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Day 13:

Sent to Florence KY to get Turfway Park under control, no sign of housekeeping ever cleaning my room at the hotel.   A man can only use the same two bath towels so many times.  I’ve taken to running them with my clothes when I do my laundry.  Why is it ever time I stay in a hotel for this job the local cable only has like 36 channels and half are religious.  How many different ways are there to tell me about The Lord.  I am required to pay $10 a week for the high-speed internet that is slower than a dial-up account.  Needless to say, I…am…in…Hell.

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Originally by Ethan Trex - February 5, 2010 - 8:50 AM

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Even legendary directors like Alfred Hitchcock don’t always get their way. Over the course of his illustrious career, Hitchcock had to abandon quite a few projects due to budgetary concerns, issues with stars, the whims of studio heads, or in some cases simply his own instincts that the film wasn’t going to turn out very well. Let’s take a look at a few of the master of suspense’s unproduced projects, including the one that studio execs hated so much they made him sign a contract promising he wouldn’t make it.

1. Number 13

This silent 1922 feature for Gainsborough Pictures was set to be Hitchcock’s directorial debut. The film was set to star Clare Greet and Ernest Thesiger in a script written by “a woman working at the studio who had worked with (Charlie) Chaplin.” Hitchcock only filmed a few scenes before the budget fell through, and the script is now lost. The film of the few completed scenes is also lost, possibly because the studio melted it down to recycle the film’s silver nitrate. Don’t worry too much about missing out on this one, though; Hitchcock later admitted, “It wasn’t very good, really.”

 

2. No Bail for the Judge

Hitchcock spent the early part of 1959 preparing to adapt Henry Cecil’s novel of the same name into a film starring Audrey Hepburn. On May 19th of that year, though, Hepburn dropped out of the project, with some sources saying she was reluctant to do a film so soon after delivering a child, and others claiming she refused the part when she found out her character was involved in a rape scene. The project died when Hepburn backed out, and although Hitchcock was privately livid, he regrouped nicely by making Psycho instead.

 

3. The Blind Man

In 1960 Hitchcock and legendary screenwriter Ernest Lehman began to work on a script called The Blind Man about a blind pianist who regains his sight after receiving an eye transplant from a murder victim. Hitchcock envisioned Jimmy Stewart in the lead role, and one of the film’s main scenes was to be set in Disneyland. That’s where the trouble started; Walt Disney had seen Psycho and truly hated it. Disney reportedly wouldn’t let Hitchcock shoot in his park, so the project died.

 

4. Hamlet, starring Cary Grant

In the late 1940s, Hitchcock hit on an odd idea: he wanted to produce a modernized version of Hamlet set in England with Cary Grant in the title role. According to Hitchcock, the project “would be presented as a psychological melodrama.” The idea hit the rocks after Hitchcock’s studio, Transatlantic, announced the project and a professor who had written a modernized version of Shakespeare’s tale threatened a lawsuit.

 

5. Flamingo Feather

In 1956, Hitchcock bought a story called Flamingo Feather from South African author and diplomat Laurens van der Post. The plot involved a Russian scheme to train South Africans for nefarious Communist purposes. When Hitchcock went to South Africa to scout shooting locations, though, the project quickly fell apart. The director wanted Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly as the leads, which would be pricey, and he felt he needed fifty thousand Africans to act as extras. Hitchcock didn’t love the look of the country’s terrain, and it became apparent that even in South Africa it would be tough to get together 50,000 African extras when most of the country’s population worked long hours at farming jobs. Hitchcock later said, “It was all so confusing that I dropped the whole idea.”

 

6. Mary Rose

Towards the end of his career, Hitchcock frequently mentioned an unproduced 1964 film called Mary Rose whenever he was asked about his professional regrets. In Hitchcock’s amazing book-length interview with François Truffaut, he describes the project as “a little like a science fiction story” and details the plot, which involves a woman who hears celestial voices and mysteriously vanishes at odd intervals.

Hitchcock put a lot of thought into this project—he even explained to Truffaut exactly how he would light certain scenes and tried to talk the French director into making the film—but the ghostly supernatural elements of the film were a non-starter for studio execs. Hitchcock revealed in another late-career interview, “Do you know, it’s written specifically into my present contract that I cannot do Mary Rose?” Hitch could allegedly make any film he wanted as long as he kept the budget under $3 million and didn’t make Mary Rose.

