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1986 ‧ Disaster Film/Action ‧ 1h 38m

5.4/10 IMDb

17% Rotten Tomatoes

82% Google users liked this film



After a comet causes a radiation storm on Earth, machines come to life and turn against their makers.

Holed up in a North Carolina truck stop, a group of survivors must fend for themselves against a mass of homicidal trucks.

A diner cook, Bill Robinson (Emilio Estevez), emerges as the unlikely leader of the pack, attempting to find an escape plan for himself and the survivors, who include his boss, Bubba Hendershot (Pat Hingle), and a newlywed couple.




Initial release: July 25, 1986 (USA)
Director: Stephen King
Screenplay: Stephen King
Box office: 7.4 million USD
Story by: Stephen King


Cast
(in credits order)

Emilio Estevez ...
Bill Robinson


Pat Hingle ...
Hendershot


Laura Harrington ...
Brett


Yeardley Smith ...
Connie


John Short ...
Curt


Ellen McElduff ...
Wanda June


J.C. Quinn ...
Duncan


Christopher Murney ...
Camp Loman


Holter Graham ...
Deke


Frankie Faison ...
Handy




 
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1985 ‧ Horror ‧ 1h 28m

6.7/10 IMDb

56% Rotten Tomatoes

88% Google users liked this film



Patrons (Natasha Hovey, Urbano Barberini) of a sneak preview see others zombie-fied to heavy-metal music in a Berlin theater.




Initial release: October 4, 1985 (Italy)
Director: Lamberto Bava
Film series: Demons
Budget: 1.8 million USD
Music composed by: Claudio Simonetti, Billy Idol, Mötley Crüe, Accept


Cast
(in credits order)

Urbano Barberini ...
George


Natasha Hovey ...
Cheryl


Karl Zinny ...
Ken


Fiore Argento ...
Hannah


Paola Cozzo ...
Kathy


Fabiola Toledo ...
Carmen


Nicoletta Elmi ...
Ingrid, the usherette


Stelio Candelli ...
Frank


Nicole Tessier ...
Ruth


Geretta Geretta ...
Rosemary (as Geretta Giancarlo)


Bobby Rhodes ...
Tony



 
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1987 ‧ Film adaptation/Fantasy ‧ 1h 41m

6.7/10 IMDb

63% Rotten Tomatoes

84% Google users liked this film



In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death.

Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.




Initial release: November 13, 1987 (USA)
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Story by: Stephen King
Box office: 38 million USD (United States)
Screenplay: Stephen King, Steven E. de Souza


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1990 ‧ Thriller/Action ‧ 1h 36m

6.4/10 IMDb

83% Rotten Tomatoes

2/5 Empire


82% Google users liked this film



When thugs employed by a crime boss lead a vicious assault on Dr. Peyton Wilder (Liam Neeson), leaving him literally and psychologically scarred, an emergency procedure allows him to survive.

Upon his recovery, Wilder can find solace only by returning to his scientific work developing synthetic skin, and seeking revenge against the crime boss.

He assumes a phantom avenger persona called Darkman, who, with malleable facial qualities, is able to infiltrate and sow terror in the criminal community.



Initial release: August 24, 1990 (USA)
Director: Sam Raimi
Film series: Darkman Film Series
Box office: 48.8 million USD
Music composed by: Danny Elfman


Cast
(in credits order)

Liam Neeson ...
Peyton Westlake / Darkman


Frances McDormand ...
Julie Hastings


Colin Friels ...
Louis Strack Jr.


Larry Drake ...
Robert G. Durant


Nelson Mashita ...
Yakitito


Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ...
Eddie Black


Rafael H. Robledo ...
Rudy Guzman


Dan Hicks ...
Skip (as Danny Hicks)


Ted Raimi ...
Rick (as Theodore Raimi)


Dan Bell ...
Smiley


Nicholas Worth ...
Pauly


Aaron Lustig ...
Martin Katz


Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ...
Hung Fat


Said Faraj ...
Convenience Store Clerk


Nathan Jung ...
Chinese Warrior


Professor Toru Tanaka ...
Chinese Warrior #2 (as Prof. Toru Tanaka)






 
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SHOCKER

12.50 AM

Comic horror directed and written by Wes Craven.

A serial killer put to death in the electric chair comes back from the dead to take vengeance on the football player who caused his capture.

Director: Wes Craven
Cast: Michael Murphy, Mitch Pileggi, Peter Berg
Year: 1989
Genre: Horror


 
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2015 ‧ Horror ‧ 1h 25m

4.3/10 IMDb

11% Rotten Tomatoes

4.8/10 Letterboxd



Bewitching horror from the Director of 'Wake Wood'.

