Well, how about we start the tradition of Halloween in May?
Today would be a fine way to start because it happens to be Classic Movie Day! I wanted to share with you that there are many great horror movie classics on TubiTV.com. You can watch them online. You don’t even have to register, if you don’t want to. Here are some I recommend viewing, if you love classic scary movies. I put them in order of date.
Nosferatu (1922). The orignal vampire movie! Although it is a silent movie, Count Orlock is still very scary. The (1979) Nosferatu remake is also on TubiTV. It would be fun to watch both and compare them. The lovely Isabelle Adjani is mesmerizing in this film, to the detriment of the vampire (Klaus Kinski).
Dracula (1931), Spanish version. You may have seen the classic starring Bela Lugosi, a great favorite of mine. But have you seen the Spanish version with a completely different cast? It’s simply wonderful. Carlos Villarias is a fierce vampire and Lupita Tovar just sparkles in the role. It is interesting that the movie was filmed after the shooting for the English version had finished for the day, so they could use the same sets. So, it was all filmed at night!
The Mummy (1932). The original mummy movie! Boris Karloff is wonderfully sinister in ths black and white talkie. The costumes are also wonderful.
Night of the Living Dead (1965). Not the first zombie movie but certainly one of the best. Black and white: seems to make it more spooky for some reason!
The Island of Dr Moreau (1977). The story of hideous scientifc experiments gone wrong. Burt Lancaster is the bad guy and Michael York is the good guy who washes up on the wrong tropical island. It was filmed in St. Croix.
Countess Dracula (1971). This movie is not really a vampire movie but a depiction of the story of the murderous Countess Elizabeth de Bathory, also known as the blood countess. It has all the fun Hammer elements of their 70s catalog: 19th century settings, lush color, over-the-top actng, sets and costumes, titillating sub-plots, comely wenches and heinous villains.
Dracula (1979). This version wins my vote for sexiest horror movie of all time 🙂 I wrote about why last year. It stars Frank Langella as the heart-stealing vampire.
The Company of Wolves (1984) is a werewolf version of the Little Red Riding Hood Story. You will recognize Angela Lansbury and Stephen Rea in this one.
The Lost Boys (1987). This movie, starring Kiefer Sutherland, really captures so much of the zeitgeist and youth culture of the ’80s. That era just wasn’t just about big hair and cool sunglasses. It was a historical shift in the makeup of the American economy and family structure that persists to this day and it was all because of economic de-regulation (thanks for nothing, President Reagan!). I wrote about it last year.
Let the Right One In (2008) and Let Me In (2010) are the Swedish and American versions of the film about a vampire who happens to be a little girl. I think they are both terrifying. Critics say the Swedish one is better but I found the English one just a bit more scary and realistic. They are both worth watching but I warned you: very scary. There are just some things you cannot unseee. So, not for kids! This movie represented Hammer films’ 21st century return to big screen film-making.
Practical Magic (1998). My favorite witch movie! Stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Lots of fun and a great soundtrack, too.