SKINNER
1993, MPI/Severin Films, 90 min, Dir: Ivan Nagy

Ted Raimi (XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS) delivers an unnerving performance as psycho drifter Dennis Skinner, who wears flesh-suits that he slices from his victims, falls for a lonely young housewife (Ricki Lake of HAIRSPRAY fame), and is himself hunted by a horribly scarred survivor (Traci Lords, in an equally unhinged performance). Featuring the most intensely graphic scenes yet by KNB EFX Group (THE WALKING DEAD), this remains perhaps the most disturbing – and rarely seen – shocker of the 1990s.


THE DARK BACKWARD
1991, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Adam Rifkin

Judd Nelson is Marty Malt, a garbage collector moonlighting as a stand-up comic in a Lynchian netherworld where opportunism rules the day. Friend and fellow garbage man Gus (Bill Paxton, in one of his most underrated performances) seems eager to help, but Marty’s comedy career only takes off after a third arm starts growing out of his back. Costarring Wayne Newton, James Caan and Rob Lowe, this relentlessly grimy satire is one of the strangest films of the 1990s.


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