What’s scarier than the amount of Buffy the Vampire Slayer we have in our collection is the titular vampire slayer herself.
“I’m the thing that monsters have nightmares about.”
Who is this Buffy anyway? And why is she so scary?
“I’m like a superhero or something.”
Buffy is like a superhero. At first, she may seem like just a girl in high school, but she is actually one of a long line of “Chosen Ones”: young girls who are chosen to rid the world of vampires and other evil ilk. They are ruthless in this charge: highly skilled, highly trained, and unyielding.
Well, except Buffy fell in love with a vampire (or two). (And this is loooong before that whole Bella-Edward thing too… You can tell because of how 90s the promotional photos are.)
Love is eternal. Kind of.
Together with the help of her Watcher and her Scooby Gang, Buffy kicked butt on television for seven seasons, but the story continues in the form of graphic novels. The show has everything you could ever want for Halloween Season: vampires (of course), ghouls, zombies, and demons of all varieties. Then there’s the really scary stuff, like reliving high school and looking back on questionable fashion choices.
If, after seven whole seasons, you still haven’t had enough, we have the eighth season as a motion comic, and Willis Library has the graphic novels available too. If you want, you can also go back and watch the original movie as well, with Kristy Swanson as a different Buffy, or you can, as most Buffy fans, ignore it. It’s not really part of the canon.
Be sure to check out the specifically Halloween episodes (Season 2 Episode 6: “Halloween”, Season 4 Episode 4: “Fear, Itself”, and Season 6 Episode 6: “All the Way”) and watch for a post all about Halloween episodes from a bunch of different shows later this month!
Fair warning: Play this game and you may just get lost in time and space.
Arkham Horror, Boardgame 13
Portals to other worlds and dimensions of unspeakable horror have opened up all over the city of Arkham and monsters are escaping out into the streets. It’s the 1920s and people around the town are disappearing, going insane, and getting not just murdered — dismembered. A few town members are resolved to find out what’s going on and put a stop to it.
Based on the lore of H. P. Lovecraft, Arkham Horror is a cooperative game — unless you’re playing by yourself, because you totally can (It’s for 1-6 players). If you’re not able to close all of the portals in time, you go face-to-face against one of the Ancient Ones… and there’s a good chance you just lose right away because they’re THE ANCIENT ONES! And they’ll make you lose your mind! Or devour you. Or worse.
Couple the game with this contemporary silent film based on another classic from H. P. Lovecraft:
The Call of Cthulhu, DVD 12268