THE HOST
GWOEMUL
2006, Magnolia Pictures, 120 min, South Korea, Dir: Bong Joon Ho

Much more than just a monster movie, Bong Joon Ho’s third film spans the intimate and the epic, the personal and the political, in a fantastical tale about the lengths to which a family will go in recovering one of its own. Due to the negligence of a U.S. military installation, an amphibian beast emerges from Seoul's Han River, wreaking havoc on city residents and abducting the daughter of riverfront vendor Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho). With the help of his elderly father, listless brother and archery medalist sister, Park races against time for save the girl while government authorities concoct their own, ecologically reckless means of vanquishing the creature. “A loopy, feverishly imaginative genre hybrid.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.


LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
LÅT DEN RÄTTE KOMMA IN
2008, Magnet Releasing, 114 min, Sweden, Dir: Tomas Alfredson

“I'm twelve. But I've been twelve for a long time.” It seems that lonely, bullied boy Oskar has finally found a soulmate when Eli moves in next door. She’s a strange young girl, who only comes out at night … and whose arrival coincides with a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. It doesn't take Oskar long before he figures out that Eli is a vampire, but he cannot bring himself to forsake her; in return, Eli gives him the strength to fight back against his aggressors. Set in early-1980s Sweden, this modern horror classic weaves friendship, rejection and loyalty into a disturbing and darkly atmospheric, yet poetic and unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence. You’ll never forget the climatic swimming pool scene!


MAD LOVE
1935, Warner Bros., 68 min, USA, Dir: Karl Freund

“Dead hands that live ... and love ... and kill!” It's macabre shenanigans involving amputated hands as Grand Guignol theater star Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) goes to brilliant - but crazy - surgeon Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) as a last resort when her concert pianist husband, Stephen (Colin Clive, of FRANKENSTEIN), has his hands mangled in a train accident. Gogol, insanely in love with Yvonne and willing to do anything to steal her away, transplants the hands of a guillotined murderer onto the comatose Stephen. Counting on the highly suggestive nature of the neurotic pianist, Gogol makes him believe he also possesses the dead killer’s personality. An intense, delirious adaptation of French writer Maurice Renard’s oft-filmed novel The Hands of Orlac.


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