 

7. R.R.R.R.

In 1965, Hitchcock hired the Italian writing duo Age and Scarpelli—perhaps best known in the States for their screenplay for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—to pen a script about an Italian immigrant to America who rises in the hotel world, then sends for his Sicilian family. Unbeknownst to the hotelier, his relatives are a pack of thieves. Eventually the sticky fingered family tries to swipe a valuable coin collection from the hotel; the title comes from numismatic jargon. Hitchcock told Truffaut, “I dropped the project because it seemed to be shapeless. Aside from that, you know that Italians are very slipshod in matters of story construction. They just ramble on.”

 

8. The Three Hostages

The Three Hostages is another of the unsuccessful projects at which Hitchcock took a crack after making Marnie. The film was an adaptation of John Buchan’s 1924 novel of the same name in which a government plans to crack down on a criminal gang on a certain date. The gang catches wind of the plan and kidnaps three children to regain some leverage against the government.

Hitchcock announced the project, but he ended up eventually abandoning it over difficulties in obtaining the screen rights and concerns over the script’s reliance on hypnotism as a plot device. He later said, “I feel you cannot put hypnotism on the screen and expect it to hold water. It is a condition too remote from the audience’s own experiences.”

 

9. Kaleidoscope/Frenzy

In 1969, Hitchcock planned to make a triumphant comeback after a string of films that received middling commercial and critical reactions by making Kaleidoscope (also referred to as Frenzy), a grisly tale of a serial rapist and murderer. The film was set to feature a handsome young killer who lured women to their death; Hitchcock considered it a prequel to his 1943 tour de force Shadow of a Doubt. The script included some elements—including necrophilia and the use of acid baths to dispose of bodies—that Hitchcock had pulled from newspaper reports about notorious British criminals.

Hitchcock actually shot an hour or so of silent test footage, but Universal nixed the film since it didn’t think audiences would warm to a sex-and-murder-filled flick that featured a serial killer as its protagonist. Hitchcock was irritated about having to abandon the project, but he revived a few plot points and one of the working titles when he made 1972’s Frenzy, a serial-killer tale that may have been the last great Hitchcock film in spite of a decidedly mediocre cast.

 

10. The Short Night

Hitchcock’s final project before his death in 1980 was The Short Night, an espionage picture based on a Ronald Kirkbride novel and set in Finland. Hitchcock made it as far as considering Walter Matthau, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Catherine Deneuve, and Liv Ullman for the lead roles, but Universal squashed the project in 1979 due to the director’s ailing health.

 

11. Greenmantle

Hitchcock had such great luck with his adaptation of John Buchan’s novel The Thirty-Nine Steps that when it came time to direct a follow-up, he decided to go back to the well with an adaptation of Buchan’s novel Greenmantle. Hitchcock wanted to pair Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in the lead roles, but Buchan’s estate wanted too much money for the screen rights. Hitchcock eventually realized his dream pairing of Grant and Bergman with the 1946 classic Notorious.

 

12. The Bramble Bush

Hitchcock spent part of 1951 adapting David Duncan’s novel into a screenplay. The story involved a Communist agitator on the run from the authorities who steals another man’s passport, only to learn that the man is wanted for murder. Hitchcock eventually decided “it wasn’t any good,” and he abandoned the idea to work on a project for which Warner Brothers had just bought the rights: the Broadway hit Dial M for Murder.

 

13. The Wreck of the Mary Deare

Hitchcock always wanted to do a movie with Gary Cooper. He offered Cooper the lead role in Foreign Correspondent only to have the star turn it down because it was a thriller; Joel McCrea ended up memorably playing the part instead. In 1959, though, Hitchcock had another shot when MGM optioned the rights to the novel The Wreck of the Mary Deare for a Hitchcock-Cooper collaboration.

Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman spent weeks working on the script, but they eventually decided that the story really became a snoozer of a courtroom drama and shifted their focus to the early planning for North by Northwest.

