It’s October & we love horror movies in the Film department!
The horror genre is often where new directors & innovative voices get their start. Of course, audiences love the thrills, chills & kills that these movies splash on screen.
This month we offer a collection of experimental & innovative horror films alongside classics & cult favorites. Psychological thrillers, slashers, body horror,
giallo, cannibalism & zombies guarantee that this month’s collection will fill your October nights with spooks & scares.
Turn off the lights, pull the covers over your head & get ready to SCREAM!
Horror by Black Directors
Get Out A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
The First Purge America’s third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.
Eve’s Bayou What did little Eve see–and how will it haunt her? Husband, father and womanizer Louis Batiste is the head of an affluent family, but it’s the women who rule this gothic world of secrets, lies and mystic forces.
Sweetheart Jenn has washed ashore a small tropical island and it doesn’t take her long to realize she’s completely alone. She must spend her days not only surviving the elements, but must also fend off the malevolent force that comes out each night.
Black Box After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.
Blacula An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.
Ganja & Hess After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor’s assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.
Atlantics In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.
Us A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them. Horror by Female Directors
Pet Sematary After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.
The Babadook A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children’s book titled “Mister Babadook” manifests in their home.
Ravenous In a remote military outpost in the 19th century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.
American Psycho A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Banshee Chapter Journalist Anne Roland explores the disturbing links behind her friend’s sudden disappearance, an ominous government research chemical, and a disturbing radio broadcast of unknown origin.
Jennifer’s Body A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror? Classic Films
The Exorcist When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.
The Omen Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil’s own son?
Night of the Living Dead A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a horde of flesh-eating ghouls that are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.
The Shining A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Rosemary’s Baby A young couple trying for a baby move into a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors.
Hallowen Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
A Nightmare On Elm Street The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
Scream A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas fall victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. Cult Favorites
Videodrome A programmer at a TV station that specializes in adult entertainment searches for the producers of a dangerous and bizarre broadcast.
Scanners A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.
Re-Animator After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.
The Wicker Man A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed.
Eraserhead Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Popcorn A master of disguise deranged killer begins killing off the college students who are organizing a horror-movie marathon in an abandoned theater.
Mandy The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.
Suspiria An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.
The Evil Dead Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Chopping Mall A group of young shopping mall employees stay behind for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.
The Toxic Avenger Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.
These movies are presented in their unedited form as inspiration for Film students and faculty. Some content may be for mature audiences, and viewers should use their own discretion when selecting a film. All ideas presented in these films are the views of their respective creators, and the sharing of these films does not represent an endorsement of the content, filmmaker biography or history of these films by Lesley University faculty or staff.