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The Cabin in the Woods (DVD SCI-FI CAB)  95 min.  2012. 

A rambunctious group of college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in a country cabin, only to be attacked by supernatural creatures in a night of terror and bloodshed. As the teens exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room scrutinize and sometimes control every move the terrified kids make. Do they have any chance of escape?

Carnival of Souls (DVD DRAMA CAR)  82 min.  1962. 

A church organist inexplicably survives a car wreck and is haunted by visions of ghouls who seem to be following her.

The Cat People, Curse of the Cat People (DVD SCI-FI CAT) 

Cat People: 73 min.  1942.  A woman fears that an ancient curse will be transform her into a panther if aroused to passion, anger, or jealousy. The

Curse of the Cat People: 70 min.  1944.  A young girl creates an imaginary friend, based on a picture of her father's long-dead first wife.

The Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection (DVD SCI-FI CLA) 

The six DVDs in this set contain 10 films:  Tarantula (81 min., 1955); The Mole People (78 min., 1956); The Incredible Shrinking Man (81 min., 1957); The Monolith Monsters (78 min., 1957); Monster on the Campus (77 min., 1958); Dr. Cyclops (78 min., 1940); Cult of the Cobra (80 min., 1955); The Land Unknown (79 min., 1957); The Deadly Mantis (79 min., 1957); The Leech Woman (78 min., 1959).

Cloverfield (DVD SCI-FI CLO)  84 min.  2008. 

Rob is preparing to leave New York to take a job in Japan. At his goodbye party, a guest tapes the party over old footage of Rob's ex-girlfriend, Beth. Beth shows up at the party with a new beau. Then the unexpected happens: New York is suddenly under attack from a monster who stomps through midtown, bent on destruction. Rob and his friends take to the streets to rescue an injured Beth.

The Crazies (DVD SCI-FI CRA)  101 min.  2010. 

After a strange toxin contaminates the water supply in a small town in Iowa, the residents are suddenly turned into bloodthirsty psychopaths. The town sheriff does all he can to make sense of the outbreak, as his wife and two other unaffected people fight for their survival.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon: the Legacy Collection (DVD SCI-FI CRE)  241 min. 

These black and while films include Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Revenge of the Creature (1955), and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).  A scientific expedition discovers a prehistoric gilled man in the Black Lagoon.

Creepshow (DVD SCI-FI CRE)  120 min.  1982. 

This is a film of five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic '50s horror comics.

Dark Shadows (DVD SCI-FI DAR)  113 min.  2012. 

Imprisoned vampire Barnabas Collins is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better and are in need of his protection.

Dark Water (DVD SCI-FI DAR)  105 min.  2005. 

Dahlia, recently separated from her husband, has started a new life.  With a new job and a new apartment, she is determined to raise her daughter, Ceci. In the midst of a custody battle, mysterious noises and leaks of dark water cause her frantic search for the cause.

Darkest Hour (DVD SCI-FI DAR)  89 min.  2011. 

Five young people are stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.

Daybreakers (DVD SCI-FI DAY)  98 min.  2010. 

In the year 2019, an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, so does the blood supply. Now the vampires must find a blood substitute before time runs out. Researcher Edward Dalton and a clandestine group of vampires have made a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

Devil Inside (DVD DRAMA DEV)  83 min.  2012. 

In 1989, Maria Rossi placed a 911 call, confessing that she had brutally killed three people. Twenty years later, her daughter Isabella seeks to understand the truth. She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. She recruits two exorcists to cure her mom using unconventional methods.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (DVD SCI-FI DR) 

Contains both the original 1931 uncut version (96 min.) starring Frederic March, for which he won an Oscar and the 1941 remake (113 min.) with Spencer Tracy in the title role.  A doctor’s experiments turn him into a fiend.

Dracula (DVD SCI-FI DRA)  1)75 min.  1931. 

A Carpathian count leaves terror in his wake as he travels from his home in eastern Europe to lease Carfax Abbey in London. This version is based on the hit Broadway stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston.  2)130 min.  1992.  Francis Ford Coppola creates a modern masterpiece. Gary Oldman's metamorphosis as Dracula who grows from old to young, from man to beast is nothing short of amazing. Winona Ryder brings equal intensity to the role of a young beauty who becomes the object of Dracula's desire. Anthony Hopkins co-stars as the doctor who believes in Dracula and dares to confront him.

Drag Me to Hell (DVD SCI-FI DRA)  99 min.  2009. 

Christine Brown is an ambitious L.A. loan officer. When Mrs. Ganush goes to the bank for an extension on her home loan, Christine denies the extension, dispossessing her of her home. A supernatural curse besets the Christine, and her life becomes a living hell.

Dreamcatcher: Evil Slips Through (DVD SCI-FI DRE)  136 min.  2003. 

Four friends with an unusual power become stranded in a blizzard and are confronted by a deadly alien force. The fate of the world is in their hands.

The Evil Dead (DVD SCI-FI EVI)  85 min.  2002. 

The evil dead lie in wait for the one ancient incantation that will give them license to attack the living. Five vacationing college students unwittingly resurrect these demons. One by one, the students are transformed into monsters whose own thirst for revenge becomes insatiable.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (DVD DRAMA EXO)  119 min.  2005.  

College student Emily (Jennifer Carpenter) believes she is possessed. When medical care doesn’t seem to work, she turns to her church. While under the care of her priest (Tom Wilkinson), she dies. The priest is arrested and tried for her death.

The Exorcist (DVD SCI-FI EXO)  132 min.  1973. 

In this frightening and realistic tale, an innocent girl is inhabited by a terrifying entity and her mother frantically resolves to save her. Two priests, one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith, join in battling ultimate evil, leaving viewers breathless.


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