1989, 90 min, Dir: Fabrizio De Angelis

Italy in the 1970s and ’80s was a paradise of ambitious cheapo knockoffs like KILLER CROCODILE, which fits squarely in the post-JAWS, giant-animal-run-amok rip-off subgenre yet is so much more. Written and directed by Lucio Fulci’s longtime producer Fabrizio De Angelis, the film tells the story of a crocodile grown to unnatural proportions (by way of toxic chemical dumping) that wreaks havoc on a river community. Shot back-to-back with its sequel, KILLER CROCODILE 2, the film stars Richard Anthony Crenna (son of RAMBO franchise icon Richard Crenna). The scenic authenticity of its Dominican Republic locations mixes deliriously with its rubbery croc gore to provide a one-of-a-kind cinematic feast.

1994, Vinegar Syndrome, 82 min, Dir: Stewart Raffill

In this brilliant hybrid of sci-fi, offbeat comedy and rom-com, Michael is a high school student in love with his sweetheart, Tammy. The two of them lead fairly normal lives, barring regular fights with Tammy’s ex, the school bully, Billy. But when Michael is killed trying to escape Billy and his thugs, his body is stolen by evil scientist Dr. Wachenstein, who transfers his brain into a giant, mechanical T-Rex. Soon, Michael is wreaking havoc on his high school tormentors, continuing his romance with Tammy AND trying to stop the evil doctor - as a dinosaur! Featuring the holy trifecta of Paul Walker, Denise Richards and Terry Kiser in the lead roles and stellar work by SFX legend John Carl Buechler, TAMMY AND THE T-REX is a weirdo classic that deserves to be seen on a big screen in all its splatterific gore.

2019, 111 min, Dir: Richard Stanley

Director Richard Stanley brings to the big screen his long-gestating adaptation of the H.P Lovecraft short story, starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson. After Nathan Gardener (Cage), his wife (Richardson) and their three kids move to a rural farmstead once owned by Nathan’s father, their idyllic new life is shattered by a meteorite that crashes into their front yard, bringing with it an alien organism. The pathogen quickly begins to contaminate plant life, farm animals and, in time, the Gardeners themselves, filling the screen with beautiful, disturbing, hypnotic and hallucinatory images. This creeping, atmospheric tale envelops the viewer in dread and unease until everything finally erupts into an effects-laden, soul-shattering climax.

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