Reader poll | Choose your next adventure (scary movie edition 2018)

If you’re a regular reader — as always, thank you! — then you know that I highlight scary movies every October. You’ll also know that every few months, I do a reader poll, when I ask readers to vote for the next film for me to analyze. This year, I’m combining both traditions again!

I’ve pulled together the following four scary movies, arranged alphabetically by title, and the poll is at the bottom of this post.


A Haunting at the Hoyt Library (2015)


A Haunting at the Hoyt ” World Wide Premiere! – Trailer #1” video uploaded by Haunted Saginaw, Standard YouTube license

This one’s a bit different from my usual round of choices, as it’s a documentary! Here’s the write-up from Amazon Prime:

For years, the Hoyt Library in Saginaw, Michigan, has made headlines as one of the most haunted locations in the entire Midwest. Finally, a documentary film crew was granted access to investigate the numerous claims of paranormal activity.

I don’t know if there are any *real* librarians featured or interviewed in this documentary, but it would be interesting to learn more about the hauntings at this public library!

I have access to watch a streaming version of this film via Amazon Prime.


Horror of Dracula (1958)


Horror of Dracula Official Trailer #1 – Christopher Lee Movie (1958) HD” video uploaded by Movieclips Classic Trailers, Standard YouTube license

Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) poses as a librarian to catalog Count Dracula’s rare book collection—for an opportunity to kill Dracula (played by Christopher Lee). Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) battles Dracula in the castle’s library. A classic horror movie!

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Personals (TV, 1990)


Personals/City Killer promos & USA Network ID, 1989” video uploaded by Chuck D’s All-New Classic TV Clubhouse, Standard YouTube license

In this TV movie, Jennifer O’Neill plays a librarian who finds men through newspaper personal ads and kills them on the first date. A meek librarian by day, a killer by night!

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)


Movie Trailer – 1983 – Something Wicked This Way Comes” video uploaded by C64b, Standard YouTube license

Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) and his circus come to a small town and begin granting sinister wishes to the townsfolk. A boy (Vidal Peterson) and his father (Jason Robards), the town librarian, figure out what’s going on and challenge Mr. Dark. Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Now is the time to choose your next adventure, scary movie edition! What should I watch next? You decide!

The poll will stay open through this week, and I will reveal the winner on next Wednesday’s post. I will then analyze the winning film in a post the following Wednesday after that.

Browse through all my posts tagged “reader poll” if you’re interested in past reader polls.

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One comment on “Reader poll | Choose your next adventure (scary movie edition 2018)

  1. popegrutch says:

    Great choices, whoever wins. Now that you’re including archivists/curators, I have another suggestion for a scary movie (maybe next year). The 2005 silent film “Call of Cthulhu” includes a visit to a museum where a woman with a tight bun produces a curious object from the museum’s collection for the protagonist’s inspection. When he reaches out to touch it, she frowns and pulls it away from him. Imdb credits her as “museum clerk,” but she is acting in a more-or-less archival capacity here, in terms of locating a record, giving access, and acting as a gatekeeper/preservationist.

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