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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MrBradshaw's picture

Dracula would be my favorite just because it has that creep factor....the black and white  ambiance of the movie  love the shadowsa and the lighting.....It is weird seeing the evolution of the "classic" vampire from then until now

I also loved Frankenstein he was like a fresh child in a monsters body

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

LMAO. . . . . thanks for the help and examples brother boots ! Nice collection of B & Ws.

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But with todays generation if it doesnt have any cgi in it they will not even bother with it

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Not only that, Mr.B. Many of todays generation, DESPITE THE EASE WITH THE INTERNET, have NO appreciation/desire/sense to check out the originals and are satisfied with the usually, sub par remakes. Its like having a great old collection of something in the house and no one goes through the box to find and appreciate it. Also, most young peeps (and some older) cant seem to understand or appreciate the ERAS that these took place in, the different social conditions and perceptions. Like a crack head not appreciating a fine wine. . . . . just give him Ripple or Thunderbird and their "good".


 

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twistedstoryteller123's picture

What I find strange is that the portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster is nothing like that of the book counterpart. In the book he’s considered intelligent and thought provoking, while in the movie he’s nothing more than a brutish child. As for my favorites, I would probably have to go with “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and its message toward social commentary of the outcasts and those not up to par with the standards of society.

My next choice would be “Nosferatu” on that basis that it didn’t have CGI or any other glorified effect, just the nature of the acting and mood. It wasn’t what we consider scary by today’s standards, but does have an unsettling and eerie after effect, as if it happened to someone in another country. Not to mention, it had one of the creepiest – and probably scariest – incarnations of Dracula I’ve ever seen. Lugosi is great, but Shreck took the cake with being a fiendish vampire.

As for the CGI debate, I am all for it if it doesn’t become cumbersome in the idea of the movie. It should enhance the idea, not take over it. I mean, prosthetics should always come before computer enhancement, and that’s how it should always be.

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I DO recall seeing a FRANKENSTEIN portrayed very much like the book but I believe it was a two or three part made for t.v. movie and possibly even a HALLMARK movie which remained faithful to the FRANKENSTEIN of the book.

I may have mentioned it before but for struggling film makers on a budget or amateurs, there is much to learn from the old B&Ws. TERROR IS A MAN shows minimum efx yet is awesome in its mood, acting and presentation despite its low budget and simple plot.

 

Ferals's picture

The old German horror films were pretty amazing (The Cabinet of Dr Caligari always stands out for me), but there was also some great Italian horror in the 60s, particularly Mario Bava's work and the classic Black Sunday.

My favourite of the Universal films would have to be The Mummy- Karloff was so touching and so creepy at the same time!

And the Val Lewton classics are still pretty amazing too. I saw The Body Snatcher as a kid and the memory of Karloff's haunting voice repeating "Never get rid of me..." stayed with me for years, creeping me out!  :)

I can't understand why someone WOULDN'T want to revisit the classics, there is so much to learn from them and they were so innovative. But then, I'm a history buff as well as a horror nerd.  :)

 

mrtattoo.bob's picture

the old school  is always the best,,,,,

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