Horror History: Friday, May 17, 1996: “Tales From The Crypt” episode “Escape” premiered

Season 7 Episode 4

During World War II, two Germans, a traitor (Martin Kemp), and the man he had betrayed are trapped in a British prison camp, where they must work together as a team in order to escape.

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Horror History: Sunday, May 17, 1987: “Tales From The Darkside” episode “The Enormous Radio” premiered

Season 3 Episode 22

A couple purchases a new radio which transmits their neighbor’s private discussions.

Written by Guy Gallo, story by John Cheever, and guest-starring Christine Estabrook.

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Horror History: Thursday, May 14, 1992: Scanners III: The Takeover was released in US theaters

A young scanner (Liliana Komorowska, Screamers) with extraordinary telepathic powers transforms into a lethal killing machine after taking one of her father’s experimental drugs.

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Horror History: Wednesday, May 14, 1969: Nightmare in Wax was released in theaters

Vince Rinaud is a former film special effects artist who is disfigured by Max Block, the head of Paragon Pictures, and also a rival for the affections of a woman (Anne Helm). Leaving the film industry, Vince becomes a recluse and opens a wax museum. Within a few months, four popular Paragon stars disappear. Suspiciously wax figures of the missing stars soon feature as wax models in the museum.

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Horror History: Tuesday, May 9, 1995: Ice Cream Man was released direct-to-video

The kids in this sleepy little town are concerned their ice cream man might be a murderer who puts human parts in his ice cream, which is fair because he basically tells everyone he meets that he is a murderer who puts human parts in his ice cream.

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Horror History: Friday, May 9, 1986: Killer Party was released in theaters

It’s April Fool’s Day and the sisters of Sigma Alpha Pi have found the perfect place to throw a party: the abandoned fraternity house where a guillotined pledge lost his head in a hazing gone slightly awry.

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Horror History: Friday, May 9, 1980: Friday The 13th was released in theaters

Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp’s new owner and seven young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a “death curse” by local residents. The curse proves true on Friday the 13th as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer.

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Horror History: Sunday, May 8, 1994: The Stand debuted on television

Originally aired as a television mini-series, this all-star filmization of Stephen King’s gripping epic of good versus evil chronicles the episodic adventures of a disparate group of people who struggle to reestablish civilization after a man-made catastrophe wipes out most of the world’s population. The world abruptly ends when a deadly virus accidentally escapes from a government sponsored biological warfare laboratory. Soon people are dropping like flies from the plague, but a few survive and find themselves strangely compelled to head into the West. Good-hearted people follow the voice of an ancient black woman and head for Boulder, Colorado. Bad people follow the enigmatic Walkin’ Dude to Las Vegas. It is only a matter of time before the two sides are forced into a climactic battle over the final fate of humanity.

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Horror History: Tuesday, May 8, 1990: “Tales From The Crypt” episode “The Thing From the Grave” premiered

Season 2 Episode 6

A supermodel (Teri Hatcher) and her photographer (Kyle Secor) fall in love. When the model’s abusive boyfriend (Miguel Ferrer) learns of their affair, he sets out to kill the two of them. However, he soon gets a nasty surprise as love proves to be quite very strong, even in death itself.

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Horror History: Sunday, May 8, 1988: “Tales From The Darkside” episode “The Cutty Black Sow” premiered

Season 4 Episode 14

On Halloween, a boy is warned by his dying great-grandmother about the Cutty Black Sow, a Celtic demon that steals the souls of those who die on All Hallow’s Eve, and tries to prevent it from getting hers.

Based on a story by Thomas F. Monteleone, adapted by Michael McDowell and guest-starring Paula Trueman.

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