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Retro Poster: "Snuff" (1976)

A fun and interesting poster made for a pretty crappy movie, "Snuff" doesn't have much going for it except for the buzz surrounding the ending. The whole movie follows a sadistic biker gang around as they kill people on camera. Marketed as if it were an actual snuff film, the notorious "tacked on" ending caused quite a stir in the 70's for featuring a supposedly "real" murder involving a female being butchered by the film crew. The film distributors even hired fake protestors to picket theaters in an effort to play up the snuff film urban legend.

Retro Trailer: "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (1973)

I just got back from seeing the remake of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and I enjoyed myself quite a bit. Now, I don't have a great nostalgic love for the original; in fact, I have only seen bits and pieces of it over the past few years so I didn't go in to the theater with any great reservations over a remake. I am a sucker for the over the top gothic imagery and the dark fairytale atmosphere that can really only be created on these types of films.

Retro Poster: "Don't Torture a Duckling" (1972)

Lucio Fulci's "Don't Torture a Duckling" was one of those movies that I saw once in it's entirety about 10 years ago and promptly pushed to the back of my mind. I had the chance to revisit it recently on Netflix and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Although not as violent and gory as Fulci's other movies, the film plays out more as a mystery with a few horror elements mixed in for good measure. Most notably, a gruesome scene in which a woman is beaten with chains by an angry mob is often the topic a conversation when discussing the movie.

What Spooks the Masters of Horror?

I recently came across an article published by Jason Zinoman of the NY Times discussing what makes horror fans and horror directors tick. With the increasing number of horror films that have been packed into the theater this summer, especially this month, its clear that horror movies have been in the mainstream eye a bit more so than usual. However, to many of us seasoned horror fans, we've seen so many throat slashing, stabbing and torture scenes that it takes a lot to truly scare us. With all that horror directors have seen and done with their own films, they are no different.

Retro Trailer: "Carnosaur" (1993)

If you ever wanted to see Diane Ladd play the role of a crazy scientist (and who hasn't), well then friends, this is the movie for you! Ms. Ladd stars as Dr. Jane Triptree, a scientist who plans to recreate dinosaurs in order to destroy the human race. Not only that, she's also creating a virus which she plans on using to impregnate women with dinosaurs! That's all you really need to know. If you haven't seen this on TV one of the gazillion times it has aired on SyFy over the past 18 years, its worth checking out if you're in the mood for a mindless yet amusing horror comedy.

Retro Poster: "The Cat and the Canary" (1927)

20 years after Cyrus West's death, family members gather at his mansion for a reading of the will. Laura La Plante, who stars as Cyrus' niece Annabelle, learns that she is the only beneficiary of her uncle's will. The catch? A doctor must declare her sane in order to receive the fortne. As luck would have it, an escaped mental patient who thinks he's a cat, has taken refuge in the mansion, planning to rip apart his victims as a cat would a canary.

Snapshot: "Julia's Eyes" (2010)

Belen Rueda ("The Orphanage") stars as twin sisters Julia and Sara in the upcoming release from Spanish director Guillem Morales, "Julia's Eyes". Guillermo Del Toro's produced the film, which has definitely helped it create quite a buzz in early reviews. The film centers around Julia, who is trying to deal with her sister's apparent suicide while also dealing with her impending blindness due to a degenerative illness. IFC Films will be distributing the movie in the US via limited theatrical release later this month and then releasing it on VOD shortly after. Check out the trailer below:

Snapshot: "Intruders" (2011)

Clive Owen stars in a supernatural horror film that tells the parallel stories of families whose lives are disrupted by supernatural forces. The first story takes place in Spain, where a mother tries to protect her son from a faceless ghost. The second story takes place in Britain, dealing with a young girl who has terrifying dreams of a demon who is beginning to manifest itself to her and her family.

Retro Clip: "Trilogy of Terror" (1975)

The "Trilogy of Terror" was an above average horror anthology that featured 3 stories all starring Karen Black. While the first two stories are somewhat forgettable, it's the third story, of an African tribal doll that comes to life and terrorizes Ms. Black that is really memorable. Although the effects are pretty laughable nowadays, this scared the heck out of me as a child. Plus, it's still pretty damn entertaining to watch every once in a while. Take a look:

Trailer: "Exit 33" (2011)

If there's one thing I can say after watching the trailer for "Exit 33", it's that Kane Hodder does a great job at playing the creepy dude. Does that make this movie look good? Meh. While the plot seems to be typical slasher like stuff, the trailer does seem to offer is a ton of disturbing imagery and gore. This self described "bloody throwback slasher" was released on DVD and VOD just this week.

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