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Jailbreak

Jimmy Henderson • Cambodia

Sat. Nov. 4 • 4pm • Cinemapolis

A special task force finds themselves trapped when inmates take over a prison. They’ll have to fight their way out. To make matters worse, they also must protect a key witness from falling into the hands of Madame Butterfly…or else.

JAILBREAK is like The Raid with an injection of 1,000cc of pure adrenaline. The action scenes are ALL long takes with few cuts, just like how they did things in Hong Kong in the 80s! And, guess what? It’s refreshing as fuck. Come see some of the most badass action sequences on this year’s big screen—you WILL thank us after!

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Kaleidoscope

Rupert Jones • UK

Fri. Nov. 10 • 10:00pm • Cinemapolis

Fresh out of prison, Carl’s life is calm and quiet—until some online dating provides him with a bubbly, attractive distraction. As he preps for his date, however, Carl’s night takes an unexpected turn and reveals a Hitchcockian puzzle replete with mother, murder, and metaphors.

Rupert Jones’s sophomore film is the perfect companion piece for this year’s retrospective as it is a pitch-perfect blend of Giallo and British murder mysteries. Starring the unnerving and hilarious Toby Jones (Rupert’s brother, star of Berberian Sound Studio), KALEIDOSCOPE is one of the darkest, tightest rides we’ve got this year. You’ll laugh. You’ll gasp. You’ll shriek.

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Lowlife

Ryan Prows • US

Sun. Nov. 12 • 6pm • Cinemapolis

A sleazy and high-energy organ-harvesting misadventure told through discordant narrative timelines, LOWLIFE follows murderers, addicts, and luchadors as they all spread bloody mayhem throughout Los Angeles.

Racism, sex trafficking, rage issues, and disillusionment abound in director Ryan Prows’s first feature film, proving it to be the surprise of the year in the thriller category! But, is it a thriller? LOWLIFE reshuffles everything we know about how films function: Take equal parts thriller and comedy, then add a pinch of horror. Shake energetically and you have LOWLIFE!

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My Friend Dahmer

Marc Meyers • US

Sun. Nov. 5 • 8pm • Cinemapolis

Based on the 2012 graphic novel of the same name by John Backderf (who personally knew Jeffrey Dahmer in high school) MY FRIEND DAHMER paints an honest portrayal of the infamous serial killer’s teenage years. Playing the shy alcoholic teen with a riveting intensity is former Disney star Ross Lynch. Shot in Dahmer’s hometown of Bath, Ohio, MY FRIEND DAHMER is about as close as you can get to seeing the real monster within the man. Its hints of the horror to come will leave you chilled to the core.

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Sequence Break

Graham Skipper • US

Sat. Nov. 11 • 6pm • Cinemapolis

When genius video game repairman Oz finds a mysterious new arcade machine in his shop, he quickly succumbs to the Eldritch-esque psychedelic geometry within the game. Soon, surreal horror and biomechanical evil erupt from the machine, invading his life, spreading mayhem and tearing apart reality itself. From first time writer/director Graham Skipper (actor in Beyond the Gates, The Mind's Eye) and featuring a pulsing synth-heavy soundtrack, this is a vivid, hallucinatory descent into techno-madness!

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