Movie Mondays: horror by hoopla

Don’t feel like waiting weeks or months in line for your favorite horror film on DVD? Have no fear, your fear is here. You can watch horror on demand on hoopla, the library’s streaming video service, without the wait.

If you’re looking for an iconic horror film that launched a franchise, take a trip to Camp Crystal Lake with Jason in the original Friday the 13th (if you’re brave, you can follow Jason all the way to the Big Apple in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan). You can also check out the original Evil Dead, which spawned a sequel, a remake, and countless inferior gorefests.

Want to view something newer and disturbing? Start with American Mary, about a medical student who turns her clients into freaks with extreme body modification; this is the rare horror film with women both behind and in front of the camera. You can also check out the critically acclaimed, wickedly smart Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In and it’s almost-as-good American remake Let Me In.

In the mood for a classic? From the iconic horror of the 1930s and 1940s with FrankensteinDracula and The Wolf Man to some great 1950s camp with It Came From Outer Space and The Creature From the Black Lagoon to George Romero’s 1960s classic Night of the Living Deadyou can find the inspiration for our modern day love affair with zombies, vampires and other supernatural beings.

If you’re looking to sink your teeth into something more substantial, check out an episode – or an entire season – of some great television shows for the holiday. For creepy fun for the whole family, spend some time with Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Pugsley, Wednesday and Lurch (and if you’re lucky, an episode with Grandmama) in The Addams FamilyUnless you’d like something more sinister, in which case the anthology series Masters of Horror – with episodes directed by horror masters including John Carpenter, Dario Argento and Tobe Hooper – may be right up your alley.

Happy Halloween!

~posted by Frank

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