Spooktacular: Meljean Brook & George Romero think you’re not scared enough (and a contest)Monday, October 29, 2007 16:00
If you’re looking for a classic horror film for the Halloween mood, you don’t have to wait for one to play on SciFi channel, many public domain movies are available online, and you can either watch them at your computer, or download them to a mobile device. Read on for some recos from Meljean Brook…
Again, you won’t find many modern movies in the selections (or many in color), but you will find some classics.
|DRACULA — this is the original, starring Bela Lugosi.|
|NOSFERATU — this is the Max Schreck, silent-film version of DRACULA (but here he’s called Count Orlak).|
|PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – if you aren’t looking for a scare as much as a laugh, this one is your film. This cult classic, filmed by the mad Ed Wood (look up that movie, too — it’s wonderful) has possibly the worst special effects, script, plot, and acting in the history of film … but there’s also something endearing and charming about it all. Maybe because everyone threw themselves into it wholeheartedly, I don’t know. But it’s worth a watch.|
|PUPPET MASTER — This one is in color, and is a gross-out film with puppets. All good fun.|
|NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD — this is George Romero’s 1968 zombie film … but it is so much more than just horror. Civil rights, Vietnam, the Cold War … take your pick, and this film can be seen as a comment on it without ever resorting to pedantry — because, dude, it’s about zombies. You can approach it just as a horror film, but it’s easy to take away more.|
|CASPER, THE FRIENDLY GHOST — for the kiddies, and all of us J.R. Ward fans.|
You can find more public domain movies simply by going to Google, and doing a video search with “public domain” as the search terms. Add in “horror” and you’ll get a more specific selection (but be sure to read the descriptions, as some are just fan-created movies and re-makes.)
Have a look at my other Spooktacular post for information on FREEÂ public domain horror books and stories. Comment to either post and you’ll get a chance to win a signed copy from my backlist.