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Anything else? According to the binary thinking of the Church's early followers, everything that did not belong to God belonged to the Devil ; thus all non-Christian gods and religions were satanic. Efforts were made in many countries through this period to not only convert Jews and pagans but to destroy pre-Christian institutions and influences. Works of Greek and Roman literature were burnt, the thousand-year-old Platonic Academy was closed, the Olympic Games were banned and all theatres were shut down.

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The theatre itself was viewed as a diabolical threat to Christianity because of its continued popularity in Rome even among new converts. Church fathers such as Tatian , Tertullian and Augustine characterized the stage as an instrument in the Devil's fiendish plot to corrupt men's souls, while acting was considered sinful because of its cruel mockery of God's creation.

Under these influences, the church set about trying to suppress theatrical spectacles by passing laws prohibiting and excluding Roman actors.

They were forbidden to have contact with Christian women, own slaves , or wear gold. They were officially excommunicated , denied the sacraments , including marriage and burial , and were defamed and debased throughout Europe. For many centuries thereafter, clerics were cautioned to not allow these suddenly homeless, travelling actors to perform in their jurisdictions.

From the 5th century, Western Europe was plunged into a period of general disorder that lasted with a brief period of stability under the Carolingian Empire in the 9th century until the 10th century A. As such, most organized theatrical activities disappeared in Western Europe. While it seems that small nomadic bands traveled around Europe throughout the period, performing wherever they could find an audience, there is no evidence that they produced anything but crude scenes. Hrosvitha c.

Terence's comedies had long been used in monastery schools as examples of spoken Latin but are full of clever, alluring courtesans and ordinary human pursuits such as sex , love and marriage. Her declared solution was to imitate the "laudable" deeds of women in Terence's plays and discard the "shameless" ones.

Hrosvitha was followed by Hildegard of Bingen d. The anonymous pagan play Querolus , written c. Other secular Latin plays were also written in the 12th century, mainly in France but also in England Babio. There certainly existed some other performances that were not fully fledged theatre; they may have been carryovers from the original pagan cultures as is known from records written by the clergy disapproving of such festivals. It is also known that mimes, minstrels, bards, storytellers, and jugglers traveled in search of new audiences and financial support.

Not much is known about these performers' repertoire and few written texts survive. One of the most famous of the secular plays is the musical Le Jeu de Robin et Marion , written by Adam de la Halle in the 13th century, which is fully laid out in the original manuscript with lines, musical notation, and illuminations in the margins depicting the actors in motion. Adam also wrote another secular play, Jeu de la Fueillee in Arras , a French town in which theatre was thriving in the late 12th and 13th centuries. As the Viking invasions ceased in the middle of the 11th century A.

Only in Muslim-occupied Spain were liturgical dramas not presented at all. Despite the large number of liturgical dramas that have survived from the period, many churches would have only performed one or two per year and a larger number never performed any at all. The Feast of Fools was especially important in the development of comedy. The festival inverted the status of the lesser clergy and allowed them to ridicule their superiors and the routine of church life.

Sometimes plays were staged as part of the occasion and a certain amount of burlesque and comedy may have entered the liturgical drama as a result of its influence. Performance of religious plays outside of the church began sometime in the 12th century through a traditionally accepted process of merging shorter liturgical dramas into longer plays which were then translated into vernacular and performed by laymen and thus accessible to a wider segment of society inclusive of the working class.

The use of vernacular enabled drama to be understood and enjoyed by a larger audience. The Mystery of Adam gives credence to this theory as its detailed stage direction suggest that it was staged outdoors. Economic and political changes in the High Middle Ages led to the formation of guilds and the growth of towns, and this would lead to significant changes for theatre starting in this time and continuing into in the Late Middle Ages. Trade guilds began to perform plays, usually religiously based, and often dealing with a biblical story that referenced their profession. For instance, a baker's guild would perform a reenactment of the Last Supper.

These vernacular " mystery plays " were written in cycles of a large number of plays: York 48 plays , Chester 24 , Wakefield 32 and Unknown A larger number of plays survive from France and Germany in this period and some type of religious dramas were performed in nearly every European country in the Late Middle Ages. Many of these plays contained comedy , devils , villains and clowns. The majority of actors in these plays were drawn from the local population. For example, at Valenciennes in , more than roles were assigned to 72 actors.

Often providing their own costumes, amateur performers in England were exclusively male, but other countries had female performers. The platform stage, which was an unidentified space and not a specific locale, allowed for abrupt changes in location. He must utilize all his resources to save Claire every time Truro aggressively frames the circumstances.

