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Retro Trailer: "The Initiation" (1984)

Daphne Zuniga (of Melrose Place fame) stars as Kelly Fairchild, a college co-ed who is currently pledging a sorority at her local college. The annual initiation prank requires Kelly and 3 other pledges to break into the local mall after hours to steal the security guard's uniform. As the Slasher God's would have it, a killer is on the loose! Mix in scenes from Kelly's recurring childhood nightmare, a mental asylum and a student/professor relationship and you get the perfect recipe for a slightly better than average slasher flick.

Retro Trailer: "Hell Comes to Frog Town" (1988)

Roddy Piper stars as Sam Hell in this cult classic about a prisoner who is forced to rescue a harem of virgins from an evil community of walking, talking mutant frogs. You see, Mr. Piper is one of the last fertile men in the world, (a result of biological warfare, natch) and he is forced by the largely female populated government to rescue these women and impregnate them so they can carry on the almost extinct human race. And if he wanted to escape? The women have strapped a bomb to his crotch so he can't go more than 100 feet away from the guard assigned to help him with his mission.

Retro Trailer: "Dead End" (2003)

Looking for a fun Christmas themed horror movie? Look no further than the 2003 film "Dead End," about a family who takes a shortcut on the way to their grandmother's house for Christmas. Ray Wise and Lin Shaye star as Frank and Laura Harrington, a couple who get lost with their family on a seemingly endless and deserted country road. Mix in a mysterious Lady in White, a terrifying black hearse and a panic stricken family and this will be sure to be one Christmas movie you'll never forget. This little gem is available for your viewing pleasure on Netflix Instant Watch.

Retro Trailer: "Halloween: H20" (1998)

AMC Fearfest is in full swing and we are currently in the middle of the '4 Days of Halloween' marathon which is featuring the 1978 original "Halloween" movie and a big chunk of its sequels. Tonight AMC will be premiering "Halloween: H20" in which Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode. The film is interesting in the sense that the storyline ignores movies 3 - 6 in the series and is considered a direct sequel to Halloween and Halloween 2. This time, it's 20 years later and Laurie has faked her own death to escape her psychotic brother.

Retro Trailer: "Blood and Lace" (1971)

Melody Patterson (of "F Troop" fame!) plays Ellie, a young girl whose prostitute mother is murdered, and now has to live at an orphanage run by a sadistic woman who kills children who try to escape. For having just a PG rating, the movie delivers a lot of fun CGI free violence, such as death by hammer. But it's the last line of dialogue uttered in this film that really makes for one of the strangest endings you'll ever see. "Blood and Lace" is available on Netflix Instant Watch for your viewing pleasure!

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 Snapshot: "The New Kids" (1985)

When Loren and Abby McWilliams' (Shannon Presby and Full House's Lori Loughlin) parents are killed in a tragic accident, they are shipped off to Florida to live with their aunt and uncle and help with their gas station and amusement park. Unfortunately, the small town is inhabited by a gang of drug addicted rednecks led by... James Spader?! "The New Kids" is airing this month on the FearNet Channel and I for one will be tuning in. I mean, I can't really pass up an Aunt Becky/James Spader horror movie combo that's directed by Sean Cunningham! Who can?

Retro Trailer: "Things" (1989)

Good news, horror fans! The 1989 Canadian cult film "Things" was just released on DVD this past week. With a budget of 35,000, the horror flick centers on a husband and wife, Doug and Susan Drake, who are unable to have children. Susan resorts to fertility treatments, resulting in a mutant hatching through her stomach and birthing more baby mutants (or, as our neighbors to the north refer to them, "Things"). This of course results in a whole bunch of hilarious dialogue, a crazy scene involving a chainsaw, a porn star reading the news and much more. Thanks, Canada!

Retro Trailer: "Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film" (2006)

Lately I have been on a documentary kick. I've watched some really amazing ones ("Dear Zachary") and plodded through some pretty awful ones ("Snuff"). Along my quest to find some more horror themed documentaries, I came across "Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film." A pretty fun and entertaining ride, I'd consider this a must see for fans of the slasher sub genre. The documentary gives us a look at the history of the slasher film and takes a look at both early and later successes in the horror sub genre (think "Halloween" and "Scream").

Retro Trailer: "Paperhouse" (1988)

I just got back from enjoying the hell out of "Super 8" and cannot stop getting all nostalgic about the kid friendly 80's horror movies that I used to be obsessed with growing up. "Paperhouse" was one of those movies, about a neglected girl, Anna, who draws a house while suffering from a fever. During her fever induced dreams she finds herself dreaming about what she draws and begins adding to the house and realizing her dreams are turning into nightmares. The dream sequences in this movie are truly chilling and the whole movie is told from Anna's point of view.

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