ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)
1976, CKK Corp., 90 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

John Carpenter's stark homage to Howard Hawks’ RIO BRAVO stars Austin Stoker as a policeman defending a defunct police station against criminals in blighted South Central L.A. Banter flies fast and furious between charismatic convict Darwin Joston and policewoman Laurie Zimmer as faceless, virtually supernatural marauders lay siege to the precinct. This remains one of Carpenter’s most effective pictures, an edge-of-your-seat thriller that put him on the map as an imaginative, creative force to be reckoned with.


THE GREEN INFERNO
2013, Open Road Films, 103 min, USA, Dir: Eli Roth

A group of college activists fly from New York to the Amazon jungle hoping to save endangered rainforests and become endangered themselves when their plane crashes near a tribe of cannibals. Noted horror helmer Roth (HOSTEL) returns from a six-year absence with a grisly feature that recalls such ’80s Italian shockers as CANNIBAL FEROX.


THE MONKEY’S PAW
2013, Chiller Films, USA, Dir: Brett Simmons

In this New Orleans-set adaptation of English writer W.W. Jacobs’ famed short story, Jake Tilton (C.J. Thomason) acquires the titular object, which grants its owner three wishes. One of those wishes brings Jake’s coworker (Stephen Lang) back from the dead - but that’s not enough for the resurrected man, whose attempts to manipulate Jake’s final wish grow increasingly violent. With Corbin Bleu and Charles S. Dutton.


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