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What’s scarier than the amount of Buffy the Vampire Slayer we have in our collection is the titular vampire slayer herself. Buffy saying "I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about."

“I’m the thing that monsters have nightmares about.”

Who is this Buffy anyway? And why is she so scary? Buffy saying "I'm like a superhero or something."

“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.)

Buffy and Angel embracing. Very 90s.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. Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie cover   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!

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Fair warning: Play this game and you may just get lost in time and space.

Arkham Horror box cover

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 movie cover

The Call of Cthulhu, DVD 12268

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Your pulse starts racing. Your body heats up. It feels like you’re about to burst into flames. Your bones twist and crack and stretch painfully. Fur sprouts painfully from your skin from head to toe. What’s that noise? It’s a piercing howl… and it’s coming from you! You are… a werewolf! Werewolf Transformation animated gif from film   That’s what happens when you’re running around the Yorkshire moors with your buddy after the locals warned you about it, and they weren’t exactly subtle. The Bar is called The Slaughtered Lamb. The hanging sign depicts a skewered wolf's head   An American Werewolf in London is a classic creature feature with Oscar-winning movie effects and awesome makeup. It’s as funny as it is gorey and spooky. If you’d like to check out a few more wolfy creature features, we have a few more titles for you to enjoy:

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Here are some of horror foreign films for your enjoyment:

 

Timecrimes- Spanish film- DVD 10586 

  timecrimes-2007-001-man-head-wrapped-bandage-owltimecrimes                   Time travel turns to horror in this Spanish film. Timecrimes was filmed in Spain, during a time period where Guillermo del Toro’s infamous Spanish horror films reigned and thus helped its own popularity. Known for its low budget but complex concept and dark humor, this film’s twists and turns discusses the complexity of attempting to amend lies in love affair with more lies and dark actions.

House- Japanese film- DVD 12165

    House (ハウス) is a 1977 Japanese horror film by Nobuhiko Obayashi. It was originally scripted after the movie Jaws (1975) had just come out. Film-makers were inspired to make similar films after Jaw’s great reception. I would not say, though, that House is anything like Jaws. It involves a young girl who after learning that she will be sharing the summer with her father’s new girlfriend, she invites some friends to join her at her aunt’s house instead. With a sick aunt, a bloodthirsty cat, and evil spirits lurking around, the girls find that it might have been better to stay at home. Obayashi wanted the film to focus on the perception and imagination of the child. He therefore used multiple special effects that were purposely made to look fake or created by a child.

Suspiria- Italian film – DVD 5089

    Suspiria (Latin for “sighs”) is a 1977 Italian horror film about an American student enrolled in a German dance academy. A series of bizarre incidents and brutal murders puts the academy in chaos. This film is a critically acclaimed for many reasons. For one, the score was composed by a progressive rock band Goblin, and versions of Goblins music was recreated for years to come. Another reason for its popularity is it’s style in cinematography and coloring. For example, its design emphasized vivid colors, particularly red, creating a deliberately unrealistic, nightmarish setting. It was one of the final feature films to be processed in Technicolor.

A girl walks home alone at night- Iranian- DVD 16034

  The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made. The film made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, based on the short film director Ana Lily Amirpour wrote and directed by the same title. The film follows the lonesome footsteps of a vampire known as “the girl” who sleeks through the night in the Iranian ghost town known as “Bad City” …occasionally surfing the streets on her skate board and listening to ’80s Euro-Pop. The film takes place in a fictional Iranian setting or “Bad City”, though actually filmed in California. A joyful mash up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave.

