Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween

In honor of the holiday over the weekend, I wanted to take a moment to salute the growing horror collection we have in our library. Here's a quick rundown of some of the highlights:

1931 Frankenstein--One of the true classics, a movie that singlehandedly influenced pop culture's concepts of the monster.

1935 Bride of Frankenstein--The sequel to the 1931. Woman with crazy Marge Simpson hair with a white streak running through it? That's from this one. One of the most popular horror classics of all time.

1974 Young Frankenstein--What better way to complete the trilogy except with this comedy masterpiece by Mel Brooks. Brooks actually found and used the original sets from the 1931 version to make his, so it all seems very consistent. Good (usually clean) fun.

The Exorcist--Where else can you see someone vomiting pea soup on camera? One of the most frightening movies of all time.

Silence of the Lambs--The only horror film to ever win an Oscar for Best Picture. Yes, some people have said after the fact that it's really a thriller, not a horror, but in my book, any movie that has a villain use another person's face as a mask automatically qualifies for the "horror" status.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer--The entire seven seasons are downstairs on reserve. More fun thrills than you could fit in on a lifetime of Halloweens.

Psycho--Alfred Hitchcock's groundbreaking movie. Looking at it now, it's not quite as terrifying as it was when it was released, but that's mainly because other films have built on the ground Hitchcock broke. You'll never want to take another shower again.

The Nightmare before Christmas--Jack Skellington plans to replace Santa Claus in this Tim Burton produced stop motion animated film.

We have more than just these--some good Dracula adaptations, more thrillers, and other fun films. What's your favorite Halloween movie? Do share!

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