LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH
1971, Paramount, 89 min, USA, Dir: John D. Hancock

In this hallucinatory classic, a young woman with a troubled emotional past moves into an old New England farmhouse to start over. The problem is that she quickly begins having terrifying encounters in the house, and director John Hancock keeps both the characters and the audience guessing as to whether or not she’s imagining things. With a brilliantly haunting performance by Zohra Lampert.


THE DESCENT
2005, Lionsgate, 99 min, UK, Dir: Neil Marshall

Six women exploring a cave system in the Appalachian Mountains become trapped inside - and they’re not alone; as they struggle to find a way out, the group is pursued by flesh-eating humanoids. Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza and Alex Reid star in this creepy and claustrophobic British shocker. "A sensationally entertaining escalation of frights, the kind that make you wiggle and squirm as you alternately laugh at your own gullibility and marvel at the filmmaker’s cunning and craft" - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.


THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
1991, Universal, 102 min, USA, Dir: Wes Craven

Claustrophobic terror and a savage satire of Reaganomics drive this tale of a teenager who tries to keep his family from being evicted but ends up trapped in the home of his psychotic landlords.


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