21st-Dec-2009 11:21 pm - Writer/Director Dan O’Bannon Dies
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Posted by Michael in Latest News, OBITS by Harris Lentz, III on December 21st, 2009

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The film genres of horror and science fiction lost one of their most well-respected practitioners when Dan O’Bannon died last week at the age of 63.

O’Bannon first broke into filmmaking as the co-writer of the SF/comedy Dark Star (1974), which was also the feature debut of his USC classmate John Carpenter, who shared screenplay credit and directed. Largely ignored at the box office, but eventually amassing a cult following, Dark Star is most notable for the attention it garnered both men from the major studios for their ability to wear multiple hats under the restriction of a minuscule budget; in addition to co-writing, O’Bannon also handled production design, special effects and even acted in the film.

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Following a stint working on special effects for Star Wars (1977), O’Bannon returned to screenwriting. Reasoning that if he couldn’t get the audience to laugh, he’d do his best to scare the hell out of them, O’Bannon wrote the screenplay for Alien (1979), based on a story by himself and Ronald Shusett, and directed by Ridley Scott. Sharing many of its basic story elements with the comedic Dark Star, Alien nevertheless achieved O’Bannon’s goal of giving the audience a fright to remember, and was the unlikely source of a fan-favorite franchise that currently boasts six installments with yet another on the way.

After Alien, O’Bannon kept busy as the writer or co-writer on a number of projects, including Dead and Buried (1981), Heavy Metal (1981), Blue Thunder (1983), Lifeforce (1985), Invaders from Mars (1986), and Total Recall (1990); he also indirectly continued to collaborate with Ridley Scott when his graphic story The Long Tomorrow, illustrated by comics legend Jean “Moebius” Giraud and initially serialized in Metal Hurlant in 1976, was cited as a major influence on Scott’s Blade Runner (1982). However, it was O’Bannon’s directorial debut on Return of the Living Dead (1985) that endeared him to the hearts of horror fans worldwide. Both an unofficial sequel to, and parody of, George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, RotLD introduced the world to split dogs, punk zombies, and the most devastating acid rain imaginable.

Referring to his eclectic career, O’Bannon commented, “I have a low boredom threshold. Some writers can write the same thing over and over again and remain happy with that. However, I only enjoy doing something that I have not done before. If I’ve done it well, I don’t want to do it anymore. Once I know how to do something, it loses interest for me. I don’t care anymore.”

Dan O’Bannon passed away following a long struggle with Crohn’s Disease on December 17, 2009.

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20th-Dec-2009 07:41 pm - R.I.P. Brittany Murphy (1977-2009)
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As taken from Fangoria.Com

Various sources broke the news this morning that actress Brittany Murphy has died. The 32-year old actress was found unconscious in the shower this morning by her mother, and was deemed to be in full cardiac arrest by paramedics who responded to the call. She was pronounced dead of a heart attack at 10:04am at LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

A working actress since 1991, Murphy's big break came with her 1993 role in CLUELESS. Genre fans will remember her roles in THE PROPHECY  II, CHERRY FALLS, DON'T SAY A WORD, and SIN CITY.

In addition to appearing in the recently-released DEADLINE, Murphy recently starred in Darin Scott's DARK HOUSE follow-up SOMETHING WICKED, which will likely see a 2010 release.

As of 3pm CST, the LAPD is said to have launched a death investigation, and a rep for Murphy's family told TMZ "In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy."

In 2007, Murphy was married to producer/writer Simon Monjack (FACTORY GIRL).

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"I'm an angel. I kill firstborns while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls out from little girls. And from now to kingdom come, the only thing you can count on in your existence is never understanding why…I stole this whole article from Hongkiat.com"


From the dreadful art work created for Nosferatu in 1922 till the present, horror movie posters has evolved with time, immensely. Having celebrated the twisted, the sick, the ghastly, the disgusting and the terrifying, this genre of art is highly evocative. It may be just another creepy photograph conveying malicious promises, or an abstract interpretations rendered by an elaborate painting, designers are experimenting with their creative juices from time immemorial to bring out the ghastly effect in their posters.

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Creepy typography, high contrast illustrations, horrific creatures and ominous taglines are trademarks of effective horror movie posters. Creating an aura of mysteriousness while freaking out your audience simultaneously, works best for these posters. Raw terror, suspense and a hint of fright-fest are the things that your poster needs to convey to stimulate the nightmares and excite the curiosity of your potential moviegoers, so that they cannot help but check out for themselves what the movie has in store.

