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Trailer for "The Night Shift" Released

I'm a big fan of horror comedies, so I was pretty darn excited to read about "The Night Shift," a promising new independent film brought to us by Fighting Owl Films. The film, based on a short story of the same name, follows Rue, the undead caretaker of a cemetery, who must protect the graveyard from it's supernatural inhabitants.

Retro Trailer: "Chainsaw Sally" (2004)

When I heard about the Shock-O-Rama movie, "Chainsaw Sally," about a girl (April Monique Burril) who is a quiet librarian by day and a chainsaw wielding killer by night, I knew I just had to see it. Written and directed by Jimmyo Burril, the film is quite entertaining although the production quality and acting is, at times, a bit cringeworthy. The film not only features cameos by Gunnar Hansen and Herschell Gordon Lewis, but it has also inspired a web series, "The Chainsaw Sally Show."

Retro Poster: "A Bucket of Blood" (1959)

Ok, so i absolutely love Roger Corman's horror comedy, "A Bucket of Blood," about an awkward busboy who accidentally kills his landlady's cat and covers it up by wrapping it in plaster. Soon after, he is pressured to produce more pieces of art and turns to human subjects. (Insert evil laughter here). If you haven't seen this make sure you get the original and not the remake starring Anthony Michael Hall and Justine Bateman... you've been warned.

Retro Poster: "White Zombie" (1932)

Made in just 11 days back in 1932 on a $50,000 budget, "White Zombie" tells the story of a woman (Madge Bellamy) who turns into a zombie at the hands of a voodoo priest (Bela Lugosi). Although the film opened to negative reviews, it has become a favorite to many fans of the horror genre, gaining much of its recognition as being the first feature length zombie film. Although the story line is a bit over the top, the film oozes with atmosphere and eerie camera shots of the zombies, who are basically mindless drones doing slave labor. This one is available streaming instantly on Netflix.

Retro Clip: "Home Sweet Home" (1981)

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, delicious food and booze (lots of it if you're in my family) and.... Body by Jake?! That's right folks, "Home Sweet Home" is a Thanksgiving themed slasher flick starring Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake fame. Now I am sure this film is god awful, but it may be worth a look to see Jake play "The Killer," an escaped mental patient, high on PCP, who torments a family during Thanksgiving dinner. "Home Sweet Home" also marks an early appearance by Vinessa Shaw ("The Hills Have Eyes" remake) as Angel.

Retro Trailer: "Splinter" (2008)

A vacationing couple, Polly (Jill Wagner) and Seth (Paulo Costanzo), are taken hostage by a criminal (Shea Whigham) and his drug addicted girlfriend (Rachael Kerbs). When their car is damaged by a strange splinter infested animal, the foursome must isolate themselves in a nearby gas station and fight for their lives. This movie has a ton going for it. The acting is solid (especially Shea Whigham's character), the script is tight and fast paced, and the visual effects are great. Another plus? It doesn't use heavy CGI. All in all, it's a pretty solid creature feature.

Retro Trailer: "Night of the Comet" (1984)

A comet lands on Earth (or more specifically, L.A.) and turns the majority of the population into dust. It's up to two Valley Girl sisters, Regina and Samantha (Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney), to fight zombies, battle evil scientists that work for the government and save what's left of the world. If you like cheesy 80's sci-fi/horror comedies and you haven't seen this yet, then you must do so immediately.

Retro Poster: "Mad Monster Party" (1967)

Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller both lend their voices to the claymation horror comedy "Mad Monster Party". Dr Frankenstein invites a bunch of monsters (including Dracula, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man, to name a few) to his retirement party where he plans announce his successor, his nephew Felix. If you liked the Rankin and Bass holiday movies from the 60s and 70s, (Rudolph!!!) then it's pretty safe to assume that you will enjoy this forgotten gem. Filled with kooky monster fights, humor and catchy songs, it's worth a look for nostalgia's sake.

Test Your Horror Knowledge

Halloween weekend is approaching and I know everyone is looking for a fun distraction to help you through the work day. Look no further! Sporcle.com is a website loaded with tons of fun quizzes in every topic you can imagine. And of course there is a whole page of quizzes dedicated to, you guessed it, horror movies! You're welcome. Happy Halloween!

Retro Clip: "Carrie" (1976)

There are a few horror movies that still get me every time I watch them. Although I am not a huge fan of the overall movie, I can watch the ending of "Carrie" over and over again and I will undoubtedly jump every single freakin time. The final scene in which Sue (Amy Irving) visits Carrie's (Sissy Spacek) grave site was actually shot backwards and then reversed to give the scene a dreamlike quality. The scene was also filmed at night and used artificial lighting to create the daytime effect. So take a look at the final scene from "Carrie" below and tell me, what gets YOU every time?

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