THE FOG
1980, Rialto Pictures, 91 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

There’s atmosphere to burn in this spooky saga of bloodthirsty ghost pirates vengefully returning to decimate a sleepy California coastal town on the 100th anniversary of their shipwreck. Adrienne Barbeau is the spunky DJ sounding the alarm from her lighthouse-based radio station while the undead use the title mist as cover in their gory siege. With Jamie Lee Curtis.


MADMAN
1981, 88 min, Dir: Joe Giannone

At most summer camps, there is always a legendary campfire tale that gets passed down from camper to camper; but in the case of Madman Marz, there is truth to the story. When a group of snot-nosed campers decides to mock the folklore murderer, the backwoods barbarian answers the call with the vicious whack of his ax. Butchering counselors left and right, MADMAN mixes FRIDAY THE 13TH-style slaughter with the hillbilly horror of DELIVERANCE with grisly results.


1BR
2019, 90 min, Dir: David Marmor

David Marmor’s feature debut is a taut and exhilarating thriller dealing in paranoia, community and cults. Nicole Brydon Bloom stars as Sarah, a waifish young woman who has moved to L.A. to escape an overbearing father and pursue her costume design dreams. She stumbles upon an open house at an apartment complex and, to her surprise, is offered a seemingly perfect unit. But shortly after moving in, she is plagued by debilitating sleep deprivation from noisy pipes that no one else can hear and the question arises whether she chose the place or vice versa. This gruesome gem is chock-full of brutal psychological and physical torture that will push you to your very limit and is an incredible examination of what some people will do to belong to a community, no matter how twisted and sinister the initiation. Bloom delivers a staggering performance as a woman in her descent to hell and Ronen Landa’s score goes a long way to imbue the action with full-throttle creepiness.


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