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Now Playing: MUTANTS, HALF-LIFE, and BUNNY AND THE BULL

This week, we’re featuring three genre-bending films determined to confound and stupify even as they make you laugh and cry. The one thing they have in common: turning convention on its head in the name of telling a deeply personal story about human relationships.

It’s been 10 years since 28 DAYS LATER revolutionized the zombie movie genre first by removing the supernatural “undead” component, and second by doing away with the whole “loss of motor skills” thing. The modern-day horde is quick on their feet, good with tools and very, very angry. MUTANTS takes that new style of ultra-realistic, fast-action zombie horror and uses it as a foil for – what else? – a love story.

MUTANTS, Friday at 12:10A

Last year, Lars von Trier made waves with MELANCHOLIA, a meditation on the meaning of our lives told through the prism of an oncoming sudden apocalypse. But three years before, Jennifer Phang asked many of the same questions in HALF-LIFE, in which a series of natural disasters portends the end of the world even as one self-involved family struggles to work through their problems.

HALF-LIFE, Sunday at 12:15A

Stephen’s a shut-in who won’t leave his apartment. In a series of surreal flashbacks, we start to see what led to his current predicament – past events involving his extroverted friend Bunny woven into a fantasy road trip through Europe. But what really happened to cause Stephen’s agoraphobia, and is there any way out of it?

BUNNY AND THE BULL, Monday at 11P