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Rediscovering Horror: a new project

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Viewed: ~July 26 2012

This movie is a difficult one to rate, because I can't compare it to anything else that I have watched. To say that it was visually eccentric would be an understatement. The style was very unique. It seemed like every building, every floor, and every window was twisted, tilted, or lopsided.

I'm also starting to think that the makers of this movie knew something special about makeup that has been forgotten in this modern age.

"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" felt like pure expression, from the sets, to the direction, to the acting. There was no filter between the movie and the person watching it.

I'm not sure I would characterize this as a horror movie. However, I don't know what else to call it, because it doesn't fit into category I have experienced before.

I'd like to come back to this film in a few months, and watch it again.
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Nosferatu (1922)
I need to re-watch this movie.

This is one of those movies that are better owned than rented. Unfortunately for me, I rented this one, and the transfer on the DVD is of poor quality. Also it's in the TV aspect ratio, which I know it's not supposed to be. Although I have a pretty good idea about what I thought about this movie, I'm going to save my review for when I buy a really good copy of the movie. If you own a good copy, could you tell me where I might find one?
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Faust (1926)
Viewed on: August 4 2012

Beautiful cinematography. Very emotive and powerful special effects, with extreme dramatics in acting. I really needed to see this movie. I now understand the fascination and love that people feel for some of the brilliantly visual silent movies. The images are unforgettable. This is a movie worth owning.
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Viewed: August 10 2012

I continue to be amazed by the effects and cinematography of these early films. The things that the director did with shadows and transparency in this film are incredible. I assumed before watching this movie that it would be silent. I was mistaken, as this film has dialogue in German. A very good film, although not scary in the horror sense, definitely worth watching if you want to make movies of your own. I'm really glad I stumbled onto this title.
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Cat People (1942)
Viewed on: August 22 2012

A very good performance by Simone Simon. She is plagued by the belief that she will be subject to an evil curse if she allows herself to fall in love. Some really good scenes, and very good use of black and white to enhance lighting and shadows. Much of the film takes place in low light with high shadowy contrast.

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Viewed August 22 2012

These two movies do feature the same actors, but the two movies themselves couldn't be more different. The focus is on a young girl, the daughter of Irena's husband. We follow her through the aspects of her imagination, and are introduced to a strange old woman and her depressed daughter.

This film lacked focus at times, since it seemed like the story was getting pulled in more than one direction. Overall, the movie was good, but it's anything but a horror movie.

And there are no cat people in this one.
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Viewed: September 8 2012

Boris Karloff plays one of the tallest Chinese villains in history. Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy's performances carry the film. The movie shows its age with prejudiced overtones, but if you can get past that, there were some exciting moments. If you're a fan of Karloff or Myrna Loy (I am) then you might enjoy the film.
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Viewed: September 29 2012

Charles Laughton stars as the twisted Dr. Moreau in this movie based on H.G. Wells' novel. This film has the 1930's horror feel that I'm beginning to get accustomed to. The story centers mostly around the shipwrecked character Edward Parker. But, Laughton and Kathleen Burke who plays Lota are the best characters to me. This is very different from the Dr. Moreau story with Burt Lancaster, and different still from the 90's version with Marlon Brando. Laughton is the best doctor of the three, but the movie suffers from being a little too brief. Also, the other female character, Parker's fiance, is nothing more than a walking potential victim, much like the lead female in The Mask of Fu Manchu. Overall, I liked the movie, and I even recognized Bela Lugosi underneath a massive pile of facial hair.
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Dracula (1931)
Viewed: October 3
One of the first things that you might notice while watching this movie is the absence of music. It doesn't hurt the film at all.

There seem to be some silent film elements. Long scenes where Dracula is moving slowly toward his victims. Close ups of extreme facial expressions that never seem to end. These elements helped to enhance the expressiveness of the movie. Also, the ambiance of the film is excellent, with great sets. Dwight Frye, who played Renfield, had a performance that was as good as Bela Lugosi's. Although the movie isn't scary the way it was when I was a child, I still enjoyed watching it.