Faith's world is turned upside down when she discovers that her father is dying, until she is offered the chance to save his life... for a high price.

When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure.

Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches' coven that uses the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying.

Offering to cure her father in exchange for a child, Sissy strikes a bargain with Faith, who suddenly finds herself pregnant with a baby that's growing at an alarming rate.

But with the clock to the child's birth ticking down and the true intention of Sissy's plans for humanity becoming more apparent, Faith and her father must stand together in order to save both their lives.




Initial release: 2015 (Ireland)
Director: David Keating
Editor: John Walters
Screenplay: Brendan McCarthy
Music composed by: John Walsh


Cast

(in credits order)
Anna Walton ...
Sissy Young


Naomi Battrick ...
Faith Maguire


Sam Hazeldine ...
Sean Maguire


Elva Trill ...
Amy


Patrick Gibson ...
Brian Kelly / Demon


Caroline Murphy ...
Mrs. Fincher


Caoilfhionn McDonnell ...
Dr. Slater


Leah McNamara ...
Caroline St. John






 
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2011 ‧ Fantasy/Science fiction film ‧ 1h 27m

5.7/10 IMDb

15% Rotten Tomatoes

41% Metacritic

83% Google users liked this film



In a society ravaged by centuries of war between humans and vampires, a legendary warrior priest (Paul Bettany), a veteran of the last conflict, lives in an enclosed city ruled by the church.

When a murderous pack of vampires kidnaps his niece (Lily Collins), the priest breaks his sacred vows and sets out to rescue her before the bloodsuckers put the bite on her.

Joining him on his quest are his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet) and a former priestess (Maggie Q) with supernatural fighting skills.



Initial release: May 13, 2011 (USA)
Director: Scott Stewart
Box office: 78.31 million USD
Adapted from: Priest
Budget: 60 million USD



Cast
(in credits order)

Paul Bettany ...
Priest


Karl Urban ...
Black Hat


Cam Gigandet ...
Hicks


Maggie Q ...
Priestess


Lily Collins ...
Lucy Pace


Brad Dourif ...
Salesman


Stephen Moyer ...
Owen Pace


Christopher Plummer ...
Monsignor Orelas


Alan Dale ...
Monsignor Chamberlain


Mädchen Amick ...
Shannon Pace


Jacob Hopkins ...
Boy


Dave Florek ...
Crocker


Joel Polinsky ...
Dr. Tomlin


Josh Wingate ...
Familiar


Jon Braver ...
Familiar


Casey Pieretti ...
Familiar


Theo Kypri ...
Familiar


John Griffin ...
Familiar


David Backus ...
Familiar (as David Backhaus)


Roger Stoneburner ...
Familiar


David Bianchi ...
Familiar


Tanoai Reed ...
Brave Priest


Arnold Chon ...
Strong Priest


Henry Kingi Jr. ...
Bold Priest


Austin Priester ...
Flashback Priest (as Austin Prester)


Marilyn Brett ...
Woman


Kanin Howell ...
Husband


Julie Mond ...
Wife


Michael D. Nye ...
Station Master


Reiner Schöne ...
Minister (as Raynor Scheine)


Kevin T. McCarthy ...
English Speaking Preacher


Boyuen ...
Chinese Speaking Vendor (as Boyuen Lou)


Anthony Azizi ...
Farsi Speaking Vendor


Pramod Kumar ...
Hindi Speaking Vendor


Lafayette R. Dorsey Sr. ...
Clergy Trooper


Carl Turner ...
Factory worker (uncredited)




 
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BASKET CASE

Monday 22nd January at 12.45 AM

Celebrated horror classic.

A young man deals with separation anxiety issues in this stomach-turning and deliciously sardonic masterpiece.

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Cast: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Beverly Bonner
Year: 1982
Genre: Horror


 
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2002 ‧ Thriller/Mystery ‧ 1h 41m

3.3/10 IMDb

3%Rotten Tomatoes

2/4 Roger Ebert

70% Google users liked this film



When four bodies are discovered among the industrial decay and urban grime of New York City, brash young detective Mike Reilly (Stephen Dorff) teams with ambitious Department of Health researcher Terry Huston (Natascha McElhone) to uncover the cause behind their violent and inexplicable deaths.

The only common factor shared by the victims?

Each died exactly 48 hours after logging on to feardot.com.



