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Retro Trailer: "Tourist Trap" (1979)

In the cult classic "Tourist Trap," a group of teenagers searching for their missing friend wind up stranded at an eerie roadside wax museum, which is filled with creepy, lifelike mannequins. Having not seen this film in years, I recently watched it to see if it still holds up, and much to my enjoyment, it did. The movie is packed full of bizarre deaths, jump scares, tension and an overall creepy atmosphere. An added bonus? Tanya Roberts (Midge from "That 70's Show") is in it!

Retro Trailer: "Night of the Demons" (1988)

In the wake of the recent "Night of the Demons" remake, I thought we'd take a quick look at the original, one of my go-to Halloween themed movies. On Halloween night, 10 teenagers gather for a party at an old abandoned funeral parlor hosted by Angela (Mimi Kinkade) and Suzanne (Linnea Quigley). It's too bad they think it's a good idea to hold a past life seance. Of course, they unleash an evil spirit that possesses each one of them, one by one.

Retro Clip: "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" (1989)

In honor of the series' 30th anniversary, AMC Fearfest has been airing parts 1 - 9 of the "Friday the 13th" series this week. Even though only the last 20 minutes or so of "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" actually take place in the big apple, I've always enjoyed this one. It will be airing on AMC today at 5:45 PM Eastern time. I don't really think this clip needs much introduction other than the fact that it's hilarious. So, there you go.

Retro Trailer: "Frailty" (2001)

Typically, I try to avoid movies starring Matthew McConaughey, which is probably why I waited until just a few months ago to watch "Frailty." I must admit, I'm sorry I waited so long. "Frailty" is a dark thriller that offers a fresh plot, solid acting by all (including the two child actors who were incredible), and plenty of twists and turns along the way. Bill Paxton's directorial debut centers around the relationship between two young brothers, Fenton and Adam, and their father, who believes he has been ordered by God to kill demons.

Retro Trailer: "The Watcher in the Woods" (1980)

Believe it or not, back in the day, Disney used to produce some great family friendly horror films. "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Return to Oz", and "Child of Glass" are just a few that I remember watching and loving as a child. My favorite? "The Watcher in the Woods", a film about sisters, Ellie (Kyle Richards) and Jan (Lynn-Holly Johnson), who are haunted by the ghost of a teenage girl who disappeared during a solar eclipse 30 years before. Bette Davis puts forth an eerie performance as the mysterious Mrs. Aylwood, the mother of the missing girl.

Retro Trailer: "It's Alive" (1974)

"It's Alive" is one of those horror comedy films that I have always heard a lot about but haven't had a chance to watch until recently, when I found it on Netflix Instant Watch. Written and directed by Larry Cohen, the movie features a couple, Frank (John Ryan) and Lenore (Sharon Farrell), who give birth to a monsterous, mutant baby who kills people when frightened. Despite the ridiculous premise, the movie is funny, original and at times, pretty darn suspenseful.

AMC Fearfest Kicks Off October 18th!

Every Halloween season, I always look forward to AMC Fearfest. Fearfest kicks off on Monday, October 18 and runs through Sunday, October 31. This year's marathon will feature over 60 contemporary and classic horror films as well as interviews with horror directors and actors throughout each night's prime time film. In addition to premiere movies such as "House of Wax" (2005), "Evil Dead II" and "28 Days Later" (just to name a few), Fearfest has some pretty great movies lined up this year.

Retro Trailer: Creepshow (1982)

It goes without saying that "Creepshow" is one of the most popular horror anthologies around. It's definitely one of my go-to movies for the Halloween season. Director George A. Romero and writer Stephen King bring us 5 tales of terror in a tribute to the EC comics of the 1950's. The segments are tied together by short animated sequences surrounding a young boy named Billy (Stephen's son, Joe King) who is punished by his father (Tom Atkins) for reading horror comics. Many familiar faces such as Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Harris, E.G.

Retro Trailer: "Dolls" (1987)

When I was about 10 years old, I watched the film "Dolls," which subsequently led to my porcelain doll collection being packed away and put in the attic. With the tag line "they walk, they talk, they kill," how could I not be terrified? Directed by Stuart Gordon, the film centers around a group of travelers who take shelter from a storm inside of a mansion inhabited by a doll maker, his wife and their collection of creepy dolls. Having just recently watched the film again, I can say that it is not the scarefest I remember from back in the day.

Retro Poster: "Spider Baby" (1968)

In writer and director Jack Hill's cult classic "Spider Baby", we are introduced to the three Merrye children, Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn), Virginia (Jill Banner) and Ralph (Sid Haig), who suffer from a genetic condition that causes its victims to mentally, socially and physically regress into primitive, murderous cannibals. Lon Chaney Jr. plays caretaker Bruno, who has managed to keep the children out of harms way and maintain the family secret.

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