Whether you’re looking for suspenseful or gory, there is something to be found in Langsdale Library. That’s right even Langsdale Library is in the Halloween spirit offering several film titles dedicated to the fright, chills, and even laughs of Halloween. What exactly are you in the mood for?
Let’s start with the originals:
The best thing about these films is that they did first and sometimes best. The original horror had a great level of chill and suspense, making the viewer feel like these situations could possibly happen. These films offer quality of the genre and can sometimes make you a little creeped out when the film is done. These films mostly offer something unique which deemed them classics. Maybe you have seen them; maybe you haven’t, either way they are worth the watch. Check out some of these in Langsdale:
***Prom Night- Everyone thinks about Prom night, right? Well in this film, the perfect night takes a disastrous turn when childhood friends start dropping like flies after they receive mysterious and obscene phone calls. It falls in the slasher film category; however you wouldn't the twist the film will take. Directed by Paul Lynch
**The Thing- What is it? It doesn't matter what it is, more so what it will do. The thing starts out with scientists who uncover an alien being that has been buried for 100,000 years. Naturally, anything that’s been buried that long is coming back with a vengeance. *Directed by one of the greats, John Carpenter
****Rosemary’s Baby- Absolutely chilling in every way. Adapted from Ira Levin’s novel, the story follows a New York couple expecting their first child. Rosemary’s husband, a very unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the devil to sky rocket his career. Direct by Roman Polanski.
**The Shining- Stanley Kubrick’s adaption of Stephen King’s novel is not just a film about a struggling writer. It questions the ideas of perception and belief of people. It’s more than a typical film of the struggle for survival. It’s a subtle supernatural piece that deals with the undertones of insanity. Jack Torrance becomes the caretaker of the snowbound Overlook Hotel which has an eerie reputation. Soon after, he slowly becomes possessed by an evil presence. No you won’t see any dark-eyed demons or backwards walking children but what you will get is a masterpiece of horror and suspense.
***Psycho- One of the most chilling, “based on a true” films of all times. Before Michael , Freddy, or Leatherface, there was Norman. Norman is the mild mannered mama’s boy who took care of the Bates’ motel. Psycho literally speaks for itself- Norman is not as tamed and sweet as many would believe. Norman and his details of his life slowly unfold when Marian Crane checks into the motel but doesn't exactly check out. *Directed by the great Alfred Hitchcock
They can be terrifying. They can be mute but most importantly, there are back for many different reasons. Zombie films can range from intense to very campy. Zombies, in a sense, represent our greatest fears and sometimes parts of us, maybe that’s why we love them.
*Warm Bodies- Not as scary or as heavy hitting as the originals or Zombies movies that came before but to put it in simple terms, it’s a cute film. It takes the idea of Romeo and Juliet and fuses it with a zombie apocalypse. It’s not scary but it offers some comedy and a not so normal love story. It isn't the typical, “ration the supplies” and shoot, walking dead kind of film.
*Zombieland - They can extremely scary or kind of funny. Zombieland is the witty tale of four strangers who find each-other during a zombie apocalypse. Zombieland offers some social commentary about solitude and just how great life would be in a cultural wasteland. It mixes humor and horror and makes for a great watch.
***28 Days Later-It started with Chimps. After animal rights activist released infect chimps and they are attacked. Twenty eight days later, we found Jim waking from a coma and wandering out into a deserted world to find other "survivors" who explained the severity of the infection. Taking a break from funny and lovey, we get scary. Twenty eight days later is an intense look at what life would be like a in a real Zombie apocalypse. Not very fun.
***Night of the Living Dead- Directed by who some would call the “Godfather” of Zombie films, George Romero creates simple yet terrifying zombie classic. Seven people try to survive the night in trapped in a farmhouse.
So maybe Zombies or the oldies aren't your thing! That's okay, Langdale has other cool title to check out:
*Not Scary but good watch
** Great Suspense
*** Good scare and great Suspense
**** Creepmeter is very high
To find these titles, reserve online or ask a librarian for help.