Oh, The Horror!

Posted on October 22, 2018

by Rachel S

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

Personal Favorites on DVD:

The Exorcist - 1973 movie directed by William Friedkin

The Exorcist

Still the scariest movie of all time.

The Shining

Spoiler: Jack is not a dull boy.

The Shining - 1980 movie directed by Stanley Kubrick
Halloween - 1978 movie directed by John Carpenter


Speaking of feathered hair…

The Omen

Worst birthday party ever, tricycle rides will never be the same, baboons!

The Omen - 1976 movie directed by Richard Donner, starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick
The Witch - 2015 movie directed by Robert Eggers

The Witch

Period language, witchcraft, goats.


Peak 90s style, fake Johnny Depp goodness, the costume that won’t die.

Scream - 1996 movie directed by Wes Craven
A Nightmare on Elm Street - 1984 movie directed by Wes Craven

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Viewed at a 6th grade slumber party. What were that girl’s parents thinking? #Idontthinktheywerehome #scarred4life


Westly the Farm Boy in a filthy bathroom

Saw - 2004 movie directed by James Wan

Top Horror Picks from hoopla:

Children of the Corn - 1984 movie directed by Fritz Kiersch, written by Stephen King

Children of the Corn

Avoid eating in diners.


Not the hospital drama with Hugh Laurie.

House - 1986 Movie directed by Steve Miner
Night of the Living Dead - 1968 movie directed by George A. Romero, starring Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner and Duane Jones

Night of the Living Dead

Fighting zombies without Daryl.

Flowers in the Attic

Avoid Thanksgiving with this family.

Flowers in the Attic - 1987 movie directed by Jeffrey Bloom
House on Haunted Hill - 1959 movie directed by William Castle, starring Vincent Price

House on Haunted Hill

Vincent Price isn’t just that guy from “The Brady Bunch” Hawaii episodes.

Prom Night

Scream queen JLC wreaking havoc.

Prom Night - 1980 movie directed by Paul Lynch, starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Chopping Mall - 1986 movie directed by Jim Wynorski, starring Kelli Maroney

Chopping Mall

This one will haunt you in an 80s kind of way.

More from hoopla

The Hills Have Eyes 1977 movie written and directed by Wes Craven
Hellraiser - 1987 movie written and directed by Clive Barker
Piranha - 1978 movie directed by Joe Dante
You're Next - 2011 movie directed by Adam Wingard

The following are authentic Maumee Branch Library staff picks to scare your socks off:

It Follows - 2014 movie written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, starring Maika Monroe
Rosemary's Baby - 1968 movie directed by Roman Polanski, starring Mia Farrow
The Silence of the Lambs - 1991 movie directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
Toy Story of Terror - animated movie from Disney Pixar

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