MeFi Horror Club: October Bonus Picks!
September 27, 2014 4:19 PM - Subscribe

In honor of Halloween, MeFi Horror Club is going to double up, with extra picks every Friday in October. By design, these picks will primarily be the kind of widely-seen movies that a hefty chunk of horror fans will have already seen. This will allow us to maybe lure in some people with big titles, cover some movies we'd normally skip for being too overexposed, and present the opportunity for people to comment on films they may know well enough they needn't rewatch them to join in. List after the jump...

I went with "eras" of horror for this year's themes. Unlike standard Horror Club picks, streaming availability was not a primary concern. Not one of these should be hard to find.

10/3 Halloween Extra #1 - Silent Era
The Golem (1920)
Virtually any silent film we picked would have been less well-seen, so to make this one easier, I went with one that is available in its entirety on YouTube for free. Sometimes called The Golem: How He Came into the World, this is one of several Golem films made by Paul Wegener, one of the very first feature film directors to focus primarily on horror.

10/10 Halloween Extra #2 - Studio Era
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The first sequel to 1931's Frankenstein, this film was hailed, even upon its release, as a masterpiece that would change horror--and critical thinking about horror films--forever.

10/17 Halloween Extra #3 - 1950's/1960's
House of Wax (1953)
This film was an enormous hit that helped Vincent Price find his calling as the film world's favorite fiendish horror villain. Originally in 3-D, it had a long life in revival screenings and on late night television.

10/24 Halloween Extra #4 - '70s/'80s Slasher Era
Halloween (1978)
Well, we had to do this one, didn't we? John Carpenter's slasher classic is still among the finest examples of the longstanding slasher subgenre.

10/31 Halloween Extra #5 - 90s/Early Oughts Era
Scream (1996)
Wes Craven's snarky po-mo slasher film both reveled in and mercilessly mocked the previous twenty years of horror cinema.
posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total)
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 8:03 PM on September 27, 2014

posted by Pope Guilty at 1:49 AM on September 30, 2014

Oh man, Scream. Gonna be weird going back to that one. I remember liking it a lot at the time but I sorta soured on it after the sequels, and I now hold Craven personally responsible for the "Scary Movie" series.
posted by Hoopo at 1:31 PM on September 30, 2014

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