© 2021 Vox Media, LLC. Released at the peak of Cold War and Red Scare paranoia, the political roots of Body Snatchers were far less ambiguous than the films that came before it, and the film successfully solidified the relationship between politics and horror. The lavish production sets rebuilt 15th-century Paris on an epic scale, even re-creating the famed Notre Dame de Paris cathedral.A runaway success at t… George A. Romero is king of the zombies and the father of contemporary horror cinema, full stop. Sandra Dee and Annette Funicello showed off a little - but not too much - flesh as they fell in love with the likes of James Darren, Frankie Avalon and Troy Donahue. Animals are crying out for food and kept in iron-clad cages, and at one point, they legitimately fight one another. 1989. The “Wall of Sound” pioneer was serving a 19-year sentence for the 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson. His family soon discovers that these spirits include a decapitated man, a fully grown lion, a wailing lady and a flaming skeleton, who are held captive in the eerie house and must find an un… Available on Amazon. List of horror films of 1960; List of horror films of 1961; List of horror films of 1962; List of horror films of 1963; List of horror films of 1964 A film that provides plenty of suspense … Why this should be is a profound question. Available on Amazon. The quality of the movies is good, and it's nice to get so many classics in one set. was a monumental success for Warner Bros. pictures, and one of the best examples of what would become the science-fiction subgenre. It’s also one of the earliest and best examples of the “creepy children” subgenre. But the movies were entertaining—and lucrative.Between 1948 and 1962, Hollywood released more than 500 science-fiction features, which were widely distributed to movie … Surfer dudes and beach bunnies, rock 'n roll, and good, clean fun. Adapted from John Wyndham’s novel The Midwich Cuckoos, the ostensible threat seems initially to come from outside the village of Midwich in the shape of telekinetic blonde children born of human mothers as a result of an extraterrestrial intervention. No focus.”, Three Dwayne Johnsons of Varying Sizes Star in First. Perhaps the film’s greatest contribution is the iconic “bus scene,” a moment filled with such intensity that it serves as the premiere example of what would later become known as “jump scares.” It continues to serve as one of the most effective scares in horror history. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Widely considered the earliest example of horror … Batman [Batman: The Movie] (1966) Everything that's ridiculous about this film is 100% intentional, right down to Cesar Romero's white Joker make-up that's painted over his mustache. Connecting five different stories from British filmmakers and a wrap-around, the film is a psychological creepfest and delivers what is arguably the best work of director Charles Crichton. favorite favorite favorite favorite ( 26 reviews ) Topics: Horror, Witchcraft, Christopher Lee, 1960s Sci-Fi / Horror 226,408 226K Banned in Britain until the 1950s and easily one of the genre’s most controversial and ethically questionable films, Tod Browning’s Freaks serves as an examination of the monstrous extremes of human nature, forcing audiences to question their preconceived perceptions of those that appear different than the “norm.” Browning was fresh off of the success of Dracula when he made Freaks. HORROR FILMS FROM THE 1960s (1960-1969) Menu. Don't Scream It's Only A Movie. And that's fine with me. The film is startlingly graphic and drips with art-house elements that greatly influenced filmmakers that followed. My one complaint is that they are horribly organized. Best old movies All movies are checked for quality, proper sound volume and easy viewing experience. An eccentric millionaire played with perfection by Vincent Price offers $10,000 to anyone who can spend a night in the titular mansion, the site of a plethora of murders. Perceptions of the world around are mangled by the visual stimuli, resulting in a horrific film that successfully captured the fear and mistrust of the isolated post–World War I culture that created it. However, The Night of the Hunter is compelling, visually stimulating, and downright thrilling. After all, the horror story has often been much like a morality play or a familiar fairy tale. Available on YouTube. 27 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks, Betty White Celebrates Her 99th With Carol Burnett Feeding a Baby Elephant. Still, as a major influence on the later Universal Monster movies and the inspiration for the DC Comics’ illustrations of the Joker in the Batman comics, The Man Who Laughs’ legacy far surpasses its initial introduction as a German romance film. Our living room was frilly and mom-like. Before Romero, horror films were often set in faraway lands of isolation, but he brought horror to the suburbs, where families were only a monster outbreak away from meeting their demise. 