I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE
1943, Warner Bros., 69 min, USA, Dir: Jacques Tourneur

Canadian nurse Betsy (Frances Dee) travels to the Caribbean’s Dutch-colonized Saint Sebastian Island to care for the comatose wife of sugar baron Paul Holland (Tom Conway). But Betsy’s exotic new surroundings begin to have a seductive stranglehold on her - and not just because she’s falling in love with her employer - and the young woman is increasingly drawn into the island’s native voodoo cult. Another top-rate collaboration from Jacques Tourneur and Val Lewton, this atmospheric classic weaves the stark horrors of imperialism and slavery into a taut, terrifying masterpiece.


THE NAKED KISS
1964, Ben Barry & Association, 93 min, USA, Dir: Samuel Fuller

A prostitute tries to go straight in a small town and winds up falling for a child molester. With Michael Dante, Constance Towers and Anthony Eisley. "In NAKED KISS, I maintained that no matter how low someone is in the depths of their profession, there’s someone lower." - Fuller


FORTY GUNS
1957, 20th Century Fox, 79 min, USA, Dir: Samuel Fuller

Director Sam Fuller had to sacrifice his original title, WOMAN WITH A WHIP, but kept everything else - from Barbara Stanwyck’s black-leather dominatrix gear to the film’s naked gun-lust (Her: "May I feel it?" Him: "It might go off in your face."). Still the most subversively entertaining Western ever made, a surreal dreamscape in which nothing is motivated by natural laws. With Barry Sullivan, Gene Barry. "It’s not even really a Western - I don’t know what it is... FORTY GUNS doesn’t care." - Martin Scorsese.


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