A luckless man is offered every material comfort in the world through free cars, houses and monetary wealth by a millionaire. The latter only wants to swap their souls in exchange so he can regain his youth. The Trouble with Ruth. Despite her best attempts, a kleptomaniac falls back into her old ways and is found out by some thieves. They blackmail her to rob a diamond pin or they will reveal her true nature to her husband.

The Crack in the Wall. A house fire claims the life of the young daughter of the house. Her bereft parents move to a new apartment but cannot seem to repair a hole in their basement wall. Gradually, cries of a voice that seems startlingly like their daughter's begins to flow through the hole. A magician disappoints his heirs by leaving his properties with his daughter and also promises to safeguard her against all harm through a statue in his estate courtyard.

On her arrival in the estate, she finds his promise true to his word. A bored wife is tired of her menagerie chores and her husband's job priorities. She starts to believe her mirror reflection and plans to reclaim her self. The caring parents of a young woman rent her a luxurious house to recuperate from a bitter affair and an abortion. But trouble seems to shadow her footsteps as a resident spirit in the apartment haunts her. An unemployed actor plans a bizarre drama of enacting his own death and consequently impersonating his wife to claim the insurance money.

To Kill with Confidence. While traveling across the country, a couple of newlyweds are forced to stop at a nearby town due to engine trouble. The wife makes a quick visit to the local stores to grab lunch and comes back to find that both her husband and the repair shop have mysteriously vanished. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

To escape an appointment with the gallows at Owl Creek Bridge, a confederate spy embarks on a dangerous journey through hostile territory in order to reach Dixie. Deadly Darling Dolores. When a strange turn of events allows a young man to switch illnesses with the diseased, a young man uses his gift to win the approval of his sweetheart's father.

Enraged by the faithlessness of his wife, a genius scientist creates a highly-evolved rodent and sends it to attack his wife's lover. The House of the Seven Gables. A fresh take on Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of tragedy shadowing the lives of the manor residents, and the curse visited upon them. A store-keeper shows his gratitude to the police officer that saves them by giving his wife a magical figurine able to grant three boons. Jekyll and Mr. An unforeseen accident gives birth to the evil alter ego of the doctor in charge of the experiment.

After suffering a devastating rejection at the hands of her favorite actor, an obsessed fan directs her violent rage against her former idol. Two prisoners escape from detention with the help of a young woman. Trouble begins when they take refuge in a seemingly abandoned house in the woods. The strange circumstances surrounding her sister's death prompt a young woman to dig deeper. She soon learns that the medication her sibling was taking was prescribed by a mysterious doctor.

Determined to change her fate, a woman is granted the chance to go back in time to set her life in order. A couple take refuge from a storm in a secluded beach house, only to find themselves in the company of two strangers. The Secret Life of Bobby Deland. A couple suffering from the death of their only child take in a young waif to fill the void in their lives. At first the orphan helps alleviate the woman's migraines however, he later repays their kindness by robbing them blind.

The relationship of a married couple is tested when they transfer next to a strange house and its mysterious resident. The wife sees her as a frail old lady, while her husband sees a beautiful temptress and their clashing views put a strain on their marriage. An ambitious maid blackmails her employer after witnessing him murder his wife. The man is plagued by the women in his life when even the spirit of his deceased spouse begins to torment him at night.

And Death Makes Even Steven. In order to seize control of his father's wealth, a slighted brother plans the murder of his twin whom he believes robbed him of his fortune. After inheriting a sprawling ranch, a young couple discover that the estate is home to a wild and beautiful Palomino stallion. What they don't know is that the horse belongs to a powerful deity who is angered by their attempts to claim the steed as their own. The Canterville Ghost. In this classic tale by Oscar Wilde , a spirit repeatedly attempts to drive away the new owners of his castle and instead, becomes a source of hilarity and amusement.

The Real Printer's Devil. A young couple are delighted to find an inexpensive apartment in Central Park West. Little do they know that their new home is already occupied by an invisible guest. Convinced that a woman he met at the local bar is his soul mate, a man abandons his faithful and loyal wife in order to pursue her.

He is soon plagued by visions of his death at his new lover's hands. In order to save his job and further his career, an unskilled engineer pilfers the secret to a revolutionary process from an old friend. Now he must lie, cheat and bribe his way through life in a desperate bid to keep his new-found status. The ability to project his spiritual self to other places while asleep annoys Adam Farr's wife to no end. When she finally leaves him, he comes up with the perfect plan to woo her.

