13 Scary Movies to Petrify Your Patrons

13 Scary Movies to Petrify Your Patrons

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing color, and soon ghosts and goblins will be rapping at your chamber door with the all-too-familiar salutation: “Trick or treat!” 

But, no Halloween would be complete without a good scary movie. If your public library has a subscription to Access Video On Demand streaming video, your patrons have access to a treasure trove of frightening films, all on an advertisement-free platform. All titles come with limited public performance rights, allowing your library to hold a free Halloween movie night. Plus, Access Video’s mobile-friendly platform allows patrons to stream horror movies anytime, anywhere—including from the coziness of their own living rooms. 

Here are 13 of the most watched horror movies on Access Video On Demand. (Some of these titles contain mature themes or content; viewer discretion is advised.)

13 Horror Movies You’ll Find on Access Video On Demand:

  • Wolves of Kromer (2001; #142157): In the cozy English village of Kromer, where few things are as feared as the werewolves who wander the surrounding forests and fields, two handsome wolves, Seth and Gabriel, meet—and fall in love. 
  • Nosferatu (1922; #56680): This silent vampire film, a landmark of German Expressionism, is known for its fidelity to its source, Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Made in 1922, it is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential horror movies ever made.
  • Lizzie (2012; #177547): On August 4th, 1892, Andrew Jackson Borden and Abby Durfee Borden were brutally murdered with an old household hatchet. The blows of the murder weapon were so violent and numerous that their faces and skulls were unrecognizably disfigured. Although acquitted, it is common knowledge that their daughter, Lizzie Borden, is responsible for this savage evil act.
  • Hunter’s Weekend (2018; #205463): Park ranger Lyle Lee Roberts’ annual hunter’s weekend competition is thrown into disarray when one of the hunters turns up dead. Enraged at the insult to his hospitality, Lyle, along with his loyal number two, Victor, tracks the killer through the park following the trail of bodies as the rest of the hunters are picked off one by one.
  • Chupacabra Territory (2016; #202741): The Chupacabra is real, and four friends will document it! Will they survive?
  • Opera (1987; #183477): When a young opera singer takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces the diva to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will the woman’s recurring nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath, or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings?
  • Watch If You Dare (2018; #194545): What many are saying was the most disturbing film of 2018, Watch If You Dare revolves around a series of horrifying incidents. If you press play, look away…
  • Count Dracula (1970; #183465): In 1970, cult director Jess Franco and screen legend Christopher Lee collaborated on what they promised would be the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel ever filmed. From its remarkable performances to its lush locations and atmosphere of sinister sensuality, it remains perhaps the most spellbinding version of Dracula since the original.
  • Vampz (2018; #194544): Simone, a Gothic “wannabe vampire” who reluctantly accepts Ashlee, a ditzy cheerleader, as her roommate, winds up attracting the unwanted attention of a psychotic vampire hunter.
  • Ashes (2010; #202756): An obsessive doctor working on a cure for AIDS unwittingly creates an aggressive new bacteria that deteriorates the body and enrages the mind.
  • The Unnamable (1988; #183491): College students from Miskatonic University who retreat to an early 18th-century mansion for a weekend of lust are stalked by a fatalistic female in this horror film taken from a story by H.P. Lovecraft. The demon delights in tearing the limbs off her human victims to carry out a centuries-old family curse.
  • Zombieworld 2 (2017; #194554): In the wake of a terrible virus that claimed most of the human population, zombies have risen. As the undead take control of Earth and grow in numbers, the remaining survivors struggle to save themselves and their planet from total annihilation in this unique horror anthology produced by the twisted mind of DreadCentral’s Steve Barton and Miguel Rodriguez. Welcome to Zombieworld!
  • Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970; #206321): An American writer traveling in Rome is the only witness to an attempted murder by a sinister man in a raincoat and black leather gloves, though he is powerless to do anything to stop him.

What Is Access Video On Demand?

Access Video On Demand streaming video offers public libraries an expansive, patron-friendly collection of thousands of high-quality videos that complement and enhance your library’s content offerings. We bring your patrons exceptional content from around the world that they may never have had the opportunity to see: from Oscar®, Emmy®, and Peabody Award-winning documentaries, to how-to programs that make life easier and richer, top-quality performances spanning the arts, biographies of history-makers past and present, a variety of TV shows and movies, and more.

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