Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931)
Halloween and horror films go hand in hand. Feeling the hairs on the back of your neck tingle and the sensation of adrenaline pumping as you wait for the villian to jump out from behind the closet door. There is nothing better.
Today's horror films, unfortunately, depend on gimmicks, like blood and gore, to frighten; instead of using the most powerful tool the audience themselves possess...their imaginations.
The films of Hollywood's Golden Era used classic storytelling and the art of suspense to draw the audience in.
Classic monsters, Dracula and Frankenstein have given audiences nightmares for decades. Director Alfred Hitchcock has kept us creeped out with, The Birds and Psycho. And the master of classic horror, Vincent Price, has had us looking under beds for years with his performances in House on Haunted Hill and The Pit and the Pendulum.
The things that went bump in the night, the monsters we never saw, the femme fatals (Barabara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity), and the hansome devil that hid right out in the open (Cary Grant in Suspicion) were more frightenin g than anything today's gore-fests can give us.
This Halloween I offer you some classic chills and thrills, with a few laughs mixed in.
1. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN 1948
2. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE 1944
3. THE BIRDS 1963
4. BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1935
5. DIAL M FOR MURDER 1954
6. DOUBLE INDEMNITY 1944
7. DRACULA 1931
9. FRANKENSTEIN 1931
10. GASLIGHT 1944
11. HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL 1959
12. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 1956
13. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1968
14. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 1925
15. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY 1945
16. THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM 1961
17. PSYCHO 1960
18. ROSEMARY'S BABY 1968
19. THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE 1946
20. SUSPICION 1941
Tonight on Turner Classic Movies you can see Gaslight at 8pm and Psycho at midnight. Check your local listing for TCM on your cable system.