Things that go bump in the night

Still looking for something scary for Halloween?  Try one of these books or movies.

  FAMILY FRIENDLY FILMS
Monster House

Monster house [DVD-videorecording]

PG; for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language

A twelve year-old boy and his friends discover that a house in the neighborhood is really a living, breathing monster.

 

ParaNorman [DVD-videorecording]

ParaNorman [DVD-videorecording]

PG; for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language.   

Norman is a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Beetlejuice [DVD-videorecording]

Beetlejuice [DVD-videorecording]

PG

Beetlejuice, a people-exorcizing ghost, is hired to scare away the family who moved into the Maitland's house after they were killed in a car crash.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [DVD-videorecording]

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [DVD-videorecording]

Nlot Rated

On Halloween Snoopy becomes a World War I flying ace, while Charlie Brown and Linus await the Great Pumpkin.

  HORROR BOOKS FOR ADULTS
The shining / Stephen King

The shining / Stephen King

Jack Torrance sees his stint as winter caretaker of a Colorado hotel as a way back from failure, his wife sees it as a chance to preserve their family, and their five-year-old son sees the evil waiting just for them.

Don't forget the sequel, Doctor Sleep.

A dark matter : a novel / Peter Straub

A dark matter / Peter Straub

Old friends try to come to grips with the darkness of the past--a secret ritual that left behind a gruesomely dismembered body--and find themselves face-to-face with the evil they helped create.

The ridge / Michael Koryta

The ridge / Michael Koryta

A local Kentucky reporter must convince people that an age-old local legend has come to life after he receives a suicide note from the builder of a homemade lighthouse in the middle of the woods.

 

  HORROR FILMS FOR ADULTS
Psycho [DVD-videorecording]

Psycho [DVD-videorecording]

Hitchcock's classic film about the troubled Norman Bates whose old dark house and adjoining motel offer a supposed refuge for Marion Crane, the ill-fated traveler.

 

The cabin in the woods [DVD-videorecording]

The cabin in the woods [DVD-videorecording]

Five college friends head for cabin in a remote forest and through a tattered diary left behind by a former inhabitant, begin to discover the deadly truth behind their lodging.

Young Frankenstein [DVD-videorecording]

Young Frankenstein [DVD-videorecording]

A finely tuned parody of the old Frankenstein movies, in which Wilder returns to the old country to clear his family name.

Dracula [DVD-videorecording]

Dracula [DVD-videorecording]

A vampire terrorizes the countryside in his search for human blood.  This one is a real classic.

nbm; summaries from publisher materials

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