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Viewed: October 11 2012

I have to admit, my expectations were pretty high for this movie. Mostly I think, because of the awesome title. Alas, it was not what I thought it was going to be. Boris Karloff has a very lively performance, playing two roles in the movie. The Black Room is a story that deals with a family curse centered around a black room with onyx walls, housed inside a castle. Karloff plays two twin brothers, one evil, the other good. Unfortunately, like a lot of 1930's horror films, the movie is just over an hour in length. I wish the filmmakers had taken more time to explore the characters, but that's my only real complaint about the film. The sets were excellent, and Karloff really pulls of playing two characters well. Marian Marsh is one of my all time favorite 30's actresses, so I also enjoyed seeing her in the movie.
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Viewed: October 11 2012

Karloff plays a doctor who is about to drug a patient to the point of death, and revive him using a special machine that reinstates circulation to a lifeless body. Actually, this movie deals with medical issues that must have seemed supernatural at the time, but are considered normal by today's medical standards. This movie was way ahead of its time for that reason, and Karloff gives a great performance as a rejected and persecuted scientist. I would say this movie is worth seeing for anyone who hasn't watched it before.
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Viewed: November 2 2012

I thought I was going to get "White Zombie" in the mail, but instead I got The Phantom of the Opera. So I watched it.

This movie is beautiful. The sets are massive. There must have been at least 100 extras. There are costumes, musicians, dancers. This movie felt incredibly complete. I had gotten used to watching horror movies with a shoestring budget that last only 70 minutes. Mary Philbin is gorgeous in her role as Christine Daae. Her eyes grews like saucers every time she had to look at The Phantom's face. In this movie, the Phantom isn't just some emo dude in a cape, getting you to feel sorry for him. He's a cold blooded killer! And he looks absolutely terrifying. This movie is a must see.
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White Zombie (1932)

Viewed: November 7 2012

This was a weird one. First off, I feel bad that some of the film appears to be missing or degraded, probably lost forever. Unlike the very elaborate and well produced Phantom of the Opera, this movie was probably produced under extreme time and financial constraints. The movie is fun, despite having some flawed acting on the part of the male and female leads. The most fun part about the movie is without a doubt Bela Lugosi's crazy eyes.

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Viewed: November 29 2012

I didn't realize how great an actor John Barrymore was. He did a great job of playing the noble Dr. Jeykll and the twisted feral Mr. Hyde.

One of the greatest things about Barrymore's performance was the complete change in posture after the transformation into Hyde. Bent over, with his legs turned inward, he walked more like an animal than a man. Anyone who likes the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story should see this version. It's a short movie, about 80 minutes in length, and of course is a silent film.

After watching this movie, I want to watch more of John Barrymore.

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Viewed: December 16 2012

I assumed The Hands of Orlac was a horror movie, but I was wrong. It is more of a crime drama, but it is still worth seeing. The expressions, acting, sets, and visual communication is fantastic. As far as the story goes, it is not as solid as some of the other silent movies I have watched recently. Still, if you haven't watched it yet, please do. - and as a side note, the musical score matched very well with the events of the movie. Often, that is not the case. I was glad that a musical score was made later to match the film.
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Frankenstein (1931)
Viewed: December 24 2012

Yes, a perfect movie to see on Christmas Eve. Well, maybe not. But seeing this movie as an adult was a treat. I'm guessing this movie didn't have a large budget, but Director James Whale certainly made the most of it. There incredible moving camera shots in this film, the wedding festival, the monster stumbling through the woods, and the father carrying his drowned daughter through the town square, which are incredible moments of film making. Also, the darkened shots of the monster are beautifully done. Boris Karloff is a genius at playing unusual roles, and this is probably his most memorable movie role. Colin Clive does an excellent job playing Dr. Frankenstein. There really isn't anything I can complain about in this movie, other than the same thing I always complain about when I watch early thirties horror movies... Why is the movie so damn short? If the screenwriter and director had 30 more minutes to play with, imagine what other amazing scenes we would have to talk about today.




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Viewed: December 24 2012

This movie continues the story of the monster and Dr. Frankenstein's quest to destroy it and clear his conscience. Colin Clive and Boris Karloff are back, but nearly all of the other actors have changed. Also, castle Frankenstein seems to have grown in scale and grandeur, no doubt due to an increased budget from the studio. This movie has an expanded role for the monster, he learns to speak and express himself more clearly. This movie is longer, and more emotionally diverse than the original. However, it doesn't seem as focused as the first one, and has a different feel. Now, different isn't a bad thing. But instead of a fantastical blending of horror and science as was seen in the first movie, this movie has more of a science fiction adventure feel to it, with some of the high contrast horror elements left out.

Especially confusing and out of place was Dr. Pretorius' experiments with growing miniature people. A King, A Queen, A Bishop, A Ballerina, that didn't seem weird to anyone? What I can say about The Bride of Frankenstein is that the movie is bigger, more adventurous, and more expensive than the original. However, it lacked some of the grim and dark misery of the first film. One film does not eclipse the other, and both are worth seeing multiple times.


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Another movie I never heard of that I nevertheless endeavor to watch. Why do I do this to myself? Contained within any one of these films may be the power of an eternity of sleepless nights. I'll try and not look up any info on this movie, so I can go in without any preconceived notions.


Viewed: January 4 2012

Let me start by saying what I liked. The movie had great sets, good acting, interesting characters, and some violence. It has among its cast- Charles Laughton, Melvyn Douglas, Boris Karloff, and Raymond Massey.


This movie is different from all the other horror films I have seen. I don't want to start throwing out spoilers, but I feel the need to inform you of some aspects of this film that you may want to know.

1-There are a lot of characters. In most horror movies, there's only enough time to focus on a few key characters. In this film, there are at least 8, and all of them are important.


2-Regardless of what you can glean from the screen caps, there are no monsters. That's right, if you're waiting for a monster to come out and start howling, know that this is not a monster movie.


3-I'm not sure that this film is a horror movie. Because it is so unlike the other movies I have seen on this list, I have a hard time trying to boil down the whole movie into a few lines...


Despite the fact that I have told you little about the film, just see the movie. It's the only way you'll be sure of whether it's your ilk or not.


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The Mummy (1932)
Viewed: January 29 2013

So it turns out I never saw The Mummy before. I'm pretty sure I have watched a newer version, perhaps from 50's, but I don't remember that either.

So here we are, another Karloff movie. His work in this film features him playing one of his most sinister characters. Unlike his role of the monster in Frankenstein, you really don't feel sympathetic toward Imhotep. After being revived by dark magic, Imhotep starts plotting to reincarnate his lost love, and kill absolutely anyone who tries to stop him.

Like many horror films of the 1930's, this film is way too short, and ends very quickly and abruptly. The makeup was excellent, I am continually impressed with the quality of makeup, costume and set design in these movies.

Good performances by Zita Johann, Edward Van Sloan (also co-starred in Dracula) and of course, great performance by Boris Karloff.
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VIEWED: March 7 2013

The question you have to ask yourself when seeing this movie is: Is this a horror movie?

I have to admit, it doesn't fit into a neat little category. There are supernatural aspects to the movie to be sure. But the movie feels more like a thriller (if that word means anything) and a crime drama than a horror movie.

Fritz Lang is the man. I have seen three of his movies now, and I am amazed at his technical genius. Every shot is so well executed, a meticulous exercise in perfection.

I liked the characters, the story, and the striking imagery. If you haven't watched this movie, you should go see it as soon as possible. Just know that it isn't a horror movie in the purest sense. The movie is unique.
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Also discovered through Victorian Fantasy's list, is this film I know nothing about. Netflix says 'Fritz Lang' at his best. We shall see for ourselves.

Viewed: April 12 2013
This is a movie that has many dimensions. It is a silent film, with some great cinematic elements, and strong acting by nearly all members of the cast.


I'm going to be repeating some of what I said when I reviewed "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse". This movie, like the one that came after it, is not exactly a horror movie. If anything, it's a cautionary tale of post WWI German society. The story of Dr. Mabuse was originally a novel, and the rights were purchased so the book could be made into film.

Fritz Lang really is the master of early cinema. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, and this movie... Like some of his other silent films, there are strong visually symbolic images in both the characters, the sets, and the cinematography. Some really great moving camera shots were utilized in the gambling houses in the film. Also, the characters looked very striking and unique.


I must issue a warning about this movie, however. It is a long movie. Over four hours long. If you were expecting one of those hour and ten minute suspense films, this is not one of them. However, even though the movie is long, I couldn't think of a single part of the film that seemed expendable. If you loved "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse", and you'd really like to know just who this Dr. Mabuse fellow was, then I suggest you watch this movie.



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The Lodger (1927)
Viewed: May 29, 2013
Hitchcock directing a movie before he was famous. At first, this movie seemed rather straightforward. There is a ripper style killer out on the loose, with a fetish for blonde women. But who is the killer? Is he your neighbor, your friend?

I should have expected a few twists and turns, this being a Hitchcock movie. There were a couple of nice surprises in here, and the acting was well done. Unfortunately, the degradation of the picture meant there was some missing material in the movie. I hope there's an undamaged negative out there somewhere, and a restoration is possible. If not, this film may never been seen in it's original form again.
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Update on watching status
It seems netflix us going to keep this movie from me forever. It keeps delaying my ability to get the dvd. It's the same story with the 1941 version with Spencer Tracy. It just keeps saying 'very long wait' so I've been renting other movies in the meantime. I may not get to watch these movies before moving onto anothre horror list.

