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Great Horror Movies from the 30's and 40's

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The third Frankenstein movie and the last one to take the subject seriously. The rest that followed were campy and fun but the first three were eerie as hell. Eeriest scene is the one where the monster is spying on the child in his bedroom. Neat gothic post modern architecture and a lava pit scene at the end that was pretty well copied in Alien III and in countless other films.
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A humorous and politically eerie pre world war II movie that I admit defies logic in parts but makes up for it in astounding special effects, these effects will make your eyes pop out when you realize how old this film is. Great voice talent by the great Claude Raines too.
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The best version to date, the creepy Monster Island scenes are my favorite, but the New York scenes are the best remembered.
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An extremely weird film by the person who brought the two first Frankenstein films to the screen. Creepy, funny and twisted sexually, this film is a little slow but is beyond weird.
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Called the last great Universal Monster and rightly so. This movie brought back the magic of the 30's and 40's movie into the giant bug movie era of the 50's. bug movies were great but this had a mythic beauty with the swimming scene that inspired Jaws.
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Karloff is giant in this, this performance is better than Frankenstein's monster. And that is saying a lot. A little slow but worth it.
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Released in 1934. The man who brought you Lugosi in Dracula took a big chance in this movie about a ragged band of carnival freaks. Very sympathetic to the plight of the freaks, he shocked everyone by using real freaks in eye popping detail, and got run out of Hollywood for it, his career was ruined. Dracula brought him fame but Freaks brought him immortality and the title of the most daring film maker of his time.
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Campy and a lot of fun. the first monster match up. Eerie in parts but overall dumb fun.
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Campy and fun. Very similar to Frankenstein meets the Wolfman in theme and self parody.
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A comedy that is genuinely spooky. The last Universal movie to have a monster team-up hosted by the comedy duo. Not as dumb as you would expect.
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The first werewolf movie, and I prefer this one, even if it didn't have the excellent makeup and gypsy of Lon Chaney's Wolfman. This werewolf just seemed more vicious, and some great performances by British actresses that played spinster drunks and the bartenders wife.
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Giant creature in the poster aside, this creature stood about 6'5". We are genuinely sad for the creature when put in the public Aquarium and glad when he breaks out of his prison. A great follow up to the first.
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Much maligned but I think stands high and mighty among the other two creature movies. Surely it is the most imaginative, but the new storyline veered off the stratosphere too much for most, but I think it opened up whole new worlds.
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The first sequel to outdo it's parent in scope, grandeur and added humor to the mix. It is a mild parody of the incredibly bleak original, but is frightening in its own way. Called the best horror movie ever made, a grand title indeed, this is a movie you just have to see, along with the first one.
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My favorite of the B movie Frankenstein movies. Boris Karloff is fantastic as the mad doctor who kidnaps enemies and plans to transplant their brains in his monsters bodies. Climactic fight scene at the end is a riot.
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The grand daddy of all horror movies. what hasn't been said about the hapless creature that was sadly a reflection of the Director himself?
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This is STILL my favorite period for movies, I love movies that are coming out even today, but these are over 50 years old and have proven their shelf life time and time again. A lot of them are still iconic in makeup and storyline and characters. That says a lot. I snuck a few 50's flicks in that were the tail end of this great era.

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