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10 Favorite Classic Halloween Movies

On Monday I published my list of favorite family Halloween movies, and today I am following up with my favorite classic horror movies. Now “classic” is a pretty broad term, but for the sake of this list, I am going to say these are “Anna’s favorite 13 black and white horror movies that are easily accessible on streaming devices”. But that would make a terrible blog title.

  1. Nosferato (silent era). I find this film beautiful and creepy as can be, but this is very much an acquired taste. Personally, I’ll turn out all the lights, light a candle, and settle in for a silent film with a good bottle of pinot. Z. would make a face and be grumpy about every aspect of the previous scenario except the wine. So, if you like silent films, this is a goodie. Free with Amazon Prime.

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    Image found here.
  2. Frankenstein (1931). Boris Karloff in one of his greatest roles. Available on Amazon for $2.99 rent.
  3. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). The “sequel” to the one above, I might actually prefer this one. The monster searching for love, who doesn’t love that? Available on Amazon for $2.99 rent.
  4. Night of the Living Dead (1968). This Romero film is one of the essential zombie films, and it scares the crap out of me (because I am a big baby). “One of the 20 Scariest Movies of All Time” (Entertainment Weekly), George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead still sets the standard for all indie fright flicks.”  I think this film personally should help set the standard for all horror films. Free with Amazon Prime.                               night of the living dead
  5. Dracula (1931). If Boris Karloff is the “superhero” character of the classic horror world, then Bela Legosi would be his arch-nemesis. They are the yin to the yang of the classic horror genre for me. I mean just read this description “Relive all the terror, mystery and intrigue of the original vampire masterpiece starring Bela Legosi that has inspired hundreds of adaptations and launched the Hollywood horror genre.” Available on Amazon for $2.99 rent.
  6. Vampyr (1932). Watching this movie is like being in a dream, full of strange hallucinatory images which I find visually striking even today. Be warned, it is not a silent film, but it had to be patched together so it does have subtitles. Watch it in a dark room, cuddled up. Available on Hulu.
  7. King Kong (1933). This was my first classic horror love. I watched in for a women’s studies film class, and I was blown away by how graphic it was for a 1930s film. If you only watch one this year, make it this one. Available on Amazon for $2.99 rent.
  8. House on Haunted Hill (1959). “Vincent Price has one of his juiciest roles in this haunted-house thriller as millionaire playboy Frederick Loren, who invites five guests out to a genuine haunted house, offering them each $10,000 if they spend the night.” Free with Amazon Prime, this film is a Vincent Price must see.

    Image found here
    Image found here
  9. The Mummy (1932). Not as delightful as Frankenstein, but filled with all of our misinformed views of ancient Egypt. What can I say, it works for me. Available on Amazon for $2.99 rent.
  10. Carnival of Souls (1962). Not scary per say, but eerie. Another good one to cuddle to. Available on Hulu.

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