Horror History: Friday, January 30, 1987: Monster in the Closet was released in theaters

Paul Dooley, Paul Walker, John Carradine and Henry Gibson head up an all-star cast in this horror-comedy about a murderous but misunderstood monster!

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Horror History: Friday, January 30, 1981: Maniac was released in US theaters

Frank Zito is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women.

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Horror History: Wednesday, January 30, 1980: To All a Goodnight was released in theaters

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Santa Claus is stirring, and he’s not bringing gifts. Five young female boarders at the Calvin Finishing School have set their sights on a festive Christmas holiday romp. They have just drugged their housemother and smuggled their boyfriends into the house. But their fun-filled promiscuous frolic will soon turn into a blood-soaked nightmare when a sadistic maniac dressed as Santa Claus arrives to deliver some holiday cheer, or maybe that’s FEAR. The insane Santa Claus starts slashing his way through the house, and the gory body count begins. So you better watch out, as this Santa knows if you ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! Jennifer Runyon (in her film debut) stars in this 1980 slasher cult-horror favorite, directed by David Hess (Krug in Wes Craven’s Last House On The Left) and written and prodcued by Alex Rebar (The Incredible Melting Man).

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) (Special Edition) Available April 12

BE WARNED… IT’S ALIVE!

Kenneth Branagh leads an all-star cast including Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce, Ian Holm, John Cleese and Aidan Quinn in his definitive cinematic version of Mary Shelley’s classic tale of gothic terror.

At the turn of the 19th century, visionary scientist Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) embarks on an obsessive quest to conquer the mysteries of human mortality. But his hubristic bid to create life out of death goes hideously wrong, and succeeds only in begetting a deformed monster (Robert De Niro). Horrified by what he has wrought, the scientist attempts to destroy his creation, but fails. Rejected by his creator and shunned by the world of man, the tormented creature swears vengeance against Frankenstein and his family. As the monster begins to enact his murderous revenge, Victor must face a terrible reckoning with the tragic consequences of attempting to play God.

Mary Shelley’s seminal novel is one of the most adapted books of all time, and this retelling faithfully goes back to the original source, lushly transforming the story’s twin themes of love and death into a darkly operatic gothic romance. Unlike many versions of Shelley’s novel, Branagh’s adaptation understands that Frankenstein’s misbegotten creation is as pitiable as he is monstrous, and never loses sight of the human tragedy lying at the core of its horrific tale. Filled with sweeping, atmospheric visuals and powerfully emotional performances from an award-winning ensemble of acting talent, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein stands as a landmark interpretation of this enduring masterpiece.

STARRING: Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce, Aidian Quinn

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Horror History: Friday, January 29, 1993: Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice was released in theaters

The neighboring town of Hemingford has discovered not only the gruesome massacre of Gatlin’s entire adult population, but also the orphaned children who refuse to participate in the human sacrifices.

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Horror History: Friday, January 29, 1988: Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama was released in theaters

There are no freshmen in the college of love, and they’re about to graduate to madcap mayhem when a sorority prank goes crazy. Out to steal a trophy from a local bowling alley, the kids accidentally unleash The Imp – a sadistic little spirit with a diabolical sense of humor. He creates demons and loves sexy women. He’s inviting you to come along and die laughing – just like everybody else.

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