Thursday, October 27, 2011
Horror of Dracula
When I was a little girl, probably five-years-old, my mother took me to a revival of The Wizard of Oz. The flying monkeys scared me to death. I screamed, hid under my seat and wet my panties. My mother thought I was playing until the movie was over and I still wouldn't get out from underneath the seat.
That was my first scary movie.
I've seen many intentionally scary movies since but my favorites are the Hammer Films. (British studio.) I love pretty much all of them. Back in the pre-VCR days, you used to get afternoon movies. So there would be theme weeks. Say Rock & Doris or Dracula or what have you. But I loved them all and Dr. Jekyl and Sister Hyde was probably one that I dismissed at first but which has really haunted me over the years.
But the ones starring Christopher Lee as Dracula were my favorites. To me, he is the best Dracula. There are some good Dracula films he made (like Horror of Dracula) and there are some that are just going through the motions (Taste The Blood Of Dracula).
I think the best horror films of the 30s come from Universal. In the 50s, Hammer Films steals the honor and they manage to carry it on through about 1974. After that? I'd say Dimension Films is the next to own the horror genre.
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