charliechaplinfan wrote:...Lugosi, I think had took Dracula to Broadway...
Other than Dracula, there are plenty of must-see Lugosi movies including:
written off as cheap and cliche (as if those are bad things),
MichiganJ wrote:Boris and Bela were paired in many films, all of which are recommended. Other than The Black Cat (1934)--surely one of the pre-codiests of horror films featuring Satan worshiping, torture and skinning alive, performed in some marvelous German Expressionistic sets--the best Karloff/Lugosi film (to me) is The Body Snatcher (which features one of Karloff's greatest performances). The Body Snatcher is the first of three Val Lewton films that Karloff was in, and all three are must see (the other two being Isle of the Dead and Bedlam).
MichiganJ wrote:Watched a few lady vampire films:
Daughters of Darkness (1971) A film that is slow as molasses but just as sweet. It's all atmosphere, as a young newlywed couple visit a nearly deserted resort in it's off season. Then two new guests arrive, one being Delphine Seyrig, who is perhaps more motionless in this resort than she was in Marienbad. That is until…
It really is all atmosphere, and the washed out color palette, used throughout, adds to the hypnotic feeling, so that when the blood starts to flow it's wonderfully jarring.
Twins of Evil (1971) One of Hammer's best later films, Twins has it all: burning witches, satan worshipers and vampires. It's all held together by yet another amazing performance by Peter Cushing, whose character is quite complex and is both evil and, well, less evil. A little more sax and violins as this is the early 70s, but hardly gratuitous (well, maybe not hardly; the "twins" were Playboy Playmates after all), Twins of Evil is the third in the Karnstein Trilogy (following The Vampire Lovers and Lust For a Vampire), and may well be the best.
Blood and Roses (1960) Haunting, sensual and beautifully shot (by Claude Renoir), there is no question that this is director Roger Vadim's masterpiece. Starring Vadim's wife (at the time), Annette Vadim is hauntingly gorgeous, and plays the (perhaps) possessed Carmilla as sympathetic and sinister. The plot works fine, but the film is really about the look and atmosphere. There are plenty of Jean Cocteau-like dream sequences, which are surprising, haunting, gorgeous and demand multiple viewings.
The U.S. version is shortened and has a voice-over that negates some of the plot's mystery, and worse, it's pan-and-scanned! And STILL the movie is a visual feast.
Vadim-Masterpiece? Who'd a thunk? (Barbarella notwithstanding of course.)
Mr. Arkadin wrote:Daughters of Darkness is an incredible film. The original Blue Underground release was a 2 disc set with lots of extras, but that is now gone with The Blood Spattered Bride (1972) --an interesting film in its own right-- taking the place of the extras disc.
Mr. Arkadin wrote:Yes, Blood and Roses is an amazing forgotten gem. The European cut has no voice over, nudity, different scoring, and the ending is more ambiguous. Both versions are great, but I lean slightly toward the U.S. version, possibly because of the harp score. Perhaps this will come to DVD someday in a beautiful widescreen print!
Mr. Arkadin wrote: I'd also recommend The Invisible Ray (1936), where both actors show how a great performance can raise the bar on an average script.
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