However, it isn’t easy to create a spine-chilling poster, which looks both brutal and spectacular at the same time. Like, blood smearing across the poster may make it look like a finger painting by a kid. The potential of a true designer is revealed in subtly arousing terror in viewer’s imagination by making this ordinary blood look extraordinarily ghastly.

To draw inspiration from some of the best horror movie posters of all time, you can check out our collection of 50+ horror movie poster designs in this article.


Nosferatu (1922)

F.W. Murnau’s German silent classic is the original and some say most frightening DRACULA adaptation, taking Bram Stoker’s novel and turning it into a haunting, shadowy dream full of dread.

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Dracula (1931)

This is the first screen version of Bram Stoker’s famous tale based on the smash hit stage production. Count Dracula arrives in London and immediately works to enrapture and transform into vampires young Lucy Weston and her friend Mina Seward.

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Frankenstein (1931)

Scientist Henry Frankenstein and his hunchbacked assistant, Fritz, embark on an unholy mission by stealing a body from a graveyard and a human brain from a medical college. Unbeknownst to Frankenstein, however, Fritz takes a violent and murderous abnormal brain.

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White Zombie (1932)

After arriving in Haiti to meet her fiancé, a blushing bride-to-be is quickly transformed into a pallid, soulless body by creepy voodoo master Bela Lugosi, at the behest of a jealous rival who desires her.

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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

A masterly mix of horror and black comedy, is the first in a series of sequels to FRANKENSTEIN. Mary Shelley resumes her gothic tale after the face-off in a burning windmill between Henry Frankenstein and his horrific creation, the Monster.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Jean Frollo, chief justice of Paris. Spying a spectacularly beautiful Gypsy woman named Esmeralda in church, he sends his factotum, Quasimodo, to abduct her. Frollo’s plan is foiled by Phoebus, captain of the guard, and the hunchback is sentenced to public flogging and exposure.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

When uncle is found murdered on the grounds of the family estate, Sir Henry Baskerville arrives from abroad to claim his ancestral home on the fog-shrouded Devonshire moors.

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Village of the Damned (1960)

For 10 hours, something — or someone — causes all the residents of a small British hamlet to black out. Shortly thereafter, several women end up pregnant, and the babies they give birth to have startling physical similarities: they’re white-haired and frozen-faced, with formidable intellects and the ability to communicate telepathically.

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Psycho (1960)

Bates presides over an out-of-the-way motel under the domineering specter of his mother. The young, well-intentioned Bates is introduced to the audience when Marion Crane, a blonde on the run with stolen money, checks in for the night.

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The Birds (1963)

Wealthy reformed party girl Melanie Daniels enjoys a brief flirtation with lawyer Mitch Brenner in a San Francisco pet shop and decides to follow him to his Bodega Bay home. Bearing a gift of two lovebirds, Melanie quickly strikes up a romance with Mitch while contending with his possessive mother and boarding at his ex-girlfriend’s house.

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Seven people secluded in a Pennsylvania farmhouse face relentless attacks by reanimated corpses seeking to eat their flesh. The group, which includes a married couple and their daughter, a pair of young lovers, and an African-American man, try to keep their sanity as the living dead keep trying to enter the house.

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

A young, happily married couple, waif-like Rosemary and struggling actor Guy, move into a spacious apartment in a venerable old building off Central Park. They are befriended by the elderly couple next door, Roman and Minnie Castavet, who seem to take a special interest in Rosemary’s well-being.

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The Exorcist (1973)

Regan MacNeil, a 12-year-old who is possessed by the devil. After exhausting all other practical options, Regan’s mother, Chris, acknowledges the supernatural nature of her daughter’s condition and recruits Father Damien Karras to stage an exorcism.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Five unsuspecting teenagers driving in a van through sun-scorched rural Texas. After a terrifying exchange with a demented hitchhiker, the group ends up at an old farmhouse. At first, the house appears to be abandoned, but soon, the evil residents begin to wreak havoc on the youngsters’ lives.


