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Classic Horror Film Extravaganza

   Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 - by: Chris Kupec, Assistant Director

DVD Cover of The Tingler
As part of our ongoing migration from videocassette to DVD, we recently acquired a slew (slain?) of classic horror films, just in time for all your Halloween needs. These run the gamut from Vincent Price classics like The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Tingler and Witchfinder General (better known in the United States as The Conqueror Worm) to early 1970's faves like Sssssss starring Strother Martin and the made-for-television The Night Stalker, starring Darren McGavin.

Here are the other titles we just received:

Curse of the Demon
A forgotten classic directed by Jacques Torneur of Cat People fame, and starring Dana Andrews. Here's a detailed review of the DVD via The DVD Journal: Curse of the Demon/Night of the Demon Review

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave
Horror of Dracula
These are a couple of Hammer films, starring Christopher Lee as Dracula, that epitomize the heyday of 1960's British horror.

Dracula's Daughter ; Son of Dracula
A double-feature from Universal Pictures, who gave us the original Frankenstein and Dracula. Dracula's Daughter is from 1936, while Son of Dracula is from 1943, and stars Lon Chaney, Jr.

Burnt Offerings
The Legend of Hell House
Village of the Damned
A trio of intelligent dread-provoking thrillers starring Oliver Reed, Roddy McDowall, and George Sanders, respectively. And let's hear it for Karen Black!

Carnival of Souls
The edition we have is from the Criterion Collection, so it contains both the original theatrical version and the extended director's cut, as well as many extras and commentaries.

Stephen King's It
A mini-series from 1990 of King's book, it won an Emmy. It has a scary clown...need I say more?

For some fun related reading, check out Television Horror Movie Hosts. Those of you who remember Kaiser Broadcasting on channel 56 in Boston, might also remember the Ghoul, who merits a chapter in the book.

Here are some more horror film books in our collection:

Double Feature Creature Attack
Bright Darkness: The Lost Art of the Supernatural Horror Film

Hollywood's Stephen King
Cult Horror Films
Hollywood Horror: From Gothic to Cosmic

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Proper Care & Feeding of DVDs

   Friday, May 16th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

DVDWe love our DVDs,
And we know you do too.
We’re sure you want to
take good care of them –
here’s what to do:


  • Press the center button to release the DVD from the case (you shouldn’t have to force the disk out)
  • Enjoy a snack or drink while watching (but not while handling the DVD or its case.)
  • Handle the disk by the edges only (you’d be surprised how easy it is to scratch the disk, and dirty/smudged disks don’t play right, either)
  • Keep the DVD in the case when you’re not watching it (cases get lonely when they’re separated for a long time, or brought back to the library without the disk.)
  • Teach your family the right way to handle DVDs.
  • Let us know if there’s a problem with the disk, so we can fix it for you and the next person who wants to borrow it, too.
  • Renew it, or bring it back on time (so someone else can love it, too)

Sorry, here’s one DON’T:

  • DON’T try to clean the disk yourself unless you have a disk-cleaning system – doing it the wrong way can ruin the disk.

These DOs and a DON’T will ensure that we can all love our DVDs for years to come.

These guidelines, along with the Proper Care & Feeding of books, are also available for printing as a bookmark [pdf, 90kb].

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