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Retro Trailer: "Intruder" (1989)

Over the weekend, I stumbled across the 80's slasher flick "Intruder" in my Netflix Instant Queue, and I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. The film, which was written and directed by Scott Spiegel, co-writer of "Evil Dead 2", is set entirely in a local supermarket. In the opening sequence, the ex-boyfriend of one of the checkout girls, Jennifer (Elizabeth Cox), shows up at closing, starts a fight and is kicked out. One by one, members of the crew are stalked and brutally murdered.

Retro Trailer: The Video Dead

Although I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this on a site filled with hardcore horror fanatics, Robert Scott's insanely cheesy 1987 zombie opus "The Video Dead" scared the living daylights out of me as a child. For whatever reason, this title has failed to find a home on DVD, though, for the time being, I'm quite content with the well-worn VHS copy I picked up for next to absolutely nothing at a local flea market last year. Still, it would be nice to have a copy that isn't accompanied by a hissing mono soundtrack and a handful of visually-distorted sequences. A guy can dream, right?

Retro Trailer: "New Years Evil" (1980)

If you have FearNET on Demand from either Comcast or Time Warner Cable in the US, right now they have a whole mess of Holiday horror streaming for your convenience. Last night I had the pleasure (?) of taking in this gem that I had never seen before, "New Years Evil" (1980). From what I could gather, it's about a really unattractive woman who everyone thinks is hot, who is also the host of a New Years Eve rock music countdown. I'm not going to lie, it's pretty terrible, but might be a good viewing for those holiday horror completists out there. Enter at your own risk.

Retro Trailer: "Piranha" (1978)

Rumor has it that the trailer for Alexandre Aja's "Piranha 3D" will be debuting tomorrow in front of prints of James Cameron's scifi epic "Avatar". Since no one has been privy to that preview yet, let's take a look at the trailer for the 1978 original, which at the time was attempting to cash in on the mega success of "Jaws" (1975).

Previewing the film before "Avatar" makes sense on some level, considering both films are wearing their "RealD" effects proudly. However, we prefer the funnier angle, that this is all somehow a jab at James Cameron, who cut his teeth as a feature film director on the set of "Piranha 2: The Spawning" (1982).

Retro Trailer: "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation"

In case you haven't been privy to this gem, or just needed a refresher before listening to the podcast, here's the trailer for "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning". An attempted reboot of the franchise in the mid 90's, this has been recognized by some horror fans as a true low for the genre as an artform in a decade that was filled with them. The film is also infamous for its legal troubles. After being shot in 1994 and staying in limbo for over 2 years, the producers attempted to promote it using the names of Renee Zelwegger and Matthew McConaughey, who had gone on to become stars in the time since filming had wrapped. Needless to say, their agents were a little worried. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to understand why.

Retro Trailer: The Thing (1982)

Winter weather has hit the United States this week reminding us all that it is in fact, December! Sure, many folks will look at the layers of snow and cold weather and think warm happy thoughts of a white Christmas and all that jazz. When I stepped out side this morning to the balmy 7 degree wind chill, the only thoughts that entered my frozen brain was that I needed Kurt Russell to save me from alien creatures from beyond the stars. So of course, John Carpenters "The Thing" seems like an appropriate retro trailer to kick off the frigid weekend!

Retro Trailer: The Wolfman (1941)

With recent news that the remake of "The Wolfman" has garnered a (surprising) R Rating for graphic violence, let's take a look back at the original. 1941 saw the release of "The Wolf Man", starring stuntman and effects wizard Lon Chaney Jr. Although Chaney starred as the titular beast, many forget that the film featured another horror legend, Bela Lugosi as the not-so-subtly named character "Bela". The film also featured the wonderfully alliterative tagline, "His hideous howl a dirge of death!".

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