Archive for category Spooky (not scary) Movies
The first and best of all the werewolf movies, starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, and the inimitable Maria Oupspenskaya. This and Dracula (1931) are my all time spooky favorites.
Sexy, campy, over-the-top Hammer horror films. Gotta love ’em.
The mother of all vampire movies. Not the first, not the last, but certainly the best. Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
If you have the opportunity, check out the Spanish version, which was filmed each night on the same sets, with entirely different casts, and some different approaches.
The final line of this film was a mystery to me until I saw the Spanish version, in which Van Helsing explains that he will remain behind to administer the final cure to Renfield. In the English version, Van Helsing hurries Mina and Dr. Harker along with a delicate promise to follow “presently.”
I can’t help it. I love this movie. Ed Wood’s finest film.
The Vampire Bat stars Bela Lugosi , Fay Wray (King Kong) and Melvyn Douglas (Ninotchka). The story: the city of Kleinschloss is infected with a dark scourge from the past. A Legion of bloodsucking creatures who can assume human form have returned to prey upon the unsuspecting citizens. Detective Karl Brettschneider begins investigating numerous gory deaths at the request of the burgomaster. Despite the obvious evidence, he refuses to accept the existence of vampiric human bats, but soon their existence proves all too real.
This film is in the public domain.
Phantom of the Opera, a silent movie. At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives.
Starring Lon Chaney. His son, Lon Chaney, Jr., starred in several werewolf movies.
This silent movie is in the public domain.
This is your lucky day.
White Zombie, a scary classic. A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. This is a full-length movie in the public domain, starring Bela Lugosi. It gave me nightmares when I was little!
John Barrymore stars in the renowned silent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, about a Victorian scientist who turns himself into a murderous abomination.
This silent film is in the public domain.
Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, director F.W. Murnau’s chilling and eerie adaption of Stoker’s Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the legend.
This is a silent movie.
Nosferatu is in the public domain, and can be downloaded here for free: