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Paranormal Activity (DVD SCI-FI PAR)  99 min.  2007. 

Katie and Micah are a young middle class couple who are engaged to be married. After moving into a suburban 'starter' house in San Diego, California, they hear noises while trying to sleep. They try communicating through an Ouija board, angering the spirit. Now they may never sleep again, or they may never wake up!  Paranormal Activity 2 (DVD SCI-FI PAR)  91 min. 2010. 

Just as Dan and Kristi welcome a baby into their home, a demonic presence terrorizes them, turning their world into an inescapable nightmare. Security cameras capture the torment, making every minute horrifyingly real.  Also available is Paranormal Activity 3 (DVD SCI-FI PAR) 83 min. 2011.

A Perfect Getaway (DVD SCI-FI PER)  108 min.  2009. 

Cliff and Cydney are celebrating their honeymoon by backpacking to a beautiful and remote beach in Hawaii. Hiking the wild, secluded trails, they believe they have found paradise. When they encounter frightened hikers discussing the murder of another newlywed couple on the islands, they consider turning back, but decide to join two other couples. Far from civilization or rescue, everyone begins to look like a threat and nobody knows whom to trust as a battle for survival begins.

Phantom of the Opera (DVD SCI-FI PHA)  92 min.  1925. 

An understudy at the Paris Opéra is guided to stardom by a mysterious and compelling voice that emanates from behind the walls of her dressing room. The voice eventually summons her to a meeting with a sinister man whose face is covered by a mask. This original stars Lon Chaney.

Pitch Black (DVD SCI-FI PIT)  112 min.  1999. 

When a group of marooned passengers face terrifying creatures whose only weakness is the light, they turn to a vicious convict who has an appetite for destruction and eerie eyes that can guide them through the darkness.

Poltergeist (DVD SCI-FI POL)  114 min.  1982. 

Supernatural forces invade a peaceful California home and a family’s life is turned a supernatural sideshow. The youngest daughter, in the famous scene before the family’s television set, tells her mother, “They’re here.”

Pontypool (DVD SCI-FI PON)  96 min.  2008. 

Shock jock Grant Mazzy has been kicked off the airwaves and now works at a small-town morning show. Another day on the job turns deadly when reports pile in of people developing strange speech patterns and becoming violent. Before long, Mazzy discovers that the behavior is caused by a deadly virus being spread through language. He has to decide whether to stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued, or deny the virus the opportunity to leap over the airwaves and into the world.

Psycho (DVD SCI-FI PSY)  109 min.  1960. 

This Hitchcock thriller starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh revolves around a mother and son and an unforgettable shower scene at the now-infamous Bates Motel. It is on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best movies.

Re-Cycle (DVD FOREIGN REC)  109 min.  2008. 

When a bestselling novelist decides to write a horror novel, she opens up the door to a terrifying realm of the supernatural, guided by one of her book's phantasmagorical creations now come to life. To return, she now must confront a secret from her past.

Red Riding Hood (DVD SCI-FI RED)  100 min.  2011. 

Valerie is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.

The Relic (DVD SCI-FI REL)  110 min.  1997. 

An evolutionary biologist joins forces with a Chicago cop to unravel the mystery behind the mangled corpses that keep popping up around her museum during an opening night gala. Sure enough, there's a monster to blame, sprung from a strange artifact of South American origin.

Repulsion (DVD DRAMA REP)   105 min.  1965. 

Carol is a fragile, frigid young Belgian beauty cracking up over the course of a terrifying weekend. Left alone by her vacationing sister in their London flat, she finds herself haunted by specters, real and imagined, as her insanity grows to a violent pitch.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (DVD SCI-FI RES)  94 min.  2004. 

After the re-opening of the Hive and the T-Virus, the Umbrella Corporation quarantines the whole city, disabling anyone from leaving. Among those trapped within are members of the suspended STARS group. Alice, now a genetically modified project, has to accept a deal with Dr. Ashford, a scientist whose daughter has gone missing, and escort her out of the city. If Alice accepts, he'll ensure that the group is safely flown out of the quarantined city before the deadly Nemesis eliminates them all.  Follow-ups include Resident Evil: Extinction (DVD SCI-FI RES) 94 min., 2008, and Resident Evil: Afterlife (DVD SCI-FI RES) 96 min.  2010.

