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THE SKIN I LIVE IN (Director: Pedro Almodóvar)
Dr. Robert Ledgard is a driven plastic surgeon haunted by personal tragedies. After many years of trial and error, he finally perfects a new skin – a shield which could have prevented the death of his wife in an accident years earlier. His latest “guinea pig” is a mysterious captive whose true identity masks a shocking mystery. Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Roberto Álamo.
TERMINAL ISLAND (Director: Stephanie Rothman)
America in the near future, the Supreme Court drops the death penalty in favour of an initiative that designates San Bruno island as a dumping spot for first-degree murder convicts, free to do what they like except leave. Surrounded by murderers and mayhem, without any law or law-keepers it is a living hell-on-earth. Ruthless convicts Bobby rules the main camp and keeps the women under his thumb as sex slaves. Tensions within the group flare-up and when courageous A.J Thomas decides to turn his back on tyrannical Bobby he leads a group of like-minded convicts into hiding, determined to liberate the women once and for all. With the line drawn in the sand, it is only a matter of time before an all-out battle is mounted for control of the island. Starring Phyllis Davis, Don Marshall, Ena Hartman, Tom Selleck, Barbara Leigh, Roger Mosley
WALKABOUT (Director: Nicolas Roeg)
Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy who helps them survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life. Starring David Gulpilil, Jenny Agutter, John Meillon, Lucien John
LINGERING (a.k.a. Hotel Lake) (Director: Yoon Een-Kyoung)
Seeking support as the guardian of her younger brother, Yoo-mi returns to a small hotel run by a family friend. As bizarre incidents creep up in her mother’s old room, Yoo-mi will have to unravel the supernatural mystery and discover the truth before it’s too late. Starring Lee Se-young (Memorist), Park ji-young (The Concubine), directed by Yoon Eun-kyoung. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. (Also available on Shudder U.S., Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
BLOOD OF WOLVES (Director: Kazuya Shiraishi) – OUR REVIEW
Rookie detective Shuichi Hioka is assigned to the East Kurehara precinct’s Second Investigation Division, which boasts the best arrest rate in the Hiroshima Prefectural Police. He and his new partner Shogo Ogami, a veteran detective rumored to be in cahoots with the mob, are tasked with investigating the disappearance of an employee of Kurehara Finance, a front company for the Kakomura-gumi organized crime group. Starring Koji Yakusho, Tori Matsuzaka. (Also available on Shudder Canada, UK and U.S.)
EXISTS (Director: Eduardo Sanchez)
When five friends discover their vacation spot is in the center of Bigfoot stomping grounds, they must use their wits and weapons to battle the angry creature. But when they wound the bushy barbarian, it decides to make them all pay. Found-footage pioneer Eduardo Sánchez (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT) avoids the cabin-in-the-woods cliches, giving us characters who respond to their situation in believable ways. Combine that with Brian Steele’s chilling portrayal of the monster, and you have what may be the scariest of the recent wave of found-footage Bigfoot flicks. Starring Dora Madison Burge, Brian Steele, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn
EXORCISMUS (Director: Manuel Carballo)
A teenager realizes she’s possessed after she starts having uncontrollable fits, but her parents think she’s just losing her mind. (Major facepalm) But when Emma levitates in the living room, they call in the holy rollers – Uncle Chris, a priest whose last exorcism caused a girl’s death, and Padre Ennis (Doug Bradley aka Pinhead from the HELLRAISER movies). Will they be able to save her or will the devil have his day? Screenwriter David Muñoz’s terrifying and twist-filled script never fails to plunge beneath the surface of the characters’ dark behavior. Starring Sophie Vavasseur, Stephen Billington, Richard Felix
HELLRAISER IV (Director: Alan Smithee)
Determined to close the gates of hell once and for all, a 22nd-century scientist whose ancestor freed the demonic Pinhead centuries before tries to reverse the Lament Configuration. This blood-curdling epic spans three eras and 400 years, from the 18th-century Parisian origins of the iconic box to modern times, and finally to the year 2127 and a gigantic spaceship where the forces of good must again triumph over evil. Starring Bruce Ramsay, Valentina Vargas, Doug Bradley
IN FEAR (Director: Jeremy Lovering)
Adventurous couple Tom and Lucy set out for fun and romance, heading to a music festival in rural Ireland – but nothing prepares them for the sheer malevolence that lurks along the road up ahead. Despite having a hotel room booked, the couple faces a lonely night lost in the twisted country lane ways. Surrounded by dark woods, Lucy catches a glimpse of a masked man in the haunting unknown, setting forth an intense journey into the depths of desperation and despair. Starring Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech, Jemma Powell
LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe)
A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, Leap of Faith explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography. The film marks the sixth feature documentary from Philippe (78/52, Memory: The Origins of Alien), continuing his thoughtful analysis of iconic genre films. Starring William Friedkin. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder U.S. and Shudder UK) Trailer:
DIGGING UP THE MARROW (Director: Adam Green)
When filmmaker Adam Green sets out to make a documentary exploring fictional monsters in art, he’s contacted by retired ex-police officer William Dekker who claims to have proof that monsters are real and reside in an underground world called the Marrow. Skeptical of Dekker’s claims, Green turns the focus of his documentary towards him, sensing that he may have a far more interesting story to tell. Conjuring up a film filled with a rich mythology, DIGGING UP THE MARROW is an inventive take on the found footage film that features a standout performance from beloved character actor Ray Wise. Starring Ray Wise, Adam Green.
SCANNERS (Director: David Cronenberg)
In David Cronenberg’s iconic sci-fi horror, a special group of people born with telekinetic powers – known as scanners – are sought out by weapon’s company, ConSec, for their own villainous means. Darryl Revok, a renegade scanner sets out to destroy the organisation but ConSec attempts to stop him by sending one of their own after him. Famous for its special mind-blowing FX, Scanners typifies Cronenberg’s early career melding body horror with sci-fi to create a unique, visceral experience that would go on to spawn two sequels. Contains violence and gore. Starring Stephen Lack, Jennifer O’neill, Patrick Mcgoohan.
SCANNERS II (Director: Christian Duguay)
In his quest for absolute power, corrupt police commander John Forrester schemes to draft a telepathic breed of mutant humans, known as ‘scanners’ to control the minds of ‘normal’ citizens. With the help of scientist Dr. Morse, they conduct invasive mind control experiments using a new drug. When the side-effects render the ‘scanners’ powerless, Forrester enlists David Kellum to help establish a group of elite ‘scanners’ destined to control the masses and change the social landscape forever. David Hewlett, Deborah Raffin, Yvan Ponton