Horror

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour
3
Rated by
Heather B.
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016

This is a very interesting, hard-to-pin-down film. It's a Persian-language, American-produced and filmed, black-and-white vampire flick. The title itself, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, invokes our culturally-ingrained sense of danger at the concept of a woman being alone on the streets after dark. In this instance, since she's a vampire, it's the nameless girl of the title who is the danger lurking in the shadows.

a young man standing with his back to us holding a lantern and facing Dracula with the face of Wolfman on Dracula's left and a face of Frankenstein on Dracula's right.

The Monster Squad (DVD)

Shane Black and Fred Dekker
4
Rated by
Melody M.K.
Friday, Aug 19, 2016

For those of us ready for autumn, cool weather and Halloween, The Monster Squad, released by Tri Star Pictures in August of 1987, is for you.

It's less a Stephen King horror story, and more like Scooby Doo. With a splash of cult classic, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Black and white cover. Title in red on right. Main character on left, shown from shoulders up, see horn growing out of to of head.

Horns

Joe Hill
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Friday, Dec 4, 2015

Don’t watch Horns if you can’t, or don’t want to, imagine Daniel Radcliffe as anyone but Harry Potter. Admittedly Horns has supernatural elements. And it does deal with moral issues – doing what’s right even if it means a personal sacrifice. But there the similarities end. Horns is a murder-mystery/dark fantasy/horror/revenge/love story.

The Returned (DVD)

Fabrice Gobert
4
Rated by
Heather B.
Monday, Jul 13, 2015

One day, fifteen year old teenager Camille walks back up the winding mountain road and into her house, shocking her family. What seems like it should be a completely mundane act most patently is not; Camille died in a bus accident four years earlier. Camille has no memory of that event and no apparent understanding that she has died. As far as she knows, it's the day of the bus accident. But her family, while still grieving, has moved on. Her parents have split up, and most strikingly, her twin sister Léna is now several years older than Camille.

cover of The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco. teal cover with silhouettes of crows on tree branches

The Girl From the Well

Rin Chupeco
4
Monday, Apr 27, 2015

Okiku is a vengeance spirit. Her story is the one that inspired countless Japanese films and horror stories, and now it's her turn to tell it. Okiku spends her days traveling the world seeking out child-murders and giving them her form of justice (often involving drowning and/or the ripping off of heads). She's content with this existence until she meets Tark. The boy with the strange tattoos and the demon on his back. Tark ignites feelings that Okiku hasn't experienced in over 300 years, and she's not about to let some demon take them away so easily.

silhouette of Great Dane

Jezebel

Gordon Kessler
4
Rated by
Helen H.
Monday, Apr 6, 2015

Don’t let the 2001 publication date of Jezebel scare you (it was written even earlier in 1992.) Because however alarming you may find life with no cell phone, it’s not the really scary thing here. Animal Control Officer Tony Parker has serious trouble. Beloved family pets are unpredictably, and without provocation, turning on their owners. Most alarming, Jezebel, the first dog to “turn” is on the loose. It’s up to Parker to find her, stop the emerging trend, protect his family . . . and keep his job.

The Ruins

Scott Smith
3
Rated by
Catherine G.
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

Scott Smith’s The Ruins is a calm and harmless enough story at the beginning. Four kids, just out of college, take a trip to Mexico to do nothing more than lounge on the beach and drink tequila. Shortly after arriving they make some new friends and decide to tag along with them on a day trip to the Mayan ruins. Their new friends are searching for a guy who went to the ruins the previous day, but never returned.

The Last of Us

Naughty Dog Inc.
5
Rated by
Rachel C.
Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015

The Last of Us won well over 200 awards for very good reasons. Both the original, and the PS4 remake, are stunning examples of the power of immersive storytelling. The game is visually breathtaking, the atmospheric sound effects are perfectly suited, the acting is top-notch, the gameplay is reasonably responsive, and the world-building is fantastic.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

Emily Carroll
4
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

A strikingly illustrated graphic novel featuring short horror stories told in bold blacks, reds, blues and whites. The stories are ones that will stay with you. Each story felt familiar to me, probably inspired by classic fairy tales but each has its own horrific twist. One of my favorites has tones of Little Red Riding Hood, about a girl traveling through the woods to her mother’s house. Her father warns her to travel fast to avoid the wolves in the forest. She travels over hills, between the trees and safely reaches her mother’s home.

The cover in silver with a spooky tree and large text of the tile and author

The Daylight Gate

Jeanette Winterson
4
Rated by
Julie T.
Monday, Oct 20, 2014

The Daylight Gate was a whim I picked up that fit neatly into my October/Halloween/Witch reading theme, and that delighted me more than I expected. I read Winterson years ago for a post-structuralist college class and only remembered her fondly to feel smarter about myself. This time, I picked her up for the shiny cover and, yes, the promise of witches.

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