Storytime for Grownups: Halfway to Halloween Horror Movie Rundown

I love horror films. L-O-V-E. Can’t get enough of them. What I love even more is watching them for free. With your Palm Beach County Library System card, you can access all of the horror films listed below for free through hoopla digital media service on our website, If you’re into retro 1980s horror, check out “The gate”. If you’re into psychological horror films, you’ll love “The sacrament”. And if you’re into foreign horror films like me, you’ve got to watch the original Swedish version of “Let the right one in”.

“Children of the Corn”
“A young couple (Linda Hamilton, Terminator 2, and Peter Horton, thirtysomething) find themselves stranded in the rural town of Gatlin, Nebraska, where they encounter a mysterious religious sect of children. But nowhere in town are there any adults. The horror grows to a blood-curdling climax as the two new visitors learn the horrifying secret behind the prospering corn fields. Based on the classic short story by Stephen King, “Children of the corn” is a longtime horror favorite that has spawned six sequels and many imitations.” -hoopla

“The Gate”
“When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen’s backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth The Gate – an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what they’ve released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it’s now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever… if it’s not too late.” -hoopla

“Jug Face”
“Jug Face tells the story of a pregnant teen trying to escape a backwoods community when she discovers that she may be sacrificed to a creature in a pit. The entity in the pit requires a sacrifice for keeping the community safe. The face of the person to be sacrificed is crafted onto a ceramic jug. When ignored, the entity unleashes an evil onto the community. Now no one is safe as tragedy befalls each member one by one and they soon realize that the pit wants what it wants.” -hoopla

“Krampus Unleashed”
“Some things are better left buried. In pursuit of a lost treasure, a group of fortune hunters mistakenly unearth an ancient demonic summoning stone that holds a terrible curse and awakens a timeless evil, the Krampus. After centuries of slumber, Krampus, the Christmas Devil, has awoken with a thirst that only blood will quench. Naughty or nice, he’s coming for you!” – hoopla

“The Lazarus Effect”
“A group of medical researchers discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.” -hoopla

“Let the Right One In”
“A young boy who is constantly being bullied at school makes friends with the new girl in the neighborhood. When strange disappearances and murders start happening in the town, all signs point to the new girl and her father, who only come out at night.” -hoopla

“The Mirror”
“Three flatmates buy a haunted mirror on eBay to claim the One Million Dollar Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation. Their desire to win blinds them to the evil forces they have brought into their world, which exact a terrible revenge.” -hoopla

“The Sacrament”
“Two journalists set out to document their friend’s journey to reunite with his estranged sister. They track her to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the remote world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia composed of nearly two hundred members and overseen by a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” It quickly becomes evident to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. Eden Parish harbors a twisted secret. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a fight for survival.” – hoopla

“The Taking of Deborah Logan”
“When Mia Medina records the everyday life of her mother Deborah Logan for her PhD thesis on Alzheimer’s, it soon becomes apparent that a terrifying evil far worse than the debilitating disease has taken control of Deborah.” -hoopla

“VHS 2”
“From the innovative minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes V/H/S/2, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find a collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance.” -hoopla



Once again, we’d like to thank Adam Davis, Director of System Services for the Palm Beach County Library System, for shedding light on some of the more twisted offerings that the Palm Beach County Library System has to offer. Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web!