THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 82 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

Italian director Lucio Fulci already had a track record of surreal giallo thrillers before he cranked out the DAWN OF THE DEAD knock-off ZOMBIE, which put him on the map with fans of extreme genre cinema. Dubbed the king of Italian goremeisters after following up with CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE BEYOND, Fulci turned out this very atmospheric (and gory) ghost/zombie saga. Katherine MacColl and her husband and son move into an ancient house owned long ago by the insane medical experimenter Dr. Freudstein. Ghost sightings, mysterious disappearances and bloody killings begin, and the traumatized family wonders if perhaps the good doctor is still around.


THE STEPFATHER
1987, 89 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Ruben

Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn) tries to be the perfect husband and father, and he expects the same perfection from his family - when they don’t measure up, he murders them and assumes a new identity in a new town to start the process all over. Inspired by the case of killer John List, this is one of the 1980s’ most effective thrillers, powered by terrific performances by O'Quinn and Jill Schoelen as the increasingly suspicious stepdaughter.


THE MIST
2007, The Weinstein Company, 126 min, USA, Dir: Frank Darabont

"The story is less about the monsters outside than about the monsters inside, the people you're stuck with, your friends and neighbors breaking under the strain," noted writer-director Frank Darabont of this muscular sci-fi horror thriller, which features a darker ending than the original Stephen King novella. After a thunderstorm knocks out power in Bridgton, Maine, residents seeking supplies become trapped inside a local supermarket, where a mist conceals deadly creatures from another dimension. With Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden and Andre Braugher.


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