1990. 20 Best Black & White Horror Movies. Available on Amazon. Available on Amazon. Available on Amazon. (October 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message Leo G. Carroll plays a professor experimenting with a synthetic food stuff with intent to feed the crowded earth in 2000. Available on YouTube. However, the movie is an extremely important addition to the black-and-white horror canon if for nothing else its unashamed aping of Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Chimera. Still, as a major influence on the later Universal Monster movies and the inspiration for the DC Comics’ illustrations of the Joker in the Batman comics, The Man Who Laughs’ legacy far surpasses its initial introduction as a German romance film. This article includes a list of general references, but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations. Available on YouTube. Hailed by many as an independent masterpiece, Carnival of Souls plays more like an extended version of an episode of The Twilight Zone than it does a true-blue horror film. Available on Hulu. Our living room was frilly and mom-like. Last Day At The Beach. Part noir, part horror film, The Seventh Victim is one of the first movies to treat women in horror as fully fledged people with their own thoughts and desires, allowing them full agency. Before horror anthologies became a subgenre of its own, there was Ealing Studios’ Dead of Night. What is perhaps one of the first haunted-house films to treat ghosts as legitimate threats and sources of horror, the British-made flick has largely gone unnoticed by American audiences. The film is startlingly graphic and drips with art-house elements that greatly influenced filmmakers that followed. “That’s the problem with kids these days. M (1931) Directed by Fritz Lang, M is one of the first fine sound films. Even today, the cold, dead eyes of the sinister dummy serve as nightmare fuel. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. Eyes Without a Face is presented in stark black-and-white, but the surreal visual imagery added a muted softness to the chaotic horror within. Available on Amazon. A film that provides plenty of suspense … Before Romero, horror films were often set in faraway lands of isolation, but he brought horror to the suburbs, where families were only a monster outbreak away from meeting their demise. Already a subscriber? Sandra Dee and Annette Funicello showed off a little - but not too much - flesh as they fell in love with the likes of James Darren, Frankie Avalon and Troy Donahue. The Woman In Black. The 1931 German thriller is about a serial killer who targets children. Movies. was a monumental success for Warner Bros. pictures, and one of the best examples of what would become the science-fiction subgenre. Just because she’s almost 100 years old doesn’t mean the hustle stops for even a second. After 22 Years, the New Radicals Reunite to Play Virtual Biden Inaugural Parade. An eccentric millionaire played with perfection by Vincent Price offers $10,000 to anyone who can spend a night in the titular mansion, the site of a plethora of murders. It’s the sole directorial effort of Laughton and stars Robert Mitchum, a prominent anti-hero of the noir movement who often played second banana. However, The Night of the Hunter is compelling, visually stimulating, and downright thrilling. Genre: 1960 HORROR-SCIFI, Transfer Quality: B Flight that Disappeared sugars its Vital Message with a sci-fi/fantasy coating. Edge Of Sanity. Robert Mitchum is easily one of the scariest names in classic cinema—in part thanks to his role in Night of the Hunter.… is one of the earliest examples of genre fusion under the horror umbrella. Horror was one of the cornerstones of the burgeoning cinema of the 1920s. HORROR FILMS FROM THE 1960s (1960-1969) Menu. The sight and sound of Marion Crane meeting her demise is synonymous with what one imagines when hearing the words “horror movie.” Psycho gave roots to the slasher films that were to come, not to mention completely disrupted the idyllic world of the 1950s. Available on Amazon Prime. Comments; Shares. Their new furnished residence comes complete with a spooky housekeeper, Elaine, plus a fortune in buried treasure and 12 horrifying ghosts. Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier , Lidia Alfonsi , Boris Karloff , Mark Damon By adding Bud Abbott and Lou Costello to pal around with established monsters like Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi, Universal struck gold and spawned a franchise. Available on Amazon. Available on Amazon. Log in or link your magazine subscription, Photo: Living Dead Media, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and Allied Artists Pictures, The 12 Best Netflix Original Horror Movies, 30 Great Black-and-White Horror Movies Worth Revisiting, Jamie Lynn Spears Implicates Elon Musk in the Death of Her Cats, Here’s How to Watch the 2021 Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden. Cynthia wrestles with whether or not to invite her father to her pandemic wedding, while Kandi gets the girls together for a good cause. The debut of auteur David Lynch, Eraserhead is a surrealist and tantalizing slice of cinematic horror that combines excessive gore, eroticsm, brilliant black-and-white cinematography, melodramatic performances, excessively dark humor, and a healthy dose of gore. Available on Amazon. Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature debut is an Iranian-American vampire-Western rife with rage-filled feminism. An excellent example of early 50s horror. By definition, Paul Leni’s The Man Who Laughs is not a horror movie, but a romantic drama not unlike The Hunchback of Notre Dame. After all, the horror story has often been much like a morality play or a familiar fairy tale. :Overview – Allmovie", "Honor Among Thieves :Overview – Allmovie", "The Bride Wore Black:Overview – Allmovie", "Il Dolce Corpo di Deborah:Overview – Allmovie", "Il giorno della civetta:Overview – Allmovie", "No Way to Treat a Lady:Overview – Allmovie", "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage:Overview – Allmovie", "Un Tranquillo Posto di Campagna:Overview – Allmovie", "What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? Horror films released in the 1960s are listed in the following articles: . Available on Amazon. Vampiric monsters, ghastly apparitions, human abnormalities — they were all the stuff of nightmares a century ago, just as they are today. William Castle’s magnum opus, The House on Haunted Hill is one of the greatest haunted-house movies of all time. Available on YouTube. Borrowing elements of horror as well as influence from the Japanese kaiju flicks, Them! Kids enjoy the colorful characters while adults appreciate the humor. There are few directors working today with as distinctive or as impressive of a reputation as Ben Wheatley. Many of his movies prior to the 60s were suspense films. Available on Amazon. Can I watch it if I don’t have TV? A hard look at one of cinema’s oldest genres. Perhaps the film’s greatest contribution is the iconic “bus scene,” a moment filled with such intensity that it serves as the premiere example of what would later become known as “jump scares.” It continues to serve as one of the most effective scares in horror history. The aftermath is there to fuel the fear of the over grown tarantula. On the American Film Institute’s (AFI) original ranking of the top 100 American movies, black and white classics made up about 40 percent of the total. Black Rainbow. The NBC sitcom will deliver a flying People’s Elbow through your TV screen February 16. The sole horror entry in Ingmar Bergman’s filmography, Hour of the Wolf is a psychological journey into the realm of perhaps the scariest world of all: the deep recesses of a human’s personal demons and existential turmoil. Don't forget subscribe to this channel. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Confirm Arrival of Quarantine Baby, Phineas. A list of thriller films released in the 1960s. The film is a triumph in deep-focus cinematography, and earned Angela Lansbury her second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (not to mention her first Golden Globe win in the same category). Both breathtakingly stunning and one of the most legitimately fucked-up films in recent memory — a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that it’s Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature. The genre was there from the start, luring in audiences who wanted to witness things they’d never thought they wanted to witness before. But they’re all worth revisiting this Halloween season. Billed with a no-name cast and serving as the start of horror-producer extraordinaire Val Lewton’s career, Cat People was a revolutionary landmark in horror cinema. Following America’s lead, British sci-fi took off in the 1950s. Available on Amazon. Apparently Ellen was one of the first people to learn of his existence. In the film’s climactic ending, we’re introduced to a story involving a ventriloquist dummy that set the stage for just about every inanimate-object-that’s-actually-alive film moving forward. A secretary is unhappy because she cannot marry her boyfriend, who is in debt. Adapted from John Wyndham’s novel The Midwich Cuckoos, the ostensible threat seems initially to come from outside the village of Midwich in the shape of telekinetic blonde children born of human mothers as a result of an extraterrestrial intervention. This urges her to steal her boss' money… As interest and popularity in horror movies began to wane, studios struggled to breathe new life into what had been one of their most profitable sectors. Howling V: The Rebirth. Shades of grey. Waldo Trumbull, an unscrupulous undertaker, tends to reuse the coffins of the people he’s supposed. Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner. 1989. Universal started out by the name Independent Moving Pictures Company (IMP). B-movie master Roger Corman produced this Psycho knockoff, which is also the non-pornographic feature debut of director Francis Ford Coppola. Armie Hammer Says He’s ‘Genuinely Sorry’ For Calling Woman ‘Miss Cayman’ in Vid, The Miss Cayman Universe Committee released a statement saying that the Committee was “very disturbed by the video.”. This is a black & white thriller that lets your imagination fill in the gory details. Satanism and lesbianism go hand in hand in another Val Lewton–produced masterpiece. You\'ll receive the next newsletter in your inbox. Dec 15th, 2020 Perhaps it was because the horror story translated more successfully to the silent film stage than many forms of drama. Many of the titles on this list of great black-and-white horror movie are well-known classics, others are smaller cult favorites, and a couple are recent works from directors who appreciate the potential power of black-and-white cinema. Among the most iconic of all black-and-white horror films, the talkies of Universal Monster Movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and Bride of Frankenstein) all established the building blocks for what would shape the modern horror film. