With Tom Hardy currently in cinemas playing both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend, let us return to 1990, when you had to get two actors to play two notoriously violent and over-mythologised east London criminals. Director Peter Medak’s stylish biopic saw Martin and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet attempt to blow away their pop-star image. They do surprisingly well, and receive strong support from Bafta-nominated Billie Whitelaw as their dear old mum and the likes of Jimmy Jewel, Steven Berkoff and Victor Spinetti also among the cast. The film may present the brothers as glamorous, but it doesn’t sugar-coat their brutality – and the infamous “sword scene” still has the power to shock.
Director Ron Howard does a sterling job of bringing the Formula 1 rivalry of James Hunt and Niki Lauda to spectacular life. Chris Hemsworth provides Thor-like swagger as “Hunt the Shunt” while Daniel Brühl is in the zone as his Austrian adversary, whose life-and-death struggle to win went beyond the racetrack.
Faye Dunaway’s photographer is cursed by a psychic link to a serial killer in this unnerving slasher yarn directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back). Halloween’s John Carpenter co-wrote a script that owes much to the giallo horror of Dario Argento.
After a decade of over-referential Scream-influenced horror movies, a return to the basics in Victor Salva’s simple and effective 2001 shocker about a brother and sister being chased down the highways of America by heaven (or hell) knows what.