JEREMIAH'S PICK - THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
1920 - Robert Wiene - 1H 7MIN
"A clever - visually impressive - atmospheric murder-mystery, and the first silent film I've experienced, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari required me to make some adjustments. But like any minimalist form of expressionist art, my brain quickly adapted, filled in the gaps, and it felt like the actors were actually speaking. Neat."
At a carnival in Germany, Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his friend Alan (Rudolf Lettinger) encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss). The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan's death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true -- making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty, or is the doctor controlling him?
Budget: 20,000 DEM, 18,000 USD
DAVID'S PICK - MANIAC COP 2
1990 - William Lustig - 1H 30MIN
"You better watch out when you hear that sound! That means that the maniac cop's around!"
Renegade police officer Matthew Cordell (Robert Z'Dar) once roamed the streets of New York City unleashing his murderous brand of vigilante justice upon its denizens before being struck down by good cop Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell). Now, Forrest is eager to move on from those heinous events, but he is stopped short when a familiar killing spree begins. Though thought dead and gone, Cordell is back from the grave and ready to wreak his merciless havoc once more.
Initial release: July 18, 1990
Budget: 4 million USD
JASMINE'S PICK - LESSON OF EVIL
2012 - Takashi Miike - 2H 9MIN
"Fun idea but sometimes a little cheesy. It was fun seeing Hideaki Ito in a role like that though he needs to work in his English."
Mr. Hasumi is a popular, young and good looking teacher at an elite high school. He hides his dark past and homicidal urges until he witnesses bad behavior and bullying among the student body.
SARAH'S PICK - HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
2009 - Ti West - 1H 35MIN
"Suspenseful and beautifully shot"
Desperate to make some money so she can move into a new apartment, college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) takes a mysterious babysitting job. When she arrives at the house, Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan) mentions a full lunar eclipse and explains there is no child, but that Samantha will be watching his mother instead. After exploring the sinister-seeming house, Samantha soon comes to realize that her employers are hiding a horrifying secret and have plans to use her, dead or alive.
Initial release: April 25, 2009
Budget: 900,000 USD
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