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Halloween Horrors: 8 of our Favorite Scary Movies from the Douglass Library Media Center Collection

October 26, 2016
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Nothing sets the mood for Halloweekend like a good horror movie marathon. Luckily for us here at Rutgers, there are plenty of DVDs available to borrow from the Media Center at Douglass Library.

We asked student workers Kaila, Marina, and Patricia to pick some of their favorites from the collection and below are their choices. Are you brave enough to watch them all?

  1. Scream: After a series of mysterious deaths, a seemingly peaceful community becomes a place where no one is safe, and everyone is a suspect. That is when an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott rallies to unlock the town's deadly secrets and gets caught up in a lively mix of thrills, chills, and surprises. Packaged as a triple feature with Scream 2 and Scream 3.
  2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: In the summer of 1973, four teenagers—Erin, Morgan, Kemper, and Andy—are driving through Texas on a road trip when they pick up a hitchhiker who is on her way to Mexico. But when they pass through a small town, they see a bloody and distraught girl wandering by the roadside. After stopping to help her, they realize she's been involved in something horribly traumatic. As they piece together the story, the five teens are drawn into the web of a murderous family of subnormal cannibals.
  3. The Mummy: For the first time ever, the original The Mummy film comes to DVD in the extraordinary Legacy Collection. Included in the collection is the original classic starring Boris Karloff and four sequels featuring Lon Chaney, Jr. and others.
  4. Saw: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his or her life, or else die trying.
  5. Hostel: Three post-college backpackers are in Amsterdam where they get locked out of their youth hostel. They are invited to stay at a guy’s house and he tells them of a hostel in eastern Europe. When they get there everything is too good to be true, making this hostel a place "to die for."
  6. Night of the Living Dead: Perhaps the last hope for humanity hides in an abandoned house from carnivorous walking corpses revived by radiation fallout. This Millennium Edition of George Romero's horror classic has been restored and includes many extras exclusive to this collector's release.
  7. Elvira’s Movie Macabre Double Feature: Count Dracula’s Great Love and Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks: In Count Dracula’s Great Love, five stranded travelers are forced to take refuge in the legendary Castle Dracula. Unfortunately, the infamous Count Dracula is alive and well, and more than eager to take in his new guests. But when one of the travelers falls in love with Dracula, she must choose between her mortal soul and an eternity as Count Dracula's great love.

    Then, in Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks, when a Neanderthal man is lynched by villagers, Count Frankenstein uses his years of research to bring the monster back to life. The process is a tricky one, however, as the Count must avoid detection by the authorities, the furious locals, and his own daughter who's preparing for her wedding. Throw in a vengeful assistant and you've got the perfect formula for thrills!
  8. The Satanic Rites of Dracula: In London in the 1970s, Scotland Yard investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism. They call in an expert vampire researcher named Van Helsing (a descendant of the great vampire hunter himself) to help them stop these hideous crimes. It becomes apparent that the culprit is Count Dracula himself, disguised as a reclusive property developer but secretly plotting to unleash a fatal virus upon the world.

If you still can’t get enough, check out our horror films research guide for a list of even more frightening features. Happy haunting!