It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Our hours are more limited than the main floor, but we're open late on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
We're an archive/repository, so most of our materials cannot be checked out.
Most of our collection is not open for browsing. You need to request materials at our reference desk with your university ID or a photo ID. You will also need to fill out a request form.
The reference collection is open for browsing! It's the best place to get started with popular culture research.
We have a copier available for copying materials that cannot be checked out - you just need a BG1 card. A scanner is also available, but at no charge.
Horror Films at the Popular Culture Library
Looking for a scary movie to watch this October? The Browne Popular Culture Library at BGSU has over 2000 films/movies that students can borrow. Among these films there are many movies that are perfect for a good scare. This libguide will you get started on your horror film search. If you are not sure what movie you are looking for yet, please feel free to come visit us on the 4th floor of the library and peruse a list of some of our best horror films.
Horror Film Poll
What is your favorite genre of Horror Fiction?
Supernatural/Demonic Possession: 4 votes (23.53%)
Mind Control/Telekinesis: 0 votes (0%)
Sociopaths/Slashers: 5 votes (29.41%)
Comedic/Funny/Dark Humor: 3 votes (17.65%)
Monsters/Vampires/Werewolves: 0 votes (0%)
Zombies/Pandemic Illnesses: 0 votes (0%)
Witches/Warlocks: 1 votes (5.88%)
Cult Classics (i.e. Shaun of the Dead, The Evil Dead): 3 votes (17.65%)
Aliens/Invaders: 1 votes (5.88%)
Total Votes: 17
Horror Films and Popular Culture
The study of horror fiction and films is one of the many facets of popular culture. Horror films often depict the anxieties of a society during the time the film was made. For example, in the 1930s horror films like Dracula and Frankenstein were popular because they provided people with the sense that an individual can make a difference during the Great Depression when individuals often felt helpless. The unrest of the 1960s and 1970s led to movies that were anti-authoritarian, questioned science, and fought big-business. The fear of AIDS in the 1990s-2000s gave way to movies about infections of the blood from Vampires.
We have a large variety of horror films at the Library that depict various sub-genres of horror including: supernatural, vampire, monsters, slasher, cult classics, comedy/dark humor, telekinesis, zombies/pandemic diseases, and alien invasions.