Why Bygone Horror Matters

Posted: April 22, 2011 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS
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Curse of the Demon / Night of the DemonRichard Gladman presents a classic horror double bill. The man and his team have gone to the trouble not just to show what great films, stories and plots are out there, but to demonstrate that these classic film should be shown, to excite and stimulate. Er, um, and this is why the BBC should show these classics again.

There’s a big difference between watching a classic horror film with an audience to viewing it on TV. The red curtains, a darkened auditorium and an excitment in the air. It’s great that people chose to go out and see a film. They haven’t ordered a VHS or DVD, even a blu-ray, it’s not just for an individual to enjoy. The individual choses the showing, to watch something as a collective and enjoy a cinematic experience.

Possibly though it’s unlikely a person would seek these classics out unless they already have an interest. What was good about horror being shown on terrestrial TV is that you may settle down to watch something accidentally. The BBC exposed viewers to these horrors, broadening horizons indirectly igniting the imagination.

The Ninth Gate [Blu-ray] Nostalgia aside a lot can be experienced and discovered with classic movies, not just horror. Although it’s surprising how much a seed of and idea can create a tree… Watching Night of the Demon (1957) arguably there are so many elements that are reminiscent of Arturo Peres-Reverte paperback ‘Club DumasEl Club Dumas / Club Dumas (Spanish Edition)‘ which inspired, and was source material for Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ninth Gate’… My sibling was so surprised.

I’m partial to a great horror movie, especially because it’s the darker side of us, the unimaginable. The Classic Horror Campaigns aim is to bring classic horror back, to viewers new and old… So why not sign the petition?


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