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For the love of horror movies: 1930's to 1980's


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Initial post: Mar 8, 2011, 7:42:12 PM PST
It's time for some nostalgia, time to flash back to our favorite scary films, studios, and stars of yesteryear. From the Universal monster movies ... to Vincent Price's Poe/Lovecraft movies ... to "Creepshow" and "Fright Night". It's a wide spectrum, true. And maybe this topic will attract some conversation and spark some fun memories.

Many of us grew up with weekend TV horror festivals from the local Creature Feature, or Ghost Host. Some of us probably even went to drive-in movies back in the day. And we delighted in the fun horrors of the 1970's and 1980's, whether it was Michael Myers or Leatherface or the movies based on Stephen King's tales (remember Graveyard Shift? It? Pet Sematary?)

Join the chat here and take a stroll down memory lane. You know the way: just go through the foggy old cemetery, past the mad scientist's castle, and there you are.

;-)

Posted on Mar 9, 2011, 10:17:36 AM PST
MattT says:
You mentioned Graveyard Shift...I remember before the film adaptation, there was an interview with Tom Savini(maybe it was on Horror Effects?) and he said that he, Clive Barker, and someone else famous in the horror world were trying to get funding for an adaptation of Graveyard Shift, but they couldn't. Wish I could remember where I saw that- I'm pretty sure it was one of those 80's VHS tapes that came out back then, like Screen Scaries or something.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011, 10:22:01 AM PST
MattT says:
I miss Commander USA's Groovie Movies! That's where I saw a lot of horror films for the first time.

The only local horror host, well the closest to, was on weekday afternoons after school one of the local Portland, OR stations(I think Channel 6 CBS) would air horror movies, and it was hosted by a local car salesman....that's where I first saw The Shuttered Room/It! THE SHUTTERED ROOM.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011, 10:36:34 AM PST
I still like Graveyard Shift even though it's not the best horror film. Of course, the written story is better; usually is.

Speaking of horror hosts, I remember Zacherly in the New York area. He was fairly low key and gave new meaning to the word corny with his puns and cheesy jokes. But for a kid into spooky flicks this was a little hunk of paradise, seeing those monster and alien movies he introduced.

Oooh, The Shuttered Room, I remember that. First time I saw that on TV, I was dying to know what kind of thing/creature was hidden in that old mill. And Oilver Reed's Southern accent was interesting. If memory serves the leading lady was like a Breck Girl type... all American blonde with a perfect face.

My favorite part of that flick: the old lady and her bird, in the tower. That stands out in my mind.

Others like that one come to mind, like "Die Monster Die" and "The Dunwich Horror". Cheesy but fun. The latter is really an excuse for the filmmakers to show innocent teen heart-throb Sandra Dee writhing half naked on a stone altar, lol.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011, 10:59:39 AM PST
MattT says:
I like Graveyard Shift too. Supposedly Stephen King was going to play the Brad Dourif role, can't remember why that changed.

Speaking of cheesy but fun Lovecraft adaptations, I enjoyed Dark Heritage , and The Unnamable.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011, 11:40:42 AM PST
There are certainly some mixed reviews on Ammy for "Dark Heritage". But the premise sounds okay.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011, 12:04:52 PM PST
Nick Jones says:
The Shuttered Room introduced me to my first crush, Carol Lynley. Here's an interesting list I found on IMDb while looking up the movie - Top 100 horror movies of the 60s:

http://www.imdb.com/list/5uTWc96jt3U/

I remember Zacherley, too, although only vaguely. I have stronger memories of Soupy Sales, and Officer Joe Bolton, who hosted a Three Stooges show in the afternoons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zacherley

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011, 12:15:46 PM PST
Nick, what a great list. I need to save that and linger over it later at a leisurely pace. I just glanced briefly at it and I see so many ones I love, even "Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte".

Thanks for sharing that.

Speaking of Soupy Sales, someone once said that on his kiddie show one afternoon he asked the viewers to go to Mommy's purse and grab a green piece of paper and mail it to him. He received a lot of money and a lot of trouble, supposedly. Interesting story.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011, 1:12:48 PM PST
Thomas A. says:
Baron,
I was just thinking about Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. When I was a boy we had this drive in and my mom always made my sister take me with her so her boyfriend would have to behave at the drive-in. He always liked scary movies and this place is the only who would show the Hammer films and non mainstream. I know we went to also see Roger Corman's "The Big Doll House" but the trailers that night were for "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte and The Mephisto Waltz" The dog with the mans head till chills me to this day!

We used to have a horror tv host named "Bob Wilkins" he was on channel 2 and 40 here in central California! His theme song was Neil Hefty's "Gotham municipal swing band city stomp"
Great thread

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011, 1:42:57 PM PST
MattT says:
Most of the movies I like get mixed reviews haha.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011, 1:48:19 PM PST
MattT says:
That's a cool list, Nick.

One of the movies on the list- The House That Screamed I just watched for the first time recently. It's included on the Pure Terror - 50 Movie Pack, it's an excellent movie. Especially the ending!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011, 5:58:04 AM PST
Thomas,

That drive-in sounds cool. Bet you saw some fun horrors there in your youth.

re: Neil Hefty
Oh, the music from the Batman TV series was terrific.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011, 6:11:02 AM PST
Some of those Mill Creek movie sets are like watching the old spooky flicks they would show back in the day on network TV.

Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection

SciFi Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection

Horror - Do Not Watch Alone (20 Classic Horror Films)

That last collection should have a "Play All" feature on each disc, so that five old horror flicks play one after the other-- like the late night horror marathons we used to know. (I found it in a bargain bin at a big department store. Some good ones on their like Night of the Living Dead, I Bury the Living, Nightmare Castle, Carnival of Souls...)

