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Clash of the Titans
Clash of the Titans (DVD - 2002 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:1981, This fun adventure film based on Greek mythology features great Shakespearean actors portraying the Gods of Mt. Olympus, and features the excellent stop-motion special effects of the great Ray Harryhausen (the remake just uses CGI).

The Killer Elite
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Annotation:1975, James Caan, and Robert Duval are at their best in this action packed cloak and dagger story of assassins for hire directed by the pioneering director of violent cinema Sam Peckinpah.

The Last Man on Earth
The Last Man on Earth (DVD - 2008 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:1964, Based on the novel I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson, starring Vincent Price. This frightening, gritty, black and white film captures the atmosphere and tone of the novel it is based on.

The Mechanic
The Mechanic (DVD - 2002 ) DVD MOVIE M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:1972, Charles Bronson plays a methodical hit-man who has elevated assassination to an art form, carrying out flawless hits on his unsuspecting prey and making the murders look like accidents. As he takes an apprentice under his wing things become more complicated. If you liked the Jason Statham remake give the original a try.

The Omega Man
The Omega Man (DVD - 2003 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:1971, Based (loosely) on the novel I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson, starring Charlton Heston. In a world ravaged by chemical warfare Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) is a seeming lone survivor immune to the plague which has turned the few other survivors into deranged monsters. Neville spends his days hunting down and exterminating the infected and his nights barricaded in his penthouse apartment fending them off.

Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes (DVD - 2006 ) DVD MOVIE P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:1968, Astronaut explorers crash land on a planet where apes rather than humans have evolved as the dominant species! Based on the novel by French author Pierre Boulle with a screenplay written by Rod Serling (of Twilight Zone) Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, and Maurice Evans. The make-up special effects which were revolutionary at the time were designed by John Chambers.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (DVD - 2006 ) DVD MOVIE T and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 8

Annotation:1974, Made with an almost non-existent budget, starring a cast of unknowns (who are surprisingly good), featuring visceral intense cinematography and an eerie atmospheric soundtrack. Often imitated, but never replicated, plausible and yet at turns nightmarishly surreal, this is simply one of the most terrifying films ever made. See the original 1974 film and find out what sets it apart.

The Thing From Another World
The Thing From Another World (DVD - 2003 ) DVD MOVIE T and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:1951, (Big) Jim Arness (of Gunsmoke fame) plays the “THING” in question in this classic Science Fiction thriller, based on the novella Who Goes There? By John W. Campbell AKA Don A. Stuart. The film was remade by director John Carpenter in 1982, and a prequel to the 1982 version also called The Thing was released in 2011.

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