ARREBATO
RAPTURE
1979, 105 min, Spain, Dir: Iván Zulueta

This brooding cult masterpiece focuses on drug-addicted Madrid director José Sirgado (Eusebio Poncela), who is trying to finish his vampire movie when he gets a package from fellow filmmaker Pedro P. (Will More); the audiovisual materials it contains lead José on a one-way trip down a hallucinatory rabbit hole. Co-starring Almodóvar favorite Cecilia Roth, ARREBATO is loaded with symbolism, and one of the few films to truly capture the mesmerizing nature of cinema.


THE DRILLER KILLER
1979, AGFA, 96 min, USA, Dir: Abel Ferrara

Spiraling between grimy horror, punk rock and art film, Abel Ferrara directs and stars as Remo Miller, a starving artist struggling to make it in NYC. As the pressure mounts, his sanity slips, and the only way to fulfill his artist craving is by taking a power drill to anyone he encounters on the streets late at night. As the opening title card says: "This Film Should Be Played Loud," so prepare for mayhem at maximum volume.


NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN
aka NIGHTMARE
1981, AGFA, 97 min, USA/Italy, Dir: Romano Scavolini

The dream you can't escape alive! A patient disturbed by vicious nightmares of his horrific past escapes from a mental institution and murders his way down New York City’s legendary 42nd Street (in its grindhouse heyday) before making the jaunt to Daytona, Florida. Famously sued by special-effects legend Tom Savini for using his name to promote the film, NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN still delivers the gory goods with work by Ed French (TERMINATOR) and Monster Man Cleve Hall … and has the distinct honor of making Great Britain's “Video Nasty” list.


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