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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Director Jack Clayton's adaptation of Brian Moore's novel makes for a bleak and haunting tale of loneliness, alcoholism and the ghosts of the past. Great performances by Bob Hoskins, Ian McNiece and, most of all, Maggie Smith.

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

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The White Reindeer (1952) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This rare foray into Finnish folk-horror - heavily involving the combined talents of husband and wife team Erik Blomberg and Mirjami Kuosmanen - is a truly haunting affair. At times, the visual storytelling feels like it could have come from the silent era.

Mirjami Kuosmanen in The White Reindeer (1952)

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Parents (1989) Blu Ray (Vestron Video/Lionsgate)

Bob Balaban's black horror comedy about cannibalism within the Suburban American Dream is a subversive, surreal gem. Randy Quaid gives the finest, creepiest performance of his career. Also starring Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis and Bryan Madorsky.

Bryan Madorsky in Parents (1989)

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Picnic (1955) starring William Holden Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This rather dated and overly melodramatic adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is redeemed by some beautiful cinematography and Susan Strasberg's turn as a shrewd, brattish tomboy. Also starring Kim Novak and William Holden.

William Holden and Kim Novak in Picnic

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Human Desire (1954) dir: Fritz Lang Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This Americanised adaptation of Jean Renoir's version of Émile Zola’s novel La Bête humaine is one of Lang's more underrated film noirs. The director's cinematic flair and the ambiguities in the central characterisations make for a gripping watch.

Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford in Human Desire

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William Castle at Columbia Volume One Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal and Mr. Sardonicus are brought together in this superbly assembled boxed set. While these films aren't exactly high art, Castle's larger-than-life personality makes them entertaining in their own peculiar ways.

Vincent Price in The Tingler

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Night of the Demon (1957) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Jacques Tourneur's horror, featuring Dana Andrews as an American scientist who falls under a demonic curse, is a classic despite the contention over its depiction of the devil. Indicator's release will keep the devoted fan happy for many chilly nights.

Night of the Demon (1957)

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Billy Wilder's adaptation of Agatha Christie's stage play is one of cinema's finest courtroom dramas. It features plenty of tension, a few surprise twists and even a surprising amount of comedy courtesy of rotund star Charles Laughton and his real-life wife, Elsa Lanchester.

Billy Wilder's adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution

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Hammer Volume 3: Blood and Terror Blu Ray Collection (Indicator)

This third collection of films from the iconic British studio suffers from dated racial treatments. The Stranglers of Bombay and The Terror of the Tongs are rather dull exotic potboilers. However, The Camp on Blood Island offers some tension, whereas Yesterday’s Enemy is a genuine anti-war classic.

Terror of the Tongs (1961)

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The Defiant Ones (1958) dir: Stanley Kramer Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis play a pair of escaped prisoners chained together in this grittily realistic but entertaining look at racism. The two leads perform most of their own stunts, creating a sense of immersion in the film's natural dangers.

Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958)

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