THE UNHOLY THREE
1925, Warner Bros., 86 min, USA, Dir: Tod Browning

One of director Tod Browning's earliest evocations of death, perversity and deformity, this silent masterpiece follows a crime syndicate comprised of a dwarf, a strongman and a ventriloquist (as the latter, Lon Chaney dresses up as a woman in one of the many instances of transvestism in Browning’s ouevre).


THE UNKNOWN
1927, Warner Bros., 63 min, USA, Dir: Tod Browning

Armless circus performer Lon Chaney falls for stunning, scantily clad bareback rider Joan Crawford (who, conveniently, is pathologically terrified of men's hands) in this typically haunting Tod Browning melodrama. Burt Lancaster once praised Chaney's performance in this film as the most emotionally compelling work ever committed to celluloid.


PACIFIC HEIGHTS
1990, Morgan Creek, 102 min, USA, Dir: John Schlesinger

Young lovers Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine buy and restore a gorgeous Victorian house, but their dream home soon turns into a nightmare when they rent an apartment to the tenant from hell, played with chilling intensity by Michael Keaton.


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