I love horror on film (and in print), and I have a thing for horror films of the 1970s and early 1980s. Maybe that love has something to do with the sepia-toned lighting or the elephant pants and feathered hair. Bad style choices add that additional layer of scary to an already tense plot. It may also be born from growing up in the 1980s when horror movies really hit their stride in popularity with the Jason and Freddy franchises.
My cousins and I would wait all day for MTV to show the “Thriller” video, keeping an eye on the countdown, so we’d know when to tune in. This solidified my love for scary movies, in general, and a fascination with werewolf and zombie transitions (so much skin stretching!). The documentary “The Making of ‘Thriller’” featuring a clip of “An American Werewolf in London” kept me up at night. Side note: John Landis is a national treasure.
It’s not to say that I disregard anything produced after 1982. The following list includes a few nods to the 90s and 2000s. The original “Scream” came out while I was in college and I happily rallied behind that fantastic, bloody romp and often include it on my annual October playlist.
The Library can keep you enveloped in horror all month long with a large variety of movies on DVD and via the hoopla app.
Horror Movies to Enjoy Leading Up to Halloween and Beyond