Explore some of the greatest Halloween horror movies of all time, using a Jefferson Township Library card and Kanopy, a steaming film service. From lost classics of the mid-20th-century to a pair of the most influential horror films.
Kanopy’s curated collection features four horror films that will send shivers down your spine and ghostly apparitions into your dreams. These choices are perfect for a family movie night, a spooky costume party, or a re-introduction to some of film history’s most visceral triumphs.
To view these great movies all you need is the Kanopy app (https://jeffersonlibrary.kanopy.com) and Jefferson Library card. Just set up an account with the Kanopy ap using your library card.
The movies include:
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
The OG. The Granddaddy. Patient Zero. George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, perhaps the most influential horror film of all time, and one of the most poignant and unsettling depictions of social upheaval ever put to screen. Over the course of five decades, NIGHT has gone from a low-budget curio to a critical favorite, but that ascent has shuffled slowly behind the truth: This is the most important film of the 1960s. A bonafide American classic
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
One of the high points of 20th-century social commentary and low-budget noir filmmaking, Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. has lost none of its power 63 years after release. Like a princess-cut episode of “The Twilight Zone,” Invasion delivers a premise and conclusion that has inspired great horror filmmakers from every culture and decade.
CARNIVAL OF SOULS
One of horror’s great “lost” classics—and a clear inspiration for David Lynch and George Romero—Carnival of Souls combines the eerie expressionism of film noir with the disorienting dream logic of a Twin Peaks dance sequence. Simple and haunting even in 2019, this 1962 cult classic was virtually unseen for 30 years before becoming a new Halloween Horror staple.
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill stars Vincent Price as a macabre master of ceremonies to a group of five friends invited to a treacherous “haunted house party.” One of the low-budget inspirations behind Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), Hill remains “campy and creepy in equal measure” and “deserves its status as a horror classic” (AllMovie).
To find out more about the Kanopy visit the Library at http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net. The Jefferson Township Public Library is open from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sundays.