Halloween: Some of My Favorite Films
With Halloween upon us, it's time to settle down and curl up with a good horror novel or horror movie. But when tomorrow dawns, you may want to know a little more about the horror genre and its history. May I suggest picking up a copy of my Knowing Fear or A Hideous Bit of Morbidity?
I've received a few requests for a list of some of my favorite horror movies, so for Halloween I'm going to share ten of the movies I enjoy this time of year. This is not meant as a critical assessment of their absolute value as cinema, or even their ultimate value for the horror genre. (For that, read my Knowing Fear.) As you'll see, I tend to enjoy older films more than modern ones. I think this due to horror's relationship to the Gothic, and the age of the film creates that layer of historicity that recreates some of the ancient terror of the Gothic.
If I get to count TV movies, I'd also give an honorable mention to segment three of Trilogy of Terror (1975), "Amelia," about an evil doll stalking a woman, and the first segment of the 1969 Night Gallery pilot movie, "The Cemetery," about a mysteriously changing painting that seemingly depicts the imminent rise of a zombie and its attack on its former home.
Finally, if you aren't too serious about your horror, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) is the best monster mash available, and one that works almost as well as a Universal Horror film as a comedy.
10/31/2012 11:19:21 am
I find Mike Heiser particularly interesting.He does such tremendous job at debunking "Ancient Aliens" Voodoo doctor like Zecharia Sitchin, & "fringe beliefs apostles,but unfortunately he does it from his own Judeo Christian perspective. As a "Christian" scholar,Mike Heiser is the perfect example of the academic-scientist who has no problem whatsoever leaving his rational & critical thinking (scientific methodology) at the door of his church on Sunday.Mr Heiser is quite efficient at exposing pseudo scientific & pseudo historical lunacies,but apparently he is unwilling to tackle his very own superstitious & magical beliefs system.One form of worship gave way to another....
10/31/2012 05:40:08 pm
Great list. I'm not familiar with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and I'm embarrassed to admit that I still haven't watched Nosferatu. I'll add both to my Netflix instant queue.
10/31/2012 09:28:57 pm
Oh my God...I watched "The Cemetery" when I was a kid, and I've been looking for it for years. Thank you sir! (By the way, Nosferatu is the best vampire movie ever; I am surprised that, as far as I know, no one has copied the "Taking of Ellen's heart" scene)
terry the censor
11/4/2012 05:21:00 am
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