Just in time for All Hallows’ Eve, here are our picks for the scariest movies streaming on Hoopla, the library’s free movie streaming service. It’s totally free, just sign in with your St. Charles card, create an account, and you’re ready to watch!
“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” The granddaddy of all modern zombie lore. The dead rise and hunger for flesh. A small farmhouse becomes the last stand for a group trapped inside. B & W. Not Rated.
Arguably the best of the Universal monster movies, this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic is mandatory Halloween watching. A mad scientist seeks to create life from deceased matter, but things go horribly wrong when he actually succeeds! Not Rated.
Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween) brings a Lovecraft inspired tale of madness to life. Sutter Cane’s novels are so terrifying that they cause uneasiness and nightmares, but can they drive someone insane? John Trent (Sam Neill) might find out when he goes to investigate an insurance claim by Sutter’s publisher. Worth watching just for the creepy man on a bicycle scene. Rated: R
Let’s Scare Jessica To Death consistently tops the scariest films lists. After a stay in a mental institution, Jessica wants nothing more than to relax in the countryside. However, things are far from relaxing, as terrifying events assault her at every turn and make her question her own sanity. Rated: PG13
This slow-burn Korean tale is far superior than the American remake. Two sisters return home after a stay in a psychiatric hospital. However, unnerving events haunt the sisters and their stepmother. Is the horror psychological or supernatural? This has one of creepiest scenes on celluloid. Korean w/ English subtitles. Not Rated.
The Crypt Keeper makes the jump to the big screen in the first Tales from the Crypt movie that manages to keep the humor and the horror of the tv show intact. An old hotel is the setting of a showdown between a mysterious stranger that holds the key to humanity’s survival, and a demon-in-human-flesh. The fate in the world hangs in the balance as the hotel’s denizens take up arms against a horde of demons. Rated: R
Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) might be the last man alive, but that doesn’t mean he is the last creature alive! Humanity has been turned into vampire/zombie hybrids by biological weapons. And they all want Neville. This is one of many adaptations based on Richard Matheson’s classic book I Am Legend. Campy good fun. Rated: PG
Anjelica Huston was born to bring the part of the Grand High Witch to life in this adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic! Luke lives with his Grandmother in England following the death of his parents. When a doctor recommends an ocean getaway to help with Grandma’s failing health, no one could know that their very hotel is also the spot chosen for annual convention of witches. Spooky fun for the whole family. Rated: PG
What happens when a priest becomes a vampire? Will his desire for blood outweigh his vows? This stylized and totally unique Korean take on the vampire film is twisted and unsettling. Korean w/ English Subtitles. Rated: R
The second Lovecraft tale to appear on our list, this one sticks closer to the source materials. A statue, a cult and the ship’s log of a doomed ocean voyage might hold the key to unleashing an ancient, unspeakable evil. This 2005 film was shot to look like a silent film and perfectly captures the mood and style of pre-talkie movies. B & W, Silent. Not Rated.