I think I may have watched some of this when I was very young. Maybe it's a good thing that I don't remember much of it.
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I watched around a third of this movie, but ended up changing the channel. I didn't want to get the movie out of context, not having seen the beginning. So, I'll round out my Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde movies with this one.
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The Black Cat (1934)
A second viewing of this movie is impossible until I can get my hands on a copy

I watched this when I was a teenager, and it unsettled me. It wasn't scary, but it was uncomfortable. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff played off of each other incredibly well, and they carried the story on the shoulders of their great performances.

I'm going to watch this movie again. Perhaps I'll get something different out of it this time.
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I actually watched this movie a couple of times when I was a kid. It scared the hell out of me. Those hypnotizing eyes. Don't stare into a woman's eyes when you're waiting for the next train. Remember that.

I can't get this on netflix so I might not get the chance to see it again. I remember it as a good film.
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Looking at the many lists dealing with horror movies, I begin to realize that my view and appreciation of them differs than many of the users on listal. Often slated with a lower budget and rushed production schedule, I feel as though I may have been too harsh in my ratings of the horror movies that I have watched in the past.

So, with the idea of creating a fresh perspective, I have decided to watch a series of horror movies from each era, beginning with silent movies all the way up to modern movies. This is going to take years (no joke) and I'm going to miss some of your favorites, I'm sure. But, I'll add more titles to the list as I queue them up in netflix, and give my thoughts on each before and after I watch them.

Suggestions for titles are welcome. I'm going to need all the help I can get, especially for movies from 1910-1930.

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Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 7:49
My favorite horror film is Psycho.

Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari are fantastic; if you're a fan of the film style, German Expressionism, I recommend these non-horror films. The Last Laugh and Sunrise by director of Nosferatu and Fritz Lang's M and Metropolis.

My favorites you might want to add are Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead (some people enjoy the end of the trilogy, Day of the Dead, more than me), Alien, The Thing, and the original King Kong.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 7:54
Thanks for the suggestions!

I love the original King Kong, and have watched it hundreds of times (really - hundreds, from age 4-15)

I have actually watched all of the movies you mentioned. However, when I get to the 1960's-80's, I'll make sure and watch them all again.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 8:07
For films from the 1930's I highly recommend:
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

I'll be curious to see how the list develops and your thoughts on these films :)
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 8:10
bad ass list

The Old Dark House, one of the best spooky films out there.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 8:33
Thanks jaytoast, I just added it to my list.

Marvo, I may be a drooling catatonic by the time I get to The Old Dark House, but if I'm still alive at movie 14 I'll make sure and give it my full attention.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 8:44
I never seen old horror movies like these, but last time I started watching more classics, so I added these movies to my want to watch list
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Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 11:15
I'm genuinely excited for you! Hope this turns out to be a fun and rewarding endeavor for you!

I've only seen half of what's listed so far, but have plans to sit down with the rest myself.

I can't think of a better place to start that Caligari. Great choice.

As for 1930s horror I really think you should sit down with The Bride of Frankenstein once you've watched the original. It's easily my favorite English-language horror film of the 30s and the claim that it's superior to the original is certainly not an uncommon one.

Also, as long as I'm here I'll go ahead and urge you to go out on that limb and watch Dr. Mabuse. jaytoast advised me to do the same thing once upon a time and I was very glad for it.

Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 11:55
For a cute early horror cartoon that won't take even eight minutes of your time, try The Cuckoo Murder Case (1930) with Flip the Frog. You can even watch it right here on Listal via an embed YouTube link. =]

While I don't know how well it holds up, The Others with Nicole Kidman scared me a lot when it first came out and I was, like, youngish.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 17:28
Excellent! I've added this to my list of lists I'm following so I can keep track of your progress. :)

Recommendations: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931), Freaks (1932), Dracula (1931 & while I haven't seen it yet I hear the Spanish version released around the same time is a must see), and The Invisible Man (1933)
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 17 6:32
@Xanadon't: Thanks, I'm excited as well! I should be getting the first movie tomorrow. I also ordered a couple of dramatic silent movies so I could see the difference between silent drama and silent horror, since I'm not too familiar with silent pictures.

@Pumpkinate: I hope to watch that one too. I love old cartoons.

@the giraffe: I'll make sure and queue up Freaks and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I have seen one version, and it may even be the 30's version you mention. I also watched The Invisible Man, but it was more than ten years ago.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 18 0:24
@Pumpkinate: I hope to watch that one too. I love old cartoons.

