Horror History: Tuesday, December 30, 2003: Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood was released direct-to-video

The Leprechaun is back in the hood, all blazed up and seeking revenge! When a group of friends discover his treasure, they soon find out they’ve unleashed a can of demented whoop ass! With their stack of riches, they go from poor to ghetto-fabulous overnight, spending their newfound loot on pimped-out cars and hair extensions.

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Horror History: Wednesday, December 28, 1994: “Tales From The Crypt” episode “Surprise Party” premiered

Season 6 Episode 11

A man (Adam Storke) murders his father (Rance Howard) in order to inherit a house that had burned down years ago, but he soon gets a nasty surprise when he learns that the house itself harbors a horrible legacy. Also stars Jake Busey.

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Horror History: Tuesday, December 27, 2011: Hostel: Part III was released direct-to-video

Hostel: Part 3 brings the underground world of the notorious Elite Hunting Club to “Sin City”, where human torture has been turned into a high stakes gambling opportunity.

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Venom (1971) (aka The Legend Of Spider Forest) Available December 28

A demented grab-bag of sinister cinematic tropes set in the picturesque Bavarian countryside, Venom (1971, aka The Legend of Spider Forest) spins a wicked web complete with a winsome seductress (Neda Arneric) who lures curious young men to a nasty death, all in the shadow of a Nazi-styled scientist (Terence Soall) aiming to craft an arachnid-derived nerve drug. Meanwhile, an unsavory brood of conspiratorial locals is keen on maintaining the mythos of the lethal “spider goddess,” while an undaunted artist (Simon Brent) perilously investigates. Director Peter Sykes here takes a first evocative leap into screen horror that would bear more frightful fruit with the later Hammer Studios productions Demons of the Mind (1972) and To the Devil…a Daughter (1976).

STARRING: Simon Brent, Neda Arneric

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Seven Deaths In The Cat’s Eyes (1973) (aka Corringa Or La Morte Negli Occhi Del Gatto) Available December 28

When a fractious aristocratic family gathers at an ancestral Scottish castle, a straight razor-wielding murderer is also an unwelcome guest in Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eyes (1973, aka Corringa or La morte negli occhi del gatto), a blood-laced thriller – complete with giallo flourishes, tantalizing sexuality, a pet gorilla and an omnipresent ginger tabby – from genre filmmaker Antonio Margheriti (aka Anthony M. Dawson). Singer/actress Jane Birkin plays the willowy heroine whose arrival foreshadows several unnatural deaths, Hiram Keller is the possibly unhinged lord of the manor with a cursed history, and the ensemble includes schemers with homicidal tendencies, all underscored by the shudder-inducing music of the great Riz Ortolani.

STARRING: Jane Birkin, Hiram Keller

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The Phantom Creeps (1939) (12/31) (2K Restored) Available December 28

Dr. Alex Zorka (Bela Lugosi), an eccentric scientist, carries on mysterious experiments in his secret laboratory with the aid of Monk (Jack C. Smith), an ex-convict. Zorka has invented many strange and powerful weapons of warfare, including a devisualizer belt which allows him to operate without being seen, and a terrifying mechanical robot eight feet tall. He also possesses a deadly meteorite fragment from which he extracts a strange element which can induce suspended animation in an entire army. 12 Chapters.

STARRING: Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Regis Toomey, Dorothy Arnold

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Messalina (1960) Available December 28

Both opulent and humanly scaled, director Vittorio Cottafavi’s Messalina (1960, aka Messalina Venere Imperatrice) is a rare Italian-made historical spectacle headlined by a solo-above-title female star, the ideally cast English-born Belinda Lee, in one of the final roles of her tragically shortened life. Playing the young beauty plucked from country life as the Vestal Valeria to enter an arranged marriage with the newly crowned Roman emperor Claudius, she ably portrays the sexual manipulativeness and raw hunger for power of the murderous empress of legend. Seducing several high-born lovers to gain political influence, Messalina learns that balancing her grasp on the aristocracy and the common folk is too much to handle, even as she longs for the affections of her true love, the ultimately incorruptible tribune Lucius Maximus (Spiros Focas).

STARRING: Belinda Lee, Spyros Fokas

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Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000) (Special Edition) Available December 28

HE’S ICIN’ AND SLICIN’!

Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald), the chiller killer is back and he’s mad as hell. An accidental lab experiment resurrected the evil snowman, but this time, the crystal killer can’t be stopped by fire, bullets or even his worst enemy, chemical anti-freeze. With revenge on his mind, Jack sets out to finish off his nemesis, Sheriff Sam (Christopher Allport), who is vacationing on a Caribbean island. Sam’s balmy paradise turns into a Winter Terrorland when Jack freezes the island and quickly ices everyone around him. No one can stop the chilling killing spree when Jack can travel as lethal liquid or fatal, frosty flakes. Just when you thawed it was safe to go back in the fridge!

STARRING: Christopher Allport, Scott MacDonald, Eileen Seeley, Chip Heller, Jennifer Lyons

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