The Sinister Screen

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7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

Here we have a tale about a sleepy, little town of Abalone, Arizona. It is a town made up of greedy, small-minded, petty people who are boring and uncultured. They are faced with the...

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Scarface (1932)

Scarface begins with a reigning crime-lord about to meet his demise. Louis Costillo is chatting with his buddies. He has just thrown a huge party for all of his men, and he’s comfortable with...

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Satanis (1968)

This documentary contains reactions of Magus LaVey’s neighbors to the formation of The Church of Satan, and some of The Church of Satan’s first recorded Satanic Rituals performed by Magus LaVey. Satanis allows the viewer...

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Phenomena (1985)

This film is a classic among those made by Dario Argento. It stars Jennifer Connelly as a young girl who has the ability to communicate with insects. The movie is about a group of...

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Pennies From Heaven (1981)

Steve Martin plays a song-salesman, traveling from town to town selling sheet music. He is deprived of sex, and has a psychotically prudish wife. On a business trip, he falls in love with a...

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Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is, to quote the tagline, the story of a rebel and his bike. The rebel is Pee-wee Herman, the famous zany stage character of comedian Paul Reubens. Pee-wee is a true...

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Nosferatu: The Vampire (1922)

Dracula. A name that conjures mixed images of fear, lust and dread throughout the world. The character, created by Bram Stoker in 1897 and based on the historical figure of Vlad Tepes (or Vlad...

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Ninth Gate, The (1999)

The tagline to this occult thriller is “The only thing more terrifying than searching for the Devil… is finding him.” Sounds tried and true and easy enough, but as with Polanski’s Satanic romp on...

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Nightmare Before Christmas, The (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas continues Tim Burton’s exploration of the outsider who thinks that he wants to be part of the world of the “normals” but then discovers through traumatic interaction that his nature...

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Metropolis (1927)

In one of the last films of the “silent movie” era and one of the last German Expressionist films, director Fritz Lang delivers a visually stunning film about a futuristic dystopian city whose society...