WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?
1971, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Harrington

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? novelist Henry Farrell penned the screenplay the this 1930s-set horror thriller. Middle-aged friends Adelle (Debbie Reynolds) and Helen (Shelley Winters) move to Hollywood to escape their past and open a dance studio for Shirley Temple wannabes - but threatening phone calls and Helen’s deteriorating mental state complicate matters. With Dennis Weaver and Agnes Moorehead.


AFFLICTION
1997, Lionsgate, 114 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Paul Schrader

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s adaptation of the Russell Banks novel focuses on New Hampshire policeman Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte, in one of his best performances), forced to confront personal demons as he investigates a suspicious hunting accident. The top-notch cast includes Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe, Mary Beth Hurt and James Coburn, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Whitehouse’s abusive father.


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.


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