The picture and sound quality on these sets are poor but, hey, they're not blu-rays, are they! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011, 6:40:41 AM PST
MattT says:
I also really enjoyed Chilling Classics 50 Movie Pack, which does have I Bury The Living On it.

Yep, I went in not expecting perfect picture and sound, so I haven't been disappointed.

Other sets I've collected:
Drive-In Cult Classics - 8 Movie Set
Drive-In Cult Classics, Vol. 2
Drive-In Cult Classics, Vol. 3
Drive-In Cult Classics, Vol. 4

Some of the moves have the Drive-In Experience option, with this selected you see an old cartoon, trailers, and concession stand ads.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011, 10:44:27 AM PST
Yeah, those drive-in discs are so retro; I have one with "Attack of the Giant Leeches" and "The Screaming Skull", and there's an option where you can get the whole classic drive-in treatment with ads, cartoon, feature, and more... and you also have the choice of listening to their 'atmospheric' drive-in audio track which features sounds of other moviegoers in their cars and more (but you still can hear the movie's soundtrack as well).

Closest thing I'm going to get to traveling back to the real drive-in days of the past.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011, 1:14:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2011, 1:17:30 PM PST
All very good choices. Every Halloween, we get together and spend a night or two drinking and watching movies.

My personal favorites have been:
Dracula(1931 version with Bela), Night of the Living Dead(George Romero version), The Thing(original version), Halloween 1 and 2(Jamie Lee Curtis version) Salems Lot(David Soul version) and the original Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Salems Lot, you may recall was a made for TV movie, from Stephen Kings book. It was shown over a two night period. It wasn't scary in the blood and gore everywhere sense, but it still held your attention with very good acting and a super story line.

Back in 1976 a movie called Burnt Offerings came out with Karen Black and Oliver Reed and Bette Davis. To this day that is still one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen. It doesn't get much love in the horror genre, but it was definitely out there.

Growing up in Atlanta, in the late 60's early 70's there was a local horror show on channel 17 hosted by Dead Ernest. It was your typical Friday night scare show and Ernest was dressed up in a cape and weird teeth and long hair.

Channel 17 later became WTBS and Dead Ernest was Ted Turner.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011, 1:50:50 PM PST
The Sultan of Sexy,

Thanks for chiming in here. I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

Dan Curtis' "Burnt Offerings" has been a favorite haunted house movie of mine since I was a preteen. The idea of a house absorbing energy and youth from its victims was fascinating ... plus, I loved the cast, the music, and of course that gaunt, grinning chauffeur. An utterly chilling image. So creepy.

"I've been waiting for you, Ben."

re: Dead Ernest
What a super name that is! It's such a fun play on words. Clever.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011, 4:29:36 PM PST
No name says:
I miss usa saturday nightmares i miss old school horror..im sick of the stupid remakes

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011, 4:42:28 PM PST
Booger,

I hear you. Remakes seem to be what Hollywood thinks will sell. I dunno what happened to original writing, good stories, and creativity. It's a shame. I am pretty much turned off by modern horror films. Most of them are mediocre remakes, derivative junk, or mindless torture scenarios. Not for me.

Now, granted, once in a while there's a good scary film released, but that's a rare thing (and has been for years now, really).

That's another reason why I wanted to have a thread like this, specifically for old school horror movies: current horror is lame.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011, 5:56:44 PM PST
Matt says:
MattT: I've seen a few of your posts and have to say that I like your tastes, man=)
As for this thread, I'd have to say TerrorVision is my favorite monster/sci-fi/horror/comedy flick of the 80's (I'm a monster fan), but when it comes down to the wire, hand's down, it's The Creature from the Black Lagoon for me.
Husk

Posted on Mar 10, 2011, 6:23:08 PM PST
Dramamine says:
In reply to an earlier post on Mar. 10, 2011 4:42 PM PST
Baron Sardonicus says:
once in a while there's a good scary film released

Watch out for those generalizations. There are some good ones out there these days, they just take some careful scavenging to find(and only a small percentage of them are american).

ps- welcome back Sard. Good to see you're still alive and kicking.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011, 7:57:14 PM PST
Dramamine,

Yep, still alive and kicking. Glad you're around, it's nice to see some regulars here on the horror discussion boards.

About the generalizations, I was going to be even more critical and direct, lol-- but I toned it down before posting it because I know that when I see someone else making generalizations it can sometimes seem like a sweeping and dismissive judgment call.

Too bad we have to scavenge like hyenas to find a tasty morsel. I know there are some gems out there now and then. After all, looking back on the past decade we had the likes of The Descent, 28 Days Later, High Tension, The Orphanage, The Mist, REC, Splinter, Inside, Session 9, The Ring, and The Others.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011, 11:12:07 PM PST
Nick Jones says:
The last great horror film I saw was The Final Destination. I love it more every time I see it. Drag Me to Hell was fun, but too flawed to be considered great.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2011, 4:52:13 AM PST
Dramamine says:
To the topic at hand: I think Deranged(1974) gets overlooked quite a bit. Very creepy Ed Gein-based movie with terrific acting and a very dirty atmosphere. I've got a big soft spot for the atmospheric Let's Scare Jessica to Death as well.

As far as recent movies: The Posession of David O-Reilly and Left Bank have been 2 of the best I've seen lately. I've yet to see someone not love the former.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2011, 7:48:44 AM PST
No name says:
the very first scream was pretty good
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