CLASSIC HORROR

Ryan

nosfra2@prodigy.com

RE: classic horror

I love these movies...I can't say it enough times. One of my all-time favorites in any era of horror will always be The Mummy, with Karloff. Eerie, haunting, dream-like camera work, with a(mostly) great cast...the only beef I have with this film is a convention that drags down most of these classics to modern audiences-the love angle. Not that modern movies are spotless, how many good horror movies get stopped in their tracks for the sake of "DRAMA"...

But the older ones suffer for it, now, because the love element that was added to keep certain audience members watching(who?? I ask you!) is borrowed from the romantic comedies of the time, and really clashes with the mood and atmosphere the movie makers are trying to achieve. The Mummy is the best example of this that I can think of. Here we have Imhotep coming back to life and seeking out the reincarnation of his beloved, whose main romantic involvement is a corny little dweeb that probably strikes out in every bar he goes to. Imhotep wins hands down, you would think.

Other favorites in the Classic genre are The Raven(Lugosi and Karloff), The Black Cat(ditto), The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Mark of The Vampire, Dracula, Dracula's Daughter(silly title, but cool movie), Phantom Of The Opera(Claude Raines version), The Invisible Man,....Lord, there are too many. I am eternally grateful to these grounds-breakers of the past, and I wish we could start living up to them in the '90's.

Ryan

 

Alkis Philon

a_philon@hotmail.com

RE: B/W MOVIES

T4: I was always a horror movie fan since I remember myself. I watched every horror movie I could get my hands on,but in the last few years I'm a dedicated fan of B/W horror movies. There's nothing compared to the atmosphere and feeling of the old movies like Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman etc. There will never be actors like Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff again. And when it comes to color, I choose Hammer Films. The masters of the color horror movies are Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The more I watch, the more I love it. People (friends,family) can't understand my obsession, but I'm sure that I know something they don't...

Alkis Philon

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