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Every Tuesday, UNT Media Library highlights a title from their growing collection of tabletop games. This week, read about: Small World box cover

Small World, Boardgame 47

Number of Players: 2-5
For Ages: 8+
Duration of Play: 40-80
  Why, yes… it IS indeed a small world after all! But please – no singing. And in this tiny world there are 14 different fantasy races, including dwarves, wizards, giants, and orcs! Each player gets to pick a fantasy race as well as a special power, such as Heroic, Berserk, or Alchemist. With a good combination and a bit of luck, players conquer a whole bunch of regions on the board and amass victory coins! Since the world is soooooo small, each player’s civilization will reach a point where it just cannot go any further. There’s no more room! At that point, a player will put that particular civilization in decline, but don’t worry! That’s not the end of the game! Players then get to choose a new fantasy race and super power combo and keep going! The player with the most victory coins when all the turns are over is the winner!

From the publisher:

Small World™ is a fun, zany light-hearted civilization game in which 2-5 players vie for conquest and control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate them all! Picking the right combination of fantasy races and unique special powers, players must rush to expand their empires – often at the expense of their weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline to ride a new one to victory.

— Days of Wonder

Many thanks to Days of Wonder for gifting this title to the UNT Media Library! If you like Small World, you may also enjoy these titles, also available at UNT Media Library:
Risk box cover game title box cover Twilight Struggle box cover

Risk, Boardgame 15

Carcassonne, Boardgame 55

Twilight Struggle, Boardgame 140

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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone.” The Twilight Zone is creator Rod Serling’s surreal examination of society and the human psyche, but enough has been written about this show so I’ll just say this: Watch it! This show is weird and great, and the amount of familiar faces and names you’ll see is pretty amazing. Also, this:

“Excuse me, I had requested a vegetarian in-flight meal.”

You can find the Media Library’s Twilight Zone collection HERE

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Ever wanted to explore a haunted mansion with 5 of your friends? Now’s your chance! But beware, your friends won’t stay friendly for long. Betrayal at House on the Hill is a tabletop game meant to keep you on your toes by unveiling the mansion’s secrets as you progress, but once the haunt starts, you’ll need to navigate yourself away from a traitor in your group. Who will it be? It’ll probably be you, in which case, betraying your friends has never been so fun! The Media Library has two copies of this game available to checkout. Like, take it out of the library for three days and play it in the comfort of your home, checkout. That’s right! There are limited quantities, you’ll want to come check it out soon before one of your friends checks it out and doesn’t invite you over to play, the traitor.

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“Okely dokely, now I’m playing with power!”

If there were a Mount Rushmore of slasher movie villains, I’d place Freddy Krueger in George Washington’s position. What really sets him apart from the others is Krueger’s ridiculous one-liners and his trademark pointy glove and fedora. If you compare an old time hockey mask to a fedora, the fedora always comes out the winner for “Creepiest Accessory.” The first film even has a young Johnny Depp in a half shirt. The Media Library has all seven films (see title for call numbers) for your viewing pleasure, but remember, “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three, four, Better lock your door. Five, six, Grab a Crucifix. Seven, eight, Gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, Never sleep again…”

You made a big mistake buddy.

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Alien: Isolation Game 559 PS4 If running around a dark space station with a Xenomorph walkin’ around and a slight infestation of Facehuggers sounds fun to you then is this the game for you! Set 15 years after the first Alien film (we’ll get to those at a future date), you play as Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda who is searching for clues regarding her mother’s disappearance. It turns out to be a very bad idea. Especially since they decided to add evil creepy androids into the mix.

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The Media Library has this game for the Playstation 4 (Game 559 PS4), check it out IF YOU DARE.

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Fox “Spooky” Mulder in his element.

“I want to believe” is the mantra Special Agent Fox Mulder and Special Agent Dana Scully subscribe to as they embark on a search for the truth, because it’s out there…somewhere. Throughout the course of 9 seasons, Mulder and Scully encounter a giant fluke worm/man, a liver eating creep, various alien encounters, cults, weird rituals, government secrets, fake and real vampires, and I could go on but you should put in the time and effort to discover the weird world of this monster procedural. The Media Library has all 9 seasons HERE,so break out some sunflower seeds (Mulder’s favorite) and get ready for nine seasons of paranoia and conspiracies.

Dana Scully in her element.

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