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THE STEPFATHER (1987)
Forget the forgettable remake with Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley, you'll want to check out the original version of this bad boy for three reasons. First, it's an underrated Reagan-era classic. Second, it stars our favorite unsung Charlie's Angel, Shelley Hack. And third, it's not every day you get to see Lost's John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) as a psycho with a (relatively) full head of hair.
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THE NEW YORK RIPPER (1982)
A quick word of warning: this stalk-and-slash import on Blu-ray from Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci is not for those with weak stomachs or swooning Victorian sensibilities. But if you like your horror stylish and nasty, this procedural about a killer who talks like a duck is the ticket.
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TRICK 'R TREAT (2008)
Horror anthologies like 1982's Creepshow are hit-or-miss propositions. This four-chapter, Halloween-themed chiller (which was produced by X-Men auteur Bryan Singer) has a few really decent scares that mix laughs and goosebumps. True Blood's Anna Paquin stands out as a virgin who isn't nearly as pure as she seems.
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NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986)
Most folks missed this flick the first time around. A director's cut on DVD gives us a chance to not make the same mistake twice. An infected corpse from the '50s is reanimated just in time to turn a college fraternity into a modern-day zombie breeding ground.
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A two-disc special edition of the seminal horror cheapie starring a pre-fame Dylan McDermott as a post-apocalyptic scavenger who messes with a killer cyborg that probably shouldn't be messed with. You'll want to keep an eye out for appearances by Iggy Pop and Lemmy from Motorhead.
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MESSIAH OF EVIL (1973)
An overlooked '70s low-budget drive-in classic that gets by on a lot of atmosphere (and, of course, zombies) thanks to Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, who would later go on to write the more respectable American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The flashy 35th anniversary edition is a beaut.
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EVIL FACE (1974)
When it comes to actors who embodied off-kilter creepiness, it's hard to top Method mad man Klaus Kinski. In this crazy facial-transplant reanimation chiller, Kinski (who's better known for his gonzo films with Werner Herzog) plays a nefarious scientist who performs nasty operations in his groovy laboratory.
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STAN HELSING (2009)
A video-store clerk and his saucy girlfriend grapple with Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Chucky, Michael Myers, and Pinhead in this Halloween-set horror spoof from the dude who brought you Scary Movie?which can only mean one thing: a cameo from Leslie Nielsen.
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THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE (1974)
A criminally ignored early zombie chestnut from foreign fright filmmaker Jorge Grau is on Blu-ray, loaded with gruesome extras. Hippies plus horror—seriously, how can you go wrong?
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KARLOFF AND LUGOSI HORROR CLASSICS
A four-film box set featuring the silver-screen legends behind Frankenstein and Dracula. The Walking Dead, Frankenstein 1970, You'll Find Out, and Zombies on Broadway may not quite be the ''classics'' that the label advertises, but they're still old-school, dark-and-stormy-night fun for after the last trick-or-treater rings your doorbell.
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IT'S ALIVE (2008)
Personally, we prefer the delightfully low-budget 1974 original, but this remake about a demonic, bloodthirsty killer baby isn't without its charms. Stars Bijou Phillips.
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CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1984)
Okay, this one's hardly a hidden gem, but there's a whole generation out there that only knows this Stephen King franchise from the latter, lamer sequels like Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror. The original, though, is plenty creepy (I've got one word for you: Malachi). It's definitely worth checking out the uncut, uncensored edition.
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DRAG ME TO HELL (2009)
Hardcore horror nerds rejoiced when Spider-Man director Sam Raimi returned to his giddy, gory Evil Dead horror roots with Drag Me To Hell. Its unrated edition on disc adds in tons more graphic goo, making one of the best movies of 2009 even better.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (1981)
A classic example of the early '80s slasher boom, starring Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Sue Anderson. When it first came out, the movie poster promised ''six of the most bizarre murders you will ever see!'' And you know what? It totally delivers on that promise?as if you didn't realize that from the photo of the dude getting shish-kebabed on the DVD's cover.
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THE WILLIAM CASTLE FILM COLLECTION
Eight movies from the P.T. Barnum of horror, William Castle — the marketing genius who rigged movie theater seats with electric currents to literally shock the audience. The movies ain't bad either.
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Who doesn't love a good demon seed movie? There's just something about creepy little disturbed kids. And nine-year-old Esther doesn't disappoint. Maybe it's her Russian Boris and Natasha-esque accent, or maybe it's the fact that real actors like Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga play her adoptive parents. Either way, this is total trash, but deliciously enjoyable trash.