Various – Boris Karloff’s Thriller [Season 1] (1960)

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Thriller (aka. Boris Karloff’s Thriller) was an hour-long TV Horror anthology series that originally aired on NBC from 1960 to 1962. Horror fans who grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s were nearly enraptured with the content and structure of this show. Indeed, in his non-fiction book on horror, Danse Macabre, Stephen King calls Thriller “the best horror series ever put on TV” (224; 1983 ed). At the beginning of each hour, Hollywood’s master of the macabre himself, Boris Karloff, would set the tone and prime the viewers for frightful and chilling dramatizations based on the works of some of the era’s greatest writers in the genre – writers like Robert E Howard, Cornell Woolrich, Richard Matheson, and Robert Bloch. Each episode was shot in eerie black and white and offered at least one story, with a few episodes dividing the hour between two or three shorter plays. Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock – The 39 Steps [+Extras] (1935)

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Synopsis
The best known of Hitchcock’s British films, this civilized spy yarn follows the escapades of Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), who stumbles into a conspiracy that involves him in a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued. Adapted from John Buchan’s novel, this classic Hitchcock “wrong man” thriller encapsulates themes that anticipate the director’s biggest American films (especially North by Northwest), and is a standout among his early works. Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock – Lifeboat (1944)

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Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

In the Atlantic during WWII, a ship and a German U-boat are involved in a battle and both are sunk. The survivors from the ship gather in one of the boats. They are from a variety of backgrounds: an international journalist, a rich businessman, the radio operator, a nurse, a steward, a sailor and an engineer with communist tendencies. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat. Continue reading

Mark Hanlon – Buddy Boy (1999)

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PLOT SUMMARY :
Shy, withdrawn Francis spends his lonely days caring for his domineering invalid stepmother… until the arrival of beautiful Gloria, a new neighbor whose daily activities become the center of his life. However, he soon comes to suspect that she’s harboring a horrific secret, one that will change his life forever… Continue reading

Jaume Balagueró – Mientras duermes aka. Sleep Tight (2011)

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Caesar is the keeper of an apartment building and would not trade this job for no other, because it allows insight into the movements, the most intimate habits, weaknesses and secrets of all tenants. If you want you can even control their lives, influencing them as God, open wounds and delve into them. And all without raising any suspicion. Because Caesar has a secret peculiar: he likes to hurt, move the pieces needed to produce pain around. And the new neighbor of 5 º B keeps smiling. In and out every day bright and happy, full of light. So soon become the new goal of the game of Caesar. This is a personal challenge of an obsession. (Translated from Spanish) Continue reading