Gone are the days, it seems, that you can turn to the TV on a Saturday night and sit down to watch some good classic horror. Even on Halloween itself you'll be hard pushed to find anything remotely scary on the box. Must we be forced on to the streets to go Trick or Treating and end up getting kidnapped or killed or worse?! I've been watching a lot of the oldies lately. No matter how cheesy they may be they always manage to look good. They are automatically classy because of their age. They manage this with little or without the benefit of our newfangled cinema magic.
Take Nosferatu. Just look at this incarnation of Dracula. If you're of the school of thought that vampires should be pretty then this film could be a real shock to the system. His harsh features, bald head and long pointy fingers. The film itself is surreal. You feel like you're in a dream or have been drugged. Not sure I've seen anything close since.
Night of the Living Dead gave us zombies with social comment. Also, young kids who looked about 30. But young kids having fun they were. Just their voices sound creepy, like they know something is coming around the corner. This low budget film was packed with suspense and inspired many.
Psycho was purposely filmed in B&W because Hitchcock, who knew his stuff, could see that this would give the story more of a scary edge. The scenes, setting and actors where so painstakingly worked out to maximise fear and suspense.
These are just some of the more accessible movies. There is an amazing legacy still to be discovered. The Bide of Frankenstein, The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, pretty much all Hammer!
Check out horror blogger, Cyberschiziod's campaign to bring those horror classics back on to our TV screens in double bill form. Share your ideas, spread the word and sign the petition! And don't forget, something is coming...