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This guide is intended to help students in Jillian Sayre's "Literature and Horror" course find scary movies.

Literature and Horror

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Finding Films at Rutgers University Libraries

Rutgers University Libraries has a robust film collection. Use the Catalog Quick Search below to search for the film you need by title (use the "Select a search type" drop-down menu" to select "Title"). If the Catalog Quick Search box does not work, you can also use this link to access the library catalog.

The Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers-Camden does not maintain a media collection. If Rutgers has a copy of your film, you will need to request that it be sent from New Brunswick or Newark. To request a film, click on the "Special Request" button in the catalog (located below the cover image). Please allow 2-3 days to have material sent to Camden.

Here are some films you can request from the library at Rutgers:

Rosemary's Baby




Invasion of the Body Snatchers (VHS only)

Friday the 13th

Nightmare on Elm Street

Blair Witch Project

The Exorcist

The Wicker Man

The Orphanage


An additional four films are on reserve at the Robeson Library. These can be watched inside the library only:

Dawn of the Dead

The Fly


The Thing


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Finding Films at the Public Library

If Rutgers doesn't have a copy of the film you would like to watch, your local public library is another great resource. Public library systems with a lot of branches are particularly helpful for this, because they can transfer films between branches.

If you live in the Rutgers residence halls, or if your permanent residence is in Camden, you are probably eligible for a library card at the Camden County Library System. There is a branch of the Camden County public library on the Rutgers-Camden campus; it is located in the lower level of the Paul Robeson Library, with a separate entrance on 5th street.

The Camden County Library System has many of the films from your list, including:

The Babadook

Attack the Block


Let the Right One In

Paranormal Activity

It Follows

Black Swan

Drag Me to Hell

If don't live on campus or in Camden, you probably have a public library near you!

Finding Films on the Internet (Legally)

If your film is not available at Rutgers or your local public library, or if you'd rather pay for convenience, you might be able to find a legal streaming copy of your film. If you already use a subscription service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, check there first!

If you do not subscribe to a streaming film service, Amazon Instant Video is probably your best bet for low-cost video rentals. Amazon Instant Video can provide access to the following films and more:

The Amityville Horror ($2.99)

Dawn of the Dead ($2.99)

Evil Dead ($2.99)

The Shining ($2.99)

The Dead Zone ($2.99)

28 Days Later ($2.99)

The Thing ($2.99)

Night of the Living Dead ($2.99)

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Zara Wilkinson
Paul Robeson Library

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Camden, NJ 08102

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