CHILD'S PLAY
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 87 min, USA, Dir: Tom Holland

Andy Barclay has a new playmate who’s in no mood to play. Young Andy is thrilled to get the hottest new toy - until he learns his doll is possessed by the spirit of a psychotic criminal! Can Andy convince the adults in his life that “Chucky” (voiced by an exceptionally creepy Brad Dourif) is out to get him before it's too late? Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks star in this horror classic which spawned an entire Chucky franchise, and which does double duty as a shrewd satire on consumerism and its effect on children.


HARD BOILED
LAT SAU SAN TAAM
1992, 126 min, Hong Kong, Dir: John Woo

Cop Chow Yun-Fat and enigmatic killer Tony Leung join forces to take down a bloodthirsty gang of arms dealers in Woo’s over-the-top, expertly orchestrated follow-up to THE KILLER. The nail-bitingly suspenseful hospital-full-of-hostages third act manages to coax warmth and humor out of one of the most hypnotically violent climaxes in cinema history.


CULTURE SHOCK
2019, Blumhouse, 91 min, USA, Dir: Gigi Saul Guerrero

This episode of the popular Hulu original series INTO THE DARK follows a young Mexican woman (Martha Higareda) in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States only to find herself in an American nightmare. Martha Higareda, Richard Cabral, Shawn Ashmore, Barbara Crampton and Creed Bratton star in this socially relevant and painfully human story of desperation and the terrifying realities that accompany the struggle to get a fair chance at life.


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