Jaws (1975)

During the height of beach season, the Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island is terrorized one summer by surprise attacks from a great white shark. Three unlikely partners team up to hunt down the rogue and destroy it: the new chief of police from New York, a young university-educated oceanographer, and a crusty old-time fisherman.

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Carrie (1976)

Carrie White has her first period while showering after a physical education class. Her mother, Margaret, a religious fanatic, never told her about menstruation, so Carrie thinks she is bleeding to death. Her cries for help are met with abuse by the entire gym class. The gym teacher, Miss Collins is horrified at Carrie’s naiveté.

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Halloween (1978)

An exercise in simple, pure horror, HALLOWEEN takes us into the world of a mad killer, Michael Myers, who at a very young age stabbed his older sister to death. Locked away for many years in a mental hospital Michael escapes one night and returns to his hometown to continue his killing spree.

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Alien (1979)

Inside a crashed ship, the crew members come upon strange pods, one of which spews forth a repellently fleshy insectile creature that locks on to the face of the unlucky Kane. Despite Ripley’s advice, science officer Ash allows Kane to return to the ship, where the creature finally releases its grip.

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Friday the 13th (1980)

The film begins in 1958 as two summer camp counselors at Camp Crystal Lake sneak away from a campfire sing-along to have sex. Before they can completely undress, an unseen assailant sneaks into the room and murders them both.

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Salem’s Lot (1979)

A writer returns to his New England home town only to find its genteel citizens are turning into vampires. This cable version of SALEM’S LOT was released theatrically overseas as BLOOD THIRST and… A writer returns to his New England home town only to find its genteel citizens are turning into vampires.

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The Shining (1980)

Jack Torrance, a Vermont schoolteacher working at the Overlook as a winter caretaker. The glorious early-20th century resort only operates in warm weather because the snowy roads deny access in the colder months, so Jack brings his wife, Wendy, with him, as well as his young son, Danny, who possesses some unique psychic powers.

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The Howling (1981)

Popular female reporter in Los Angeles who cannot escape the horror of a traumatic experience that she suffered while trying to capture Eddie Quist, a dangerous serial killer. When her psychologist recommends a retreat to “The Colony,” up the Northern California coast, she reluctantly agrees, hoping to recover from her nightmarish visions.

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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

David Kessler and Jack Goodman are two American students on a backpacking tour of Europe. Wandering the back roads of gloomy East Proctor, England, they find a pub where the unhelpful locals act suspiciously strange. The unsuspecting boys flee the pub in search of lodging after being warned to avoid the moors.

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Poltergeist (1982)

Life in the Freeling family’s tract home is comfortably bland, but frisky poltergeists soon put a little excitement into their daily routine–moving furniture and communicating with their youngest daughter, Carol Anne, through the television set. Unfortunately, harmless pranks quickly turn nasty and the previously friendly ghosts kidnap Carol Anne, trapping her in the spirit world.

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The Thing (1982)

A group of weary scientists enduring the winter in an isolated camp deep in Antarctica chance upon an alien spacecraft buried in the ice. Near the strange craft is the body of an alien being, frozen solid. Thinking they have made the find of a lifetime, the scientists bring the alien body back to camp and thaw it out.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A repulsive, decaying figure with razor-sharp appendages (and an even sharper sense of humor!) suddenly appears in the dreams of four Los Angeles teenagers. It is the ghost of Freddy Krueger. A repulsive, decaying figure with razor-sharp appendages (and an even sharper sense of humor!) suddenly appears in the dreams of four Los Angeles teenagers.

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The Hitcher (1985)

When a young man, driving to California by himself, naively picks up a hitchhiker, he gets more than he bargained for: the hitcher is a serial killer who mercilessly slashes anyone he meets. When a young man, driving to California by himself, naively picks up a hitchhiker, he gets more than he bargained for: the hitcher is a serial killer who mercilessly slashes anyone he meets.

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Aliens (1986)

Ripley, the sole survivor from the original ALIEN, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space, her stories disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien’s planet is now inhabited and colonized. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android, and a Company executive with a mission of his own.

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The Fly (1986)

Spaced-out scientist who invents a genetic teleportation machine and accidentally transforms himself into a fly. In the horrifyingly graphic detail that is his trademark, Cronenberg depicts the scientist’s painful mutation from human into insect.

