AFFLICTION
1997, Lionsgate, 114 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Paul Schrader

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s adaptation of the Russell Banks novel focuses on New Hampshire policeman Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte, in one of his best performances), forced to confront personal demons as he investigates a suspicious hunting accident. The top-notch cast includes Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe, Mary Beth Hurt and James Coburn, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Whitehouse’s abusive father.


THE LORDS OF SALEM
2012, Lionsgate, 101 min, USA/UK/Canada, Dir: Rob Zombie

A mysterious record from the Lords shows up at a Salem radio station, and DJ Heidi plays it thinking it's just an elaborate marketing scheme by a local band. Instead, the music on the records causes Heidi to have visions of a past trauma. When the Lords announce their first concert, the women of town are drawn to the hypnotic drone that evokes Salem's historic witchery.


THE DESCENT
2005, Lionsgate, 99 min, UK, Dir: Neil Marshall

Six women exploring a cave system in the Appalachian Mountains become trapped inside - and they’re not alone; as they struggle to find a way out, the group is pursued by flesh-eating humanoids. Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza and Alex Reid star in this creepy and claustrophobic British shocker. "A sensationally entertaining escalation of frights, the kind that make you wiggle and squirm as you alternately laugh at your own gullibility and marvel at the filmmaker’s cunning and craft" - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.


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