Horror Movie Recommendations: Campy Comedies

Get in the spooky spirit with some scary cinema! We’ll be making movie recommendations all through the month of October for all you horror fans. So viewer, beware: you’re in for a scare!

(Within reason, that is. Be sure to check out these titles beforehand to make sure the content is appropriate for your preferred level of spookiness—and watch at your own risk!)

Color image of six black-and-white cartoon drawings of people being seated in a movie theater. At the top of the panels, a bucket is pouring a stream of blood into a large puddle at the bottom of the poster.

A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Nerdy Walter Paisley attempts to woo his beautiful co-worker, Carla, by making a plaster-cast bust of her. When his klutziness results in the death of his landlady’s cat, he panics and hides its body under a layer of plaster. But when Carla and her friends enthuse over the resulting “artwork,” Walter decides to create some bigger and more elaborate pieces.

Available on hoopla and Kanopy.

Color image of a misshapen wooden cabin floating in the air, behind which is a pale forest scene.

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

A group of friends takes a trip to a remote cabin in the woods, where they plan to engage in some harmless (and predictable) debauchery. But during their stay, they uncover a disturbing secret about the cabin and its connection to a string of suspicious occurrences they experience on and around the surrounding property.

Available in the Adult Services Media Collection.

Color image of a white frosted rectangular birthday cake with red roses decorated in each corner. The cake is being stabbed by a butcher knife, and a scary-faced mask in reflected in the knife's surface.

Happy Death Day (2017)

A college student struggling with the loss of her father finds herself in a time loop that’s as unexpected as its cause. Having been murdered one night on her college’s campus, she awakens the next morning to discover that time has reset itself. She’s forced to relive the day of her murder until she uncovers the killer’s identity, and hopefully save herself from succumbing to her fate (again).

Available in the Adult Services Media Collection.

Artistic rendering of a man in a suit holding a candle in one hand and a woman's head by the hair in the other. Behind him is a skeleton holding a noosed woman wearing a gold nightgown. A dark, fenced-in mansion stands in the background.

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Five strangers are offered $10,000 each by an eccentric millionaire to spend the night in a haunted house. As the night develops, it becomes clear that these strangers’ selection was no accident – and a few of them have some diabolical schemes of their own!

Available in the Adult Services Media Collection and on Kanopy.

Three figures standing posed against a dark background: a man wearing a baseball cap and wielding an axe; a man wearing denim overalls and a helmet and wielding a chainsaw; and a blonde woman with a frightened expression.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Shaun of the Dead meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre in this gory comedy about two southern guys mistaken for “hillbilly psychos” by a group of college kids. As the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count!

Available on hoopla and Kanopy.

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