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Horror Films at Ames Public Library

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This cinematic genre incorporates unsettling movies that elicit the emotions of fear, disgust and horror from viewers. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer with the macabre and the supernatural, thus frequently overlapping with the fantasy and science fiction genres. Horrors can also overlap with thrillers.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (DVD SCI-FI ABR)  105 min.  2012. 

Abraham Lincoln, history's greatest hunter of the undead, must risk the presidency, his family, and his life to protect America from the bloodthirsty vampires.

The Abyss (DVD SCI-FI ABY)  171 min.  1989. 

When a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks, the Navy commandeers the crew of a civilian deep sea oil rig to help in the rescue. This perilous mission becomes an odyssey into the unknown as forces from the ocean's deepest region begin to make contact with the divers.

Alien (DVD SCI-FI ABY)  116 min.  1979. 

A mindless, savage, and merciless alien is attacking the crew of an intergalactic freighter, and it must be stopped before they are all killed.

Altered States (DVD SCI-FI ALT)  102 min.  1980. 

A research scientist experiments with altered states of consciousness and discovers incredible horrors in secret landscapes of the mind.

American Psycho (DVD ACTION AME)  102 min.  2000. 

A handsome young man with a Harvard education and success on Wall Street has terrible urges that take him in pursuit of women, greed, and murder.

An American Werewolf in London (DVD SCI-FI AME)  98 min.  1981. 

A werewolf attacks two American students on a walking tour of England, and one is killed. The survivor has nightmares in which his dead friend and other victims ask that he release them from their curse. Laced with dry humor and a great soundtrack, this is a modern horror classic.

The Amityville Horror (DVD SCI-FI AMI)  119 min.  1979. 

Based on a true story claimed by writer Jay Anson, this film is about a large house on the coast of Long Island. George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into what they hope will be their dream house. Instead, they are subjected to the horrors of a murderous presence. Re-made in 2005 (89 min.).

Army of Darkness (DVD SCI-FI ARM)  81 min.  1992. 

Forced to lead a makeshift Dark Ages army against the demonic Deadites, who posses all the deadly magic of Hell, the shot-gun toting, chainsaw-armed, reluctant 20th century time traveler Ash must save the living from the dead, rescue his medieval girlfriend, and get back to his own time.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (DVD SCI-FI ATT)  90 min.  1978. 

A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated tomatoes that kill!

The Birds (DVD SCI-FI BIR)  120 min.  1963. 

In this Alfred Hitchcock classic, a wealthy San Francisco playgirl (Tippi Hedren) pursues a potential boyfriend (Rod Taylor) to a small California town, where birds of all kinds begin to attack the town’s people with increasing numbers and viciousness.

The Blair Witch Project (DVD SCI-FI BLA)  87 min.  1999. 

Three film students go to Maryland to make a film about a local urban legend, the Blair Witch. They go into the woods to find the witch and never return. A year later, their film is found in the woods. Supposedly, the footage was compiled and made into this movie.

Brotherhood of the Wolf (DVD FOREIGN BRO)  151 min.  2002. 

When a mysterious beast ravages the countryside, two unlikely heroes are called in to fight the evil. The only way they can save the land from this unspeakable terror is to face their greatest fears, unearth a dark power, and reveal a deadly secret.

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (DVD COMEDY BUF)  86 min.  1992. 

A popular California high school girl is selected by a mysterious old man to kill the vampires that are terrorizing Los Angeles. Although it could put a serious crimp in her shopping, Buffy takes on the ghouls with the help of a handsome drifter and incurs the wrath of the chief vampire!

The Burrowers (DVD SCI-FI BUR)  124 min.  2008. 

In the 1879 Dakota Territories, a brave rescue party sets out to find a family of settlers who, they believe, were abducted by Indians. However, the group finds out that their prey is far more terrifying that anything human, and their prospects are far more terrible than death.



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