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Hellraiser (1987)

The tale of a man and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature–the man’s half-brother, who is also the woman’s former lover–hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons called the Cenobites, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor.

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Evil Dead II (1987)

Group of people are trapped in a cabin while ancient evil lurks outside and threatens a fate worse than death. Can brawny wise guy Ash save the day, or will his dead girlfriend come back to cause more trouble?

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Child’s Play (1988)

The Lake Shore Strangler, a mass murderer who has plagued the Chicago area for months, meets his untimely end when he gets shot in a toy warehouse. Left for dead, the killer summons the strength to.

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Pet Sematary (1989)

Dr. Louis Creed, having just moved to Maine with his wife and two children, is heartbroken when he finds that his daughter’s beloved cat has been hit by a truck and killed. Thankfully, a strange, elderly neighbor called Jud knows a secret that may spare the young girl’s tears.

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Arachnophobia (1990)

The film’s opening moments picture an insect expert digging up and then tracking the travels of a poisonous male spider who has burrowed in the coffin of one of its victims from the Venezuelan jungle to California. Although the scientist knows they are deadly, he wants to pursue his research regardless of the danger.

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Misery (1990)

Romance author Paul Sheldon longs for parting with Misery. Sheldon’s plucky heroine of seven novels has delivered Sheldon fame and fortune and recognition beyond the average writer’s dreams, but she is also interminably linked to him.

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Cape Fear (1991)

Public defender Sam Bowden served as the attorney for brutal rapist Max Cady at his arraignment. Shocked by the violence of Cady’s crime, Sam duplicitously withheld information regarding the sexually promiscuous activities of Cady’s rape victim–information that might have won Max’s acquittal.

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

FBI trainee Clarice Starling is sent by her supervisor to interview ferociously intelligent serial killer Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lechter at his cell in a Maryland mental hospital. The FBI hopes Lechter can provide insight into the mind of killer-at-large, Buffalo Bill, whose current abductee happens to be the daughter of a senator.

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Army of Darkness (1993)

Through a magic spell, Ash, a modern-day discount-store employee, finds himself back in the middle ages. Given the key to return home by an alchemist, he bungles the incantation and, instead, releases the forces of darkness. Now Ash has one job to do before transporting to the future: defeat the army of the evil dead… if they don’t defeat him first.

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Seven (1995)

Set in a perpetually gloomy unnamed city, the film follows Somerset, a retiring police detective, as he experiences his final week on the job, reluctantly working with assertive newcomer Mills. When an obese man is found brutally murdered in his home, the seasoned Somerset realizes this is no ordinary killing–someone tortured him because of his appetite.

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Scream (1996)

A hyper-intelligent serial killer preys on the teenage denizens of a small town, using their fascination with horror movie conventions to set up his diabolical doings. An intelligent, well-crafted… A hyper-intelligent serial killer preys on the teenage denizens of a small town, using their fascination with horror movie conventions to set up his diabolical doings.

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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The film is composed entirely of reportedly “found” footage shot by three missing college students who made a journey to the woods of Western Maryland in 1994 with the purpose of making a documentary about a “witch” of local legend who is linked to murders and mysterious occurrences spanning 200 years.

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The Sixth Sense (1999)

Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a successful Philadelphia child psychologist who is haunted by the sudden reappearance and suicide of a former patient. Months later Dr. Crowe encounters Cole Sear, a troubled, withdrawn young boy who bears a striking similarity to his earlier patient. Dr. Crowe is compelled to help Cole, not only for the boy’s sake, but for his own redemption.

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The Ring (2002)

Group of teenagers all die suddenly and inexplicably exactly one week after watching a mysterious videotape at a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. Journalist Rachel Keller, a relative of one of the victims, begins an investigation that leads to a mountain resort where she discovers the tape, which contains footage of random and surreal images.

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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Joined by Shaun immature and ever-present roommate, Ed, Shaun excels at nothing except drinking pints of ale and watching television, which causes friction with his girlfriend, Liz. Before Shaun can save his relationship, however, he’s got to fend off a horde of zombies that are slowly taking over the city.