1990. The unfortunate truth of Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter is that this is easily one of the best horror thrillers ever made, and easily one of the most forgotten. Edge Of Sanity. Viewers are ambushed by jarring visuals and ambitious moments of cinematography (there’s a dinner scene that is downright remarkable), proving that what many believe is one of Bergman’s lesser works is, perhaps, one of his most interesting. The women are strong-willed, mouthy, and uncharacteristically bold in this pulp staple. Although not the best rendition of the Body Snatchers story, the original 1956 incarnation is one of the best examples of a sci-fi–horror film rooted in reality, preying on the human fear that we are far more vulnerable to destruction than we’d like to believe. Available on Amazon. This is a black & white thriller that lets your imagination fill in the gory details. However, the movie is an extremely important addition to the black-and-white horror canon if for nothing else its unashamed aping of Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Available on YouTube. What’s the deal with the, Music Producer Phil Spector Is Dead at 81. Last Day At The Beach. On this site, black and white features comprise about a third of the database. :Overview – Allmovie", "Children of the Damned:Overview – Allmovie", "The Girl Who Knew Too Much:Overview – Allmovie", "X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes:Overview – Allmovie", "Blood and Black Lace:Overview – Allmovie", "Dr. Orloff's Monster:Overview – Allmovie", "Du Grabuge Chez Les Veuves:Overview – Allmovie", "Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte:Overview – Allmovie", "Le Monocle Rit Jaune:Overview – Allmovie", "The Bedford Incident:Overview – Allmovie", "Bunny Lake Is Missing:Overview – Allmovie", "Die! While a fantastic movie in its own right, The House on Haunted Hill’s more prominent legacy is rooted in Castle deciding to gear his horror films to a teenage market, a trend that horror films followed moving forward. Robert Mitchum is easily one of the scariest names in classic cinema—in part thanks to his role in Night of the Hunter.… Directed by Wolf Rilla. FLIGHT THAT DISAPPEARED, THE (1961) (71 Min.) Just because she’s almost 100 years old doesn’t mean the hustle stops for even a second. One of the most prominent filmmakers of the time was director Alfred Hitchcock. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Confirm Arrival of Quarantine Baby, Phineas. While plenty of old movies attempted to add levity to horror, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein set the standard for horror-comedies and left an impact that’s still emulated decades later. All rights reserved. Perhaps it was because the horror story translated more successfully to the silent film stage than many forms of drama. Widely considered the earliest example of horror cinema and the quintessential piece of German expressionism, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a stylized nightmare of sharp angles, abstract locations, diagonal staircases, and violent landscapes. This low-budget, independent film from Pittsburgh completely revolutionized the horror genre and created a monster that has reigned supreme for the last 50 years. Chimera. While he claimed until death that the casting of Duane Jones, an African-American as the lead role, was purely based on his acting talent, Romero’s decision to present a black protagonist is still one of the most radical moves in horror history. Before 1960, horror movies were, shall we say, a little more prudent and followed, more or less, conventional narrative structures and genre tropes that never crossed the line into the full-on taboo. Once a respected surgeon, Dr. Genessier now lives in isolation, experimenting on animals and helpless women lured to him by his faithful nurse and lover Louise. The 1931 German thriller is about a serial killer who targets children. Some critics viewed the film as one of the worst ever made, but Castle’s theatrical gimmicks developed the film into an audience favorite, and Crawford’s turn as a psycho-biddy set the bar for so-called “washed up” actors retreating to horror films once their Oscar-bait roles had run their course. Written by Wheatley’s wife, Amy Jump, the dialogue serves as one of the strongest elements of the film, nestled with visually striking scenes of cosmic horror. All the Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus. :Overview – Allmovie", "Fantômas se déchaîne:Overview – Allmovie", "La Métamorphose des cloportes:Overview – Allmovie", "The Sleeping Car Murders:Overview – Allmovie", "Le Deuxième souffle:Overview – Allmovie", "Diaboliquement Votre:Overview – Allmovie", "Fantômas contre Scotland Yard:Overview – Allmovie", "The Night of the Generals:Overview – Allmovie", "Who's Got the Black Box? It’s an infamous work of art, and its messages about political unrest and illness epidemics serve as the beginning of horror as social commentary. Available on Amazon. It’s truly unlike anything that came before it, and nothing has come close to matching its power since — the reveal of “the child” is one of the most traumatic visual scenes ever recorded in black-and-white. This comedy, made after the first season of the TV series, ages well for the exact same reason the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons age well. Among the most iconic of all black-and-white horror films, the talkies of Universal Monster Movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and Bride of Frankenstein) all established the building blocks for what would shape the modern horror film. :Overview – Allmovie", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_thriller_films_of_the_1960s&oldid=968847338, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Psychological thriller, supernatural thriller, This page was last edited on 21 July 2020, at 21:44. Their new furnished residence comes complete with a spooky housekeeper, Elaine, plus a fortune in buried treasure and 12 horrifying ghosts. The Bride Wore Black: François Truffaut: Jeanne Moreau, Claude Rich, Jean-Claude Brialy: France Italy: Bullitt: Peter Yates: Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset: United States: Il dolce corpo di Deborah: Romolo Guerrieri: Carroll Baker, Jean Sorel, Evelyn Stewart: Italy France: Il giorno della civetta: Damiano Damiani Armie Hammer Says He’s ‘Genuinely Sorry’ For Calling Woman ‘Miss Cayman’ in Vid, The Miss Cayman Universe Committee released a statement saying that the Committee was “very disturbed by the video.”