Libraries and Librarians in Horror Movies

What do smart people do when faced with all manner of the undead, the end of days, and/or the apocalypse? They go to the library to look it up! But the library is not always the safest place to be in horror movies, nor are the librarians always what they seem. Here are five horror movies that feature libraries and librarians.

1) The Horror of Dracula


In this 1958 telling of the classic Dracula tale, Jonathan Harker is hired as the Count’s new librarian. But instead of cataloging his collection, Harker’s true intent is to rid the world of Dracula’s evil. This was the first in Hammer Horror’s series of Dracula films and starred Christopher Lee as the Count and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.


2) Bad Kids Go to Hell

This is a horror version of The Breakfast Club about six prep school kids from Crestview Academy that must serve an all-day detention in the school’s haunted library. As they learn more about each other’s backgrounds and the history of the school, the teens start to meet their fate one by one.


3) H.P. Lovecraft’s: Necronomicon

The first tale in this 1993 anthology film is titled The Library and it actually is a wraparound story for the entire movie. Jeffrey Combs plays an author – H. P. Lovecraft – doing research in a monastery library which holds a rare copy of The Necronomicon. As he reads the ancient text, he accidentally unlocks seals of a prison that unleash a monster.


4) The Ninth Gate


Many private libraries were featured in this Roman Polanski film about a rare book dealer on the hunt for a demon text, The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows, that has the power to raise the devil.


5) Chainsaw Sally

Sally Diamon is an unassuming librarian by day, and a vengeful serial killer by night in this 2004 horror flick. You don’t want to return your library books late on her watch!


Bonus Flick: Ghostbusters

This 1984 film was a crossover horror, scifi, comedy movie and arguably one of the best movies of the ’80′s. Three out of work parapsychology professors decide to start their own spirit removal business and hire themselves out as ghost wranglers. Many of the scenes were filmed in libraries including The New York Public Library where the gang meets the ghost of Eleanor Twitty, not a librarian to be meddled with! Other scenes were filmed at Low Memorial Library, Columbia University.

Stay tuned for five more horror flicks with libraries and librarians next week!!