torstai 20. lokakuuta 2011

Get Ready For Halloween: Classic Horror

As the darkness takes over the day's final light, lit a candle in the night and dive deep into the horror....

Ever getting tired of how most of the horror movies nowadays are feasting with blood and gutters? That's exactly when it's a perfect time to watch the Old Horror. Black & White Films, made Years Ago. Oh yes. Even if they might not shock you, they are wonderful and in a way, very beautiful too.

I had planned to watch more, but that must probably wait until after the Halloween. But here is the ones I managed to watch:

CLASSIC HORROR

FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

A young scientist, Henry Frankenstein, dreams of creating life – a man made human.Stealing the bodies and bodyparts wrom where ever he may get, he stiches up Monster. One stormy night everything is ready, and the creature awakes to it's life. But with the brains of a criminal, and the lack of experience and understanding of life, a nightmare awaits...

”We must find another brain!”

The story is of course interetsing, for ain't the same idea haunting the scientists today? Ain't the sane subject often in movies even today? As for it's idea, it's a true classic. The music is wonderfully instrumental and have a good gloomy feeling around it. The special effects still work well and the characters are interetsing (the baron was a lot of fun!), and I presonally liked the Monster's looks. Like fitting for the film of it's time, there is plenty of epic looks at the camera and the over acted lines and accents are more than fun as well. Looks and sounds great, a classic no doupt.


THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

A sequel to Frankenstein (1931), starts with three friends talking during a storm, and one, who wrote the story of Frankenstein, starts to tell the continuation of the story right from where the first part started. While Monster wanders the woods seeking for understanding but ending up scaring everyone around him, his creator Henry Frankenstein is persued by another scientist also interested of an artificial life. This doctor Pretorius wants Frankenstein to create another one like Monster, but a woman, and he is determined to have his way...

”Oooh, what a terrible wedding night!”

Starting with music very epic -and the music keeps up during the whole film, supporting it very nicely-, we are thrown back to the story. The first part did seem like it would have ended where it ended, but the sequel is a nice one nevertheless. Epic acting too, the talking sounding just as funny -er, stylished- as before (that one very loud lady is really giving it her all). All the scientific gadgets look as nice and ever, and the costumes and backgrounds look beautiful as ever. Of course the main characters are pretty as ever as well. Special effects work very nicely. While being wonderfully not as polished as the films often are now days.


MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932)

British secret service tells Egyptologist Sir Barton that he must go and fetch a legendary mask and sword from the tomb of Genghis Khan before an evil Fu Manchu, who wishes to use those items to gain a great power -and to use that power for evil deeds. As Fu Manchu kidnapps Sir Barton, a group of people, including his daugter, head to hunt down the desired objects and save Sir Barton. But it's not the simplest task, not even close.

”British goverment is asking you to risk your life again.”

”Oh, very well.”

Well, first of all, even though it appeared on the list of 30's horror movies, it seems to me to be more like an adventure film. I might even say it's just like a grandfather of Indiana Jones movies. Well, Indys are fun, so lets see. The idea of mystical far-away east, with very mystical asian culture, must have looked very mystical indeed back then, but now as we look at it, it seems to be a quite a mess of different cultures. But lets not start sorting out any facts like that. The costume designers seem to have had very much fun with this movie, which is nice to look at. The dialogue is being overly dramatic. Did I mention it's just like Indy movies? Well, ladies in trouble, men seduced by evil mistresses, torture by all sorts of weird ways, and good vs evil very clearly. And the ways of torture has propably had it's own designer team fusing all the classic things together: insects, reptiles, spikes, blades, moving walls... The fastened fighting got me laughing, but the special effects seem alright for their time.


THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933)

A mysterious man with bandaged face and glasses enter an inn during a snow storm, and requests a room -and peace. A room is granted, but peace he can't have -and as he loses his nerves, the owners want him out. He won't go quietly, but with a bang -soon an invisible man has caused a terror and chaos in whole village. The man, doctor Jack Griffin, has ended up invisible, and to fix things -or to make them work for his profit- he is going to need help, but who would help a man who wouldn't hesitate to murder another man...

”And if you escape by the window, I will follow you, and no one in the world can save you.”

The all bandaged main character with a hat and sunglasses looks very nice, and black & white fits this film very well. While invisible, and causing riot, the special effects look really good. I especially loved the scene where the invisible man walks a road half dressed and singing! Also his actor all together makes good a good job, for he is clearly little scary and mad, even though most we see is bandages -or nothing, he is invisible after all. One thing I can say after these movies is, that the women seem to resemble themothers rather much: pretty and worried of their men, and of course carrying that Hollywood glamour shine on their faces. The story itself works really well still, for the invisibility (or affortable one at least) is still sought and often used as an element in literature and movies (HP anyone?).


DRACULA (1931)

A british solicitor travels deep in Transylvania, wishing to get to the castle of Dracula, in business means. All the locals warn him from going there, especially by night, but he won't take their supersitiousness seriously but insists to continue his journey. As he gets to the castle, he is greeted by it's resident count Dracula -a vampire, of which the young man isn't aware. That, as you may imagine, doesn't lead to much good. Soon he is under the counts influence, and on their way to London. Soon there is strange things happening in London, and professor Van Helsing enters the scene, assuming right their origin. But can he assure the others soon enough of the exsistence of vampires to be able to save a young woman on who count Dracula has set his eyes on.

”To the castle?”

”Yes.”

”No.”

First one to meet the viewer is the music from Swan Lake, a great mood setter, I must say. The film has all the classic horror elements, old catsles, spiders' webs, howling wolves, bats and of course -vampires. The looks of the film are right on the spot and the actors do an awesome job. The whole execute was very well done (and the camera just loved to show off Bela Lugosi's intensive stare). Well, the rubber bats were rubber bats for sure, but it still looked great. Oh yup, definitely classic. And after watching this I'm sure of one thing... count Dracula is a sith lord! Totally using Force.


See? Totally using the Force right there!

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