NECRONOMICON: BOOK OF THE DEAD
1993, 96 min, Dir: Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko, Brian Yuzna

This splatter-rific horror anthology is split into three segments, each based on a work by famed writer H.P. Lovecraft, played here by Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR). In “The Drowned,” attempts to use the Necronomicon to revive deceased family members instead produce tentacled monsters. In “The Cold,” a woman’s next-door neighbor is a scientist intent on artificially extending life. In “Whispers,” a pair of Philly police officers tracks a suspect to a warehouse filled with alien creatures. Featuring special effects and makeup by the legendary Tom Savini.


BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR
1989, AGFA, 96 min, USA, Dir: Brian Yuzna

Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott return as doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain in Brian Yuzna’s gory and gonzo follow-up to the 1985 horror classic. Now years after the “Miskatonic Massacre” they caused, West and Cain still haven’t learned their lesson. When Cain’s newest crush dies, the two set out to rebuild her into the eponymous BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR. And proving you can’t keep a good head down, the late, great David Gale returns as the devious and decapitated Dr. Hill. For the sequel, Yuzna cranks the practical FX up to 11 with the help of legends like Screaming Mad George, Greg Nicotero, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and John Carl Buechler. The results are an entire Fangoria’s worth of re-animated mayhem!


SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 5: THE TOY MAKER
1991, Lionsgate, 90 min, USA, Dir: Martin Kitrosser

An elderly toy maker, surreally played by Mickey Rooney, is creating Christmas presents with sinister surprises. Completely breaking away from the storylines of the previous installments, THE TOYMAKER takes the HALLOWEEN III approach to the franchise, offering something truly dark, subversive and unique.


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