Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Happy Halloween

In honor of Halloween, I ask you --

What's your favorite scary movie or TV show?

Of course, it's hard to pick just one. I love the giant ants in Them! And I also remember some gruesome movie set in a girls school, were the girls were missing, the headmistress insisted they were running away, but it turns out that her son was killing them and using various parts to assemble the perfect girl. I have no idea the title of that.

And TV wise, of course it's Buffy and the boys in Supernatural.

What about you?


  • At 3:23 PM, Blogger Eric Zino said…

    For the longest time, I'd been convinced I thought Hellraiser and it's 1st two sequels were pretty bad movies. Thanks to Monsterfest X on AMC, I got to see the first two again (1st time rewatching these in about 10 years) and I just read the script for the 3rd film. Know what? They're pretty good! They tell a very interesting story that does, as it claims, juxtapose pleasure and pain (that's potentially kinda icky though so I'll leave it at that). And the franchise manages to heft it's flabby structure and basic plot elements just far enough across the finish line of HellRaiser 3: Hell on Earth, before it flatlines - I believe because of the fatty excess of all of the indulgent speachifying, grandstanding, and double-crossing (always resulting in sloppy splatter-effects - what fun!). So a belated kudos to the maniacs behind the Hellraiser series!

  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger Adrienne said…

    HellRaiser really freaked me out when I was a kid.

    My favorite horror movie is probably the original Halloween, but I have a long list of other favorites. Scream is always fun.

  • At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My favorite would have to be "The Shinning" however I am also a fan of Tremors, Reanimator, and C.H.U.D which stands for Cannablistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. Horror movies are the best.

  • At 9:54 PM, Blogger Melissa Rabey said…

    I am probably the world's biggest wimp, so I haven't seen many horror movies. But for me, what gets me all the time is the original Night of the Living Dead. It's tame by today's standards, but just the central idea--that people are getting replaced by evil aliens--always freaks me out. Plus, the original did such a good job of building the tension that I can only watch it rarely--it's that scary to me.

  • At 8:22 AM, Blogger Liz B said…

    For some reason, I find the original Shining movie funny; yes, there are some creepy scary moments but the book is just so much scarier that the original movie ... well, makes me laugh at moments I'm not supposed to. And root way too much for Jack.

    Have you seen the Shining trailer remix on YouTubes? Showing it as a heartwarming family movie? Awesome.

  • At 3:07 PM, Blogger jamie said…

    Liz, I LOVE that Shining trailer!!!

    Not so scary, but on VH1 last week I stumbled across An American Werewolf in London. The Husband laughed as I recited most of the dialogue right along.
    "A Naked American man stole all my balloons!" "Wha?" Then he left the room, so I called my sister and we recited it together. And 25 years later, those special effects still kick a$$!

  • At 3:11 PM, Blogger Chris said…

    I really like "The Sixth Sense" - not super scary in the traditional way, but the child Cole's panic and fear are very palpable and real. This movie creates a super creepy mood. There are so many scenes that just make my blood chill - Cole's mom looking at her son's photographs and seeing for the first time that something is off, the way the apartment gets super cold when the ghosts are around, that video the girl took of her mom poisoning her, and of course Bruce Willis's utter shock when he figures out what's going on. And the scene when Cole talks to his mother about HER mother, in the car, never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
    Also, although it's a book, Stephen King's "Cell" scared me through and through!

  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger Lesa said…

    Oh, Them! My all-time favorite B horror film that's now a classic. I loved the opening scene, and the sound of the ants.

  • At 8:37 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    Ghost Hunters at 9P EST on the SciFi Channel! http://www.scifi.com/ghosthunters/. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are plumbers from Rhode Island by day, but at night they are The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS). They lead a team that can determine whether a homeowner’s ghostly encounter is a broken pipe banging against the floor, a poor electrical wiring job, or perhaps just team members Brian Harnois and Steve Gonsalves bickering. But if the laws of plumbing, electricity and construction don’t seem to apply…things get interesting. For fans of the movie “The Shining” the LIVE Halloween episode of Ghost Hunters featured the TAPS team investigating the Stanley Hotel from 11PM—5AM ET. The episode even allowed viewers to assist in the investigation via the Web or text messaging. I only watched the first hour (since I need sleep to function in the AM). However, highlights of the Halloween episode will air on Wednesday, November 8 at 9PM ET.


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