There are horrors that we witness on a daily basis. Horrors that slither around our periphery that we catch sight of now and again. Horrors that rest in slumber until the fullness of time awakens them to arise and wreak havoc on our fragile will. These are the horrors I wish to illuminate for the time being.
Horror movies to be more precise. We have all watched our share of The Shining, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Dracula, Frankenstein and the rest. I present to you a brief selection of lessor seen movies in the horror and monster genre. I will assume that everyone in the castle keeps The Monster Squad on ready rotation and refuse to label such a classic as “lessor seen.” You would be advised to not inform me otherwise.
The Fearless Vampire Killers- This Polanski directed horror comedy drips with Gothic atmosphere and has a charm that is difficult to resist.
House of Frankenstein- John Carradine as Dracula. Boris Karloff as a mad doctor. Glenn Strange as the monster. Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man. The first monster free for all.
Wolf- Jack Nicholson as a werewolf. Michelle Pfeiffer as the love interest. A backdrop of the literary publishing world in New York. There is much growling and territory will be marked.
House of the Devil- A wonderful little film shot in the style of the 1980s films of yore (hey, that was my youth). A lesson in tightening the screws suspense. Rosemary’s Baby step-sister.
The Innkeepers- A good double feature with House of the Devil. A pair of ghost hunters not quite ready for prime time.
The Prophecy- Christopher Walken as the creepy angel Gabriel. Do I need to say anything else?
Try and catch these delectable little morsels of terror before they retreat once more to the cracks under the stairs.