scotland wrote:Thanks Rev:
Coincidentally when I went to the best horror movies site, it had a top 10 classic horror movie video games list. Talk about an easy segue between here and there. I'll check it out.
There was a site I went to that was to classic horror movies what Dave is to classic video games. One guy, ignoring all the ads and spin of the big sites, going on for years, writing short interesting reviews on a basic text heavy webpage, spanning decades of movies. I will have to try to locate the site again. I appreciate sites that are clearly a hobbyist who loves their hobby, like having knowledgeable friend.
Since you mention House of Wax, and I assume its the Vincent Price version, have you seen the 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum? The House of Wax is actually a remake of this movie. Its pre-Hays code, and shows how movies may have developed without the family values national censorship board that neutered horror. Even the poster of the movie, with a nude bust of star Fay Wray (of King Kong fame) must have been shocking. The movie also stars Lionel Atwill, who was in a number of good 1930s horror movies. Most famously, he is the monster crippled police inspector in the awesome Son of Frankenstein with Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (and is the inspiration for Young Frankenstein, but you said you don't like comedy in your horror). Actually, Bride of Frankenstein had some humor in it too, and the wonderful character of Doctor Pretorius - the first Doctor Shrinker type of mad scientist I can think of in the movies.
Try Mystery of the Wax museum then for a pre Hays code horror. Keep in mind the horrific injuries some WWI vets carried, and the scarring in both this movie, and the silent Lon Chaney classic Phantom of the Opera probably touched visceral nerves. It acts in much the same way as the blasted landscape of the Frankenstein films must have evoked the war too. Mystery of the Wax Museum has less horror than the Vincent Price movie, but Fay Wray is likely the very first scream queen between this and King Kong. I find I don't rewatch even the best of the silent horrors, but I will rewatch 1930s talkie horror all the time.
I would like that site if you could find it. I'm always looking for other sites to recommend horror movies. I've been really happy with some of the recent ones I got recommended from other sites.
I haven't seen Mystery of the Wax museum. I'm not usually into movies that far back but 3 years ago I would have said I was definitely in favor of 1970's+ horror movies, but I've recently seen a lot of solid ones from the 50's and 60's. The few that I've seen from that far back tend to be really hit or miss with me but I really liked the 1950's House of Wax, so I'd probably give it a shot. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll see if I can find it used when I go out this weekend.
I finished watching Frozen and Honeymoon this last week. Both were excellent and offered different takes on the horror genre. Frozen had no "evil" in it, it was just three people put into a really bad situation, being stuck on a ski lift, all alone, for days. The movie doesn't really feel like a horror movie at all until they get stuck up on the ski lift and are all alone. Definitely a good watch if you like your horror movies more realistic (although why they didn't just undress themselves and make rope out of their clothes is beyond me).
Honeymoon was a very slow burning horror film and also played on a very realistic fear, what would happen if your partner went missing and came back different then before. Like the title suggests, the movie takes place during a couple's honeymoon and when the man's wife goes missing one night, he later finds her in the woods, different then before. The movie took inspirations off movies like Body Snatchers but did a good job bringing something new to the table. As the tension slowly builds, the movie takes a much darker tone during the last 30 minutes (the movie is only 84 minutes, so perfect for a slow burning horror film). I'm sad I missed this one when it first came out, as it was definitely one of the best horror movies in 2014 /2015.