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Halloween Cult Classics

I came to my love of old horror movies fairly late, during college. It started as a goofy Halloween tradition with my friend, Greg. One afternoon, lost, we discovered an amazing video store in Charlotte that carried hard to find films. So, we each applied for a membership and started making weekly treks to pick out a new movie to watch. At Halloween, we would rent the cheesiest looking horror movie from the video store and laugh until our faces hurt. I think my favorite movie from those film festivals was an Albert Band film called I Bury the Living. I haven't seen it in almost a decade, but it was glorious. The story involves the overseer of a cemetary who believes that he possesses supernatural powers, causing the deaths of people in his town by changing the color of the pin on their burial plot. I won't spoil the movie, but it's a masterpiece of overwrought creepiness.

Movies like Birds or Psycho are masterpieces of playing with perception. It's not about what you see -- it's about what you don't see. I also love the social commentary of so many older horror films. Without the expectation and restraints that came with big name actors and actresses and huge budgets, certain filmmakers created brilliant films that deal with everything from xenophobia to gender roles.

Unfortunately, Greg and I couldn't continue the tradition once we moved to Columbia. But, we have plans to revive our movie festival this year. I'm already looking forward to whatever we end up watching.

If you're interested in having your own film festival, Richland Library has a great collection of classic horror films. (Including I Bury the Living!) Check them out below.


Amazon Says: 14 of the finest works from the universally acclaimed Master of Suspense come together for the first time in one collection. These captivating landmark films boast three decad more...
Amazon Says: 14 of the finest works from the universally acclaimed Master of Suspense come together for the first time in one collection. These captivating landmark films boast three decades of Hollywood legends, including James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Sean Connery and Doris Day. The premium packaging and collectible book make Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection the must-own, definitive anthology of gripping works by a true genius. less...
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Amazon Says: The Seventh Victim (1943, 71)- Producer Val Lewton once more utilized leftover Magnificent Ambersons sets for his psychological horror piece The Seventh Victim. Kim Hunter arr more...
Amazon Says: The Seventh Victim (1943, 71)- Producer Val Lewton once more utilized leftover Magnificent Ambersons sets for his psychological horror piece The Seventh Victim. Kim Hunter arrives in New York's Greenwich Village in search of her errant sister Jean Brooks. Gradually, the naive Hunter is drawn into a strange netherworld of Satan worshippers. The story is a bit too complex for its own good (especially with only a 71-minute running time to play with), but editor-turned-director Mark Robson and screenwriters Dewitt Bodeen and Charles O'Neal keep the thrills and shudders coming at a satisfying pace. Lewton regular Tom Conway offers his usual polished performance, while veteran character actresses Isabel Jewell and Evelyn Brent look appropriately gaunt and possessed in the "cult" sequences. Val Lewton Documentary - Shadows in the Dark less...
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Amazon Says: For the first time ever, the original Frankenstein film comes to DVD in this extraordinary Legacy Collection. Included in the collection is the original classic, starring the more...
Amazon Says: For the first time ever, the original Frankenstein film comes to DVD in this extraordinary Legacy Collection. Included in the collection is the original classic, starring the renowned Boris Karloff, and four timeless sequels, featuring such legendary actors as Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. These are the landmark films that inspired an entire genre of movies and continue to be major influences on motion pictures to this day. less...
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Alexis Says: This set contains my favorite movie from those Halloween film festivals, I Bury the Living.
Amazon Says: Classic horror movies starring the genre's greatest actor's in their most chilling and memorable roles. Do not watch alone. Films include: Night of the Living Dead: 1968, B/W, more...
Amazon Says: Classic horror movies starring the genre's greatest actor's in their most chilling and memorable roles. Do not watch alone. Films include: Night of the Living Dead: 1968, B/W, Not Rated, 96 Minutes, Starring Duane Jones. House on Haunted Hill: 1959, B/W and Color, Not Rated, 75 Minutes, Starring Vincent Price. Carnival of Souls: 1962, Tinted, Not Rated, 78 Minutes, Starring Candace Hilligoss. I Bury the Living: 1958, B/W, Not Rated, 76 Minutes, Starring Richard Boone. Blood Tide: 1982, Color, Rated R, 82 Minutes, Starring James Earl Jones. Fangs of the Living Dead: 1969, Color, Rated PG, 88 Minutes,Starring Anita Ekberg. Bloody Pit of Horror: 1965, Color, Not Rated, 74 Minutes: Starring Mickey Hargitay. The Undertaker and His Pals: 1966, B/W, Rated R, 63 Minutes, Starring Robert Lowery. Nightmare Castle: 1965, B/W, Not Rated, 90 Minutes, Starring Barbara Steele. Dementia 13: 1963, B/W, Not Rated, 63 Minutes, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Count Dracula and His Vampire Brides: 1973, Color, Rated R, 87 Minutes, Starring Christopher Lee. The Last Men on Earth: 1964, B/W, Not Rated, 86 Minutes, Starring Vincent Price. The Pyx: 1973, Color, Rated R, 108 Minutes, Starring Karen Black. The Ghost:1963, Color, Rated R, 97 Minutes, Starring Barbara Steele. less...
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