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Oliver Stone wrote and directed 1981's "The Hand," a movie that scared the beejeezus out of me as a kid. "The Hand" is about, unsurprisingly, a hand. It is also a remake of a 1946 movie, "The Beast With Five Fingers," and is based on Marc Brandell's novel, A Lizard's Tail. Michael Caine stars as Jonathan Lansdale, a comic strip artist who loses his hand in an accident. The severed hand begins to stalk Jonathan and kill the people around him.

I'm pretty sure the most memorable thing about 1991's "Popcorn" is the awesome video cover. It's because of that VHS video cover that I've always had a soft spot for this movie. Maggie (Jill Schoelen) is a college student who plans an all night horror movie marathon at a local theatre with her film club. As luck would have it, there is also a pyscho killer on the loose.

Jeff Lieberman's "Remote Control" gives us an inside look at what happens when a video store clerk unearths an alien plot to take over the world with a 1950's sci fi movie that brainwashes its viewers into becoming mindless killers. Jennifer Tilly stars in this horror comedy alongside a pre-Entourage Kevin Dillon. I must admit, this was one of my favorites growing up, though I haven't seen it in years and I'm pretty sure this is one of those movies that you re-watch for nostalgic purposes only. From what I've read this one is pretty hard to come by, as it has yet to be released on DVD.

I was pretty excited when I discovered "Screamtime", a British horror anthology streaming on Netflix Instant Watch this past weekend. This was one of those movies I have always wanted to check out but never got around to watching until now. The anthology involves a wrap around story in which some young punks steal a bunch of videos from a Times Square video store and take them to a friends house to watch. Each one of the videos represents one of the shorts that are featured within the movie.

If you're a fan of "so bad they're good" movies, then this movie is not for you. However, if you are a fan of "so bad they're kind of alright and will do in a pinch on a rainy day" movies, then you may want to consider "Witchboard III: The Possession," which is available for your viewing pleasure on Netfix Instant Watch. This one is basically the same basic plot as the other two Witchboard movies, this time involving an out of work investment banker named Brian who becomes possessed by a demon who contacts him through the ouija board.

So apparently, if you are a miner and you witness a strange goo-like substance erupting from the earth deep within your mine shaft, your first instinct would be to taste the stuff. Am I right?! In writer and director Larry Cohen's horror comedy, the goo found in the earth is found to be sweet, creamy, delicious and best of all no calories! Understandably so, the stuff becomes a nationwide craze (I mean, c'mon, who doesn't wanna eat stuff found oozing out of the ground?!) and even begins hurting ice cream sales.

Apparently I've been on an Eddie Furlong kick lately, because "The Visitation" is like the third movie I've watched in the past month with him in it. The film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Frank Peretti, takes place in the small town of Antioch. When miracles begin happening at the hands of Brandon Nichols, who claims to be Jesus Christ, the whole town gets caught up in the hype and come together to worship Brandon and his disciples.

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.

"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.

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.