NECRONOMICON: BOOK OF THE DEAD
1993, 96 min, Dir: Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko, Brian Yuzna

This splatter-rific horror anthology is split into three segments, each based on a work by famed writer H.P. Lovecraft, played here by Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR). In “The Drowned,” attempts to use the Necronomicon to revive deceased family members instead produce tentacled monsters. In “The Cold,” a woman’s next-door neighbor is a scientist intent on artificially extending life. In “Whispers,” a pair of Philly police officers tracks a suspect to a warehouse filled with alien creatures. Featuring special effects and makeup by the legendary Tom Savini.


GHOST IN THE SHELL
KOKAKU KIDOTAI
1995, Lionsgate, 82 min, Japan, Dir: Mamoru Oshii

Director Mamoru Oshii’s anime masterpiece anticipates many of the themes from THE MATRIX. In the near future, a sentient computer program named Project 2501 tries to control the cyber and human worlds; standing in its way is kick-ass, super-sexy cyborg cop Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team at Section 9. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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