Rosemary’s Baby (DVD SCI-FI ROS)  136 min.  1968. 

After unwittingly becoming friendly with a coven of witches and warlocks, a young wife is impregnated by the Devil.

Scanners (DVD SCI-FI SCA)  103 min.  1980. 

Supernaturals with the power to destroy human beings through telepathy are bent on taking over the world while a young artist races against time to stop them.

Scream 4 (DVD SCI-FI SCR)  111 min.  2011. 

In this newest installment of the film that ushered in a new wave of horror in the 1990s, Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghost Face, putting her friends and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

Secret Window (DVD DRAMA SEC)  96 min.  2004. 

Famed mystery writer Mort Rainey is unexpectedly confronted at his lake house by a stranger named John Shooter. Claiming Mort has plagiarized his short story, the psychotic Shooter demands justice. When Shooter's demands turn to threats and then to murder, Mort turns to a private detective. When nothing stops the horror, Mort discovers he can't trust anyone or anything.

Shades of Darkness (DVD DRAMA SHA)  318 min.  1983. 

Six bizarre, inexplicable, and frightening ghost stories delve into the world of the supernatural, as told by some of the greatest mystery authors of all time: The Lady's Maid's Bell, Afterward, The Maze, Bewitched, The Intercessor, and The Demon Lover.

Shaun of the Dead (DVD COMEDY SHA)  99 min.  2004. 

When flesh eating zombies go on the hunt for a bite to eat, it is up to Shaun and his best pal to save their friends and family from becoming the next entree.

The Shining (DVD SCI-FI SHI)  142 min.  1980. 

Using a telepathic gift, the son of the winter caretakers for an isolated hotel sees visions of the hotel's past. As the father slips into insanity, convinced by a waiter's ghost to "correct" the family, the only hope may be his son. This film is based on a novel by Stephen King.

Sixth Sense (DVD SCI-FI SIX)  107 min.  1999. 

Malcolm Crowe is a psychologist who takes on the case of a young boy who "sees dead people." This story with a twist was produced, written, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and is on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best movies.

The Snowtown Murders (DVD DRAMA SNO)  120 min.  2012. 

Based on horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, this film follows a mother raising her three boys in a poor suburb. She takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead welcoming a vicious predator into her home. It was a 2011 Cannes Film Festival Award Winner.

Something Wicked This Way Comes ((DVD FAMILY SOM)  96 min.  1983. 

Terrible things happen when Mr. Dark and his Pandemonium Carnival come to town. Can two young boys overcome the worst the devil himself can deal out? Wishes are granted, but twisted as only Mr. Dark can make them. This movie is based on the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name.

Soylent Green (DVD SCI-FI SOY)  97 min.  1973. 

The setting is 21st century New York, with 40 million citizens, mostly unemployed. Environmental erosion is almost complete and voluntary death is encouraged by the government. For their food, the people have grown to rely almost totally on a greenish, wafer-like substance called soylent. As a cop investigates the murder of a magnate in the dictatorial Soylent Company, he comes face to face with the hideous truth about the secret ingredient of "Soylent Green."

Stake Land (DVD SCI-FI STA)  98 min.  2011. 

America has fallen. A vampiric scourge sweeps the nation, turning brother on brother and parent on child as the blood-hungry beasts take a deeper hold upon the land. The survivors struggle to know whether to be more afraid of the creatures or the violent religious groups that have sprung up in response, but there is clearly only one choice: fight or die.

Stir of Echoes (DVD DRAMA STI)  94 min.  1999. 

After Tom is hypnotized at a neighborhood party, he sees things he can't explain and hears voices he can't ignore. As the visions intensify, he realizes they are echoes of a crime calling out to be solved.

Sweeney Todd (DVD MUSICAL SWE)  117 min.  2007. 

Reinventing himself as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison returns to exact revenge on those who ruined his life, especially the evil Judge Turpin. He also seeks retribution for what happened to his wife and daughter. He returns to his home town, reopens his barber shop, and becomes the Demon of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett is Sweeney's amorous accomplice who creates diabolical meat pies out of the remains of Mr. Todd's victims.

 

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