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Them (DVD FOREIGN THE)  77 min.  2006. 

Clémentine, a teacher at the French School in Bucharest, lives in a remote estate in Snagow with her husband Lucas, a writer. During the night, they hear weird noises outside and see their car being stolen. Then the house lights go off, the phone dies, their property gate is trespassed, and they are surrounded by weird persons with lights. They hide in the cellar and try to escape a night of pure terror.

Them! (DVD SCI-FI THE)  92 min.  1954. 

Man has split the atom and created the ultimate weapon. But how could he have known he would also create Them!? The terror begins when a hard-nosed patrolman discovers a dazed child wandering in the New Mexico desert near a car and house trailer destroyed by a mysterious force. He next discovers a ransacked general store; its cash drawers are full but the sugar supply is missing. And on the floor lies a battered corpse containing enough formic acid to kill 20 men.

The Thing from Another World (DVD SCI-FI THI)  87 min.  1951. 

A team of scientists, investigating a magnetic disturbance near the North Pole, discovers a disc-shaped object and some sort of man-like creature frozen beneath the ice.

Thir13en Ghosts (DVD SCI-FI THI)  91 min.  2001. 

After a tragedy, a family discovers that the home they've inherited from an eccentric uncle is inhabited by sinister phantoms. Once the 12 ghosts are unlocked from the basement, there is only the need for one more fresh ghost to fulfill an evil prophesy.

3 Vincent Price Greatest Horror Classics of All Time (DVD SCI-FI THR)  241 min. 

House on Haunted Hill, 1958: Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his fourth wife, Annabelle, invite five people to a “haunted house” party. Whoever stays for one night will earn $10,000. All the guests are trapped in the house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors. The Last Man on Earth, 1959: Dr. Robert Morgan is the only survivor of a world-wide plague. He is all alone now...or so it seems. Plague victims leave their graves, a hellish undead army thirsting for blood...his! The Bat, 1964; A killer known as “The Bat” is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

Trigger Man (DVD ACTION TRI)  80 min.  2007. 

In this film inspired by true events, Reggie, Sean, and Ray leave Manhattan to go deer hunting in Delaware and drink a beer in the woods away from city responsibilities that are forcing the friends apart. With one well-aimed shot, a walk in the sun is transformed into a fight for survival.

Underworld (DVD SCI-FI UND) 121 min.  2003. 

The Vampires and the Lycans have been at war for centuries. Selene is a vampire Death Dealer who learns that the Lycans plan to capture Michael. As Selene tracks Michael, she thinks that the Lycans are planning to attack the Death Dealers. The vampire Kraven is certain the Lycans do not have that kind of intelligence. As Selene shadows Michael, she wants to protect him, but when he's attacked by the werewolf leader Lucian, the man she wants to save has become a sworn enemy.

Vacancy (DVD SCI-FI VAC) 85 min.  2007. 

When David and Amy Fox’s car strands them in the middle of nowhere, they find a motel that broadcasts strange Grade-Z slasher movies for its guests. The set is the very room David and Amy are occupying. They are trapped in their room with hidden cameras filming their every move. They search for an escape through locked doors, crawlspaces and underground tunnels, all before they become the newest stars of the mystery filmmaker's next cult classic.

Vanishing on 7th Street (DVD SCI-FI VAN)  90 min.  2011. 

In this apocalyptic thriller, an unexplained blackout leaves Detroit in darkness and causes the population to vanish. As the sun rises, a handful of survivors seeking refuge realize the few light sources are all that protect them from the impending dark terror.

Wake Wood (DVD SCI-FI WAK)  90 min.  2009. 

Still grieving the death of nine-year-old Alice, who was killed by a savage dog, Pat and Louise move to the town of Wake Wood, where they learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with Alice. The couple finds the idea disturbing and exciting, but once they agree to the terms, a far bigger question looms: what will they do when it is time for Alice to go back?

The Watcher in the Woods (DVD FAMILY WAT)  84 min.  1981. 

Paranormal appearances haunt an American family in an old English house in the woods. The two daughters see a teenaged girl who vanished during a solar eclipse decades before. The film stars Bette Davis and Carroll Baker.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (DVD DRAMA WHA)  135 min.  1962. 

In a decaying Hollywood mansion, Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen forced into retirement after a crippling accident, live in virtual isolation.

What Lies Beneath (DVD DRAMA WHA)  130 min.  2000. 

Norman Spencer, a university scientist, is concerned about his wife, Claire, a cellist who had a serious auto accident. Claire hears voices and witnesses eerie occurrences at their lakeside Vermont home. Claire tells her therapist that the house might be haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact.

Wolf Creek (DVD SCI-FI WOL)  104 min.  2005. 

Three pals in their twenties hike through Wolf Creek National Park in the Australian Outback, but they return from their hike to find that their car will not start. A friendly local bushman named Mick Taylor offers them a ride, but their troubles have just begun.

The Wolf Man: the Legacy Collection (DVD SCI-FI WOL)  280 min. 

This set includes The Wolf Man, 1941, when a man attacked by a werewolf finds that he becomes one himself under a full moon; Werewolf of London, 1935, where Dr. Glendon is attacked in the dark by a strange animal while on a botanical expedition in Tibet; Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man, 1943, in which grave robbers open the grave of the Wolf Man and awake him; and She-Wolf of London, 1946, where a young heiress discovers evidence of a nighttime family curse.

The Wolfman (DVD SCI-FI WOL)  119 min.  2010. 

Lawrence Talbot is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There, Talbot must confront his childhood demons, his estranged father, his brother's grieving fiancée, and a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector. When Talbot is bitten by the creature, he becomes eternally cursed and discovers a fate far worse than death.