Should many of today’s horror films be classified under the horror genre? Be it the redundant and outlandish torture motion pictures (hello, Saw franchise) or the grotesque and vomit-inducing movies (good day, Green Inferno), the modern-day generation of horror projects neglect the age-old wisdom of less is more. While they offer shock value and generate a cult following for excessive violence, these movies lack the charm of the classic films, Universal Studios’ chilling endeavors in the 1930s, and the artistic projects overseas following World War II.
It might seem like a handwringing case of “back in my day,” but there is a reason why filmmakers’ pursuits of horror, whether in the 1920s or 1960s, are celebrated to this day. Whether the cinematography or the eerie atmosphere presented on the silver screen, there is an extensive catalog of horror films to consume, especially during the haunting month of October.
Since it is Halloween and everyone is entitled to a good scare, what classic horror films should be on your viewing list this month? Here are some of the top movies, some known and others not so known.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari | 1920 | Germany
Dr. Caligari is in possession of a somnambulist, a hypnotized Cesare (played by the criminally underrated Conrad Veidt) who can allegedly see into the future. A man's death is predicted, and the prophecy comes true. The mystery is determining if Cesare is the murderer, or if Dr. Caligari is pulling the strings.