. Master of horror Mario Bava began his career with Black Sunday, an Italian gothic masterpiece and easily his most celebrated work. Genre: 1960 HORROR-SCIFI, Transfer Quality: B Flight that Disappeared sugars its Vital Message with a sci-fi/fantasy coating. :Overview – Allmovie", "Honor Among Thieves :Overview – Allmovie", "The Bride Wore Black:Overview – Allmovie", "Il Dolce Corpo di Deborah:Overview – Allmovie", "Il giorno della civetta:Overview – Allmovie", "No Way to Treat a Lady:Overview – Allmovie", "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage:Overview – Allmovie", "Un Tranquillo Posto di Campagna:Overview – Allmovie", "What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? Director F.W. Don't forget subscribe to this channel. Available on Amazon Prime. The final moment of the film remains one of the most shocking endings in pre-code horror history, and takes a stance now common in horror: that sometimes the worst monsters are those that walk among us, undetected. While Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Urge To Kill. The NBC sitcom will deliver a flying People’s Elbow through your TV screen February 16. The quick-cutting editing technique paired with one of the greatest scores ever crafted and Norman Bates’s mania have solidified Psycho’s place in not just the horror canon, but the canon of all-time cinematic greats. Desperate for money… By Sarah Dobbs 28 August 2014. That’s a lot of great movies to turn your back on. The Woman In Black. Unmasked Part 25. That’s a crime: It’s one of the titles that Guillermo del Toro cites as having a major impact on his own filmography. Their black and white have seeped into my recollections embracing every nuance of memory with a perpetual gray scale. Apparently Ellen was one of the first people to learn of his existence. Many of the titles on this list of great black-and-white horror movie are well-known classics, others are smaller cult favorites, and a couple are recent works from directors who appreciate the potential power of black-and-white cinema. Having that isolated moment of Technicolor heightens the horror of seeing Dorian’s painting age while he himself remains youthful. Hailed by many as an independent masterpiece, Carnival of Souls plays more like an extended version of an episode of The Twilight Zone than it does a true-blue horror film. Occultist uncle Dr. Plato Zorba wills a large, creepy estate to his money-strapped nephew Cyrus Zorba and his family. The genre was there from the start, luring in audiences who wanted to witness things they’d never thought they wanted to witness before. Cynthia wrestles with whether or not to invite her father to her pandemic wedding, while Kandi gets the girls together for a good cause. Borrowing elements of horror as well as influence from the Japanese kaiju flicks, Them! The participants are faced by a ceiling dripping blood, a severed head, a vat of acid in the cellar, and the iconic skeletal apparitions that walk on their own. We’ve reached the point where it’s no longer possible to give Natalie the benefit of the doubt. One of the first of the 1950s “nuclear monster” films, and the first “big bug” feature, Them! From this moment forward, horror began to unapologetically borrow from films that came before — an early sign of the remake culture to come. Available on Amazon. “That’s the problem with kids these days. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. It examines the psychological breakdown of men completely destroyed by war under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. But they’re all worth revisiting this Halloween season. The Uninvited boasts high-caliber acting performances and, crucially, practical in-camera ghost effects that rely on lighting, sound, and wind machines. Enter the horror-comedy. Steve Martin Happy to Get COVID Vaccine, Less Excited to be Old Enough to Get It, Groove to the Official Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Inauguration Playlist, The 40 Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now, What time is it? Lair Of The White Worm. launched the “hagsploitation” subgenre, it was Joan Crawford’s starring role in William Castle’s Strait-Jacket that perfected it. Can I watch it if I don’t have TV? Murnau was an innovator, combining built sets with real locations and adding a new layer of realism to the vampire tale, as well as trick photography to present Count Orlok as truly otherworldly. A blue print for psychological thrillers, M is considered by Fritz Lang, who also directed Metropolis, to be his finest work. Ultimately, it’s suggested that the power of these women comes from their participating in a Satanic cult, but since the film renders male participation to be all but useless, it deserves a rewatch by contemporary eyes. Living Doll. As interest and popularity in horror movies began to wane, studios struggled to breathe new life into what had been one of their most profitable sectors. The figure who emerged as the national embodiment