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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CLASSIC HORROR FILM POSTERS

Original posters from some classic horror films of the past. My selection is sparse and limited to the 1920's through the 40's. The horror film genre is far too wide and varied to cover sufficiently in one paltry post. Or two. Or 50.


Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
1920
German film starring Conrad Veidt, who later
appeared in Casablanca as Major Strasser.

the 1920 silent version
Jekyll & Hyde was remade in 1931 and 1941




1922
eine Symphonie des Grauens
(a Symphony of Horror)
A German film based on the story of Dracula.
Author Bram Stoker's heirs sued over this adaptation and the film was ordered to be destroyed. Fortunately copies survived and it is still available for viewing.


1925
This film is actually a dark comedy but it's creepy enough to be in the horror genre.

 1925
the silent classic 
The original running time is 101 minutes.
Beware of drastically chopped editions.


1927 
The first of many old dark house flicks


1927
This is my absolute favorite silent horror film, with Chaney and a very young Joan Crawford. Creepy and daringly different.
Directed by Tod Browning, who later gave us Dracula and Freaks.

 1931
The original creepy classic talkie.
Rather stiff and stagey, but still good.


1931
"It's alive! It's alive......"
 

 1932
featuring Gloria Stuart, who was in the 1997 film Titanic (at age 87). She died in 2010 at the age of 100.


1932
A unique and disturbing film with a cast of real freaks (who get revenge on wicked Olga Baclanova at the end). Unfortunately, the Bigwigs at MGM thought the film was TOO creepy and demanded drastic editing. 30 minutes were cut out, which destroyed director Browning's original intent and completely ravaged the film. This edited version is still available.


 1932
.....as if Universal didn't already have enough monsters with Dracula and Frankenstein.....


1933 
filmed in two-color Technicolor
This horror flick gave Fay Wray a chance to practice her screams in preparation for her next film King Kong.

1934
....and after mummies come cats.......


 1935
 Wolf makeup was drastically modified for actor Henry Hull, who wasn't too keen on the idea of being transformed into a lycanthrope.

1935
Elsa Lanchester is the blushing bride

 1936
Daughter??
Hey, I didn't even know Dracula had a wife.
Gloria Holden was very hesitant to take this role because she thought it would ruin her acting career. I think it did.

1937
Okay, now we're talking. This is one of my all-time favorite scary flicks. Robert Montgomery is superb as the psychotic killer (who keeps a severed head in a hatbox in his bedroom). Montgomery is the real-life daddy of actress Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched).


1940
Just when you thought you were bat-free.....


1941
This poster isn't convincingly scary. Lon Chaney Jr. looks similar to a Steiff Teddy Bear. Notice how the "Jr." was omitted from Chaney's name, to capitalize on the name of his father?

 1946
Another one of my absolute favorite creepy flicks. Good for Halloween viewing. In her role as a mute, Dorothy McGuire gives an entirely silent performance (she finally says about three words at the end).













12 comments:

  1. I don't care for scary movies but didn't mind viewing the posters.

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    1. Some of the old films aren't really that scary by today's standards (or lack of standards,,,,,)

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  2. I was just giggling over Lon Chaney Jr.'s depiction as Wolf Man when I spotted your caption I think Phantom's poster is the only one that seems classy ... not so 'busy' and sensational.

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    1. Most of these movies had more than one poster, but I tried to find the original (first) posters. The "Phantom" poster is my favorite. It is indeed classy.

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  3. real terrifying classics there, jon! amazing how much elizabeth montgomery looked like her daddy.

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    1. There are so MANY to choose from that I left out some of my favorites.

      So many monsters.....so little time.....

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  4. Some very cool movie posters there. I remember renting Freaks once in my teens...didn't sleep for two nights after that.

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    1. "Freaks" is really a bizarre, nightmarish flick. I hope that someday the original, unedited version will show up.

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  5. Elsa Lanchester, "more fearful than the monster himself!!" I must concur. Saw the film as a kid. Jon, she hissed like a cat!

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  6. Anyone who could tolerate being married to Charles Laughton would have to hiss like a cat.......

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  7. Great posters. I'll bet they're worth a pretty penny.

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    1. I wonder how many were carelessly thrown away over the years.

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