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Fido (DVD COMEDY FID)  92 min.  2007. 

Timmy's best friend is a rotting zombie named Fido. Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the Earth to keep him.

Final Destination (DVD SCI-FI FIN)  128 min.  2009. 

While at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a premonition in which multiple race cars crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare, Nick panics and persuades his girlfriend and their friends to leave. They escape seconds before his vision becomes a reality. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die, Nick must figure out how to cheat death. Also available are sequels 2, 4, and 5.

Firestarter and Firestarter 2: Rekindled (DVD SCI-FI FIR)  284 min.  2004. 

These films chronicle the extraordinary life of Charlene "Charlie" McGee, whose paranormal ability to start fires with her mind has her on the run from the clandestine government agency known as "The shop."

The Fly and Return of the Fly (DVD SCI-FI FLY) 

The Fly (94 min., 1958) is the story of a scientist experimenting with the transmission of matter from one place to another. When a housefly accidentally enters the machinery with him, the scientist and housefly are combined into two hybrid creatures. Return of the Fly (78 min., 1959) takes up the story of the scientist's son, who continues his father's experiments 15 years later.

1408 (DVD SCI-FI FOU)  104 min.  2007. 

Based on the short story by Stephen King, this film features renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin, who writes bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in infamous sites around the world. Enslin's view is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel. Defying the warnings of the hotel manager, the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Now Enslin must go from skeptic to true believer, all while trying to survive the night.

The Fourth Kind (DVD SCI-FI FOU)  98 min.  2009. 

Since the 1960s, Nome, Alaska, has seen a disproportionate number of its population reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler begins videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovers disturbing evidence of alien abduction.

Frankenstein: The Man Who Made a Monster (DVD SCI-FI FRA)  71 min.  1931. 

Scientist Dr. Viktor Frankenstein makes a creature from parts of corpses and then abandons his creation, with tragic consequences. This is on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best movies. Also available is

Frankenstein: the Legacy Collection (DVD SCI-FI FRA) 1931, 1935, 1939, 1942, and 1944.

Friday the 13th (DVD SCI-FI FRI)  106 min.  2009. 

College kids seeking a weekend of kicks make a horrible mistake. They've come to party at eerie Crystal Lake, the deadly domain of killer Jason Voorhees. This is a remake of the Jason legend for today's horror fan, including the subterranean lair that is Jason's den of torture and fear. He discovers the mask that hides his deformed face. This version contains intense violence.

Fright Night (DVD SCI-FI FRI)  106 min.  2011. 

Senior Charley Brewster finally has it all: he's running with the cool kids and dating the hottest girl in high school. Then charming Jerry Dandrige moves in next door. Charlie thinks there's something odd about him, although no one, including his mom, notices. After his classmates start to vanish, Charley believes that Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood!

The Fury (DVD SCI-FI FUR)  118 min.  1978. 

A father tries to rescue his son from the government agency that is using him in their secret mind-control experiments. During his search, he encounters a young girl whose frightening psychic powers help precipitate the final confrontation between pursued and pursuers.

Godzilla (DVD SCI-FI GOD)  139 min.  1998. 

Nuclear testing resurrects Godzilla, and it's up to a select group of people to stop him before he completely destroys New York City and perhaps the world.  Also available is Godzilla (DVD SCI-FI GOD), which presents the 1954 Japanese version and the 1956 American reworking.  It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels and spinoffs. 

The Grudge (DVD SCI-FI GRU)  91 min.  2004. 

Karen, an American nurse in Tokyo, agrees to cover the shift of another nurse. When she enters the assigned home, the patient is in a catatonic state. Karen hears sounds and investigates. She is terrorized by an evil that was born years before. Now she must stop it. Based on the Japanese thriller, Ju-On (DVD FOREIGN JUO). Also available is the 2007 Grudge 2 (DVD SCI-FI GRU).

Halloween (DVD SCI-FI HAL)  92 min.  1978. 

In 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally killed his older sister. The silent child was incarcerated in the Smith's Grove Sanitarium under the care of psychiatrist Sam Loomis. Michael's hometown of Haddonfield was slowly beginning to forget the tragic crime. That is until Loomis returns to the town to warn them of Myers' escape from Smith's Grove. With Michael set on killing a group of high school students, Loomis gets the hesitant town sheriff to help him stop Michael.

Hellraiser III, Hell on Earth (DVD SCI-FI HEL)  93 min.  1992. 

TV reporter Joey Summerskill is on assignment at a hospital when a bloody teenaged boy is rushed into the emergency room. As Joey watches, the writhing boy is literally torn apart by chains impaling his body. Fleeing, Joey follows the victim's girlfriend to a downtown nightclub, the Boiler Room. In the apartment above the Boiler Room rests the owner's newly purchased sculpture: a pillar etched with distorted figures and faces. Among the frozen images is Pinhead!

House of Wax (DVD SCI-FI HOU)  165 min.  1953. 

A sculptor of wax figures is horrified when his partner sets fire to their unpopular museum to collect the insurance money. As the wax figures melt amid the blaze, the two men fight. The sculptor is left to perish. He resurfaces years later to launch his own wax museum, but the opening coincides with the disappearance of dead bodies from the morgue. His assistant suspects foul play when the sculptor begins eyeing his assistant's friend as a model for a waxed figure of Marie Antoinette.

The Incredible Shrinking Man (DVD SCI-FI INC)  81 min.  1957. 

When Scott Carey encounters a mysterious radioactive mist on a boating trip, his life takes on a bizarre and frightening twist as he shrinks to a mere two inches. Ordinary household situations loom over him with lethal intensity as a playful cat becomes a demon and a spider is a gargantuan monster.

The Innkeepers (DVD SCI-FI INN)  101 min.  2011. 

After over one hundred years of service, the Yankee Pedlar Inn is closing. The remaining employees, Claire and Luke, are determined to uncover proof that it is one of New England's haunted hotels. As the Inn's final days draw near, the pair of minimum wage "ghost hunters" experiences alarming events that may cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel's long unexplained history.

Insidious (DVD SCI-FI INS)  102 min.  2011. 

Josh and Renai have a happy family until tragedy strikes their young son, and he begins to experience things that science cannot explain. Now they must try to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

The Invasion (DVD SCI-FI INV)  99 min.  2008. 

A space shuttle burns up on reentry, spreading debris across the United States. Tucker Kaufman, a member of the CDC, visits a crash site and cuts his hand. Dr. Carol Bennell notices people acting strangely. She turns to Dr. Ben Driscoll, who takes a sample of the material, which is not from Earth. Carol's son, Oliver, has nightmares, but Carol thinks it is because he is about to see Tucker, his father. Tucker has been infected and shows little emotion. One of Carol's patients complains that her husband is acting differently. People are staring at Carol as she walks by, and no one shows emotion when a woman is hit by a car. Carol must stay awake, find her son, and try to get to Fort Dix to make an antidote.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (DVD SCI-FI INV)  80 min.  1956. 

Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Santa Mira, a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. In a race for his life, Dr. Bennell escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion.

The Invisible Man: Legacy Collection (DVD SCI-FI INV)  386 min. 

Includes The Invisible Man, 1933; The Invisible Man Returns, 1940; The Invisible Woman, 1940; Invisible Agent, 1942; and The Invisible Man’s Revenge, 1944.  All are filmed in black and white, based on the classic novel by H. G. Wells. A scientist discovers a way of becoming invisible, but can’t reverse the process and is driven to madness and murder.

 

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