Sunday, March 18, 2012

Classic Horror Movies

I was getting a bit frustrated going through the usual modern-day horror movies to get into the Halloween mood. It dawned on me, some of the classic creepy ones are the ones I cut my teeth on and were allowed to watch as a kid. Some of them have more mood and atmosphere than 10 modern movies. Enjoy these classics and consider them part of your Halloween collection henceforth so you're satisfied with quality--

JACK THE RIPPER THEME:


"Time After Time" (1979)


PHANTOM OF THE OPERA:


Phantom of the Opera" (1943)


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME:


"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1956)


KING KONG:


"King Kong" (1933)


GODZILLA:


"Godzilla" (1954)


THE WOLF MAN:


"The Wolf Man" (1941)


THE MUMMY:


"The Mummy" (1932)


DRACULA:


"Dracula" (1931)

THE FLY:


"The Fly" (1958)

Others to add:
Psycho
Rear Window
The Birds
Village of the Damned
Frankenstein


1 comment:

  1. &0's and 80's horror is what I cut my teeth on, and I think that the best and truly scariest stuff in the horror genre were made during those two decades. Under- recognized classics like The Sentinel, Spellbinder, The Entity, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Snowbeast, The Changeling, The Omen, and The Hitcher were all made during this time. They all relied on the classic elements of storytelling and suspense to deliver genuine creepy scares without falling into the common traps of using special effects and predictable cliches to get cheap scares. I continue to moniter new releases on the horror scene, but very few modern horror films are really that original or scary anymore. Filmmakers today seem to think that a scary looking monster or a cheesy CGI effect is what makes a good horror movie. But it is not that at all. The best horror movies of the last twenty years were The Blair Witch Project and The Strangers. And there were no monsters or nary a CGI effect in either one of those. Those movies showed how you make a truly scary movie. Those techniques and the elements involved are, and always will be, timeless.

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