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A History of Horror: my to-watch list just got a whole lot longer

If you’re looking for your next horror movie fix, this fabulously well-edited video is a great way to start. Diego Carrera took short, recognizable clips from one horror movie for each from 1895 to 2016, demonstrating the evolution of the genre throughout the history of film. It is well worth the roughly 10-minute watch (click the image to go to Vimeo).

Untitled A History of Horror from Diego Carrera.

Although Carrera’s editing ad soundtrack has definitely contributed the overall creep factor of these clips, I was genuinely surprised at how intriguingly terrifying some of the earlier clips were – and I came away from the video with a bunch of new titles for my “to-watch” list. Lucky for me, some of them are even available at VPL! Here’s a few of the ones at the top of my list:

caligariThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

A classic of the genre, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari includes well-trod themes oh sleepwalking, hypnotism, and a good old mad scientist/evil eccentric rich man-type villain. The movie is best known for its striking visual style, however, and its very much the kind of movie that can be watched purely for the aesthetic experience.

thingThe Thing From Another World

This 1951 film is based on the same novella that inspired John Carpenter’s masterpiece The Thing (which also got a prequel in 2011, though I’ve never seen it and can’t say whether it was any good).

 

carnivalCarnival of Souls

I honestly know nothing about this movie, but the clip Carrera pulled for this one (you can find it around the 5:50 mark) was irresistible to me.

 

abbottAbbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein

As a huge lover of horror comedy, it seems a bit of an oversight that I’ve never seen and of Abbott and Costello’s classic horror parodies, which are certainly among the earliest examples of the sub-genre.

 

Of course there are many, many more fabulous movies featured in this video – I’ve seen a lot of them (most of my all-time favourites are here, actually!), which is why they didn’t make my list here. What do you think of Carrera’s selections? Are there any movies you’ve been inspired to seek out from this video?

scary book suggestions from the interweb

The Girl With All the GiftsThe MonkThe DemonologistAnna Dressed in BloodLullaby

 

 

 

 

 

Stumbled across this today: Buzzfeed’s 23 Underrated Horror Books You Have to Read ASAP.

Underrated sometimes means hard to find. Good news though – the library has a bunch of these suggestions ready to borrow…

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihjiliation book coverArea X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves.

This is the twelfth expedition. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, that change everything.

An excellent mix of dystopian, speculative and fantastical fiction with a dash of horror.

If you enjoy all of the above and don’t require answers, then Annihilation is perfect for you. It will leave you creeped out and wanting more. Luckily, it’s part of a trilogy, so you won’t have to scratch your head for too long.

Happy reading!