While on a road trip, two women experience car trouble in the middle of the desert. A strange old man driving an outdated wagon assists them and takes them to the nearest town. The women become suspicious and disturbed when they realize that the townsfolk do not seem to hear them. After refusing to pay blood money to the local mafia, an immigrant shoe-maker becomes the target of their ire. Angered by their misdeeds, the man hatches a plot for revenge. Meanwhile, the mob leader is torn between business and his daughter's love.

I Thought You Were Dead. After murdering her husband and partner, an authoress begins to get phone calls from her deceased spouse. She is tormented by his reminders about who possesses the real talent between them. The Headstrong Corpse. After his death, Lord Berly of Moreland is kept in an open crypt by his physicians in deference to his fear of being buried alive. When his body mysteriously vanishes, murder and mayhem become the key facets in this Gothic thriller set in The Picture of Dorian Gray. In exchange for eternal youth, a man makes a deal with the devil and gives up his soul.

As he is consumed by evil, his portrait changes to mirror the abomination he has become. After being widowed, Marge Miller found love in the arms of her new husband. Her peaceful life is threatened when her ex comes back from the dead demanding his share of the insurance money she received for his death. An island merchant is cast out of his village after marrying a local woman in defiance of their faith. In order to restore his family's pride and reclaim his trade, he must go against a shrewd and highly competitive business rival.

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A defeated man buys an ancient typewriter from a pawn shop. The typewriter reveals itself to be like the Goose that lays golden eggs. But gold might not be the only thing it has to offer. What if it is blood? Jane Stoddard marries a man and later discovers that her husband is the infamous serial killer known as The Boston Strangler. Forced to be the bait for the cops, she must cross the country when her life is in danger. Sister Pamela owns a priceless figurine that is stolen from her.

So she quits the church and dedicates all her time to find the missing statue in order to return it to a dying nun. Help comes from a source that she never would have imagined. The Hands of Mrs. Shortly after the death of her husband, Mrs. Mallory loses control of both her hands mysteriously.

She meets a woman in Central Park who seems to have lost her legs in a similar manner and decides to consult her doctor. The consequences are beyond her expectations. A young woman and her husband own a resort that has a working cable car. Her brother, an upright engineer suspects that the cable might not be safe. He then dreams of a beautiful girl perishing in a cable car crash.

Having a Horrible Time. Amy Hastings is a brave woman. She testified against one of New York's most infamous drug lords. But his goons pursue her to a secluded resort where Amy and her friend are holidaying. A professional swindler seduces a lonely unmarried woman who works as a psychiatrist's assistant. He persuades her to pilfer her employer's patient files in order to extort money from them. A guy is running away from the police and takes shelter in a friend's house. The friend is a novelist and lives with his wife. But from the moment the fugitive appears, problems creep up between the couple.

A regular clerk leaves his vocation to become a hunter - in order to impress the girl he loves. But this breaks a vow he made to his deceased mother. Her vengeful spirit puts a curse on him for doing so and his gun misses every single target. However, another friendly spirit gives him charmed bullets - that come at a price. A man is relieved of a large sum of money by a pair of wicked gamblers. After his death, he uses a false psychic medium to wreak his revenge. The Return of Anatole Chevenic. A young man named Hans tries to convince his uncle Anatole to give him a portion of his inheritance earlier.

His uncle denies his request and mentions that he has hidden the fortune away as a precaution against attempts on his life. Hans leaves in a fume and starts fantasizing about his uncle's death. The Imp in the Bottle. A man buys an amulet that can make his wishes come true. But in order to salvage his soul, he must dispose of it before he dies by selling it for a lesser price than he had bought it for.

Johnny Promo is a convict sentenced to death. He promises a witness who testified against him that he will meet his death within a month of his own. A cop dies in an accident. His wife is mistakenly taken to be someone else by two people. Her friend tries to probe the facts as one of those people thinks that she is his former wife who left him and his children a decade ago. The Hand that Refused to Die. A gifted pianist is devastated by the loss of his hand as a result of an automobile accident.

He is infuriated when he finds out that the amputation was unnecessary. The Trouble with Murder. A wealthy lady hires an artist to paint a nude portrait of her. She becomes disturbed when he starts acting peculiarly. Her worries are well-founded as the painter has a nasty habit of mutilating his subjects once they have outlived their usefulness. What Happened to Mrs.

