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Snapshot: "Mother's Day" (2011)

Darren Lynn Bousman's "Mother's Day" appears to be a remake of Troma's 1980 version in title alone, which may not necessarily be a bad thing. When three brothers botch up a bank robbery, they take off on the run and head for home, only to discover that their mother lost the house due to foreclosure. The new owners of the home are having a party when the brothers show up and take their family and guests hostage.

Retro Trailer: "Brainscan" (1994)

Believe it or not boys and girls, in the early 90's, Edward Furlong was considered a teen heartthrob. So thank you, Eddie Furlong, for being the reason I saw a really fun horror movie that I would have never watched otherwise at such a young age. Eddie plays Michael Bower, a lonely teenager who is obsessed with horror films. He comes across a virtual reality video game called Brainscan, in which the player becomes the killer. The game, hosted by a demon-like villain named Trickster, allows you to think like a killer, cover up clues and get rid of witnesses and evidence.

Retro Trailer: "Rabid Grannies" (1989)

"Rabid Grannies" is a Belgian horror film that was dubbed in English and thankfully distributed in the US by Troma. It's a pretty fun little horror comedy that revolves around the demonic possession of two elderly sisters on the night of their 92nd birthday party. An unusual gift sent by the women's devil worshipping creep of a nephew results in a night of foul mouthed, flesh eating, murderous grannies on the loose. I must admit, if you're looking for a night filled with Oscar worthy performances and production, you'll probably wanna skip this one.

The Inspiration Behind "The Rite"

The whole "inspired by true events" schtick that often pops up in the opening credits of a movie, is used so often nowadays, that I rarely even pay it a second thought. But apparently, "The Rite" starring Anthony Hopkins actually WAS based in part on the real life experiences of a Catholic priest named Father Gary Thomas, who became certified to perform exorcisms after completing 40 hours of study at the Vatican. It was during this time that he met journalist Matt Baglio, author of "The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist," which inspired the movie.

Retro Trailer: "Evil Toons" (1992)

In this, uh, interesting horror-comedy, we get an insider's look at what happens when you mix an animated monster, porn actresses, and David Carradine... and let me tell you, it's pretty darn entertaining, in a watch with a group of friends and a ton of beer sort of way. Four girls land a job cleaning up an old abandoned house for the weekend, only to be interrupted by a creepy man (David Carradine), who shows up with an ancient book that is full of weird spells and drawings of a wolf like creature.

Retro Trailer: "Mirror Mirror" (1990)

When shy Goth girl Megan (Rainbow Harvest) moves to a new town with her recently widowed mother (Karen Black), she has a bit of trouble fitting in with her peers. Taunted by her classmates, she does manage to begin a friendship with a two teens from school, Nikki and Ron. While unpacking at her new house, Megan discovers an antique mirror that manages to keep reappearing, even after it is taken out with the trash. Soon Megan finds that the mirror holds the power to grant wishes. For a price, that is... (Insert evil laughter here).

Retro Poster: "Alice, Sweet Alice" (1976)

"Alice, Sweet Alice" is one of those films that manages to still be genuinely disturbing more than thirty years after it's release. When young Karen (Shields) is murdered on the day of her first communion, her sister Alice becomes the prime suspect. The killer, dressed in a yellow rain coat and a plastic mask, continues to terrorize the inhabitants of an apartment building, causing the audience to question if a 12 year old girl can really be capable of murder. The film was released three separate times, under three different titles.

Snapshot: "The Victim" (2011)

Michael Biehn writes, directs and stars in the upcoming psychological thriller "The Victim" as Kyle, a recluse who finds comfort living in the middle of the woods. But his quiet life is turned upside down when Annie knocks on his door, trying to flee from the attackers who raped and murdered her best friend. Jennifer Blanc, Ryan Honey and Danielle Harris also star. "The Victim" is scheduled for release in 2011.

Retro Trailer: "Pin" (1988)

Medical dummies are just plain creepy. Even creepier? When said dummy is used by an emotionally distant father, who uses his ventriloquist skills to make his children believe that it's alive, which is the case in the 1988 flick "Pin". A father (Terry O'Quinn) uses a life size medical dummy named Pin to communicate with his children, Leon and Ursula. Ursula knows that it is just a dummy, but Leon believes Pin is real. But when both parents are killed in a car accident, Leon and Ursula must cope with their death.

Retro Trailer: "Lovers Lane" (1999)

In celebration of the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, I thought we'd take a look at a movie that reflects the true meaning of the holiday: blood and guts and crazy people. The movie "Lovers Lane" takes the plot of an old urban legend we've all heard before and turns it into a slasher flick. An escaped mental patient with a hook in place of his hand, returns to a town 13 years after he murdered lovers lane sweethearts to continue his reign of terror on unsuspecting teens. Watch for Anna Faris as a cheerleader!

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