1973, Janus Films, 212 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Originally created for German television, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s sci-fi epic lends a tense, noir-ish atmosphere to virtual reality head games that THE MATRIX would play a quarter-century later. Fred Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch) takes over a computer simulation program at the Cybernetics and Future Science Institute after the death of a top researcher. The man reportedly had been on the verge of a major discovery, but as Stiller investigates, others begin to vanish mysteriously as well.

2017, Syfy, 91 min, USA, Dir: David Straiton

Welcome to BLOOD DRIVE, a new grindhouse-inspired series soaked in high-octane chaos and just barely approved for television. After Los Angeles’ last good cop is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale. Oh, and forget gasoline … these cars run on human blood. Together the unlikely pair embark on this dangerous competition where either you’re first … or you’re fuel. The series, starring Christina Ochoa (“Animal Kingdom”) and Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”), is from Universal Cable Productions and executive producers John Hlavin (“Underworld: Awakening”) and David Straiton (“Bates Motel”). BLOOD DRIVE premieres on Syfy June 14 at 10/9c.

1985, Universal, 94 min, USA, Dir: John Hughes

Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith play nerds who feed a centerfold into a computer and generate their own real-life fantasy woman in the form of Kelly Le Brock. As she teaches the boys how to be men, they deal with a number of comic complications and supporting characters, including a hilarious Bill Paxton.

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