In this Canadian thriller, Jodie Foster plays the title character, a reclusive, fiercely self-reliant teenager who lives alone in her father’s house. When visitors call, Foster explains that her father is away on business. He’s away, all right…far, far, away. And Foster, determined not to lose her independence, will go to any lengths to protect her secret, a fact that nosy neighbor Alexis Smith learns to her regret. A new danger to Foster’s well-being looms in the form of pedophile Martin Sheen, who schemes to place the girl in a compromising position. Offering a helping hand to Foster is misfit teenager Mario (Scott Jacoby). Laird Koenig adapted his own novel to the screen.
Undercover Heat (1995) Gregory Dark, Athena Massey, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Meg Foster, Mystery, Thriller
A dark and seductive tale of deception, passion and murder. Police officer Cindy Hannen is on the trail of a murderer following the death of a high-priced hooker. In order to get closer to the killer and solve the case, she poses as the dead girl’s friend and is employed as a prostitute at the bordello. Nervous and awkward to begin with, Cindy soon realises that her new persona and job description is not as distasteful as first she thought, and she begins to find herself falling deeper into the world of sex and money. With a killer on the loose and a murder to solve, Cindy must decide where her future lies and whether to follow her heart’s desire or her destiny.
Picknick am Valentinstag / Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Peter Weir, Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them.
The 39 Steps (1935) Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Mystery, Thriller
Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to London. At the end of “Mr Memory”‘s show in a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith who is running away from secret agents. He accepts to hide her in his flat, but in the night she is murdered. Fearing he could be accused on the girl’s murder, Hannay goes on the run to break the spy ring.
In southeast Sicily, a team of archaeologists investigate the ruins of a crypt where heretic nuns had been stoned and crucified by the village people in the 16th century. Soon strange things begin to happen, and Liza, one of the team members, starts to have surreal dreams about the nuns. Then the graphic violence begins, starting with a decapitation! The answers lie in the ancient crypt of the nuns.
Silent House (2011) Chris Kentis, Laura Lau, Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Husband-and-wife directorial team Chris Kentis and Laura Lau direct this suspense horror remake starring Elizabeth Olsen. Sarah (Olsen) has returned to the remote country house where she spent her childhood summers to help pack it up and prepare it for sale. While she is alone in the unoccupied, dimly-lit house, mysterious creaking noises start to emanate from upstairs and Sarah soon finds herself caught in the grip of terror.
A Is for Acid (2002) Harry Bradbeer, Martin Clunes, Keeley Hawes, Richard Hope, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Dramatisation of the true story of the notorious “acid bath murderer” John Haigh, who murdered women and disposed of their bodies in vats of acid in the 1940’s. He was only caught when the gallstones of one of his victims, Mrs Durand-Deacon, failed to dissolve in the acid and were detected by the pathologist who examined the residue from the acid bath.
Cauldron of Blood (1970) Santos Alcocer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Boris Karloff, Viveca Lindfors, Horror, Mystery
In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Nancy Allen), who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking.