Horror Movie Recommendations: Supernatural Specters

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 a large dead tree with a noose hanging from its uppermost branch. The noose is positioned as hanging next to a large farmhouse, which can be seen at a distance from the tree.

The Conjuring (2013)

Based on the decades-long paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a married couple whose work involves regular communication with the spirit world. In this first installment of the expansive series, the Warrens travel to a farmhouse where a family is being traumatized by a dark and possibly demonic presence.

Available in the Adult Services Media Collection.

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It Follows (2014)

After a romantic encounter with her new boyfriend, a young college student realizes that she’s become the next victim of a bizarre curse. From now on, she’ll be hunted by a shape-changing entity that only she can see – unless she chooses to pass the curse along to someone else.

Available in the Adult Services Media Collection.

Color image of a woman dressed in white striking a ballet pose with her hands above her head. A trickle of blood flows down her body and legs, forming a puddle below her.

Suspiria (1977)

The newest student to a prestigious ballet academy becomes suspicious of the strange rules and behaviors of the academy’s administrators. The longer she stays, the more intense the experience becomes, and she becomes convinced that the academy is a front for something sinister – and supernatural.

Available on Kanopy.

Color image of the silhouette of a woman standing in a forest clearing, with trees around her and the moon high in the sky above her.

The VVitch (2015)

A Puritan family is banished from their colony in New England and forced to develop their own farmstead in the wilderness. After loss and grief plague their farm and their family ties begin to unravel, the eldest daughter begins to suspect that the influences of black magic and witchcraft may have them in sway.

Available in the Adult Services Media Collection and on Kanopy.

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You Should Have Left (2020)

A husband and wife bring their young daughter on a low-key family vacation, hoping to relax and relieve some tension in their marriage. But the house they’ve rented in the Welsh countryside comes with some strange structural elements that confuse the couple, adding more strain to their already strained relationship.

Available in the Adult Services Media Collection.

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