The ghost of a sea captain's wife plagues an abandoned house by the sea, and the water nearby is haunted by the spirit of the captain. A frail child and his family are caught in the tempest. A tired lawyer is made to take on a murder trial with the defendant adamantly professing his innocence. But the lawyer refuses to believe his client's claims and orders a series of tests to be run on the weapon allegedly used in the crime. A couple discover that they are imprisoned in a peculiar forest inhabited by two beings - a gentle lady and a bad giant.

In order to escape, they request the assistance of the giant but soon realize that they committed a grave mistake. A middle-aged man travels to an isolated island to surprise his young beloved. But he is afflicted by uncertainty in their relationship and starts doubting himself. The Deadly Blind Man's Bluff. In a terrible mishap, a riveter loses his eyesight.

While he keeps up his physical strength, he slowly goes on a downward spiral emotionally. Besides that, his apartment is within earshot of his former construction site, making him feel much worse. The police warn the riveter and his wife about an escaped murder convict in their area, and a meeting between the two is preordained. After having moved on with his life to the point of re-marrying, a man forces his former wife's father to bring her back to life using a self-made formula. A young woman is horrified to learn that her soon to be brother-in-law murdered her sister as well as his previous wife.

He then proceeds to disclose his intention to act out the perfect murder, with her as the star of the show. The Bride that Wasn't. A young lady travels to the house of her betrothed to meet him and his mother. She is stunned to find that no one in their house recognizes her - not even the man who asked for her hand two weeks back. The Golden Blood of the Sun. After migrating to Florida, a timeshare salesman runs into a series of mishaps. Believing him to be cursed, his boss sends him to Mexico City where he subsequently discovers that he is the incarnation of an ancient Aztec prince.

A young woman who recently wed buys a portrait at a public sale. It is the portrait of her husband's former wife, who was murdered during a burglary. A sick lady suspects her husband and caregiver are plotting to kill her. With the help of her previous nurse, she struggles to survive. After his plane crashes in a secluded island, a lawyer learns that the locals employ their own judicial code.

He is forced to take part in their farce of a system that ignores legal conventions. This greatly disturbs not just her lover, but her landlord as well. An elderly escape artist wants to try his hand at the greatest escape - the one that Houdini failed to complete. But his wife and her lover don't want him to succeed in his endeavor.

A middle-aged man marries a young girl he begins to believe might be a sorceress. He enlists the aid of his physician to get to the bottom of the mystery. A Senator finds out that his daughter is living with a known felon in Europe who is already on the watch list of his commission. He fears this could ruin his political aspirations. A Cage for Augie Karo. A seasoned thief discovers a way to pull off the perfect crime while in jail.

A fellow prisoner hands him a special chemical that will allow him to sleep for centuries. But has he calculated how the world around him will change with the passage of time?

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Possessed by the Devil. A young boy who happens to be a minister's son is admitted to a hospital with fatal wounds. Though his health improves, he has lost his soul forever. A man is placed in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. He somehow makes an unlikely friend while in seclusion.

A man loses his life and soul in order to claim the woman he desires. He possesses her after his death and her family attempts to exorcise him. A seasoned charlatan somehow survives a massive train accident. He then plots to claim the insurance money belonging to a widow. A young man thinks he is the incarnation of serial killer who was hanged for a series of murders in the s. He finds an old photo of the killer in the public museum, and also a man well-versed in the history of the crimes. How Eberhard Won His Wings. A virtuous man is blessed with a pair of wings for his spotless conduct and commitment towards good.

But both he and his wife think it ridiculous to wear them. They both try to find a sin that he can attempt so they will be taken back. A more modern version of the classic Romeo and Juliet, with the story taking place in Hawaii. Disaster follows the couple as their marriage is strictly prohibited by their families who have a secret to hide. A hardened middle-aged man marries a wealthy lady for pragmatic reasons.

When he falls in love with a young girl at the same time, he conspires to kill his wife using her obsession with rattlesnakes,. A storekeeper is selected to be the next 'Lahmed Vovnik'. This is a notion rooted within the more mystical beliefs of Hebrew legends declaring that there are only 36 people who are fit to inhabit this world.

The devil sets out to influence this Thirty Sixth Man. The Strange Voyage of the Lady Dee. While on a boat trip, a young couple and their daughter become lost in the dense fog. The spirit of a woman lures them to a strange island whose sole inhabitant proves to have questionable motives. In order to escape their father's tyrannical ways, a pair of sisters join a circus as tattooed girls.

