Special effects may be lacking, but vintage horror films still manage to keep our palms sweating and blood pumping; a look back at retro horror films, stories, books and characters that prove everything is scarier in black and white.
The Terror (1963)
Helene: The crypt! It must be destroyed, and with it the dead. Andre: Don't speak of the dead anymore. You're with me now. Helene: I am possessed of the dead. Andre: You're a warm living woman. Who has told you these things? Helene: The dead.
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"Psycho" (1960) (BOTH pick) It all begins here. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch, which was in turn inspired by notorious serial killer Ed Gein, this masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock is the result of Hitchcock being bored and wanting to do something that neither he nor anyone else had ever done. Something that elevated film from suspense to pure terror, and brutal violence. The film does an incredible switch of perspective, as the lead characters change partway through the film, and all of the violence is purposefully, painstakingly realistic.
Naked Lunch (1991)
***The curious thing about David Cronenberg's film Naked Lunch is that it seems to have very little to actually do with the book Naked Lunch. Instead, it follows the general arch of its author, William S. Burroughs', life, and a few of his themes: addiction, possession by strange forces, and vast conspiracies to enslave mankind that may not even originate in the human world.
Edison's Frankenstein (1910)
What can one say about a film that is a century old? Thought lost for many, many long decades, a complete (if deteriorated) print was finally found in the attic of an ancient theater, and restored until it was watchable. Its "Monster", predating Boris Karloff's iconic flat-topped ghoul, is a semi-idiotic-looking medieval peasant in filthy rags, Kracow shoes (pointed toes), and a few lengths of rope twisted about its torso. Its face is held in a stroke victim's frozen rictus of numb, unfeeling ugliness, and his eyes are wonderingly cow-like orbs under a fright-wig of filthy frizz.
Goblin Bites: Scary Stories 6
Long ago, there was a boy named Sean. He was a mischeivious little lad, with a talent for pranks and getting himself in trouble. He was just as talented, however, at getting himself out of trouble, being naturally gifted as a fast talker with lots of charm. Despite his antics, the people in his village were fond of him, and had taken to calling him "Jack" instead of his given name. This seemed to fit his impish nature more, and he found he quite liked the moniker. His mother and father loved him dearly, but often warned about him taking his pranks and jokes too far. "Having fun was all well and good," they would say, "but someday you'll have to grow up, and take responsibility for your deeds." Jack would brush off these warnings, being the heedless youth he was, and often just did as he pleased.
The Magic Shoes
Miller Middle School was known for one common thing, sports. Pretty well every student played a sport at that school. The most popular sport was by far soccer. The school often had rallies to support all the sports teams. There were incentives to play on the teams such as free meals, movie tickets, and free equipment.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project, as I remember when it first came out, all those many, many years ago when I was a Sophomore at BSU, was an endlessly-hyped "event" film allegedly based around the "found footage" of three disappeared college film students, Heather Donohue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams--all of whom are still alive and well, and all of whom essentially play themselves in the picture.
The History & Haunting of The Myrtles
The Myrtles Home & Former Plantation Deep in the heart of St. Francisville, Louisiana, lies one of the most haunted homes in the United States—The Myrtles. The former plantation and home were built in 1796 by General David Bradford. In the early 1800s, it was common to find plantations along the Mississippi, and The Myrtles was one of them. For some, plantations were a significant source of income. They produced a supply of cash crops at the expense of those enslaved. Tragically, plantations were also a place of death and despair for many others. It's a dark chapter in American history, filled with brutality and inhumane conditions.
Goblin Bites: Scary Stories 4
There was once a man driving home on a quiet, rainy night. He'd had a long, hard day, and was utterly exhausted. It was all he could do to keep his eyes open and maintain his lane. Luckily there weren't many other cars around due to the lateness of the hour, otherwise his constant nodding off at the wheel could have had disasterous results. The rain fell more heavily as he came to a four-way stop. His usual route was blocked by a fallen tree, leaving him no choice but to take the scenic route through a network of back roads.
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"The Wolf Man" (1941) (Gene pick) The film that launched a franchise, and made Lon Chaney, Jr. a star, this is the iconic film most people think of if they think of a werewolf movie. Chaney plays Larry Talbot, a man who survives a werewolf attack, only to find himself turning into a werewolf himself when the moon is full. Talbot is a great everyman who hates that he becomes a monster that could hurt or kill anyone, including those he loves. Bela Lugosi and Maria Ospenskaya have small but key roles as gypsies who tell Talbot about his curse, and legendary actor Claude ("Casablanca") Rains plays Talbot's father, who must cure or stop his son.
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Nosferatu (1922): Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim (Gene pick) This film is iconic. Even if you've never seen it, you've probably seen clips from it, as they frequently show up in other films, or in montages of vampire films. It's an unauthorized adaption of "Dracula," which shows vampires as they were originally thought to be - horrific undead creatures that used to be human, that sort of remember being human, but clearly they are human no longer.
The Raven (1963)
Peter Lorre has a problem. An evil wizard, played by Boris Karloff, has turned him into a sleek, blackbird. Oh, he's still Peter Lorre, but, darn it! Vincent Price, of whom he was counting on having the correct magical formula to change him back into a man, just can't seem to get it right. Oh, his daddy seems to have all the correct magical ingredients hidden in his ancient laboratory, but, something goes wrong, and he just doesn't mix up a big enough batch! Thus, poor Lorre, whose life is tough enough for being a put-upon little fat man, is left walking around with two big black wings, occasionally dropping off feathers and lamenting his sorry luck.