(Tod Browning, USA, 1932): One of film history's more enduringly undigestible artefacts, Tod Browning's Freaks is a self-idenfifying 'horror' movie that never lets you rest easy with what you're asked to be frightened of: real life sideshow 'freaks of nature' who take horrific revenge on someone...

(Billy Wilder, USA, 1950): Do endings come any happier than this? Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), the deluded, fading silent movie star, has finally attained her moment of triumphant, key-lit comeback as a Hollywood player, all eyes (and lenses) on her, as she descends the staircase in...

(NBC, USA, 2013-15): As fascinating as it would have been to have been introduced to showrunner Bryan Fuller's version of The Silence of the Lambs' Clarice Starling, this TV series' re-conception of Thomas Harris's serial-killing cannibal gourmand Hannibal Lecter was so otherwise fully realized it really needed no further...

(Justin Kurzel, Australia, 2011): The patient, observantly detached attention filmmaker Justin Kurzel pays to establishing the context of the horrors to come in The Snowtown Murders goes a long way to making the appearance of John Bunting (Daniel Henshall), a grinning psychopath with a plan to rid this ugly quarter...

(Paul Schrader, USA, 1992): A spiritual seeker in the business of feeding the spiritually starved, John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) is a drug dealer with a conscience. Not about the morality of what he does, but about the toll taken on his place in the world. He's...

(Alain Cavalier, France, 1962): Nearly a decade before Bernardo Bertolucci cast Jean-Louis Trintignant as a willingly pliable fascist worm in The Conformist, the actor took the type for a spin in Le combat dans l'isle, an early engagement with the French situation in Algeria that history lost in...

(James William Guercio, USA, 1973): Music and movie studio alliances were still largely shotgun affairs in the early '70s, and there were probably equal amounts of anxiety and insider influence at work behind United Artists' chief David Picker's call to So-Cal soft-rock music producer James...

(Ralph L. Thomas, Canada, 1981): When David (Nick Mancuso) leaves Toronto for San Francisco, he disappears in more ways than one. No one back home can reach him, and when hear from him they're worried. The guy they speak with so rarely over the phone...

(William Fruet, Canada, 1976): When Death Weekend opened in 1976, Canadian movie critics did a trash job on it that, although brutal in its intemperate fury, was at least organically consistent with the manner in which the movie's quartet of home-invading muscle car thugs treat the weekend lakeside...

(Daniel Espinoza, Sweden/Germany/Denmark, 2010): The crime movie of converging destinies may have become something of a gimmick in the post-Pulp Fiction era, but it might also be an inevitable byproduct of the digital world: fates in collision are only too imaginable in the digital world. Easy Money, Sweden's...