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I know what you're thinking, but this isn't a poster supporting the short lived CBS Jason Bigg's comedy "Mad Love." It's actually a movie poster from the 1935 film of the same name. This horror classic is about a world renowned surgeon, who in an attempt to win the affection of a beautiful actress, saves her famous pianist husband's crushed hands by replacing them with the hands of a knife throwing killer.

When a young college girl is pressured by her college professor (played by Christopher Lee) to visit a New England town to research witchcraft, she finds that the town is inhabited by a coven of witches and they need to sacrifice a virgin every year in order to keep a reincarnated witch alive. Known here in the US as as "Horror Hotel" the film interestingly shares certain similarities with the film "Psycho" which was released in the same year and just three months prior.

Nothing more enticing than a scantily clad lady lying across what appears to be a dinner table, am I right?! With that being said, I'm sure you'll agree that the movie poster for 1972's "Terror at Red Wolf Inn" is enough to peak any horror fan's interest. A college student unexpectedly wins a free vacation at the Red Wolf Inn, along with two other college age girls. Everything seems perfect until the girls begin disappearing. And judging by the poster I'm sure you can guess what direction this one heads off to. But nonetheless, it's a pretty fun ride!

Drew Barrymore made her film debut in Ken Russell's 1980 film, "Altered States." This sci fi thriller delves deep into the sensory deprivation research that is conducted by a scientist in isolation tanks, while being under the influence of mind altering drugs such as LSD. William Hurt plays Eddie, the Harvard scientist who is conducting these experiments on himself. The experiments begin to veer out of control when Eddie begins experiencing moments of de-evolution outside of his isolation tanks.

What do you get when you mix thirteen women who are old college friends and sorority sisters? Depending on how dirty your mind is, the answer could easily be the plot to any number of porn flicks. But in the world of horror films, you get at least one other woman who feels victimized by their nastiness and hateful words so much so that she feels the need to exact revenge on them and their families. And how would said woman get revenge on these mean girls you ask?

Some of the best horror movie posters are the ones that come from the monster movies of the 50's and 60's. Consisting mainly of huge in your face titles sprawling across the page, bright contrasting comic book colors and images from the movie spanning it's entire composition, its hard not to be drawn to these posters. Such is true with "Invasion of the Saucer Men", a fun little horror comedy about a lovers lane couple who accidentally run over a little green alien on their ride home.

More often than not, 70's era exploitation films produced some really great, alluring posters when in reality the actual movies were pretty weak. Such is the case with "Trip With The Teacher", which centers around four teen girls who take a trip... with their teacher. They encounter some bikers, one good and two bad, and somehow wind up being taken hostage in an abandoned cabin where they are subjected to some of the usual things one would encounter in this sort of film.

Beverly Sutphin is just your typical suburban housewife. She's a loving wife and mother, a PTA member, and oh yes, a rage filled killer. Mrs. Sutphin is very protective of her family and if you don't live up to her standards of perfection then... well I'm sorry, but you're dead. Whether she's making obscene phone calls to the neighbors or murdering her daughter's cheating boyfriend, Kathleen Turner is downright hilarious in this cult favorite.

"Alice, Sweet Alice" is one of those films that manages to still be genuinely disturbing more than thirty years after it's release. When young Karen (Shields) is murdered on the day of her first communion, her sister Alice becomes the prime suspect. The killer, dressed in a yellow rain coat and a plastic mask, continues to terrorize the inhabitants of an apartment building, causing the audience to question if a 12 year old girl can really be capable of murder. The film was released three separate times, under three different titles.

When Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) accepts a governess job to look after a wealthy bachelor's niece and nephew, she begins to suspect that the children are being haunted by spirits who are causing them to act out. Directed by Jack Clayton, "The Innocents" relies heavily on minimal lighting and chilling sound and music effects to create a haunting atmosphere. If you are a fan of psychological horror rather than blood and guts, this one's for you. The film is based on the novel "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James.