Horror History: Wednesday, December 8, 1993: “Tales From The Crypt” episode “Till Death Do We Part” premiered

Season 5 Episode 13

A stud (John Stamos) who is involved with a female mob boss (Eileen Brennan) begins a forbidden affair with a young waitress (Kate Vernon) and is ordered to kill her himself when his Mafia girlfriend soon finds out about the liaison. Also starring Robert Picardo and Frank Stallone.

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Horror History: Sunday, December 8, 1985: “Tales From The Darkside” episode “Effect and Cause” premiered

Season 2 Episode 11

A woman learns she can change the world around her at random, but soon loses control of events. Written by Michael P. Kube-McDowell.

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Horror History: Saturday, December 8, 1951: The Strange Door was released in theaters

Screen legends Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution) and Boris Karloff (Black Sabbath) haunt the dungeons of a medieval château in this horrific adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) story. Laughton, the Sire de Maletroit, is an evil French nobleman, so obsessed with hatred of his own brother (Paul Cavanagh, A Bill of Divorcement) that he imprisons him in the castle dungeon. The Sire also tries to destroy the life of his brother’s daughter (Sally Forrest, Not Wanted) by forcing her to marry a rogue (Richard Stapley, The Girl from Rio), but his plans are upset when they fall in love. Aided by Voltan (Karloff), an abused servant, the lovers attempt to escape, but the Sire imprisons them in a cell with closing walls that may spell violent deaths for the young lovers. Directed by Joseph Pevney (Female on the Beach).

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Horror History: Wednesday, December 7, 1994: “Tales From The Crypt” episode “The Assassin” premiered

Season 6 Episode 8

A group of operatives (Chelsea Field, Jonathan Banks, and Corey Feldman) invade the home of a housewife (Shelley Hack) in search of her husband (Marshall Teague) whom they believe is an AWOL CIA assassin (voiced by an uncredited Cam Clarke). William Sadler appears in the Crypt Keeper’s scenes as the Grim Reaper partaking in a winner take all game that is encored with Sadler as a different character in Bordello of Blood.

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Horror History: Friday, December 7, 1984: The Initiation was released in theaters

A long-buried family secret comes back to haunt the present, and a sorority ceremony becomes a real hell night for Kelly Fairchild (Daphne Zuniga of “One Tree Hill” and “Melrose Place”).

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Horror History: Friday, December 7, 1945: House of Dracula was released in theaters

Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.) & Dracula (John Carradine) beg Dr. Edelman (Onslow Stevens) to cure them of their killing instincts but Dracula schemes to seduce the doctor’s nurse.

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Horror History: Tuesday, December 4, 2012: Silent Night was released direct-to-video

A small-town sheriff (Malcolm McDowell) and his deputy (Jaime King) search for a killer Santa on Christmas Eve. A loose remake of the controversial cult-classic, Silent Night, Deadlt Night.

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Horror History: Friday, December 4, 1998: Psycho was released in theaters

Gus Van Sant directs Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore and William H. Macy in this shot-by-shot color recreation of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror masterpiece set at the Bates Motel.

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