THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS
1946, Warner Bros., 88 min, USA, Dir: Robert Florey

Volatile (and dead) concert pianist Francis Ingram (Victor Francen) has left his Italian estate to his American nurse (Andrea King), much to the chagrin of an avaricious brother and nephew. Peter Lorre is the dead musician’s astrology-obsessed, mentally unbalanced librarian who becomes convinced that his late employer’s left hand - now missing from the corpse - is creeping about the villa, bent on murdering all those who oppose Ingram’s last testament. The rest of the household, including King’s paramour Robert Alda and police commissioner J. Carrol Naish, soon become convinced he may be right. The over-the-top Max Steiner score ably punctuates the deranged proceedings.


THE FOG
1980, Rialto Pictures, 91 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

There’s atmosphere to burn in this spooky saga of bloodthirsty ghost pirates vengefully returning to decimate a sleepy California coastal town on the 100th anniversary of their shipwreck. Adrienne Barbeau is the spunky DJ sounding the alarm from her lighthouse-based radio station while the undead use the title mist as cover in their gory siege. With Jamie Lee Curtis.


MARY (2019)
2019, 84 min, Dir: Michael Goi

Genre stalwart and four-time Emmy-nominated cinematographer Michael Goi returns to the director’s chair for a nautical horror that crawls under the skin and refuses to leave long after. Gary Oldman stars as David, a man looking to start a charter yacht business with his partner (Emily Mortimer). When a deal too good to be true comes their way, David acquires a boat with a sinister history, and soon the couple are on their way to the high seas. It’s not long before something malignant begins to manifest itself onboard the ancient boat.


Syndicate content