Halloween is this weekend and what better way to spend it than to kick back and watch a scary movie?
Hoopla is a free digital service that comes with having your own library card. Through Hoopla – available via app, or online at www.hoopladigital.com – you are allotted 18 checkouts per month. Hoopla offers e-everything; e-audiobooks, e-books, e-graphic novels, e-music, and e-movies.
Curl up on the couch under a warm blanket and watch a movie on your computer/laptop, or download a movie directly to your preferred device (a tablet or smartphone) and take it with you to watch offline. Imagine setting up a small campfire in your backyard, throwing on your favorite hoodie or long-sleeved flannel, grabbing a hot cup of cocoa and some snacks, and watching a scary movie under the stars!
Here are five horror/scary movie suggestions available to watch for free on Hoopla, ready for you to enjoy this Halloween weekend!
- Halloween (1978, 91 minutes, rated R for horror violence). “The night HE came home!” A true classic in every sense of the word, this iconic horror movie is still a must-see after all these years. In 1963, young Michael Myers murders his sister and her boyfriend in cold blood on Halloween night, and is then captured and sent to an insane asylum. Fifteen years later, again on Halloween night, he escapes and returns to his hometown of Haddonfield to resume his spree!
- Night of the Living Dead (1968, 96 minutes, rated R for horror violence). George A. Romero’s timeless zombie classic is a must-see for any fan of scary movies. The recently deceased have mysteriously begun to rise from their graves and their only purpose appears to be the craving of human flesh! A ragtag group of survivors barricades themselves in an isolated farmhouse as they desperately try to fend off the growing number of the walking dead. “They’re coming to get you!”
- 31 (2016, 102 minutes, rated R for strong horror violence/gore and language). From the mind of musician/director Rob Zombie comes a twisted Halloween story like no other. On Halloween Eve, five unfortunate carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in a nightmarish underground facility. On Halloween night the reason is revealed: they are participants in a sick “game” called “31,” where the only goal is to survive for 12 hours against a gang of murderous maniacs dressed as deranged clowns!
- Children of the Corn (1984, 92 minutes, rated R for horror violence). From the mind of horror-master Stephen King comes “an adult nightmare.” Young preacher Isaac arrives in tiny Gatlin, Nebraska and, using the spell of a malevolent force living in the cornfields, convinces the towns children to murder every adult in town. A young couple on a road trip ends up in Gatlin and finds it to seemingly be deserted. Soon, they quickly find themselves trapped, as the “Children of the Corn” look to continue carrying out their evil plan!
- Ernest Scared Stupid (1991, 91 minutes, rated PG for scary images). A fun-for-the-whole-family Halloween treat. Hapless Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) helps a group of children build the ultimate treehouse, and accidentally unleashes an evil troll from its prison in the process. Now unleashed upon the unsuspecting town on Halloween night, the troll aims to capture local children and turn them into wooden dolls to add to its collection. Only Ernest can stop it!
PPL is also currently posting “13 Scary Stories for 13 Days of Halloween” on their YouTube channel. Visit the PPL website – www.MyPlymouthLibrary.org – and click the YouTube icon at the top left of the page. The family-friendly and fun short-story videos are posted at 5:30 p.m. each day leading up to Halloween.
Have a happy and healthy Halloween!
See you at the library!