If you do, let us know your thoughts! =]
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 21 9:29
Really interesting project!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 21 11:15
nice idea!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 21 14:26
Great idea! Go on.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 22 5:00
Oh, and I know this will be basically along the same lines as the Flip the Frog cartoon, but hey, I don't bet you'll be receiving very many classic cartoon submissions, right? ;]

Haunted House (1929), featuring none other than Mickey Mouse!

By the way, the same guy who drew the early (as well as the early-but-later) Mickey Mouse cartoons is also responsible for the Flip the Frog series. Ub Iwerks is just that cool.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Aug 3 5:33
Pretty sure I don't need to recommend it, but Halloween. Watch it.

Also, there's a really obscure horror movie called Dementia from 1955 that I highly recommend due to it's noir-trappings. Just make sure you see the version without the Narrator from Ed McMahon, because the film is intended to be without any dialogue.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Aug 3 5:43
Here's a suggestion:Black Sabbath by Boris Karloff.I'm not kidding,you should watch it.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Aug 3 8:56
you should also add some Mario Bava to your list!
He was a great director (and cinematographer...and screenwriter) and he did some great movies back in the 60's and 70's, I'm talking about hidden classic that inspired a lot of directors!
I strongly recommend him to you, especially:
"Black Sunday", "The Whip and the Body", "Black Sabbath", "Blood and Black Lace", "Bay of Blood" and "Kidnapped" (the last one is not exactly an horror movie but watch it anyway!).
I think Mario Bava is really one of the finest, a true master, really really reeeeeaaaally underrated!
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Aug 4 1:41
It is more than wonderful
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Aug 10 22:59
hum, i only saw the first three ones...
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Aug 17 5:36
Glad to see you enjoyed Vampyr. Agreed on the technical aspects on that one.

As for Nosferatu, if you don't mind watching it online/streaming it can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. Unsure of the quality as I haven't watched it there, but hopefully it's better than the DVD you had. Worth a shot at least. :)
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Aug 24 6:40
@the giraffe: I'll give it a shot. Thanks for sending me the link.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Aug 29 9:48
Island of Lost Souls is another film worth checking out. I just got around to watching it and rather enjoyed it. Also nice to see both Cat People films on here. I recently watched both and enjoyed them quite a bit. They are quite different but complement one another rather well.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Aug 30 2:52
@Hootsaidtheowl: Thanks for the suggestion. I'll add it to the list.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 1 5:39
I recommend The Phantom Carriage, a film that influenced Ingmar Bergman. It's mainly a fable about the plight of a man's soul, but there's many great horror scenes. It's like a darker version of A Christmas Carol and there's great cinematography.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 2 19:12
@Mr. Saturn: Unfortunately, Netflix doesn't have a dvd of The Phantom Carriage. As soon as I can get my hands on a copy to rent, I will.
Posted: 5 years ago at Oct 26 10:14
Very cool idea for a list. You have a lot of movies here that I haven't seen yet.
Posted: 5 years ago at Nov 9 23:00
Great list! A number of films here that I still wish to see.
Posted: 5 years ago at Nov 10 14:52
Agreed on being disappointed that pieces of White Zombie are missing. Hopefully some day someone will turn up a better preserved copy. Still it's definitely a fun movie. Glad you enjoyed it.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Dec 26 7:18
Awesome that you watched Frankenstein and Bride together. And we're pretty much agreed on those films; they differ in feel, which I guess is why I love the original more than its sequel. Because the feel & moods of the original are perfect, whereas the sequel is almost campy at times in a way that lessens my experience (though not enough to turn me off of the film in any way).
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Dec 26 7:25
I agree, I almost feel like the two movies had two different goals. This first Frankenstein film was made to terrify and awe the public with an intense monster. The second film seemed to want to entertain more than scare, and it was very entertaining, but not as scary. Once the monster becomes more human, it's not really a monster movie anymore.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Jan 6 16:26
Now I want to watch Old Dark House even more. I'll have to get my hands on a copy this year.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Mar 2 11:41
this list got my vote for the sheer ambition of it - I just find the older horror movies lacking and very few worth watching once let alone re-watching - I did kind of enjoy Cat People, Dead Of Night, The Last Man On Earth and more modern Peeping Tom - the pacing of old films tends to be a bit more confident than modern movies but they lack the visceral and shock appeal of modern films - anyways like I said I admire the ambition but not something I would undertake
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Mar 11 7:17
Awesome to see you so enjoyed Testament of Dr. Mabuse! We've both got jaytoast to thank for leading us to that amazing, wonderful, brilliant little film.
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 5 22:27
Just dropping by & I see you watched Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, which is sitting in my instant queue until I have the time to devote to it. Looks like it'll be worth it whenever I get around to it. :)

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