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Widely considered the earliest example of horror … But now we're seeing a … And that's fine with me. With a noticeably rushed script that nonetheless provided moments of legitimate shock, Dementia 13 was almost universally panned by critics and audience members alike. Viewers are ambushed by jarring visuals and ambitious moments of cinematography (there’s a dinner scene that is downright remarkable), proving that what many believe is one of Bergman’s lesser works is, perhaps, one of his most interesting. The figure who emerged as the national embodiment of the concept was Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Written by Wheatley’s wife, Amy Jump, the dialogue serves as one of the strongest elements of the film, nestled with visually striking scenes of cosmic horror. :Overview – Allmovie", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_thriller_films_of_the_1960s&oldid=968847338, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Psychological thriller, supernatural thriller, This page was last edited on 21 July 2020, at 21:44. Released at the height of German expressionist cinema, Nosferatu was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and was almost lost forever after Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. Tristan the Slightly Rakish has come to Darrowby. The quality of the movies is good, and it's nice to get so many classics in one set. It’s a film that feels so far ahead of its time that it would play better for today’s audiences than it surely did during the mid-50s. Perceptions of the world around are mangled by the visual stimuli, resulting in a horrific film that successfully captured the fear and mistrust of the isolated post–World War I culture that created it. The black-and-white cinematography only adds to its otherworldly aesthetic. My Darling! No focus.”, Three Dwayne Johnsons of Varying Sizes Star in First. Every minute of this film is drenched in ominous dread, frequently crossing into the supernatural. The final moment of the film remains one of the most shocking endings in pre-code horror history, and takes a stance now common in horror: that sometimes the worst monsters are those that walk among us, undetected. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. While Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? The ’60s was the decade when ratings boards were put into precarious positions by rebel filmmakers and were pressured to condemn or even […] favorite favorite favorite favorite ( 26 reviews ) Topics: Horror, Witchcraft, Christopher Lee, 1960s Sci-Fi / Horror 226,408 226K In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. Available on Amazon. You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page . :Overview – Allmovie", "Children of the Damned:Overview – Allmovie", "The Girl Who Knew Too Much:Overview – Allmovie", "X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes:Overview – Allmovie", "Blood and Black Lace:Overview – Allmovie", "Dr. Orloff's Monster:Overview – Allmovie", "Du Grabuge Chez Les Veuves:Overview – Allmovie", "Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte:Overview – Allmovie", "Le Monocle Rit Jaune:Overview – Allmovie", "The Bedford Incident:Overview – Allmovie", "Bunny Lake Is Missing:Overview – Allmovie", "Die! Yes, it’s most influential horror film of all time. Horror hosts on local TV stations shepherded us through the night, using their macabre personas to introduce movies that were creepy or terrible, back before cable and streaming. Available on Amazon Prime. From this moment forward, horror began to unapologetically borrow from films that came before — an early sign of the remake culture to come. Their black and white have seeped into my recollections embracing every nuance of memory with a perpetual gray scale. For decades, black characters in horror movies were objects of ridicule, died first or played evil Voodoo practitioners. Before 1960, horror movies were, shall we say, a little more prudent and followed, more or less, conventional narrative structures and genre tropes that never crossed the line into the full-on taboo. Murnau was an innovator, combining built sets with real locations and adding a new layer of realism to the vampire tale, as well as trick photography to present Count Orlok as truly otherworldly. In the film, a maniacal zoologist grows increasingly jealous of his unfaithful wife and decides to utilize live animals as a weapon to achieve “the perfect murder.” Barely over an hour long, the film unsuccessfully tries to marry horror and comedy together, but does provide one of the most jarring opening sequences of a film from this era using a man’s mouth, a needle, and some thread. One of the first true low-budget horror success stories was also the saving grace of the financially failing RKO Studios. Available on YouTube. The Girl In A Swing. Released at the peak of Cold War and Red Scare paranoia, the political roots of Body Snatchers were far less ambiguous than the films that came before it, and the film successfully solidified the relationship between politics and horror. It’s an infamous work of art, and its messages about political unrest and illness epidemics serve as the beginning of horror as social commentary. The visual of Barbara Steele’s pale skin covered in deep, black holes has become an iconic image from classic horror, perfectly exemplifying her role as both attractive and horrific, desirable and revolting. Covering a wide spectrum of genres across his career, his horrific period piece set during the English Civil War is perhaps his greatest cinematic endeavor. Paperhouse. Ten