Release date: June 27, 2003 (Republic of Ireland)
Director: William Malone
Box office: 18.9 million USD
Music composed by: Nicholas Pike
Initial DVD release: January 14, 2003


Cast

(in credits order)

Stephen Dorff ...
Mike


Natascha McElhone ...
Terry


Stephen Rea ...
Alistair


Udo Kier ...
Polidori


Amelia Curtis ...
Denise


Jeffrey Combs ...
Styles


Nigel Terry ...
Turnbull


Gesine Cukrowski ...
Jeannine


Michael Sarrazin ...
Frank Bryant


Jana Güttgemanns ...
Little Girl


Anna Thalbach ...
Kate


Siobhan Flynn ...
Thana Brinkman





 
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1998 ‧ Science fiction film/Thriller ‧ 2h 20m

5.3/10 IMDb

16% Rotten Tomatoes

1.5/4 Roger Ebert

73% Google users liked this film



During a nuclear test, the French government inadvertently mutates a lizard nest; years later, a giant lizard makes its way to New York City.

Dr. Niko Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick), an expert on the effects of radiation on animals, is sent by the U.S. government to study the beast.

When the creature, dubbed "Godzilla" by news outlets, emerges, a massive battle with the military begins.

To make matters worse, Niko discovers that Godzilla has laid a nest of 200 eggs, which are ready to hatch.




Initial release: May 20, 1998 (USA)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Box office: 379 million USD
Budget: 125 million USD
Music composed by: David Arnold, Michael Lloyd



Cast

(in credits order)

Matthew Broderick ...
Dr. Niko Tatopoulos


Jean Reno ...
Philippe Roaché


Maria Pitillo ...
Audrey Timmonds


Hank Azaria ...
Victor 'Animal' Palotti


Kevin Dunn ...
Colonel Hicks


Michael Lerner ...
Mayor Ebert


Harry Shearer ...
Charles Caiman


Arabella Field ...
Lucy Palotti


Vicki Lewis ...
Dr. Elsie Chapman


Doug Savant ...
Sergeant O'Neal


Malcolm Danare ...
Dr. Mendel Craven


Lorry Goldman ...
Gene - Mayor's Aide


Christian Aubert ...
Jean-Luc


Philippe Bergeron ...
Jean-Claude


Frank Bruynbroek ...
Jean-Pierre




 
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2000 ‧ Drama/Crime film ‧ 1h 31m

7.3/10 IMDb

86% Rotten Tomatoes

6.6/10 Filmweb

50% Google users liked this film



Ex-villain Gal Dove (Ray Winstone) has served his time behind bars and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores.


The idyll is shattered by the arrival of his nemesis Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job.

Desperate not to sacrifice his enchanted existence, Dove is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with Logan, and takes part in a sensational underwater heist, risking everything to protect the woman he loves.



Initial release: January 12, 2001 (United Kingdom)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Budget: 3 million GBP
Awards: European Film Award for Best Actor, MORE
Screenplay: David Scinto, Louis Mellis



Cast
(in credits order)

Ray Winstone ...
Gal


Ben Kingsley ...
Don Logan


Ian McShane ...
Teddy Bass


Amanda Redman ...
Deedee Dove


James Fox ...
Harry





 
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1963 ‧ Horror ‧ 1h 28m

6.4/10 IMDb

83% Rotten Tomatoes



Dr. Ravna, an early 20th century Bavarian Aristocrat, entices a stranded British honeymooning couple, Gerald and Marianne to accept his hospitality after their Car breaks down.

Once ensconced in Ravna's chateau, the couple discovers with horror that Ravna, Bavaria's biggest fan of Count Dracula, is the leader of an enthusiastic vampire cult.

Clifford Evans plays the Van Helsing counterpart, Professor Zimmer, a vampire expert who first tries to warn the couple out of the area and then saves Marianne.

Kiss of the Vampire concentrates on the seductive, sensual side of vampirism, especially in a surrealistic masked-ball sequence.



Initial release: September 11, 1963
Director: Don Sharp
Production company: Hammer Film Productions
Producer: Anthony Hinds
Music composed by: James Bernard


Cast
(in credits order)
Clifford Evans ...
Professor Zimmer


Edward de Souza ...
Gerald Harcourt


Noel Willman ...
Dr. Ravna



Jennifer Daniel ...
Marianne Harcourt

Barry Warren ...
Carl Ravna

Brian Oulton ...
1st disciple

Noel Howlett ...
Father Xavier

Jacquie Wallis ...
Sabena Ravna

Peter Madden ...
Bruno

Isobel Black ...
Tania




 
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2008 ‧ Slasher/Thriller ‧ 1h 43m

6.1/10 IMDb

72% Rotten Tomatoes

58% Metacritic

64% Google users liked this film



When struggling photographer Leon Kaufman (Bradley Cooper) meets the owner of a prominent art gallery, he sees a chance for the success that has, so far, eluded him.

