him down, to no avail. Can Caleb detach Mae and himself from the bloodthirsty pack before he becomes totally transformed into a creature of the night? Writer-director Kathryn Bigelow’s breakout feature skillfully blends cutting-edge horror, gothic romance and a modern Western.


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
1986, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Frank Oz

Director Frank Oz’s delightful adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical spawned by Roger Corman’s legendary low-budget horror comedy stars Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn, a lowly assistant working in a New York flower shop. Following an eclipse, he finds a particularly unusual plant and discovers that it feeds on human flesh - in fact, its hunger for it is insatiable. The flower shop booms as its carnivorous star attraction grows, and Seymour is willing to look the other way when it gobbles up a couple of not-so-nice people. But when “Audrey II” sets its sights on the co-worker he’s in love with (Ellen Greene), it’s time for Seymour to weed out this mean green mother from outer space. With Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist and Bill Murray as his masochistic patient.


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