The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library presents free classic horror films this month in anticipation of Halloween. The screenings take place at the main library on Mondays at 6 pm, and all events are scheduled for the second floor events room.
On Monday, October 21, 2013, the library will show "Night of the Demon" (1957), also known as "Curse of the Demon." This classic occult thriller stars Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, and Niall MacGinnis in a story of demons and secret cult practices in the English countryside. Jacques Tourneur directs. (Follow the link to read a full review of "Night of the Demon.")
On Monday, October 28, the library presents "The Haunting" (1963), adapted from Shirley Jackson's novel, "The Haunting of Hill House." Robert Wise directs Claire Bloom, Julie Harris, Russ Tamblyn, and Richard Johnson as visitors who agree to spend the night in a supposedly haunted house. Rosalie Crutchley also has a memorable role as the mansion's sinister housekeeper. (Follow the link to read a full review of "The Haunting.")
Both of these films offer real scares for horror fans and are not appropriate for younger children. Visit the library website to find out more about these and other upcoming events. The main library is located at 915 Monroe Street near downtown Huntsville.
Learn more about "The Haunting" and other haunted house movies in the video at the top of this article (but be warned that the video includes disturbing images that might frighten younger viewers). The top ten list also includes horror classics like "House on Haunted Hill" (1959) and "The Shining" (1980).
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.