On the surface, their actions are meant to insult and humiliate their father, but one sibling has grander scheme in mind. After winning a game of chance, a man gains possession of a cursed pocket watch. He is slowly consumed by the obsession to keep it wound. A couple encounters a UFO landing on Earth. Though the husband insists on denying what he saw, his wife starts to get neighbourly visits from aliens.

This is the tale of the lewd monk Rasputin, who was the spiritual consultant of Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family. The Aaron Burr Murder Case. In a re-enactment of a famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The actor portraying Hamilton is killed by when his partner's gun fires real bullets instead of blanks.

The police investigate and soon find that all evidence point towards the real Aaron Burr as the perpetrator of the crime. A young gambler from the s tries to outwit the Devil by using two special dice, thereby altering a predetermined fate he was bound to endure due to an ancestor's Faustian mistake.

Now the intriguing question is - which war? A doctor meets a drunkard friend in a bar. They reminisce the times they defiled graves in order to sell the corpses to a medical school. A young couple expecting a child also happen to inherit a furnished house. Among their acquired furniture is a phone that can send them back in time to relive the lives of their ancestors. They slowly realize that their ancestors were not very nice. A government official investigates the death of a very rich man an each witnesses narrates the incident differently.

The man's best friend informs the coroner that he was murdered by a mysterious, invisible creature of a color invisible to human eyes.


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An extremely wealthy man marries a woman on the spur of a moment. His wife dies soon after the marriage, and this affects him in such a way that he becomes obsessed with the desire toreclaim her from the grave. His behavior distresses his family and longtime butler. A married woman moves back to her birthplace in New York when her husband is posted there for work. She visits the house she grew up in and meets a childless old lady.

They bond in a strange, symbiotic manner as mysterious things happen to her childhood quarters. Charity Is Never Dead. An explosion occurs in a departmental store, leaving an old lady badly wounded who is immediately taken to the emergency unit of a hospital. She is freaked out when she cannot find her granddaughter whom she just met after a decade.

In the meantime a young lady is brought to the hospital after sustaining a severe head injury resulting in amnesia. Are the women related? The House of the Voodoo Queen. A husband and wife gain possession of a house in New Orleans known to be inhabited by a malicious ghost. Another woman works her charm on the husband in order to get her hands on the house. Give the Devil His Due. An aged dancer attempts to enter a pact with the devil to sacrifice her soul in return for her youth and skill. But she backs out of the deal at the last minute - with severe consequences.

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A Very Private Miracle. A very moving story about a cranky old man and a little girl trying to persuade him to play Santa Claus. Turn About Is Foul Play. A man together with his girlfriend plots to kill his rich and sickly wife. At the last moment he experiences a change of heart but someone carries out the job for him. As all evidence point towards him, he must prove his innocence to the police without even a shred of proof to support him.

A man tries to aid an elderly Jew and his granddaughter evade the Nazis tailing them. The old man begins to resurrect a mythical being from old Hebrew legend to save them. A private detective tries to track two radioactive pearls that were used to murder two women. He travels to Hawaii disguised as a novelist and mixes with the inhabitants while thwarting the assassins sent to kill him. A professional football player becomes disillusioned with the brutality of the game and leaves. But his wife and her mother accuse him of domestic violence and send him to prison.

He comes back to avenge the injustice. The Many Names of Death. A trust officer in a bank hires a sexy secretary. She charms him to take a few rash steps and walk the wilder side of things. The ride may turn out more bumpy for him than he expected. A doctor helps his friend dig up the corpse of his loved one who married a wicked man. They find her to be alive, and now her evil husband wants her back!

The Murders in the Rue Morgue. In order to solve the case of a vicious attack on a young girl in a locked room, an ambitious police investigator enlists the services of a newbie detective. The man makes a unique suggestion. A man makes a voyage to the US from Europe and meets an old friend carrying a peculiar oblong box that apparently contains an obscure painting. The strange shape of the box influences the fellow passengers to think that the box contains something far from innocent. A young man falls in love with his young sister-in-law while his wife lies on her deathbed.

The last distressing smile of his wife taunts him day and night, and he goes crazy when he sees the same smile on his new beloved. The Masque of the Red Death. This is a modern day adaptation of Poe's classic. Here, an environmental disaster occur which results in a massive plague. An old man isolates himself and his family in his manor to wait out the epidemic. An unlucky family is forced to live with their perverted uncle, where they are forced to face endless chores, hunger, and even sexual harassment.

The Cask of Amontillado. A young lady is forced to sleep with her husband's greedy and lecherous backer to avert a fiancial disaster. In order to avenge this dishonor, the man extends an irresistible invitation to him. A young man witnesses an assassination by a gang and is fatally wounded in the process.

