Well, I fell asleep Halloween night watching Turner Classic Movies (if I could have just one tv channel, this would be it) after watching Bedlam and some of The Body Snatcher, both starring Boris Karloff and which are classics. Well, I woke up an hour or so later (somewhere around 06:30 GMT) just as another very old Karloff movie which I had never heard of was coming on - The Old Dark House (1932). I was about to turn it off and go to bed, when the host stated giving the cast.
Talk about a lost classic! Other than Boris Karloff it had Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey, Melvin Douglas, all very young. Also Gloria Stuart - the "old Rose" in Titanic, and she was an incredibly hot babe in 1932! It was directed by James Whale, the director of the first couple of Frankensteins in the 1930s, and the Hollywood director portrayed by Ian McKellen in Gods And Monsters (1998) (also starred Brendan Frazer). It was taken from a story by the fairly famous J.B. Priestly. So I opened up another mini Hershey bar and settled in to watch. It was absolutely great!
Urbane and witty travelers in a wild and desolate part of England get caught in a hurricane-size storm, complete with huge landslides and washed-out roads. They come across a light in a large stone estate house and beg shelter from the owners. The house is occupied by the anti-social and creepy elderly remnants of the Pym family, which have been atheist evildoers for several generations. The elderly brother and sister reluctantly feed and shelter the travelers, allowing them to sit out the terrible night in a cozy group around the huge fireplace in the main room.
During the horrible wailing storm the prissy and vaguely gay brother and the mean-spirited and religiously fanatic sister tell the travelers how the house and family have a history of murder, lust, orgies, paganism, hysteria, terror, insanity, arson - it's Sodom-in-the-North-Country. Boris Karloff is a horribly disfigured criminally insane deaf/mute manservant with superhuman strength (and uncontrollable lust for sexy female travelers caught in a storm.) Add a bedridden 102-year-old father, and an insane, shrieking second brother permanently hidden and securely locked into a room on the off-limits 5th floor, and you have an old-style spooky movie which is a joy to watch. Tremendous fun and highly recommended.
And now I'm fully awake and once-again doing my Jack Kerouac imitation on the keyboard.
I had* to read the short story this is based on in an english class a few years ago, fantastic read!
*had makes me sound like i was forced, but i loved it.
"Prissy and vaguely gay" Nice. Though my personal attention has been on AMC's non ending parade of Friday the 13th flicks. Parts 5-7 are a great study of the far reaching plot points. (A physic teenager of 20 ressurects Jason by accident) and leads me to wonder, were the 80s really like that?
Oh, I love those old horror flicks.. too bad this movie is nowhere to be found on archive.org or publicdomaintorrents.com :(
Being 75 years old, shouldn´t it be freely available ?!
If you think that was a treat Jumjum, wait till you hear this. About 4 weeks ago, there was a screening of the silent film version of "Phantom of the Opera" with Lon Cheney Sr. at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center. Not only where they showing it on the big screen there but....they had a 95 year old organist who would play the organ at theatres in the 1920s and 1930s!
They screened it on his 95th birthday, and that guy could make that organ wail. It was creepier with just the giant organ music instead of having normal audio from the film, it was worth all 20 bucks most definitely. He's definitely one of the last of that era, and certainly something everyone should experience before all of the organists from that time period are gone.
JohnWalker;4010467...my personal attention has been on AMC's non ending parade of Friday the 13th flicks. Parts 5-7 are a great study of the far reaching plot points. (A physic teenager of 20 ressurects Jason by accident) and leads me to wonder, were the 80s really like that?[/quote] I love AMC, but the damn ads make it almost unwatchable to me. And were the 80's like what?
MagicMAD;4010518Oh, I love those old horror flicks.. too bad this movie is nowhere to be found on archive.org or publicdomaintorrents.com :(
Being 75 years old, shouldn´t it be freely available ?!
I dunno. I had never heard of it, and I bet it is hard to find.
[quote=Wasserfaller;4010742]If you think that was a treat Jumjum, wait till you hear this. About 4 weeks ago, there was a screening of the silent film version of "Phantom of the Opera" with Lon Cheney Sr....
Fantastic (even at $20)! Love Lon Chaney's face when the mask is ripped off.
In my city there is a lovely and ornately furnished three-level movie house which was built in the 20's. It has been lovingly maintained in the original 20's Valentino-Sheik-Of-The-Desert rococco style, and the original large pipe organ still works. It still shows silent movies complete with original organ score performance, as well as "classic" movies and even staging rock concerts.
It's like stepping back in time to see the huge chandeliers, Persian-style carpet, velvet curtains and drapes everywhere and fabric wallpaper. But it looks as if it would explode in fire if a single match were dropped...
I found it on mininova.org (for those that are interested :naughty:) Thanks for piquing my interest jumjum. I am looking forward to watching this tonight.
IcarianVX;4010827I found it on mininova.org (for those that are interested :naughty:) Thanks for piquing my interest jumjum. I am looking forward to watching this tonight.
Great! Report what you thought.
AMC, wish I got it. It seems they are on the way up, what with their recent (and amazing) foray into dramatic television, Mad Men.
Yeah, it's the second best "free" cable channel, although Fox Movie Channel is free and is getting more available - and like Turner Classic it doesn't have ads.
Oh, IcarianVX, what's the quality of mininova? Are most of their movies the terrible quality ones taped from the theater screen?