The MLRC Recommends: October Horror

With Halloween just around the corner, here are some timely recommendations from our MLRC staff…


Deformed and Destructive Beings: The Purpose of Horror Films
By George Ochoa
PN1995.9.H6 O25 2011

This critical text is a close analysis of the monsters of horror films. Ochoa contends that we have a natural attraction to these deformed and destructive beings.  This is not to be read in the dark!

Sixties Shockers: A Critical Filmography of Horror Cinema, 1960-1969
By Mark Clark and Bryan Senn
PN1995.9.H6 C513 2011

This filmography provides critical analyses of horror films from the 1960s—the decade that brought us Manos the Hands of Fate (frequently cited as the worst movie Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever lampooned). However, many notable films and directors emerged in the 60’s, including the titles Night of the Living Dead and The Haunting, and directors Polanski, Romero, and Coppola.

Horror at the Drive-In: Essays in Popular Americana
Edited by Gary D. Rhodes
PN1995.9.H6 H66 2003

It isn’t October until I’ve visited Cascade Drive-In to watch a horror movie! This collection of essays is, in part, a nostalgic look at the role of drive-ins in American history.  The essays also take a critical look at gender, counterculture, and the role of the auteur in drive-in horror.

–Recommended by Kimberly Shotick, Communication, Media, and Theatre Librarian


Pan’s Labyrinth
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
DVD PN 1997 .2 .p36 2007


In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
DVD PN 1997 .U373 2005


A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Directed by F.W. Murnau
DVD PN 1995 .75 N674 2002


Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story Dracula.


Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
DVD PN 1997 .V267 2008


A traveler obsessed with the supernatural visits an old inn and finds evidence of vampires.

The Blob
DVD PN 1997 .B6718 2000
Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr


An alien life form consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

DVD PS 3503 .L718 P89 2000
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

— Recommended by Doug Winkler, IT Support


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