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Welcome to our final week! We've spent much of this month looking towards the past and at some horror masterpieces. So, for this final week I thought it was only fitting to look at the 21st century with some films already considered or destined to be modern classics. Everything comes to a head on the big day, Halloween, with a double feature of two of the most unsettling and scary films released in the past three years

Monday, October 26th- The Descent (2005)

 

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The Descent is one of all my time favorite horror films. Partly because it's a masterclass in building tension, and partly because it features some fantastic character arcs. It's a film about a group of women spelunkers who find themselves trapped in a cave with a mysterious, monstrous, and very hungry force. The reveal of exactly what is in the caves with them is one of the best jump scare reveals of any horror movie, IMO.

Tuesday, October 27th- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

 

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Welcome back! For week four of our Halloween horror movie marathon we're going to focus primarily on what was a great time for horror movies; the late 70s and early 80s. Then for the weekend, we'll get more modern with one of the 21st century's greatest horror comedies, a double feature of a writer/director whose work has revolutionized horror representation, and our final all-ages film heads back to the 80s with a classic that mixes horror, comedy, and an upcoming holiday.

Monday, October 19th-Carrie (1976)

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Carrie is the first ever Stephen King novel to be adapted to film, and it's one of the scariest thanks to the work of director Brian De Palma, screenwriter Lawrence D Cohen, and standout performances by Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and Nancy Allen. It's a tragic and powerful film about the horrors of family and the cruelty of adolescents

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 20th- The Fog (1980)

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Welcome back! For the third week of our Halloween horror movie marathon we're going to tackle a number stand out films in horror's various sub-genres.  We've got movies with some incredible and gross special effects, fast running zombies, gaslighting cults, a horror comedy about one of the worst wedding nights ever, a double feature of Steven King adaptations, and an incredibly creepy Roald Dahl adaptation.

Monday, October 12- Train to Busan (2016)

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In the  early 2000s, a new breed of zombie began to emerge. They were just as tenacious and tough as the type George Romero introduced back in 1968, but they were incredibly quick. This 2016 film from South Korea is the ultimate take on the fast moving zombie. Once it gets going it moves with the same velocity as its titular vehicle.

Train to Busan follows a divorced father, his young daughter, and the various passengers they meet as they try to survive and stay ahead of hordes of fast zombies laying siege to trains and train stations. The action is especially engaging and intense because of how easy it is to emotionally invest in the film's main characters. Plus, like the best zombie films the undead aren't the only antagonistic force. Some of the most dangerous things the main characters run afoul of are their fellow passengers 

Tuesday, October 13th- The Thing (1982)

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Welcome back! For the second week of our Halloween movie marathon we're ramping things up with some classics and foundational films in horror's various sub-genres. So prepare yourself! You're in for a fun week of ghosts, zombies, slashers, and the first Bollywood horror movie

 

Monday, October 5th- Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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With this film, writer/director George Romero and his co-writer, John A. Russo, redefined pop culture's understanding of zombies. The rules established here are the inspiration for almost every bit of zombie lore and story that came after.

On top of that, It's a powerful example of how horror can be used as an allegory to explore social ills. It perfectly reflects the turbulent time it was made in, and is still very much relevant today.

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 6th-Mahal (1949)

Halloween might feel and look a little strange this year because of everything that's going on in the world, but like the best of holidays it's more than just a set of rituals. There's a spirit to Halloween that's easy to catch and can be quite infectious. Perhaps the best way to kickstart your Halloween spirit is by watching a horror movie.

So, to help you fuel your Halloween spirit and keep it going all month long we've prepared a calender featuring a different horror movie (two on Saturdays) for you to watch in October. All of the movies featured are in the library's physical or digital collections.

Plus, we know weekends are special so we've turned them into theme days. When the work week ends many people are in search of a laugh. So, we'll  spotlight horror comedies on Fridays. The only thing better than a horror movie is a horror movie double feature. So, Saturdays will be days with a thematically linked double bill of films. Finally, we've made Sundays a day where the whole family can get in on the Halloween spirit by highlighting some all-ages, gateway horror films.

So, let's kick things off with your movies for the first week of Halloween

Thursday October 1st- Psycho(1960)

 

 

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We're kicking things off with director Alfred Hitchcock's legendary and most influential horror film. Psycho was such a pivotal movie that some have argued it helped create an entire sub-genre of horror that would come to prominence almost two decades later, the slasher film

Friday October 2nd- What We Do In the Shadows (2014)