METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED-SYN
1983, Universal, 84 min, USA, Dir: Charles Band

Produced and directed by B-movie maestro Charles Band, this highly enjoyable cult film takes place on the mysterious desert planet of Lemuria, where humans gather in small mining towns to scavenge for crystals imbued with mystical powers. Dressed suspiciously like Mel Gibson’s Max Rockatansky, space ranger Dogen (Jeffrey Byron) sets out to stop the murderous villain Jared-Syn, memorably played by THE ROAD WARRIOR’s Michael Preston. This MAD MAX knockoff is a surprisingly fun adventure that takes wasteland sci-fi to new, intergalactic places with some truly outstanding visuals.


THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD
1951, Warner Bros., 87 min, USA, Dir: Christian Nyby

Produced by the great Howard Hawks, this is the first alien-invasion film and arguably the first modern horror film - a prototype for everything that would follow, from ALIEN to FRIDAY THE 13th to HALLOWEEN. A fast-moving freight train of a movie, filled with Hawks’ trademark snappy, overlapping dialogue and some of the scariest moments ever on film, it's the STAGECOACH of horror films. It also demonstrates the dangers of electric blankets. With Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan and "Gunsmoke's" James Arness as the Thing.


CUBE
1997, Lionsgate, 90 min, Canada, Dir: Vincenzo Natali

A Best Canadian First Feature Film winner at the Toronto International Film Festival, this cult sci-fi horror film drops a group of strangers of varying backgrounds and skills into a giant cube filled with shifting, booby-trapped rooms from which they must escape. Stark production design and taut direction elevate this allegory about trust and futility, which spawned a pair of sequels. “Surprisingly gripping, in the best 'Twilight Zone' tradition. The ensemble cast does an outstanding job on the cinematic equivalent of a bare stage.” - Anita Gates, The New York Times.


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