TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Horror (House of Wax 1953 / The Haunting 1963 / Freaks / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941)
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The special effects in the older version are also superior, and there is lyrical Freudian symbolism in the sets, statues, paintings, etc, that really adds to the drama and continually reminds us of Mamoulian's power as a visual director. The newer version attempts some symbolism (for example, the two whipped horses transform into the two leading ladies) but its symbolism is so heavy handed that it makes the earlier film seem profoundly subtle by comparison.
Even the makeup in the older version is superior. In the Tracy version, Mr. Hyde's appearance seems inconsistent from cut to cut within the same scene. And the use of a masked double for Tracy, even in non-stunt scenes in the London fog, is painfully obvious. You don't even need to pause the DVD to see it.Read more ›
Frea ks (1932) was misunderstood at the time of its release, but is now highly regarded as a horror classic. Director Tod Browning really had a vacuum to fill after Lon Chaney's death ended their successful partnership. This film is an example of his finest work post-Chaney. It is about Hans, a little person in a circus attracted to a beautiful but evil woman who marries Hans for his money and plans to murder him. When the other circus "frea ks" find out about Hans' bride's plans, they extract a cruel but fitting revenge. This film is available in a more deluxe edition that includes commentary. Audiences were troubled by this one when it came out because people with actual disabilities were used rather than actors and actresses in makeup.
The Haunting (1963) is more effective in this version than in the 1999 version with all of the special effects. You actually never see anything in this film - you just hear the sounds and experience the horror of Julie Harris' character as she stays in a haunted house along with a group of people as part of an experiment framed by a psychiatrist. This is currently available separately as ...Read more ›
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The Haunting is possibly THE greatest horror movie ever made....love, love, love it!!!!....Don't ever watch this one alone.... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Michael P.
This is one of my favorites by Robert Lewis Stevenson. It is extremely hard to find this on DVD, I've been looking for it everywhere.Published 5 days ago by SCOTT WHITWORTH
This is more of a psychological Jekyll/Hyde than the other ones that came before or after. I felt so sorry and sad for Ivy, portrayed by the great actress, Ingrid Bergman.Published 14 days ago by Lawrence Nepodahl
4 movies for the price of 1 and if you do not have them in your Sci-Fi Collection this is a great way to get them.Published 14 days ago by Just Frank
My "House of Wax" disk has trouble loading, but the others are great!Published 18 days ago by Andre Vellagio
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