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Saw (2004)

A young man named Adam wakes to find himself chained to a rusty pipe inside a decrepit subterranean chamber. Chained to the opposite side of the room is another bewildered captive, Dr. Lawrence Gordon. Between them is a dead man lying in a pool of blood, holding a .38 in his hand. Neither man knows why he has been abducted, but instructions left on a microcassette order Dr. Gordon to kill Adam within eight hours.

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

The action begins with nurse Ana waking up to discover her boyfriend has become a tasty midnight snack for a formerly cute neighboring kid. To her horror, she realizes that the whole town is in a similar state of ghoulishness, until she runs into still-alive cop Kenneth; the levelheaded Michael; and Andre, a rebel with a pregnant wife in tow.

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The Amityville Horror (2005)

When George and Kathy Lutz come across a beautiful river-front colonial home being sold for a steal, they suspect a catch. Once informed that the home was the site of a grisly mass murder, they decide to buy the house anyway and eagerly move in, bringing with them Kathy’s three children from a previous marriage.

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Hostel (2006)

Paxton and Josh have embarked upon a hedonistic tour of the continent, and somewhere along the way they picked up an Icelandic lunk named Oli. In Amsterdam the trio partakes of the pastimes most dear to frat boys everywhere: weed, prostitutes, and nightclubs. But when a fellow traveler tells these thrill-seekers about the decadent scene that awaits them in Bratislava…

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The Omen (2006)

Robert Thorn is unaware of such dark prophecies. Thorn, a senior American diplomat, has other things on his mind. His wife, Katherine, has endured a difficult delivery and she’s as yet unaware their newborn child has died. Devastated by the loss, Thorn’s concern turns to Katherine, who had suffered two previous miscarriages. The news will surely devastate her.

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28 Days Later (2007)

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

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The Mist (2007)

This film adaptation of a Stephen King novel is an intense and terrifying ride from beginning to end. The monsters are scary to be sure, but it is the humans that provide the real horror.

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Shutter (2008)

A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

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The Eye (2008)

The remake of the Hong Kong film “Jian Gui”, a woman who receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.

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The Uninvited (2009)

Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.

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Pandorum (2009)

A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

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My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one will believes he’s innocent.

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14th-Dec-2009 05:29 pm - The Scariest Workout Video Ever Made
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Human dreams... such fertile ground for sowing the seeds of torment. You're so ripe Joey, and it's time to steal content from Coilhouse.

Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout, originally uploaded by Coilhouse.

At this very moment, in my hot little hands, I hold a copy of 80s scream queen Linnea Quigley’s ineffably rad “Horror Workout” video.

Much to the disappointment of B-movie fans everywhere, this pinnacle of home fitness instruction has yet to be made available on DVD. The VHS cassette sells for anywhere between 50 and 100 clams online.

Here’s a taste of what you’re missing…

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There are two things that make me very happy.  One is Ultraman and the other is large-scale production dance numbers featuring the music of The King of Pop.  Let us recap, via Wikipedia, what is and why I love Ultraman so much:

Ultraman (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman?) is a fictional character featured in tokusatsu, or "special effects" television programs in Japan. Ultraman made his debut in the tokusatsu SF/kaiju/superhero TV series, Ultra Q: Ultraman: Special Effects Fantasy Series, a follow-up to the television series Ultra Q. The show was produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System and Tsuburaya Productions, and was broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) from July 17, 1966 to April 9, 1967, with a total of 39 episodes (40, counting the pre-premiere special that aired on July 10, 1966).

Although Ultraman is the first series to feature an Ultra-being, this is actually the second Ultra Series. Ultra Q was the first. A major pop culture phenomenon in Japan, the show has spawned dozens of imitators as well as numerous sequels and remakes, which continue to be popular today.

To distinguish him from subsequent Ultra Warriors, Ultraman is referred to as the original Ultraman (初代ウルトラマン, Shodai Urutoraman?), the first Ultraman, Ultraman Hayata (a reference to his host's surname) or as simply Man.

A recent episode of the Fuji TV variety show Mecha-Mecha Iketeru! featured a group of Ultraman monsters dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as part of a mock audition for the new Ultraman film “Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend The Movie.”

Thank you PinkTentacle for the heads up!

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