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2019, Paramount, 100 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, PET SEMATARY follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

2013, erbp, 96 min, USA, Dir: Shane Carruth

As in his striking debut PRIMER, writer-director Shane Carruth’s follow-up feature uses a sci-fi premise as a jumping-off point to explore deep philosophical territory. When a thief forces a mind-controlling parasite on Kris (Amy Seimetz), she loses not just her possessions but part of her identity. As she tries to rebuild her life, she meets Jeff (Carruth), the victim of a similar crime, and the two begin a relationship. A feast for both eye and ear (it won the sound design prize at Sundance), UPSTREAM COLOR was hailed by Variety as “a stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking.”

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