Horror Films at Ames Public Library
Today is 4/17/2014
Jaws (DVD SCI-FI JAW) 125 min. 1975.
When a great white shark menaces the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist, and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. This ground-breaking film set the standard for scary creature-features to come. The musical theme has become a part of our culture. This is on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best movies.
Jennifer’s Body (DVD SCI-FI JEN) 102 min. 2009.
Needy is a bookworm, but her best friend Jennifer is a conceited cheerleader. They share even less in common when Jennifer gains an appetite for human blood after a fire at a local bar. Soon, Needy's male classmates are killed in gruesome attacks and she must uncover the truth behind her friend's transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend.
King Kong (DVD SCI-FI KIN) 104 min. 1933.
Carl Denham is a filmmaker and entrepreneur leading an expedition to Skull Island, where natives pay homage to "Kong," the king of the island. Denham’s beautiful starlet, Ann Darrow, is captured by the natives to become Kong’s bride. The ship's first mate, Jack Driscoll, who is in love with Ann, rescues her. Denham then captures the creature, which he calls "King Kong," and takes him to New York. Don't miss the scene at the top of the Empire State Building. This is on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best movies. Also available is Peter Jackson’s 2006 version (DVD SCI-FI KIN).
Kongo (DVD DRAMA KON) 86 min. 1932.
This nearly forgotten horror film is a remake of West of Zanzibar (1928). A wheelchair user rules part of Africa as a living god. He rules the local natives through superstition and stage magic, and he rules the few white people through sadism, keeping them virtual prisoners. He lives for the day he can avenge himself on the man who stole his wife and crushed his spine.
The Last Exorcism (DVD SCI-FI LAS) 87 min. 2011.
A reverend travels to a farm to perform and film what he believes to be his last routine exorcism. He is unprepared for the unspeakable horror he finds. Now he must find a way to save the family, film crew, and himself before it's too late.
The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (DVD SCI-FI LAS) 79 min. 2009.
After a man learns that he is the last living relative of H.P. Lovecraft, he discovers that the fictional monsters are actually real and he must protect an alien relic that could be used to unleash an ancient evil on the world.
The Last Winter (DVD SCI-FI LAS) 101 min. 2008.
An unknown evil is stalking a group of oil scouts in northern Alaska, and they soon find that not everything under the ice and snow is buried for good.
Let Me In (DVD SCI-FI LET) 115 min. 2010.
Based on the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Abby, an eerily self-possessed girl, emerges from her curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, immune to the winter elements. Owen, an alienated 12-year-old boy, recognizes a fellow outcast and opens up to her. But after a string of murders, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl might be hiding a secret.
Let the Right One In (DVD FOREIGN LET) 114 min. 2009.
Based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. 12-year-old Oscar is a fragile, bullied boy who forms a bond with Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who moves into his building. Oscar does not know that she and her father are vampires. When disappearances and murders start, suspicions mount. Eli must move on to stay alive or stay to help Oscar the only way she knows how.
The Mist (DVD SCI-FI MIS) 127 min. 2007.
Based on the novella by Stephen King. Dave Drayton notices a strange mist on the lake and, while going to the grocery store, sees the army, the firefighters, and the police heading toward the mist. His neighbor Brent mentions "Project Arrowhead," a secret military plan. When a man runs into the market with a bloody nose, the store is besieged by creatures that they must battle.
The Mothman Prophecies (DVD SCI-FI MOT) 119 min. 2002.
This story is based on events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Distraught by the sudden death of his wife, a journalist is drawn to a West Virginia town, where his car strands him. He learns that many of the town's residents have been beset by bizarre events, including sightings of an eerie "moth-like" entity similar to the one seen by his late wife.
The Mummy (DVD SCI-FI MUM) 74 min. 1932.
In 1921, an Egyptian expedition starring Boris Karloff finds a mummy of Egyptian Prince Im-Ho-Tep, condemned and buried alive. The Scroll of Thoth is also found, which brings the mummy to life. Ten years later, the mummy tries to reunite with his reincarnated lost love. Also availableis the remake (1999) with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz (DVD SCI-FI MUM). The Legacy Collection, a 2-disc set(DVD SCI-FI MUM), includes The Mummy's Hand (1940), The Mummy's Tomb (1942), The Mummy's Ghost (1944) and The Mummy's Curse (1944).
Night of the Living Dead (DVD SCI-FI NIG) 96 min. 1968.
A simple, peaceful countryside is terrorized by killer zombies with only one thing on their minds – destroy all humans. A small stronghold of survivors must hold the zombies at bay outside an old, abandoned house for any future hope of humanity.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (DVD SCI-FI NIG) 95 min. 2010.
Five teens living on one street all dream of a man with a disfigured face, a frightening voice, and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. He terrorizes them within their dreams, where the only way out is to wake up. But when one among them dies, they soon realize that what happens in their dreams happens for real and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake.
The Ninth Gate (DVD SCI-FI NIN) 133 min. 1999.
Johnny Depp stars as a book dealer hired by a book collector of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows to find the remaining copies that can summon the devil.
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (DVD FOREIGN NOS) 81 min. 1922.
This first film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is now a silent classic. Count Orlock leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats to Bremen, where he is destroyed by sunlight.
Orphan (DVD SCI-FI ORP) 123 min. 2009.
After the loss of their unborn baby, Kate and John Coleman adopt a child. They welcome Esther, a 9-year-old orphan, into their home. A series of events leads Kate to believe that there's something wrong – this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be.
The Orphanage (DVD FOREIGN ORP) 105 min. 2007.
Laura purchases her beloved childhood orphanage to restore and reopen the abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. The new environment awakens the imagination of Laura's son. His fantasy games played with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.