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CANDYMAN
1992, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Bernard Rose

Perhaps the greatest horror film of the ’90s is this cerebral and chilling classic by director Bernard Rose, based on Clive Barker's short story “The Forbidden.” Virginia Madsen plays a grad student researching urban legends when she comes across the tale of Candyman, a frightening one-armed man who appears when you say his name into a mirror five times; he’s played brilliantly by Tony Todd. Score by Philip Glass.


FRANKENSTEIN (2015)
2015, Alchemy, 90 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Bernard Rose

This arresting contemporary take on Mary Shelley’s horror classic is set in Los Angeles, where husband-and-wife scientists Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein (Danny Huston and Carrie-Anne Moss) give life to an imperfect being (Xavier Samuel) who must fend for himself when cast off by his creators. As told from the monster’s point of view, human cruelty becomes as terrifying as the violence he cannot escape. Grand prize winner at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.


MR. NICE
2010, MPI Media Group, 121 min, UK/Spain, Dir: Bernard Rose

Inspired by Howard Marks’ popular autobiography, this sprawling cannabis tale recounts the Welshman’s rise to the top of the drug-smuggling world of the 1960s and 1970s, and his later reinvention as a marijuana evangelist. Rhys Ifans and Chloë Sevigny play Marks and his wife, Judy, with able support from Crispin Glover, David Thewlis and Ken Russell (yep, the famous director) as well as a fine Philip Glass score.


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