Though he survives, he is now too scared to testify. The police need information but can't get anything out of him. They finally resort to an inventive method with the help of a hospital to get him to speak. A converted swindler turned faith healer learns that he can heal anyone in his island except his lame wife. He soon realizes that only one thing stands between him and the ability he desperately seeks to acquire.

A genius but modest scientist takes in a student. He ends up losing his wife to him, his skills and aptitudes too. A man dies and his wife is devastated by it. He finds out that he can communicate with her and she promises to never forget him. But later he finds out from an angel that if he persists in keeping his memory alive, she will be stuck in eternal limbo.


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So he must achieve the nearly impossible task of making her forget about him. A prominent figure in a European faction is charged with sedition and soon comes to realize that the cause he championed only brought about oppression. His desire to step aside to make way for change is thwarted by all around treachery. A celebrated conductor is devastated when his son dies. He can't accept the fact at all and slowly goes mad, much to the embarrassment of his family. A college professor and his wife retire to Sleepy Village to find some peace and quiet so he can finish his book. But before they can settle down, the village inhabitants will test if they are in the 'right state of mind'.

Dionysus, a god in Greek mythology appears in modern times and charms a young lady living in a suburb. Her husband brings his boss home so he can evaluate them for a promotion. Apart from this, the neighborhood is buzzing about her special talent with flowers. A talent scout in New York is tortured by an invisible being following him everywhere to the extent of keeping up with his every footstep, especially when he is alone.

Is there something mysterious in his past? A Coffin for the Devil. A man gathers a group of specialists along with the famous E. Marshall and reads them a very old letter written by one of his ancestors. The letter narrates the events regarding a young mortician's assistant and a peculiar man ordering a special coffin for himself.

After accidentally shooting a prize bull, an inexperienced and bungling soldier is sent home. Soon after he arrives, his home is taken over by General Burgoyne and he is able to aid his country in the end by invoking the spirit of Indian justice. The Night of the Wolf. A very old Indian garment stirs great violence among the patrons of a museum. An investigator delves deeper into the situation, making himself a vulnerable target to the curse. The Disembodied Voice. A female psychiatrist begins to get phone calls from a man who claims to be a rapist and a killer.

A police investigator tries to help. Every year, at similar time periods and during a full moon, blonde women are brutally murdered at a famous ski resort. When a renowned author takes his blonde wife to that dangerous slope to complete his book, she starts to suspect him. A newspaper editor is maddened when the paper's horoscope informs her that she is going to die that very day!

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This is a retelling of a Robert Louis Stevenson tale set in 16th century France. Two friends flee for their lives. One gets fatally wounded, and the other finds shelter at the residence of a crazy aristocrat who tries to force him to marry his unruly niece. An archaeologist discovers an antique which leads him into a confrontation with the goddess of revenge. A Small Question of Terror. In a state run by a mysterious being called 'The Protector', a lady, her boyfriend and her mother are tortured over a joke they made. The lady must utilize her brains and talent to get them all out safely.

The Shadow of the Past. A doctor and his wife escape the clutches of the Nazi death camps and illegitimately migrate to the US. Later, the doctor recognizes one of the camp guards among his patients and kills him to exact his revenge. But he must cover up the act as an intelligent investigator probes the case.

A young man asks his friend's son over to visit with him and his family. But the boy turns out to possess wicked powers. A young woman has recently married, but is plagued by her ex-husband's ghost. He died in an accident while rock climbing and he is determined to pass on a message to her present husband. A senator who is running for president believes that the country's leading dissident is trying to get his point across through poetry despite never having been formally introduced.

An investigator looks into the death of an old flame during a robbery at a mini-mart. He soon uncovers a more sinister plot. An actor conspires to kill his rich wife, but her sister, being a modern witch, is keeping abreast and schemes against him. The Strange Case of Lucas Lauder. A man sentenced to death informs a prison guard that he was Jack the Ripper in a previous life and that after his death, Ripper's soul will possess him and he will murder his wife.

A vigilante lawyer takes the matters into his own hands and locks up murder suspects in his mansion. But he goes too far when he imprisons an innocent man. Two identical twin brothers are in love with the same woman, but she cares for just one. One brother dies in an accident, and she is doubtful as to which one of the brothers it was. A young man visiting his family in Ireland seeks the help of a ghost and a leprechaun to get hold of the woman he loves.

The Pit and the Pendulum. A young man invents a formula that could destroy the world if it fell into the wrong hands.