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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 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 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.

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 Trailer: "Lady in White" (1988)

It's pretty safe to assume that every October most of us go into horror movie overdrive, watching anything and everything horror. One of my favorites to watch this time of year, "Lady in White," is about a boy who witnesses a ghostly reenactment of a murder that occurred in his school's coat closet 10 years earlier. Not quite horror, but more of a family friendly ghost story, "Lady in White" is packed full of nostalgia, a few laughs, and some genuinely creepy moments.

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