HALLOWEEN classic Movies that are treats to watch
Many people have beloved horror classics they love such as nightmare on elm street and the many universal horror movies and the very well loved horror classics as Its a vastly wide wide world of horror classics you are overlooking by watching them often as today i talk about horror classics many do not watch as often as the beloved classics of Halloween.
The Body Snatcher review
Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson story, directed by Robert Wise, produced by Val Lewton, starring Boris Karloff and Henry Daniell, with Bela Lugosi in a small but important part. It may be Boris Karloff’s best role on the screen that is shamefully overlooked by many people. Its was the last horror movie to feature both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi but as normal val lawton movies are overlooked by so many classic horror fans. Karloff is chillingly perfection in the role of the sly coachman who augments his salary with a little grave robbing as he is pitch perfect fit for this role. Robert Wise directs a very good horror movie that has such wonderful acting with such a rich look to it that really makes it one of best overlooked horror movies to come the screen.
Black Sabbath review
Black Sabbath is one visually stylish flick, courtesy of one of Italy’s finest; Mario Bava. Boris Karloff introduces a trio of horror stories in Mario Bava’s anthology film as each horror story is truly different. Bava directs the The Telephone”, “The Wurdulak and “The Drop of Water as each tale is so different form last tale. This anthology is composed by three segments, all of them directed by Mario Bava as each one is masterfully crafted. Black Sabbath” is an atmospheric and evocative marvel that has three marvelous tales that each feels fresh and different. It’s truly a wonderful horror treat to watch.
Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat was released in 1934; it was the first feature film to famed Universal horror actors Bella Lugosi (“Dracula”) and Boris Karloff (“Frankenstein”) in the same film together which may explain why it is one of the beloved cult classics.
Bella Lugosi plays the good guy in this movie. The role of Dr. Vitus Werdegast is among the finest ever played by Bella Lugosi. it is so much of a departure from many of his other roles it does stand out among his roles.
Boris Karloff plays Hjalmar Poelzig, a Satanic architect whom is among one of his finest roles on the screen as he plays a wonderfully creepy role. He plays a devil worshiper that holds black masses and a penchant for the ladies only when they are put to the devil’s business. He plays it so dark and twisted as this evil devil worshiping priest. He was once friends to Dr. Vitus Werdegast whom he betrayed during the war which led to a long imprisonment. This bond really plays off well in parts you see shades of the friendship yet you know truth that both men don’t like each other. They play both together in a horror classic in a fine manner as both of the duo really lights up the screen.
Peter Alison (David Manners), a pulp mystery writer, and his newlywed bride, Joan (Julie Bishop,) both plays both roles finely i may add as both really are good at playing off this couple stuck in middle of this game between both men. Julie Bishop of course plays Joan the victim in the middle of it all.She is used as a pawn in Hjalmar Poelzig’s rituals. Both of the couple really stands out as both give out wonderful performances. The Black Cat contains some of the most unsettling scenes of any classic Universal horror film. It is the darkest of them all. I just wonder how it was viewed by audiences in 1934. Two scenes that immediately come to mind are the black mass performed by Karloff and the torture scene at the end of the film. These scenes are not typical of the Universal classics as this is darker than normal universal horror movies. I adore the darker elements that make this movie really stand out among horror movies of that era. The setting of this movie is different than other universal horror movies as its futuristic house really stands out among universal horror movie movies. It’s wonderful set design and cinematography and lighting really shines that makes it stand out along with its wonderful acting and makeup work and direction makes this universal classic stand out. This is one classic movie you should see today.
The Innocents review
The Innocents is haunting in every respect. The imagery is Gothic and dusty, opaque, creepy, and violating it managed sneak past censors. Deborah Kerr’s performance is quite simply wonderful as it comes. The use of candle-light and glass filters around the camera is impressive as it comes as it gives cinema-scope such intimacy and freshness. Freddie Francis’ cinematography is truly one of the finest as it captures such a haunting tale in such a wonderful way. Sophie Devine’s costume design is perfect as it truly fits this classic movie. The Innocents is one of my all time favorite horror films, and one of my favorite films. Its truly a wonderful horror classic you should see.