In the spirit of the coming holiday of Halloween, I wanted to talk about some of the classic and not so classic horror films we have available here at Manhattan Public Library.
Psycho, the Iconic classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock is one of my personal favorites. Filmed in black and white, you are guaranteed to instantly recognize its iconic Pscyho muscial track. It tells the story of a woman running away from her life who mysteriously disappears. Something is very much not right about the strange owner and his sickly mother, but police have a difficult time pin-pointing just what’s wrong with them. If you’re a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, you can also check out, The Birds.
Rosemary’s Baby is another of my favorite classic horror movies. It’s a movie that haunted me a long time after I finished watching it. Mia Farrow’s acting is breath-taking and absolutely chilling. Despite being made in 1968, I still consider it relevant and enjoyable to watch. It is about a young couple moving into a new apartment and being confronted by strange neighbors and unusual events. Mia Farrow’s character becomes mysteriously pregnant and consequently obsessed with the safety of her unborn child.
The Cabin in the Woods is a modern-day satire observing common reoccurring themes in horror films. A group of five friends go away for a weekend at an isolated country cabin. The group represents a stereotypical group of horror movie participants. There is the jock, his sexually active girlfriend, the nice guy scholar, the stoner and the virgin. All find themselves thrown into the thriller of their lives when they discover that their every action is being observed by a cast of horror specialists who are manipulating their every move.
House at the End of the Street was another horror flick that I enjoyed a lot mainly because one of my favorite actresses, Jennifer Lawrence, takes a leading role in it. I would say that the first half of it was somewhat slow-placed and uninteresting, but after an unexpected twist I became more invested in the premise. It is about a newly divorced mother and her daughter who move to a new neighborhood to restart their lives. The daughter becomes increasingly interested in the boy who lives in the house at the end of the street because he is different than anyone else there, but he has a dark history. His past and the haunts of his past eventually become a problem for both Elissa and her mother.
Drag me to Hell is another horror movie from a couple of years ago that I still love to get out and watch when it gets cold out. Christine, a loan officer, denies a loan extension to a suspicious customer in order to impress her boss and gain a promotion. In the process, she gets a curse placed on her and her life gets destroyed. This movie is full of seances, curse rituals, and evil gypsies. It’s pretty great.
This is, of course, a small selection of the vast collection of DVDs offered here. For a better idea of the horror movies offered here, check out the catalog.