BLACK AND WHITE HORROR

BLACK AND WHITE HORROR

HELLFIGHTER's picture

I know some fans do not go back and look at the foundation of horror, others revel in it. Like many things, sometimes the basics are the best. Sometimes you have to have an eye for it, an appreciation of nostalgia, an historians type of understanding of time, place, behavior. There are a lot of treasures in the past. From the first full length horrors like DER GOLEM, NOSFERATU, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI to later creations like FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON to the less seen and less appreciated like CALTIKI THE IMMORTAL MONSTER, TERROR IS A MAN, COSMIC MONSTERS, IT ! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE.

What is your favorite or some of your favorites and WHY ?


 

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rift267's picture

dont really think its horror but it came in a grindhouse val pack i bought...madmen of mandora...pretty good flick...the story line was out there...kept me interested...of course...frankenstein..only because hes misunderstood i think...i got a sense of innocence in the creature...just watched the cabinet of dr caligari and like it too...also loved house of frankenstein...simple stories that still hold up to today i think..im sure many dont think so...but i think to truly appreciate something u have to dig into the roots...just like u have to watch shitty movies to appreciate the good ones... not saying that B&w films are shitty, but it dos show how the genre has evolved...

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aluna50's picture

for me, it's the classic monster flicks.  frankenstein, wolfman, mummy, dracula & creature from the blk lagoon...also, them, original-the thing... , etc.

my dad sort of baptized my sis & i with these, & i'll likely do the same with my 12 kids someday...  Sealed

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neener3707's picture

I basicly grew up on the video nasties of the 60's, 70's, and 80's. You know all the sick gorey shit that was banned throughout most of the known world. So these black and white films are... different for me. Though i was always a fan of old monster movies like The Creature From The Black Lagoon and The Mummy i still have a hard time pretending to be interested in most of those Oldies.

Eraserhead was pretty awesome though!!!!

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Spookster88's picture

Great topic for discussion HF! I consider myself to be a film historian even though i STILL have a lot to learn-i love the old B&W horror films and old B&W films in general. (I'm a big Bogart fan) The early state of film is a statement to simpler times and the burgeoning creativity and imagination of early film-makers that wanted to be a part of an ever expanding 'new' field of entertainment and had stories to tell, becoming the pioneers of the medium. F. W. Murnau, Tod Browning, James Whale, to name a few. If it weren't FOR them paving the way-the medium of film wouldn't have lasted and we wouldn't be where we are today with the advanced methods of making movies. (Altough most of these 'advancements' have made the medium WORSE) Anyone that doesn't give old films a chance is just depriving themselves of the long history and culture and legacy that film has left us.

Picking a favorite is hard-so many good ones! 'Frankenstein', 'The Wolfman', 'Phantom of the Opera' etc. Any of the ones that have to do with alienation and being feared or despised by others and society-feeling like an outcast because of some circumstance that is beyond your control. I relate to that-even in modern films-that is a theme that always draws me-or the premise of someone who has it all, and then everything is taken from him in a heartbeat leaving him some kind of freak or monster ie: 'Robocop', 'DarkMan', 'Vindicator', those movies show the true side of life and that happiness is fleeting and that any given moment-things can change.

Frankenstein's Monster gif.

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

Indeed Spook. The old stories had THAT exactly. Great stories with deeper meanings. Even the more fun ones created, at least, a great ATMOSPHERE of fright. I do believe the prints for ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (based on the story THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU) are preserved but from degraded stock and NOT restored but even the murky darkness serves to make this movie ominous. Great film noir feel.


I love the shades of gray and black, the shadows playing in the old FRANKENSTEIN movie. I DO think that along with the timeless (although now played out for some) story the film itself is a great example of beautiful, basic cinematography.

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zombiegirl531's picture

 HF -  i agree with spooky-  EXCELLENT TOPIC !!  I LOVE black and white films-  ALL KINDS-  to me there is nothing like them-  because they bring u back to a simpler time-  and that black and white just grabs me- something about it-  I LOVE IT-   i HATE IT WHEN THEY COLORIZE ANY BLACK AND WHITE FILMS-  it just ruins them in my opinion.  I love the classics ( like most people do ) FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, WOLFMAN-  BUT NOSFERATU-  HE TOTALLY FREAKS ME OUT !!  I still get scared when i just see his image-  HE IS ONE OF THE SCARIEST , UGLIEST CREATURES EVER !!!  and the movie SALEMS LOT has a fooked up lookin vampire too !  BOTH of these vampires scare the fook out of me !!

noseferatu 1922.jpg

 

SALEMS LOT VAMPIRE.jpg

 

RIFT:   i was impressed with your comment-  especially when u said that FRANKENSTEIN was misunderstood & innocent-  very interesting take on it- 

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

Rifts intelligent comment IS the meaning of the FRANKENSTEIN story as written by Mary Shelley and brought to the screen. Unfortunately many people saw the edited movie which made the monster less sympathetic and more unfeeling.

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klownz's picture

sorry mate but you seem to actually not know what the fuck you are talking about this time! the term videio nastie comes from the UK & only applys to the 72 films that were banned under the bbfc's rules all of these films were in the 80's ..........

also you claim that you have turned you mind into a horror encyclopedia ON YOUR PAGE, YET! ........ you dont appreciate the originals ................ you are pretty new to the horror genre bro! LOL! you need to go to horror boot camp & do some catching up!

JUST SAYING...............

 

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klownz's picture

I couldnt pick a personal favourite cuz there are to many greats BUT i would say that the bride of frankenstein is one of the greatest films ever made, the whole film is stunning from start to finish

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

Indeed ! BRIDE is incredible in many respects. From the monsters humane lonliness and weariness of being rejected by the world to the "Brides" revulsion and rejection of him. All the interplay between the characters and the great nuances of the black and white film. LOVE it.


Spook also pointed out the great flick, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Another true classic be it the Laughton (which I prefer) or the Lon Chaney version. Chaney actually had a special harness that pulled at different parts of his body so that he would look contorted and deformed. He actually had to constantly strectch and wear the harness to get his body used to it. Almost damaged his joints. Chaney was THE special efx MAKEUP guy that started it ALL for the genre.


 

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