Evans, an older man, walks into a record store, slips the young clerk, Fred, a huge bill and pleads for him to come to his hotel to discuss something important. He goes and finds Evans beaten and mumbling something about a record. Fred gets knocked out and awakens to find Evans now dead and himself set-up to take the rap for his murder. Fred races back to the store, hoping to find the record the dead man was talking about.
Julia, the model for a character in her husband's comic strip, informs a police detective that her spouse is going to murder her. He bumped off her "twin" in that morning's strip and she's sure he's going do get rid of her in the same grizzly way that evening.
A college student studying abnormal psychology thinks the owner of a wax museum dedicated to murderers can teach her a few things. Police lock down Dr. Violet's exhibit after an actual corpse is found in the museum. unfortunately, this traps the co-ed alone with the murder expert.
In World War II Italy, Count Montressor has watched with horror as his former stable boy became a powerful Nazi general. In the process, General Fortanato has murdered the Count's sister and stolen his wife. Knowing the General plans to murder him, Count Montressor lures him into the palace's catacombs to taste the rare cask of Amontillado he has procured.
Detained by the side of the road where his wife Mollie was found murdered, John explains to a deputy the events leading up to that moment. Their busybody neighbor Lillybelle had made accusations about Mollie's infidelity, as had a mysterious stranger who traveled the road near their home. Realizing John was wise to her, Mollie tried to flee but Lillybelle blocked the door.
An American lover of architecture is escorted to a crumbling Mexican castle by the local padre. He warns the visitor to keep his room door locked and avoid the family that lives there--especially the maniacal mother when the black wind blows. Eventually, the curious American learns the horrible truth about the family's history of blood lust.
A self-absorbed couple takes their daughter on a vacation, unaware that the child is urgently wanted by health officials. The little girl was afraid to tell them she'd been bitten by a dog, and the animal turns out to have been rabid. The child hears on the radio that authorities are searching for the dog bit victim, panics that she could die, and tells her parents the truth.
Emily has moved back home to care for her battle-ax old mother and it has placed her marriage in jeopardy. Arriving home from work, she finds an escapee from a mental hospital with the old bitty tied up and gagged; she was so irritating he couldn't stand her talking anymore. While he hides at their house for a few days, Emily is supposed go to work as usual, but not utter a word of his presence to anyone or it will be curtains for the old lady.
Lady Sannox, the toast of London society, carries on an obvious affair with Douglas Stone, an arrogant, young surgeon. Lord Sannox, a retired star of the stage, is thought to be a clueless old man unaware of the liaison. After discussing with the Lady his plan to murder her husband so they can marry, Stone is hired by a desperate man to perform a questionable operation on his wife. Lord Sannox, we learn, is not as oblivious to his wife's infidelity as he appears.
Former bomber pilot D.P. Bradford and his wife Zita host a reunion for D.P.'s World War II crew. In the midst of the celebration, the Bradfords's daughter Susan is kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious German. The bomber crew joins forces to track down and rescue the little girl.
A father and son moving out of a boarding house get into a tussle with the sleazy landlord who promptly drops dead on the floor. Since the father has a past record, the two hide in the attic while the police investigate, waiting to make their escape.
Prince Florizel and his cohort, Gerard, masquerade under false identities and hit the city in search of adventure. One night in a bar, they encounter a young man who says he does not wish to go on. Claiming to feel the same way, the prince and his friend soon find themselves at the Suicide Club, an organization whose members want to die. Each evening using a deck of cards, the "lucky" next victim is decided, as is the member who must commit the deed and make it look like an accident. Florizel and Gerard's charade ceases to be entertaining when a club member is ...
Teenage practical joker Jerry pretends his new stepfather revealed something incriminating while talking in his sleep. Rather than laughing it off, Henry Lord gets very defensive and becomes threatening. After suffering a suspicious accident, Jerry is convinced his stepfather has something in his past he's willing to kill to keep secret.
Tommy, an errand boy, hangs around a hot dog stand when he's not in transit. The stand, a front for criminal enterprises, proves dangerous when he's hired by a shady character to deliver a package at exactly 5PM that evening. With time to kill, he goes to a baseball game. Tommy doesn't realize that the package contains 20 grand from a payroll heist and that a pair of criminals know it's in his possession.
Officer Malone is murdered outside a "gay 90s"-themed nightclub simply by buying a seemingly harmless gift from one of the showgirls. His son, a rookie cop, takes a vacation from the force to find the murderer himself. At the club, he uncovers the deadly secret that got his father shot -- they're selling illegal drugs.
Detective Sam Cragg goes to meet a client in the "Little Serbia" section of the city and finds the man murdered. Everyone in the neighborhood lives in fear of the unseen C. W. Roberts, a mysterious loan shark who keeps the poor permanently in debt. Cragg send a book to Roberts and watches to see who picks it up.
Dan Bedell, an up-and-coming actor, has come to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and he has fallen in love with Connie Williams. Gambling boss Morgan Nelson warns Dan that Connie is in league with her friend Bill Reed to blackmail Dan. When Nelson's bodyguard turns up dead in Dan's apartment, Connie enlists Reed to help her and Dan dispose of the body. But can Dan trust Connie and Bill, or are the pair up to no good as Nelson warned?
The former medical examiner who had falsified information in a murder case years earlier returns to town. Lawyer Robert Quartermain, who was involved in the trial, kills the ex-examiner, careful to leave no clues behind. But, he hadn't planned on having his picture taken by a street photographer when he was leaving the scene of the crime. Realizing the shutterbug possesses the only evidence against him, Quartermain is frantic to find the man and retrieve that picture.
Dr. Joe Parker and his family are awakened by a gun-wielding criminal demanding treatment for his brother. The man's in serious condition after a bullet pierced his lung. With a pistol pointing at their daughter, the doctor and his wife are forced to perform surgery despite his protests that the patient requires hospital treatment to survive.
A disturbed young man with a murderous background latches onto an older woman and her daughters. He worms his way into their family by charming the mother, even accompanying them to their summer cottage. One daughter's attempt to break off her flirtatious affair with the volatile man, whose true colors begin to show.