Little Indians. One of the first of the 1950s “nuclear monster” films, and the first “big bug” feature, Them! List of horror films of 1960; List of horror films of 1961; List of horror films of 1962; List of horror films of 1963; List of horror films of 1964 Unmasked Part 25. Some critics viewed the film as one of the worst ever made, but Castle’s theatrical gimmicks developed the film into an audience favorite, and Crawford’s turn as a psycho-biddy set the bar for so-called “washed up” actors retreating to horror films once their Oscar-bait roles had run their course. The science fiction/horror hybrid Village of the Damned is the first great ‘strange village’ movie in British cinema. © 2021 Vox Media, LLC. Director F.W. Available on Filmstruck. I’m possibly cheating to include this film on the list, but The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the first to showcase black-and-white as an aesthetic choice rather than a filmmaking necessity; four-color inserts of three-strip Technicolor were used for Dorian’s portrait, utilized as a special effect in a black-and-white world. All the Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus. Fortunately, a few copies of the film survived. The plot is on the heavy side: The Innocents plays with the mental anguish of a person desperately trying to make sense of the world around them while simultaneously dealing with their own emotional turmoil. Occultist uncle Dr. Plato Zorba wills a large, creepy estate to his money-strapped nephew Cyrus Zorba and his family. Georges Franju’s ghastly yet dreamlike examination of the quest for physical perfection, the social value placed on women’s appearances, and guilt. The set is a 12-disc set, with between 4 and 5 movies on each disc (combined on A and B sides), but they aren't grouped in any perceivable order, and there is no index or table of contents or anything. George A. Romero is king of the zombies and the father of contemporary horror cinema, full stop. The film avoids the tropes that would become popularized in later B-movie cinema, opting instead to treat the gigantic ant monsters as legitimate threats and presenting the horror as sincere. This story originally ran in 2018 and is being republished ahead of this weekend’s release of The Lighthouse. The first of his “Apartment Trilogy,” Repulsion is a psychological torture chamber of hallucinatory exploration. Intrigued, he sought out a copy of the book and upon reading decided he must bring it to the big screen. By Sarah Dobbs 28 August 2014. The Eyes of My Mother is presented as an art film, but don’t be fooled: It’s a truly grotesque and emotionally jarring slice of cinema. On this site, black and white features comprise about a third of the database. Lair Of The White Worm. As the action shifts to Michael’s courtroom, his guilt tags along. The film moves at a deliberate pace, slowly creeping under the skin of the viewers, and staying there long after the credits roll. While a fantastic movie in its own right, The House on Haunted Hill’s more prominent legacy is rooted in Castle deciding to gear his horror films to a teenage market, a trend that horror films followed moving forward. Directed by Wolf Rilla. All rights reserved. It examines the psychological breakdown of men completely destroyed by war under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. One of the most prominent filmmakers of the time was director Alfred Hitchcock. This comedy, made after the first season of the TV series, ages well for the exact same reason the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons age well. The stark contrasts between the black-and-white colors are jarring to the eye, and add a layered intensity to the psychological delusions experienced by the audience. While plenty of old movies attempted to add levity to horror, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein set the standard for horror-comedies and left an impact that’s still emulated decades later. The participants are faced by a ceiling dripping blood, a severed head, a vat of acid in the cellar, and the iconic skeletal apparitions that walk on their own. Widely considered the earliest example of horror cinema and the quintessential piece of German expressionism, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a stylized nightmare of sharp angles, abstract locations, diagonal staircases, and violent landscapes. Her strength is in creating atmosphere, a change of pace for a monster genre that frequently thrives on high-octane thrills. While 1950s horror was ripe with alien invasions and radioactive monsters, the 1960s turned away from these narratives in favor of psychological thrillers. A blue print for psychological thrillers, M is considered by Fritz Lang, who also directed Metropolis, to be his finest work. Carnival of Souls is dark, atmospheric, experimental and a disturbing look into full-blown mental break. With sex appeal, Bava builds a horrific landscape enhanced with slick camera work and intense black-and-white contrasts. Although not the best rendition of the Body Snatchers story, the original 1956 incarnation is one of the best examples of a sci-fi–horror film rooted in reality, preying on the human fear that we are far more vulnerable to destruction than we’d like to believe. IMP had only one horror film, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1913).Universal's earliest success in the horror genre was the historical drama The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1923 starring Lon Chaney in the title role.

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