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Snapshot: "Legion's" "Grindhouse" connection.

Kurt Russel poses as "Stuntman Mike" in this promotional still for Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof", one half of 2007's "Grindhouse". "Legion", in theaters tomorrow, is directed by Scott Stewart, whose resume boasts uncredited effects work on the double feature. "Legion" is Stewart's directorial debut, which hits US theaters tomorrow. Synopsis after the jump.

Poster Reveal: "Dahmer Vs Gacy" (2010)

In this poster for the delightfully tasteless "Dahmer Vs Gacy", our titular villains square off (sort of), while each screams out into darkness. Meanwhile, a group of tiny cheerleaders are acting scared below them? Who knows. What I do know about this bizarre mashup of two of the United States' most horrific serial killers, is the plot:

Retro Snapshot: "The Devil's Advocate" (1997)

Tentatively riding the line between guilty pleasure and solid thriller, 1997's "The Devil's Advocate" stars Keanu Reeves as a southern lawyer with a heart of gold who must stand strong in the wake of being offered an eternity of life's dark pleasures. In the shot above, the Devil (played by the deliciously hammy Al Pacino), reveals his grand vision to rule the world. Also featuring a very nude performance from Charlize Theron, and Keanu Reeves sporting a magically disappearing southern accent. Director Taylor Hackford was nominated for an Oscar 5 years later for directing the Ray Charles bio-pic "Ray". To see another Hackford-directed thriller, check out 1995's "Dolores Claiborne".

Snapshot: Deadgirl (2008)

"Ricky" (Shiloh Fernandez) stares down the abyss in this still from 2008's "Deadgirl". In the film, a group of adolescent males find a zombie girl tied up in an abandoned insane asylum, and quickly let their baser desires take over. The controversial film will be the subject of this week's Podcast discussion, which will be recorded tonight. Expect to hear the episode by mid week.

Snapshot: "Battle: Los Angeles" (2011)

Aaron Eckhart butches it up in Jonathan Liebesman's "Battle: Los Angeles", currently set for a February 2011 release. The film centers on a marine platoon which is charged with taking on an alien invasion in Los Angeles, and also stars Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan. Liebesman's previous genre credits include "Darkness Falls" (2003) and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" (2006).

Snapshot: "Lesbian Vampire Killers" (2009)

Today's the day folks, when the 2009 British horror comedy "Lesbian Vampire Killers" gets released on DVD in the US. If you have to ask what the film is about, your powers of deduction are seriously compromised. Above, feast your eyes on the saucy teaser poster for the film, which went a long way toward spreading buzz on the internet during the run-up to its UK theatrical release.

Retro Poster: "The Hound of The Baskervilles" (1939)

History's most famous detective made a major comeback this weekend with "Sherlock Holmes", and an opening weekend box office take to the tune of $65 million. Robert Downey Jr. is the current inhabitant of the role, but it was 1939's "The Hounds of Baskervilles" that catapulted the anti-hero that we know today into pop culture lore. In this case Holmes was played by Basil Rathbone, who over the course of his career would play the sleuth 13 times. In "Baskervilles", Holmes uncovers a plot to have a Nobleman killed by a "terrible trained hound".

Retro Poster: "Silent Night, Deadly Night"

It wasn't the first Christmas themed horror film, but "Silent Night, Deadly Night" would prove to be the most controversial upon its wide release in 1984. Director Charles E. Sellier Jr.'s slasher film caused quite a stir with its provocative promotional campaign. Not only did the national PTA fight to have it pulled from theaters due to the potentially scarring image of a killer Santa, the film was given the best reward an exploitation film could hope for, a condemnation by Siskel and Ebert. It was so controversial in the UK, that it wasn't officially released there until 2009.

Trailer: "Frozen" (2010)

In "Frozen", the new film by "Hatchet" director Adam Green, "A typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare for three snowboarders when they get stranded on the chairlift before their last run." The trailer debuted online today, and the film is gearing up for a limited release February 5th.

Retro Trailer: "New Years Evil" (1980)

If you have FearNET on Demand from either Comcast or Time Warner Cable in the US, right now they have a whole mess of Holiday horror streaming for your convenience. Last night I had the pleasure (?) of taking in this gem that I had never seen before, "New Years Evil" (1980). From what I could gather, it's about a really unattractive woman who everyone thinks is hot, who is also the host of a New Years Eve rock music countdown. I'm not going to lie, it's pretty terrible, but might be a good viewing for those holiday horror completists out there. Enter at your own risk.

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