HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
1986, Greycat Films, 83 min, USA, Dir: John McNaughton

This disturbing, low-budget indie, loosely based on the story of real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, delivers exactly what its title promises. Brilliantly played by Michael Rooker, Henry is an ex-con living in a Chicago apartment with Otis, a gas station attendant he met in prison. In Henry’s day job he’s a part-time exterminator, but killing is also his hobby - one Otis soon comes to share in a series of gruesome slayings. When Otis’ sister Becky comes to live with them, she and Henry share a mutual attraction, but can any human being survive contact with this cold-blooded killer? The film landed on numerous year-end best lists upon its release, with writer-director McNaughton’s matter-of-fact style and sure hand with performers (many of them nonprofessional) drawing deserved comparisons to Cassavetes. “One of the 20 scariest movies of all time.” - Entertainment Weekly.


ARMY OF DARKNESS
1992, Universal Pictures, 96 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Swallowed up by a time vortex at the end of the previous EVIL DEAD installment, horror hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) finds himself trapped in medieval times. In order to get back, he must once again find the accursed Necronomicon while battling legions of the undead. Upping the comedic elements of the previous entries, ARMY OF DARKNESS plays as if the Three Stooges directed JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS blasted out by a boom-stick.


EVIL DEAD II
1987, Rialto Pictures, 84 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Bruce Campbell returns to the woods to battle demons (and his own possessed hand!) in a sequel that tops the original EVIL DEAD for sheer speed and inventiveness.


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