Public Domain Movie Of The Week Double Feature

So, to get warmed up for Halloween, I present two of the most frightening horror movies you could ever want to see, Freaks and Nosferatu.

Freaks was made in 1932 and instantly became one of the most controversial movies of the time. The story of a trapeze artist trying to steal the inheritance of one of the sideshow “freaks” is pedestrian at best, but the casting of real “freaks” caused a lot of people to decry the movie on it’s face, as well as avert their eyes upon seeing it. The movie was banned in parts of the United States and in the United Kingdom for 31 years, before being released with an X rating. Seeing the physically deformed actors up close can be a little unsettling, but when they chase you down chanting “One of us! One of us!”, they can be downright terrifying.

You can pick up a pretty bad copy at the Internet Archive.

F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu features, as far as I’m concerned, the scariest monster ever put on film- Count Orlok. I’m not sure if it’s his face or claws or that it’s a silent movie, but that guy freaks me out. Nosferatu gets the distinction of being the first vampire movie. The thinly veiled adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” was supposed to have all prints destroyed after a successful lawsuit by Stoker’s widow, but thankfully some survived.

There’s a pretty decent copy of this one at the Internet Archive.

2 comments to Public Domain Movie Of The Week Double Feature

  • yeah, I will be the first to admit I am utterly not a fan of horror movies, as I will guarentee that the bedsheets will be my home after one of those.

    great posting, fury.

  • Furious

    Thanks, pacer. I generally like horror movies quite a bit, but the genre is in a bit of a slump now. Everything’s either toned down to get a PG-13 rating or uses a deluge of blood to make up for a lack of depth.

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