I’m not a big fan of horror, slasher or movies with gratuitous violence and bloodshed all in the name of scaring the shit out of someone.
You can instil thrill, anxiety and fear without watching a zombie eat someone’s face or a maniac cut limbs off of people.
I used to babysit as young girl both as a pre-teen and throughout my teenage years. Needless to say that was many many years ago. Watching Halloween (part 1) and When a Stranger Calls at around the age of 12/13 more or less made me paranoid and convinced that all babysitters were under immediate threat from psychotic killers.
Most of my friends know this and at least one of them thought it would be a great idea to call me in the middle of the night, at the time I was married to my first husband who worked night-shifts and was the mother of young children, and heavily breath the words ‘have you checked on the children’ into the phone. For those of you who haven’t watched When a Stranger Calls, the young babysitter gets phonecalls with this exact message from the psycho killer, who turns out to be calling from inside the house.
Now and again I can be enticed to watch a classic horror movie, except for anything with zombies in it, but afterwards my Freudianesque dreams are worthy of a script all unto themselves. Here are a few of my classic Public Domain choices for you..
The one classic I would always pick for an occasion like Halloween or a scary night in is Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) ( a symphony of horrors) or just Nosferatu.
There is just something about the way Max Schreck plays Count Orlok. Werner Herzog remade the film in 1979, Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht or Nosferatu the Vampyre with Klaus Kinski playing the part of Nosferatu. Kinski is just as creepy and hauntingly intimidating. I swear the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I watch Schreck or Kinski in the role. Read Nosferatu: The Classic Vampire Movie by Dileas right here on the blog.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) is a perfect example of a movie I wouldn’t pick: cos zombies. It is however a classic cult movie when it comes to the living dead. Read Night of the Living Dead by Sylliebee here on the blog.
A low budget black and white independent horror movie directed by George A. Romero. It was made for a pittance and went on to become a financial success, much to the surprise of everyone.
I have to admit zombies just aren’t my cup of tea. It’s the whole ‘eat brains, eat humans, and look and sound utterly disgusting whilst doing so’ thing. I don’t even watch The Walking Dead (psst…don’t tell).
The stellar cast of this 1976 horror movie Horror Express should be enough to entice anyone to watch this little gory gem. Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas and Christopher Lee are an excellent combination for a culty Halloween movie night binge.
House on Haunted Hill (1959) starring Vincent Price directed by William Castle. All they have to do is spend a night in this house of horrors and win $10000. Sounds so simple, right? It depends on the terror and scary shit they will be pitted against. Doesn’t matter what Price is in, he gives off such an air of mystery and darkness that you just know something evil is coming your way.
More Halloween treats on the blog: Ghosts on the Loose, This Magazine is Haunted, Sharp Fanged Blood Sucking Death, Hilarious Halloween Haunts, House on Haunted Hill, Peculiarly Sharp Teeth, The Empty House and other Ghost Stories, Spooky Halloween Fun, The Dead Walk Again, A Bucket of Corman, A Stocking Full of Halloween Cartoons, The Eye Creatures, The Vampire Bat, Wolf Blood or Attack of the Monsters of Terror.