Halloween is quickly approaching, and I don't know about you, but I'm feeling pretty witchy this year. I find myself lamenting that I don't own a giant, bubbling cauldron— where else am I supposed to gather my coven and cackle maniacally over witches' brew???
If you're asking yourself the same question, here's your answer: gather your coven around a TV (or computer, or mobile device) instead of a cauldron, and dish yourself up some witchy hoopla goodness, courtesy of your library. Plus, with hoopla, there's no wait, so you can get straight to streaming (and screaming).
Check out a few of my selections below, and follow the link at the end for the full list!
This classic Dario Argento film is a must-see staple for any witchy watchlist. The story revolves around an American student enrolled at a German dance academy, where a series of murders leads to the realization that something far more sinister is going on at this school.
Another classic Italian horror film, Black Sunday is about a witch who is put to death by her brother, then returns 200 years later for revenge on her descendants. Considered "unusually gruesome" in the 1960s, this film was banned in the UK until 1968.
The Sisterhood of the Night
If you're not in the mood for giallo Italian horror, try The Sisterhood of the Night to give yourself a break. This 2015 female-directed horror film captures the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials, but places it in modern-day internet culture, and adds in some commentary about cyber-bullying. It's not a perfect film, but it's an intriguing modern take on our country's witchy past.