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Freaked (1993)

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Ricky Coogan (Alex Winter) is a former child star hired by a chemical company to go to South America and use his fading star status to provide some gravitas to their claims that the chemicals are harmless.  The $5 million offered by chairman of the company (William Sadler) doesn't hurt matters, so with his friend Ernie (Michael Stoyanov) Coogan sets off to phone in his support for lethal fertilizer.

After landing in the small country of Santa Flan Coogan and Ernie encounter a group of protestors led by Julie (Megan Ward).  Intending to woo her, Coogan pretends to be on her side, but his identity is soon revealed.  Despite that, they're stuck together for the drive down to the chemical plant, but decide to take a detour to see Freek Land, a live freak show owned by Elijah C. Skuggs (Randy Quaid).  Coogan, Ernie and Julie soon find out, though, that they are to become part of the act.

Of course they are not the first.  Ortiz the Dog Boy (Keanu Reeves) is the leader of the freak…

Nude for Satan (1974)

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William Benson (Stelio Candelli) is a doctor called out on a stormy night to attend a medical emergency at a remote mansion.  While on his way there he gets lost and stops at a - well, a remote mansion.  The angry owner informs him that he has to go to the other side of the hill, but that the roads are dangerous.  Announcing that it is in fact an emergency, Benson takes off anyway, pushing his VW Beetle to the limit (so much that it sounds like a Maserati rather than the familiar bees-in-a-can sound of a VW engine).

On his way he sees a figure step out into the night.  Narrowly avoiding a collision, he manages (surprisingly for a horror film) not to end up flipping the car off the road.  However, as he gets out to see if the person is all right, he hears another car crash and sees a tire rolling by.  It seems that he was not alone on the road after all; Susan Smith (Rita Calderoni) was just behind him in her Morris (which seems to have still retained all four tires), and has become u…

The Addiction (1995)

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Kathy Conklin (Lili Taylor) is a graduate student at New York University.  Walking home from a lecture, she is accosted by Casanova (Annabella Sciorra).  Casanova is a vampire and, after a conversation, encourages Kathy to tell her to go.  Kathy, instead, gives in and is bitten.

After being released from the hospital and admonished by the police, Kathy starts to go through a change - vomiting blood, wearing sunglasses to protect her from the sun and covering the mirrors in her apartment.  She also finds that she is craving blood.  When extracting with a syringe doesn't do the trick, she applies the more traditional hands on (or fangs-on) method we are all familiar with, creating a number of other vampires in her wake in order to slake her thirst.

Along the way she meets Peina (Christopher Walken), an older vampire who has managed to largely overcome his addiction to blood, only to find his lifestyle unbearable and his words hypocritical, as he feeds off of her.  Finally, after a …