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Conceived along the lines of Showtime's Masters of Horror, NBC's Fear Itself was a dramatic anthology consisting of 13 separate hour-long films, each one a spinetingling exercise in psychological and physiological terror. The series boasted the combined efforts of some of show business' top horror writers and directors: talents like John Landis, Ronny Yu (the "Chucky" films), Darren Lynn Bousman (the "Saw" series), Dan Knauf (Supernatural), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Breck Eisner, Brad Anderson, Jon Gangemi, Steve Niles, and Fear Itself's creator Mick Garris. Similarly, the guest stars were drawn from the ranks of the sci-fi/fantasy realm, among them Lost's Cynthia Watros, Heroes' Eric Roberts and Star Trek: Enterprise's John Billingsley. Though not as explicit as Masters of Horror, the NBC series still succeeded admirably in raising the collective goose pimples of its fans. Fear Itself first aired on June 5, 2008. EATER-Dir:Stuart Gordon Rookie cop Danny Benderman spends the night in an isolated precinct guarding a serial killer who eats his victims and is intent on making her his next "meal". THE SACRIFICE-Dir:Breck Eisner Two brothers, along with some friends, end up stranded at an old fort and slowly discover that the three sisters who reside there are hiding a deadly secret. COMMUNITY-Dir:Mary Harron A chilling tale about a young married couple who move into a seemingly perfect, planned community only to find out the hard way that their neighbors will go to any lengths to preserve their twisted sense of perfection. IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH-Dir:John Landis A young bride-to-be receives a shocking note on her wedding day that reads "the person you are marrying is a serial killer". SPOOKED-Dir:Brad Anderson While on a stake-out in a haunted house, a private eye hired by a mysterious woman is forced to confront the demons of his past. THE FAMILY MAN-Dir:Ronny Yu The tale of a likeable family man who switches bodies with a serial killer after a near-death experience. Now he must fight from behind bars to keep the murderer from adding his wife and kids to the long list of victims. NEW YEAR'S DAY-Dir:Lynn Bousman Gruesome tale of a young woman who wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by horrifying zombies and struggles to survive the day. SOMETHING WITH BITE:Dir-Ernest Dickerson When a veterinarian is bitten by a large, strange animal brought into his clinic, he begins to see the world and his stale life differently. THE SPIRIT BOX:Dir-Rob Schmidt Two suburban high school girls who try to contact a dead classmate via a board game and receive an unexpected message from beyond the grave. ECHOES:Dir-Rupert Wainwright Steven, an affable, good natured young man, moves into an apartment where he believes he once lived...88 years ago in a past life. As memories appear to him like ghosts, he begins to believe that in this previous life he was a sadistic murderer. Or can he just be imagining things? THE CIRCLE:Dir-Eduardo Rodriguez A group of people meet every Halloween to tell horror stories and suddenly discover that they're living one.

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