Determined to show the darker side of humanity for his debut showing, Leon crosses paths with Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) a serial killer who preys on late-night subway commuters.

His fascination with Mahogany pulls him -- and his lover (Leslie Bibb) -- deep into an evil abyss.



Initial release: August 1, 2008 (USA)
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Based on: The Midnight Meat Train; by Clive Barker
Budget: 15 million USD
Box office: 3.5 million USD


Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:


Bradley Cooper ...
Leon


Leslie Bibb ...
Maya


Brooke Shields ...
Susan Hoff


Vinnie Jones ...
Mahogany


Roger Bart ...
Jurgis


Tony Curran ...
Driver


Barbara Eve Harris ...
Detective Lynn Hadley


Peter Jacobson ...
Otto


Stephanie Mace ...
Leigh Cooper


Ted Raimi ...
Randle Cooper


Nori Satô ...
Erika Sakaki (as NorA)


Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson ...
Guardian Angel


Dan Callahan ...
Troy Taleveski


Donnie Smith ...
Station Cop


Earl Carroll ...
Jack Franks





 
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1981 ‧ Fantasy/Thriller ‧ 1h 46m

7.2/10 IMDb

86% Rotten Tomatoes

88% Google users liked this film



In 1997, a major war between the United States and the Soviet Union is concluding, and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison.

When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates.

Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom.




Initial release: May 23, 1981 (Japan)
Director: John Carpenter
Featured song: Bandstand Boogie
Film series: Escape from New York
Budget: 6 million USD


Cast
(in credits order)


Kurt Russell ...
Snake Plissken


Lee Van Cleef ...
Hauk


Ernest Borgnine ...
Cabbie


Donald Pleasence ...
President


Isaac Hayes ...
The Duke


Season Hubley ...
Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts


Harry Dean Stanton ...
Brain


Adrienne Barbeau ...
Maggie


Tom Atkins ...
Rehme


Charles Cyphers ...
Secretary of State


Joe Unger ...
Taylor (scenes deleted)


Frank Doubleday ...
Romero





 
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1996 ‧ Thriller/Drama ‧ 1h 47m

5.6/10 IMDb

16% Rotten Tomatoes

2.5/4 Roger Ebert

84% Google users liked this film




At a Chicago university, a research team that includes brilliant Eddie Kasalivich (Keanu Reeves) experiences a breakthrough: a stable form of fusion that may lead to a waste-free energy source.

However, Dr. Paul Shannon (Morgan Freeman) has ties to a private company that wants to exploit the technology, so Kasalivich and Dr. Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz) are framed for murder, and the fusion device is stolen.

On the run from the FBI, they must recover the technology and exonerate themselves.




Initial release: August 2, 1996 (USA)
Director: Andrew Davis
Box office: 60.21 million USD
Budget: 55 million USD
Production company: 20th Century Fox



Cast
(in credits order)

Keanu Reeves ...
Eddie Kasalivich


Morgan Freeman ...
Paul Shannon


Rachel Weisz ...
Dr. Lily Sinclair


Fred Ward ...
FBI Agent Leon Ford


Kevin Dunn ...
FBI Agent Doyle


Brian Cox ...
Lyman Earl Collier


Joanna Cassidy ...
Maggie McDermott


Chelcie Ross ...
Ed Rafferty


Nicholas Rudall ...
Dr. Alistair Barkley


Tzi Ma ...
Lu Chen


Krzysztof Pieczynski ...
Lucasz Screbneski


Julie Pearl ...
Emily Pearl (as Julie R. Pearl)


Godfrey ...
Chidi Egbuna



Gene Barge
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James Washington




 

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Morgan Freeman is a good Muslim.


َباركَ اللّٰهُ فيك
 
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He did a Nat Geo Doc on Islam & praised Islam but he's not a Muslim.

Hard to believe Morgan is 80 now.
 
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2010 ‧ Thriller/Indie film ‧ 1h 33m

6.2/10 IMDb

62% Rotten Tomatoes

43% Metacritic

80% Google users liked this film


As a winter storm approaches, three skiers stranded on a chairlift after a ski resort closes for the night are forced to make life-or-death choices.

Choices which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.



Initial release: June 24, 2010 (Malaysia)
Director: Adam Green
Box office: 3.1 million USD
Screenplay: Adam Green
Initial DVD release: September 28, 2010




Cast
(in credits order)


Emma Bell ...
Parker O'Neil


Shawn Ashmore ...
Joe Lynch


Kevin Zegers ...
Dan Walker


Ed Ackerman ...
Jason


Rileah Vanderbilt ...
Shannon


Kane Hodder ...
Cody


Adam Johnson ...
Rifkin