THE 10TH VICTIM
LA DECIMA VITTIMA
1965, Rialto Pictures, 92 min, Italy/France, Dir: Elio Petri

Decades before THE HUNGER GAMES or even THE RUNNING MAN, humans killed other humans for entertainment in THE 10TH VICTIM. This Carlo Ponti production is set in a world where war is virtually unknown, as violent people work out their aggression in the “Big Hunt.” Wealth and celebrity awaits anyone who can survive five rounds as a hunter and five as prey; original Bond girl Ursula Andress holds the shotgun here, with bleached-blond Marcello Mastroianni in her sights. As sharp as the leads look in this lively sci-fi satire, it’s Piero Poletto’s groovy-futuristic production design that truly dazzles.


BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR
1989, AGFA, 96 min, USA, Dir: Brian Yuzna

Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott return as doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain in Brian Yuzna’s gory and gonzo follow-up to the 1985 horror classic. Now years after the “Miskatonic Massacre” they caused, West and Cain still haven’t learned their lesson. When Cain’s newest crush dies, the two set out to rebuild her into the eponymous BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR. And proving you can’t keep a good head down, the late, great David Gale returns as the devious and decapitated Dr. Hill. For the sequel, Yuzna cranks the practical FX up to 11 with the help of legends like Screaming Mad George, Greg Nicotero, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and John Carl Buechler. The results are an entire Fangoria’s worth of re-animated mayhem!


CLARA
2018, Screen Media, 105 min, Canada, Dir: Akash Sherman

Astronomy professor Isaac Bruno (Patrick J. Adams) is obsessed with searching the cosmos for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Faced with skepticism within his university department and denied further funding, Isaac is determined to continue his research and advertises for an unpaid research assistant. In walks young Clara (Troian Bellisario), an artist who shares Isaac’s deep fascination with space. Their unlikely scientific collaboration soon brings them to the brink of a monumental discovery. It also brings them closer together and, although Isaac thinks that “outer space is a safer bet than love,” Clara’s arrival just might change his mind.


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