HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, UK, Dir: Pete Walker

Director Pete Walker’s final feature stars a horror movie dream team: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine. The fearsome foursome complicates the work of a writer (Desi Arnaz Jr.), who hopes to pen a Gothic novel during a single night at the decaying Grisbane mansion in order to win a $20,000 bet. This distinctive thriller filters 1980s gore through the grand traditions of AIP and Hammer horror films.


HERCULES
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, USA/Italy, Dir: Luigi Cozzi

This way-out Italian-made take on Greek mythology stars Lou Ferrigno, aka TV’s “The Incredible Hulk,” as the strongest man on Earth. To save his beloved princess, Hercules must defeat a wizard (William Berger) bent on world conquest. Among the obstacles thrown in his path are bears and stop-motion animated robots. Sybil Danning costars in this Golan-Globus cult favorite.


KING LEAR
1987, Park Circus, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Shakespeare’s tragedy serves as a jumping-off point for this strange deconstruction of film and storytelling. Noted theater director Peter Sellars stars as a descendant of the Bard of Avon working to restore his ancestor’s plays in a postapocalyptic world; he finds inspiration in gangster Don Learo (Burgess Meredith) and his daughter (Molly Ringwald). Norman Mailer and Woody Allen appear in bizarre cameos.


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