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Halloween is right around the corner! October is a great time for spooky books and movies. Here at CFL we have plenty of both, too many to name in fact. So, this month there are two recommendation blog posts! One for books and one for movies. Check out the Count Down to the Final Day of Spooktober: Book Recommendations after you have viewed the following movie recommendations.

Movie Recommendations


movie poster of The Haunting from 1963

The Haunting – 1963

Haunted Houses/ Supernatural

Based off the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, this 1960’s Robert Wise film is a classic for a reason. No one lives in the 90-year-old Hill House. Or so it seems. But come in. Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it?


movie poster of The Cabin in the Woods from 2012

The Cabin in the Woods – 2012

College Students/ Supernatural

A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing and sometimes even controlling every move the terrified kids make. Do they have any chance of escape?


movie poster of Eraserhead from 1977

Eraserhead – 1977

Surrealism/ Cult Classic

An obscure man with a vertical head of hair is living with his spaced-out girlfriend and their fetus-like child. In 2004, the Library of Congress selected this film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.


movie poster for Invasion of the Body Snatchers from 1956

Invasion of the Body Snatchers – 1956

Science Fiction/ Doppelgangers

Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Santa Mira, a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed “pods” and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. Dr. Bennell finds that his patients are becoming hysterical and accusing their loved ones of being mindless imposters. Realizing a strange alien invasion is quickly becoming out of control, the doctor tries to escape to warn others before it’s too late.


movie poster for Rosemary's Baby from 1968

Rosemary’s Baby – 1968

Demonic Possession/ Horror

Based on Ira Levin’s bestselling novel, Mia Farrow plays a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors and self-involved actor husband are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby.


movie poster of Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection

Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection

Monsters/ Horror

A five movie set of Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939), Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), and House of Frankenstein (1944). Honestly, is there enough Frankenstein at Halloween?


movie poster for The Woman in Black from 2012

The Woman in Black – 2012

Ghosts/ Haunted Houses

A young lawyer is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. While he works alone in the client’s isolated house, he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman who is terrorizing the locals. This leads him on a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent.


movie poster of Get Out from 2017

Get Out – 2017

Conspiracy/ Missing Persons

A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears.


movie poster for Night of the Living Dead from 1968

Night of the Living Dead – 1968

Survival/ Zombies

Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, Night of the Living Dead, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero’s vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre and combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary.


movie poster for The Poisoner's Handbook from 2014

The Poisoner’s Handbook – 2014

Documentary/ Chemistry/ Poisonings

In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner’s office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry.


Carrie – 1976

Psychokinesis/ Horror

At the center of the terror is Carrie, a tortured high-school misfit with no confidence, no friends … and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her “special gift,” causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!


The Exorcist – 1973

Demonology/ Exorcism

The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother’s frantic resolve to save her, and two priests, one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith, joined in battling ultimate evil; always leaves viewers breathless.

Happy Halloween