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Retro Trailer: "Uninvited" (1988)

Ok, so let's just get this out in the open: If you haven't already figured it out, I am a fan of truly awful 80's cheese. I mean I like some REALLY bad stuff. Like "Uninvited," a movie about a cute cuddly kitty who has a mean mutant kitty living in it's mouth that kills people. The movie is full of bad dialogue, bad acting, bad special effects and tons of cheese. It's the perfect movie to watch with a bunch of friends and a case (or three) of beer.

Snapshot: "The Thing" (2011)

In the above snapshot, Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim vs The World") plays Kate Lloyd, a grad student who joins an expedition to Antarctica and discovers a frozen alien life form and... well you know what happens next. A prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, the 2011 film will take place right before the first film, with the original Norwegian crew that discovered the alien. The film is set to release in theaters October 14, 2011.

Retro Poster: "The Innocents" (1961)

When Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) accepts a governess job to look after a wealthy bachelor's niece and nephew, she begins to suspect that the children are being haunted by spirits who are causing them to act out. Directed by Jack Clayton, "The Innocents" relies heavily on minimal lighting and chilling sound and music effects to create a haunting atmosphere. If you are a fan of psychological horror rather than blood and guts, this one's for you. The film is based on the novel "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James.

Retro Snapshot: "The Night of the Hunter" (1955)

Directed by Charles Laughton, "The Night of the Hunter" is about a demented serial killer and self proclaimed preacher (Robert Mitchum), who seduces a widow and torments her children in order to find out where her executed spouse hid a large sum of stolen money. In the above snapshot, Reverend Harry Powell stares eerily at the camera, with the words "LOVE" and "HATE" tattooed on his knuckles. Based on the 1953 novel of the same name, "The Night of the Hunter" was added to the National Film Registry in 1992.

Retro Trailer: "Bloody New Year" (1987)

Ok, ok, ok. So, technically this movie does not take place on New Year's Eve or Day, but when a group of shipwrecked teens take shelter in an abandoned hotel, it's decorated for New Years, even though it's the middle of summer. And basically what ensues is a ghost story-meets "The Evil Dead" type of tale, full of spooks, time warps, zombies and demonic possessions. A few decent scares and fun cheese can't quite make up for the bad effects and lack of logic, but at least the story line attempts to be original. It's worth a look if you are a fan of 80's cheese.

Retro Clip: "The Gingerdead Man" (2005)

The 2005 holiday themed horror movie "The Gingerdead Man" is about a killer cookie that stalks the girl who sent him to the electric chair years ago. It's just as awful as it sounds, however it does have a few note worthy scenes. The first five minutes are pretty enjoyable as we get a look at what the gingerdead man looked like in human form... Surprise! It's the lovable and psychotic Gary Busey. The other notable scene? That would be the epic final battle of good versus gingerdead man, which you are about to see below. Got milk?

Snapshot: "The Factory" (2011)

Jennifer Carpenter and John Cusack star in this serial killer thriller about a detective who discovers his daughter has been kidnapped by a madman who targets prostitutes. I've been following this one for some time now since I found out the backdrop of the movie is my hometown of Buffalo, NY (although it was actually filmed in Canada). No word yet as to when Dark Castle will release this one in theaters, but its date has already been pushed back a number of times so we may be waiting a while for this one.

Retro Trailer: "Elves" (1989)

When most of us think about Christmas, it's only natural that we think of nazi experiments involving elves, am I right? That's right, today we are taking a look back at the 1989 Christmas classic, "Elves." Now try to follow me with this plot: Troubled teen Kirsten and her friends hold a seance ritual in the woods and awaken an elf. Not elves as the movie title suggests. Just. One. Elf.

Snapshot: "Vanishing on 7th Street" (2011)

Director Brad Anderson, the man behind such movies as "The Machinist" and "Transsiberian," brings us the post apocalyptic thriller "Vanishing on 7th Street" about four survivors of a blackout who learn that their city is slowly becoming engulfed in darkness and their rapidly diminishing light source is the only thing keeping them safe. In the above snapshot, Luke (Hayden Christensen) awakens to learn that everyone in the city has disappeared, leaving behind only their clothing and possessions. A US theatrical release date is set for spring 2011.

Retro Clip: "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" (1988)

When aliens who resemble clowns land on earth in their circus tent to prey on humans, it's up to a group of friends to save the entire town. Yep, that's right folks, we're taking a quick look down memory lane at "Killer Klowns From Outer Space." From being terrified of it as a child to loving every hilarious minute of it as an adult, "Killer Klowns" has easily become one of my go-to horror favorites. Jam packed full of funhouse themed spaceships, popcorn shooting ray guns, deadly pies and an amazingly catchy theme song by the Dickies, this movie has something for everyone.

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