THE BOY
2015, Chiller Films, SpectreVision, 105 min, USA, Dir: Craig William Macneill

Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) lives with his depressed dad (David Morse) in an isolated desert motel, with little to occupy his time other than removing roadkill from the nearby highway. When a mysterious drifter (Rainn Wilson) checks in, the boy’s fascination with death accelerates in this disturbing portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath. “It's great, it's creepy, it's got a jet-black third act that'll have you squirming in your seat, and just about everything - from the cast and the script to the set design and the cinematography - works.” - Scott Wampler, Badass Digest.


SPECIAL EFFECTS
1984, Park Circus/MGM, 106 min, USA, Dir: Larry Cohen

Past-his-prime director Chris Neville (a very effective Eric Bogosian) kills an actress at his home while cameras roll; turning the footage into a movie, he casts the woman’s boyfriend in a role in order to frame him for the deed. Zoë Lund (MS. 45) shines in a dual role that looks at Hollywood with both allure and dread.


FRANK THE BASTARD
2013, 111 min, USA, Dir: Brad Coley

Clair Defina (Rachel Miner), a 33 year-old New Yorker, returns to the childhood home she and her father fled after her mother’s tragic and mysterious death. Arriving in the seemingly quaint Maine town, Clair encounters an undercurrent of secrecy and hostility, most of it linked to the local bigwig Cyrus Gast (William Sadler), whose latest land development scheme promises to revitalize the community but is not what it appears to be. Most of the town is intimidated by Cyrus, and when Clair starts delving into events, both present and past, she finds herself in jeopardy. As she comes face to face with a dark legacy that has been buried - literally and figuratively - for decades, she also has a series of strange encounters with the enigmatic Frank Byron (Andy Comeau), Cyrus' bastard son. In Frank, Clair ultimately finds her only ally in a battle to redeem the crimes of the past.


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