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Hey guys, I know it has been a while since I had written my segment but I stopped since I thought no one liked it. Yesterday, I got an e-mail from a person asking me what had happen to my weekly segment and told me how much they enjoyed it. Since this is the third time someone asked me for it... I'm bringing it back.. so welcome!!

To my weekly segment 'This Week in Horror', where I will be sharing some highlights on all things horror and sci-fi that occurred throughout the week in past years and recent. Anything from movie releases, to actor/actress bio's in regards to horror, you will get your weekly fix here. So if you are a BIG horror fan, but don't remember much about old news and releases and you would like to take a walk down memory lane, keep coming by every Monday to check it out.

NOTE: If you think I missed out on anything horror related on this week, I should know about, please feel free to post it on the comments below.

February 15th

House of the Dead is released theatrically on February 15th, 2003.

Based on the hit zombie arcade game from Sega and directed by Uwe Boll, House of the Dead wasn't a big hit among fans of the game. Five friends head to an isolated island for a rave, when suddenly they are attacked by zombies. With movements re-created of the video game and a dull plot, house of the dead still managed to spun a sequel, which in my opinion was better than the first.

February 16th

Sadly there are no horror events this day :(

February 17th

Don Coscarelli is born on February 17th, 1954.

Writer/Director Don Coscarelli is best known for bringing his Phantasm movie series to life. Among the everlasting frights courtesy of 'The Tall Man' Mr. Angus Scrimm (RIP) his other noted works include films such as Bubba Ho-Tep, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (part of the Masters of Horror series) and Johnny Dies at the End. Mr. Coscarelli is turning 61 years old today. You can check out his new movie Phantasm: Ravager, due later this year.

House on Haunted Hill 1959 is released theatrically on February 15th, 1959.

Starring horror legend Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart as a pair of wealthy and eccentric millionaires who decide to invite five people to a 'Haunted House Party' promising each guest, that if they complete the task of staying the whole night at the mansion they've rented out, each of them will receive $10,000.

But what the guests don't know is that as the night progresses, all of them are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors. HOHH was remade in 1999 and had a sequel called Return to House on Haunted Hill. Both the remake and the sequel received horrible negative reviews.

February 18th

Sadly there are no horror events this day :(

February 19th

Hour of the Wolf is released theatrically on February 19th, 1968.

While taking a vacation to a remote island in Scandinavia, an artist traveling with his young pregnant wife has an emotional breakdown all while confronting his repressed desires. The film stars Max Von Sydow (yes father Merrin from The Exorcist) and Liv Ullman. WBAI's radio station in New York City has longest running radio show titled in honor of the film. It is one of the most famous shows on the station and has been running since 1972, while focusing on the topics of literature of science fiction and fantasy.

Army of Darkness is released theatrically on February 19th, 1993.

In the last installment of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy we stumble upon Army of Darkness. A cheesetastic movie starring Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams. This time Ash is sent back to the middle ages to battle the un-dead in order to return to the present.

In March 2013, Raimi confirmed that the next film was going to be Army of Darkness 2, with Campbell reprising the role of Ash. But that later changed on July 2014, when they decided that instead of a movie, they were turning the franchise into a TV series. On October 31st, 2015 Ash vs Evil Dead premiered on Starz channel and has already been renewed for a second season.

Unfortunately there cannot be any mentions of AOD on the TV series, due to legal issues with Universal Pictures. Ash vs Evil Dead stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Lucy Lawless... Boom Baby!

Hansel and Gretel Get Baked released on February 19th, 2013

Horror-Comedy Hansel and Gretel Get Baked, follows the siblings through a forest where a wicked witch (played by Lara Flynn Boyle) uses a special kind of 'marijuana' to lure teenagers into her home, so she can later eat them. Talk about a case of the munchies right? From the Asylum production company that brings you Z Nation, the film also stars Cary Elwes, Michael Welch and Lochlyn Munro.

February 20th

Freaks is released theatrically on February 20th, 1932.

To this day Freaks remains one of the most extreme and controversial films of its time. From the director of the classic film Dracula, Tod Browning's Freaks centers on a trapeze artist who agrees to marry the leader of the side show performers, but they end up discovering that she only wants to marry him for his inheritance money. The film also focuses on the life of circus performers with rare deformities.

The original version of the film was considered to be "too shocking" and no longer exists. Some of the main cast members of the film, were actually people who worked as side show performers and had real deformities. Thus some of these characters were the inspiration for American Horror Story Freak Show like, Daisy and Violet Hilton who were conjoined twins (the Tattler twins) Koo-Koo the Bird Girl (Meep) and Elvira Snow and Schlitzie (Salty and Pepper) among others.

February 21st

The Hitcher is released theatrically on February 21st, 1986.

C. Thomas Howell plays Jim Halsey, a young guy who is taken for a hell of a ride when a mysterious and deadly hitcher, John Ryder played by (Rutger Hauer), sets off on a murderous rampage. The film has a sequel titled The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting where Howell reprises his original role. The film was also remade in 2007, with Sean Bean playing the hitcher along with a new female character played by Sophia Bush.

Well guys there you have it..

This Concludes my weekly segment of 'This Week in Horror'. Don't forget to FOLLOW ME for more scary and creepy content and stay tuned for more this upcoming Monday. I hope you enjoyed it!! Please feel free to leave a comment or question down below. And until next time remember... sweet screams!!!

Sources: wikipedia IMDB


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