PRIMAL FEAR
1996, Paramount, 129 min, USA, Dir: Gregory Hoblit

In this glossy legal thriller, a hot-shot lawyer (Richard Gere) chooses to defend a young man (Edward Norton, in his Oscar-nominated feature debut) accused of murdering an archbishop. But closer examination of the facts reveals dark secrets about the archbishop and the boy’s past. The top-flight supporting cast includes Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard and Frances McDormand. “The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


BACKFIRE
1950, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Vincent Sherman

Virginia Mayo, Gordon Macrae, Edmond O'Brien and Viveca Lindfors star in this taut mystery about a war veteran whose attempt to investigate the disappearance of his army buddy follows a series of clues into a maze of murder and violence.


THE EXORCIST III
1990, Morgan Creek, 110 min, USA, Dir: William Peter Blatty

THE EXORCIST novelist William Peter Blatty helms this shocker set 17 years after the original film. Police lieutenant William F. Kinderman (George C. Scott) is confronted by a string of murders in Georgetown that resemble the work of the Gemini serial killer, who had died years earlier. The investigation leads Kinderman to an old friend - Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) – who may be possessed by a demon. “As a movie writer-director, William Peter Blatty is like David Lynch's good twin: He is eccentric, original, funny and daring, but he also has a sense of taste, pace and restraint - which is by way of saying that this is one of the shrewdest, wittiest, most intense and most satisfying horror movies ever made.” - Ralph Novak, People.


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