Creepy Old Black and White Films to Watch this Halloween!
Who doesn’t love a good old fashion black and white film? They have a certain quality of creepiness to them that can’t really be replicated in today’s films. Nowadays, most older films are public domain (meaning they’re on YouTube) or on Netflix so I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite scary black and white movies that you can easily watch from the comfort of your own home.
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
This is, arguably, one of the most influential films of it’s time. It’s one of the few old films that has a good twist at the end and you can see where Tim Burton has gained influence from the style of this film with it’s bizarre, but awesome set design. The story centers around a man telling a story about his time at the local carnival wherein he watched a show about a man who claims to be the only one to awaken and to control a fortune-telling, sleepwalking man in a box. Alongside this story, a string of unsolved murders happen in the town.
The unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu, is startling, creepy and depressing tale of the vampire Dracula. Although it’s creation became the subject of legal dispute (the studio who made this film didn’t have the rights to it) and all copies were ordered to be destroyed, you can find several copies of this floating around and it’s available on Netflix and YouTube.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
One of the most popular zombie films of all time, Night of the Living Dead, was a huge success both then and now. It centers on a group of people stuck in a rural farmhouse wherein living dead monsters are attacking. Many credit this film and it’s director, George Romero, as being the father of zombie films. You can watch it on Netflix.
The Hands of Orlac (1924)
I have yet to see this film, but it’s highly regarded in German expressionist film and very creepy plot! The story focuses on Paul Orlac, a concert pianist, who loses his hands in a violet railway accident. His wife pleads with a surgeon to save his hands so the surgeon transplants the hands of a recently deceased murderer. Soon, Orlac begins to feel as though the hands have taken over him with thoughts of violence and murder.
The Raven (1935)
Starring famous horror legends like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, The Raven is about a woman who is injured in a car accident and is operated on by a retired surgeon who tries to bring her back to health. The operation works and the surgeon befriends the woman, Jean, and reveals a creepy collection of homemade torture devices inspired by Edgar Allen Poe.
The Black Cat (1934)
Another Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff film, this one is noted for it’s near-continuous musical score. The movie is a bizarre film that has a plot too complex (or convoluted) to explain, but it sounds creepy!
You all know the story of Frankenstein, I’m sure, but this is the original adaptation from Universal Studios in 1931, though film renditions of this popular nove
l exist as early as 1910 and plays exist even earlier!
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
This film tells the tale of the bride of Frankenstein, obviously and features the infamous bride we all know in pop culture. It is considered a direct sequel to the 1931 Frankenstein film!
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
This is one of the earlier film adaptations of the beloved Phantom of the Opera which was originally a novel by Gaston Leroux written all the way back in 1911.
A German film, Vampyr is one of the creepier vampire films of the time, in my opinion! It focuses on a man who arrives in a town that’s been cursed by a vampire. I’m not sure where you might be able to find this one, but most likely on YouTube unless you live in/near Germany then maybe you could find a copy locally.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Everyone knows this classic, I’m sure, but if you haven’t seen one of the earlier adaptations you really must! It focuses on a doctor who tests his new formula which can unleash people’s inner demons.
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