I love these classic films. I am reminded of late nights curled up on the couch with my older sisters. I wasn't supposed to be watching for I would get nightmares. It sounds stupid now that I would get creeped out by these films but I was just a kid after all.
Boris Karloff preferred the term "Terror Tales" to Horror Films. One of my most favorite B.K. films is the The Body Snatcher 1945. No, it has nothing to with aliens taking over humans bodies. Set in Edinburgh in 1831, Dr. MacFarlane (Henry Daniell) runs a medical school where a young student, Fettes, is interested in helping a young girl who has lost the use of her legs. He is certain that MacFarlane's surgical skills could be put to great use but MacFarlane needs to do more studies. The good Dr. MacFarlane has been paying a local cab driver (Karloff), to supply him with dead bodies for anatomical research. Has his position of grave robber become even more sinister? Also on the Boris Karloff list: The Mummy 1932, it stills gives me the creeps when he comes back to life. The Old Dark House 1932, Frankenstein 1931 and Bedlam 1941.
Bela Lugosi is known mostly for his portrayal of Count Dracula in 1931's Dracula. I have to see this movie every Halloween. He plays side kick to the doctor in The Body Snatcher, and evil doctor in The Devil Bat 1940. "A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it".
One day on TCM, the whole day was dedicated to Vincent Price. What a great day that was! Just looking at this guy gives a chill up and down the spine. House of Wax, 1953, is the story of a horribly disfigured sculptor who opens up the House of Wax in New York, using the wax-covered bodies of his victims as his displays. A young Charles Bronson gives an appearance. Other faves included are: The House on Haunted Hill1959, The Fly1958, The Bat 1959.
Lon Cheney Jr. is wonderful as The Wolfman 1941. A man returns to his home, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease. Even though he tries to fight it he cannot.
I Walked with a Zombie 1943,