of the concept was Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. You\'ll receive the next newsletter in your inbox. Covering a wide spectrum of genres across his career, his horrific period piece set during the English Civil War is perhaps his greatest cinematic endeavor. The debut of auteur David Lynch, Eraserhead is a surrealist and tantalizing slice of cinematic horror that combines excessive gore, eroticsm, brilliant black-and-white cinematography, melodramatic performances, excessively dark humor, and a healthy dose of gore. The film moves at a deliberate pace, slowly creeping under the skin of the viewers, and staying there long after the credits roll. Ten Little Indians. Satanism and lesbianism go hand in hand in another Val Lewton–produced masterpiece. Available on Criterion. For nearly as long as there have been movies, there have been horror movies. For decades, black characters in horror movies were objects of ridicule, died first or played evil Voodoo practitioners. It’s moody, it’s creepy, and while it may not deliver the scares today like it did then, a rewatch showcases an influence that can still be felt. Leo G. Carroll plays a professor experimenting with a synthetic food stuff with intent to feed the crowded earth in 2000. Every minute of this film is drenched in ominous dread, frequently crossing into the supernatural. Die! 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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is as beautiful as it is peculiar, and as fascinating as it is haunting. Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature debut is an Iranian-American vampire-Western rife with rage-filled feminism. Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner. Available on YouTube. Many of his movies prior to the 60s were suspense films. B-movie master Roger Corman produced this Psycho knockoff, which is also the non-pornographic feature debut of director Francis Ford Coppola. Fortunately, a few copies of the film survived. The sight and sound of Marion Crane meeting her demise is synonymous with what one imagines when hearing the words “horror movie.” Psycho gave roots to the slasher films that were to come, not to mention completely disrupted the idyllic world of the 1950s. Available on Amazon. 20 Best Black & White Horror Movies. Howling V: The Rebirth. Based on Henry James’s 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw, this remarkably unsettling psychological horror film from Jack Clayton continues to serves as one of the premiere British horror films. Already a subscriber? Vampiric monsters, ghastly apparitions, human abnormalities — they were all the stuff of nightmares a century ago, just as they are today. My Darling! A low-budget endeavour with art-house sensibilities, the film’s fear factor is rooted in its odd visual imagery and dramatic light play. Page 1 of 2: Page 1 Page 1 Page 2 The Hands Of Orlac (1924) ... Psycho (1960… Available on Amazon. The film is a triumph in deep-focus cinematography, and earned Angela Lansbury her second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (not to mention her first Golden Globe win in the same category). (October 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message Available on Amazon Prime. Available on Filmstruck. With sex appeal, Bava builds a horrific landscape enhanced with slick camera work and intense black-and-white contrasts. Log in or link your magazine subscription, Photo: Living Dead Media, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and Allied Artists Pictures, The 12 Best Netflix Original Horror Movies, 30 Great Black-and-White Horror Movies Worth Revisiting, Jamie Lynn Spears Implicates Elon Musk in the Death of Her Cats, Here’s How to Watch the 2021 Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden. Available on YouTube. Available on Amazon. Cold Light Of Day. There are few directors working today with as distinctive or as impressive of a reputation as Ben Wheatley. The aftermath is there to fuel the fear of the over grown tarantula. But it bears repeating: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was a true game-changer in horror cinema. I recall those old … A hard look at one of cinema’s oldest genres. With a noticeably rushed script that nonetheless provided moments of legitimate shock, Dementia 13 was almost universally panned by critics and audience members alike. The visual of Barbara Steele’s pale skin covered in deep, black holes has become an iconic image from classic horror, perfectly exemplifying her role as both attractive and horrific, desirable and revolting. Eyes Without a Face is presented in stark black-and-white, but the surreal visual imagery added a muted softness to the chaotic horror within. On the American Film Institute’s (AFI) original ranking of the top 100 American movies, black and white classics made up about 40 percent of the total. Her strength is in creating atmosphere, a change of pace for a monster genre that frequently thrives on high-octane thrills. Available on Hulu. The same holds true with remembering these old horror movies on TV. Dec 15th, 2020 It’s a film that feels so far ahead of its time that it would play better for today’s audiences than it surely did during the mid-50s. With George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn, Laurence Naismith. While 1950s horror was ripe with alien invasions and radioactive monsters, the 1960s turned away from these narratives in favor of psychological thrillers.
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