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2016, IFC Films, 99 min, Dir: André Øvredal

At the scene of a grisly familial massacre, a small-town Virginia police crew realizes its seemingly open-and-shut case is anything but when the nude corpse of a mysterious woman is unearthed in the basement. Seasoned coroner Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox) and his adult son, Austen (Emile Hirsch), are about to call it a night at their family-owned morgue/crematorium when the sheriff arrives with the Jane Doe in tow. Layer by layer, their forensic examination reveals evidence of inhuman internal injury belying Jane Doe’s eerily serene exterior; the they get closer to the truth of her death, they find themselves faced with their own mortality.

2007, Warner Bros., 82 min, USA, Dir: Michael Dougherty

Equally funny and frightening, TRICK ‘R TREAT captures the spirit of Halloween through four intertwined stories set on the same block. Horny virgins, homicidal school principals, crotchety old men, nosy kids, and a sack-hooded hellraiser named Sam rub shoulders on All Hallows Eve, occasionally running afoul of the night’s traditions. This loving homage to such anthologies as TALES FROM THE CRYPT boasts superb production values and a solid cast including Anna Paquin, Brian Cox and Dylan Baker.

1986, Rialto Pictures, 119 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

Based on Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon, Michael Mann’s frightening, forcefully directed thriller follows Will Graham (William Petersen), an FBI agent in early retirement after his traumatizing arrest of serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox). Meanwhile, the emergence of another serial killer, the "Tooth Fairy," with a penchant for killing entire families compels Graham to return and immerse himself in the job, including confronting the imprisoned Lecktor. MANHUNTER is the first and original thriller featuring Dr. Lecktor. With Tom Noonan, Joan Allen and Dennis Farina.

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