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July 20, 1999

Go On Out, The Ghost Is Clear

HOLLYWOOD WILL BE tapping into the end-of-the-century, end-of-the-world zeitgeist with dark fare ranging from Satan's attempts to rule Earth to a remake of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Among the high-profile releases: END OF DAYS. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cop-turned-security expert, the only one standing in the way of Satan (Gabriel Byrne), who has come to the Big Apple to search for his bride - with whom he plans to rule Earth for the next thousand years or so. (Nov. 24)

STIGMATA. Byrne returns as a priest investigating Patricia Arquette, a nonreligious woman who is having supernatural visions. A Vatican official (Jonathan Pryce) wants Byrne to clear the situation up before things get out of hand. (Sept. 10)

THE NINTH GATE. Directed by Roman Polanski ("Rosemary's Baby") and based on Arturo Perez-Reverte's novel, "The Club Dumas." A rare-books expert (Johnny Depp) gets entangled in a supernatural conspiracy while tracking down remaining copies of a demonic text. (Dec. 24)

SLEEPY HOLLOW. Tim Burton's loose live-action updating of the legend of Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) as a New York City policeman whose wacky ideas about forensics have gotten him banished to Sleepy Hollow. With the ever-scary Christopher Walken and Christopher Lee, among others. (Nov. 19)

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. Geoffrey Rush is a mysterious billionaire who offers five strangers a million dollars each to spend a night in a haunted house. (Oct. 29)

LOST SOULS. Winona Ryder is a devout woman who must convince a prosecutor that he's at the center of the devil's conspiracy to roam the Earth. (Oct. 8)

STIR OF ECHOES. Kevin Bacon discovers precognitive abilities in a murder mystery involving a restless ghost. (Sept. 10)

THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE. Depp (again) is an astronaut who, after seeing something in deep space, retires from the space program, haunted. Charlize Theron plays his wife, who becomes pregnant. (Aug. 27)

Upcoming, with no opening dates set: Modern Vampires, Rod Steiger gets caught up in gangsters' "holy mission" against vampires in Hollywood.
Bless the Child, Jimmy Smits tries to keep a child out of the hands of a Satanist.
Macbeth, updated by Kenneth Branagh with an emphasis on the witchcraft.


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