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We did a vintage horror theme for a Halloween gig. Some of the movies that we used and recommend for other VJ's or anyone else interested in watching are:

1920's - 1930's:

Nosferatu, the Vampyre (1929) - Famed German director F.W. Murnau’s creepy adaptation of Nosferatu, stills holds up today as one of the greatest horror films of all-time. With an absolutely ghoulish performance as Count Orlok (Max Schreck) and the superb visual style and special effects of the film’s German Expressionist filmmaker, Nosferatu has lodged itself in the cultural subconscious where it has left impressions impossible to erase.

Metropolis (1927) - Fritz Lang's Metropolis belongs to legend as much as to cinema. It's a milestone of sci-fi and German expressionism.

Dracula (1931) - When Universal Pictures picked up the movie rights to a Broadway adaptation of Dracula, they felt secure in handing the property over to the sinister team of actor Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning. But Chaney died of cancer, and Universal hired the Hungarian who had scored a success in the stage play: Béla Lugosi. The resulting film launched both Lugosi's baroque career and the horror-movie cycle of the 1930s.

Der Golem (1921) - A relic certainly, but a fascinating one, Der Golem is perhaps the screen's first great monster movie. Though it was actually the third time director-star Paul Wegener had played the eponymous creation, the earlier efforts (sadly lost) were rough drafts for this elaborate dramatization of the Jewish legend.

Phantom of the Opera (1925) - Lon Chaney as an actor and makeup artist. His moving portrayal of the disfigured escaped convict who haunts Paris Opera House is perhaps the sole reason to watch this film. And his talent as a makeup artist helped create one of the most indelible images in film history: the skull-like head of the phantom that conveys sadness, anger, and horror at the same time.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - Rarely is a sequel, particularly a horror sequel, better than its predecessor, but Bride of Frankenstein (1935) easily replaced the 1931 original classic as the definitive Universal Frankenstein movie. Director James Whale did not want to do another Frankenstein movie for the most admirable of reasons, and largely because of his feelings on the matter he brought to a life a sequel that sought perfection in every discernible way and provided a much deeper and more poignant look at the monster of Frankenstein's creation.

1950's - 1970's

50 Classic Horror Movies

# Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore
# Blue Beard starring John Carradine
# The Corpse Vanishes starring Bela Lugosi
# Night of the Living Dead starring Judith O’Dea
# Doomed to Die starring Boris Karloff
# The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney, Sr.
# The Indestructible Man starring Lon Chaney, Jr.
# The Hunchback of Notre Dame Lon Chaney, Sr.
# Nosferatu starring Max Schreck
# Swamp Women starring Mike Connors
# The World Gone Mad starring Pat O’Brien
# The Little Shop of Horrors starring Jack Nicholson
# Tormented starring Richard Carlson
# The Monster Walks starring Rex Lease
# Monster from a Prehistoric Planet starring Tamio Kawaji
# The Gorilla starring The Ritz Brothers
# A Shriek in the Night starring Ginger Rogers
# Bloodlust starring Robert Reed
# The Amazing Mr. X starring Turhan Bay
# Last Woman on Earth starring Robert Towne
# The Bat starring Vincent Price
# The House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price
# The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price
# Dementia 13 starring William Campbell
# Phantom from 10,000 Leagues starring Kent Taylor
# Carnival of Souls starring Candace Hilligoss
# Atom Age Vampire starring Alberto Lupo
# Creature from the Haunted Sea starring Robert Towne
# Nightmare Castle starring Barbara Steele
# Black Dragons starring Bela Lugosi
# Invisible Ghost starring Bela Lugosi
# One Body Too Many starring Bela Lugosi
# White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi
# Attack of the Giant Leeches starring Ken Clark
# The Screaming Skull starring John Hudson
# Beast of Yucca Flats starring Tor Johnson
# The Terror starring Boris Karloff
# Revolt of the Zombies starring Dean Jagger
# The Giant Gilla Monster starring Don Sullivan
# The Fatal Hour starring Boris Karloff
# Dead Men Walk starring George Zucco
# The Mad Monster starring George Zucco
# Maniac starring Bill Woods
# Metropolis starring Gustav Frolich
# The Vampire Bat starring Fay Wray
# The Ape starring Boris Karloff
# The Monster Maker starring J. Carol Naish
# The Killer Shrews starring James Best
# The Brain That Wouldn’t Die starring Jason Evers
# King of the Zombies starring Joan Woodbury

We do recommend buying movies you use loops from. While using short loops during live VJing is argued within the industry to be 'fair use', it's still good karma to buy a copy if there's any chance that the studio may get some of the do$h (ie, if it's a legal copy and it's not in the Public Domain)

This isn't the case with Public Domain stuff - nothing usually goes to the studio that originally made it, but they're generally so cheap it's worth buying them on DVD for the sheer convenience factor.

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