TALES FROM THE HOOD
1995, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Rusty Cundieff

Chill or be chilled! Executive produced by Spike Lee, this horror anthology with an African-American focus centers on a mortician (a wonderfully creepy Clarence Williams III) who regales a trio of would-be drug dealers with tales of the deceased at his funeral home. Crooked cops, gangbangers and racist politicians rub shoulders in these four stories to create a highly entertaining mix of terror, humor and social commentary. The solid ensemble cast includes David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen and Joe Torry.


INFERNO (1980)
1980, 20th Century Fox, 106 min, Italy, Dir: Dario Argento

Originally unreleased in the U.S., this was the second part of a never-finished trilogy (with SUSPIRIA) about the Three Mothers, who rule the world with "sorrow, darkness and tears." Here, Argento delights in the orchestration of elements -- bloody hands on curtains, dusty volumes of arcane knowledge -- transforming INFERNO’s apartment building into a demonic theatrical tableaux. “Argento’s world is a lushly horrific one, painted with broad stripes of lurid color, housed in labyrinthian mansions and peopled by beings whose senses quiver and tense at the evils ordinary humans can’t perceive.” - Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly.


THEY LIVE
1988, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Construction worker Roddy Piper learns that the world has been taken over by grinning skull-headed aliens who are permeating society with subliminal messages to mindlessly consume (sound like some corporations you know?). Glimpsing the truth with the aid of special sunglasses that strip away the phony layers of manufactured reality, he and fellow drifter Keith David join the underground to rebel against the mind control in this searingly satirical sci-fi jaunt, one of Carpenter’s best and wildest films. Co-starring Meg Foster.


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