Oh, The Horror! A Horror Movie History Lesson

Looking to become a horror movie aficionado without falling victim to all those jump scares? More interested in the why of horror rather than the how (like how Michael Myers is still alive for all these sequels!?). If you call horror movies, horror cinema this is the list for you!  

For those of us dying to know what gear Goblin used on the Suspiria soundtrack or the perfect lighting for blood splatter enjoy these horror history and criticism selections! 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) offers a robust collection of film history materials. Check out the list of items in the catalog (including many about Pittsburgh’s own George Romero and Tom Savini) here or even more finds on eAudio and eBook at this link. Hoopla offers an amazing selection of horror films you can stream the movie after you read!

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Clive Barker: Dark Imaginer

Film Studies professor Sorcha Ní Fhlainn enters the dark world of Clive Barker director of films such as Hellraiser and author of some of the work that would become Candyman and Nightbreed. 

Cursed Films

Learn more about the lore and horror of your favorite movies. From rumors to tragic on set accidents sometimes the movie plot becomes reality. 

Ennio Morricone: Master of the Soundtrack

Maybe you’re familiar with Morricone’s western soundtracks, but the infamous composer did it all! Features essays from John Carpenter and Dario Argento speaking about one of the most important horror elements: the music 

The Exorcist Legacy: 50 Years of Fear

Just as Max von Sydow landed to film his iconic role as Father Merrin his brother died. Rumors and curses follow the cast and crew. Often called the scariest movie ever made learn more about the making and meaning of The Exorcist.

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Toil & Trouble: A Women's History of the Occult

From the Salem witches to WitchTok, this book documents how women and nonbinary people have historically used magic and the occult to influence, effect change, and find their place in the world.