Have a Look at 15+ Thriller Old Horror Movies That Will Give You Goosebumps!
In this article, we will examine the Old Horror Films that are certain to terrify you. Continue reading the conclusion for additional information.
Old Horror Movies
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1). Nosferatu (1922)
One of the greatest horror films of all time is also one of the earliest – horror filmmakers were hitting home runs immediately. German Expressionist F.W. Murnau’s silent rendition on the Dracula myth has a near-perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2). Dracula (1931)
All of the Universal monster films have something to offer aficionados of vintage horror films. Bela Lugosi’s performance as Dracula, a violent vampire who preys on the living at night, is truly remarkable.
3). Frankenstein (1931)
It’s Boris Karloff in his iconic role, taking on another Universal monster that dwarfs him. Karloff and filmmaker James Whale rejoined four years later for the sequel The Bride of Frankenstein.
4). The Invisible Man (1933)
This sci-fi horror film, another Universal classic, is based on H.G. Wells’s novel of the same name, which tells the story of a man rendered invisible by a top-secret experiment who gradually goes insane… and deadly.
Dr. Jack Griffin, portrayed by the incomparable Claude Rains, is already invisible at the beginning of the film, which is an intriguing aspect.
5). The Birds (1963)
Tippi Hedren made her acting debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 aviary apocalypse starring with visual effects. She portrays Melanie Daniels, a socialite who follows a dashing attorney to a bayside village where seagulls, crows, and other birds vent their wrath on human flesh.
The Birds remains one of the most eerie thriller-horror hybrids to ever infect the genre, despite the fact that it may seem absurd to argue that a picture about killer birds is frightening.
6). Ganja & Hess (1973)
Ganja & Hess, an experimental vampire story by playwright Bill Gunn that wowed critics at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973, has a story to tell, and not just its cinematic narrative about an anthropologist named Hess who gets stabbed with a cursed dagger and then falls in love with his assistant’s wife, Ganja.
Behind the scenes, the film was heavily edited, trimmed for time, and issued as a Frankenstein-like creation that the director refused to sign. Fortunately, the Museum of Modern Art has restored Gunn’s original concept, and it can now be viewed in its former splendour.
7). Gaslight (1944)
You may have heard of the term “gaslighting”; this film is where the term originated. It shows a manipulative spouse who goes to great measures to persuade his wife that she is going insane in order to conceal a massive secret from her.
8). Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
When a crew of scientists enters the Amazonian jungle, they discover an unique aquatic monster. As they strive to capture it, they are prevented from returning to civilization by a number of obstacles.
9). Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The little village of Santa Mira, California, is horrified when aliens abduct their loved ones and replace them with heartless duplicates.
It’s a concept so unsettling that Hollywood keeps remaking it: There were remakes in 1978 (with Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum), 1993 (helmed by Bad Lieutenant’s Abel Ferrara), and 2007. (with Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman).
10). The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Universal was hardly the only film studio to attempt to adapt the Frankenstein tale. Mary Shelley’s story was also loosely recreated by the famed horror production firm Hammer Films, this time with Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as the monster.
Cushing subsequently starred in more Frankenstein films for Hammer, including The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Evil of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Created Woman, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.
11). Cat People (1942)
Jacques Tourneur, a French filmmaker, tapped into felinophobia for this eerie fantasy that converts the illogical dread of cats into a purring vehicle for a genuinely unsettling mystery. Irena Dubrovna Reed, a Serbian national and sketch artist, falls in love with a New York guy while holding a strange secret: she may be a diabolical cultist who can shapeshift into a panther.
12). Psycho (1960)
With his classic shower scene featuring Janet Leigh, maestro Hitchcock perfected the art of suggestion.
Though gruesome in nature, we never actually witness a blade penetrating flesh, and yet it’s impossible to take a shower without fearing that a fool with mommy issues is behind the curtain.
13). The Shining (1980)
Critics’ all-time favourite Stanley Kubrick film is the ultimate horror flick. What does it matter if it mutilates a story from the creative mind of Steven King? And so what if it is set in an impossible-sized vacation hotel?
Jack Torrance, his family, and his spiral into madness are the subjects of a groundbreaking work that has given life to some of our most enduring conspiracy theories. People are still attempting to comprehend it.
14). Dead of Night (1945)
Dead of Night, a relatively unknown horror anthology film, is centred by the déjà vu experienced by an architect at a party whose recurring nightmare appears to be seeping into reality.
Over the course of the evening, he and the other party guests, who have all appeared in his dream, take turns exchanging unsettling and unhinged ghost stories—until, of course, the suspense is climaxed by a brilliant plot twist.
15). Spider Baby (1967)
We cannot decide whether we like Spider Baby, the winning title, or The Maddest Story Ever Told, the runner-up.
Jack Hill’s story of deviant inbred cannibals originated the concept of mad killer families that the horror genre exploits in classics such as House of a Thousand Corpses, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Cabin in the Woods.
16). The Last Man on Earth (1964)
The title itself is a frightening concept. To say nothing of the fact that Vincent Price is the last survivor fleeing the zombies attacking what is left of the earth after a global pandemic wipes out humanity. I Am Legend is a remake of Will Smith’s The Walking Dead, so if it sounds similar, that’s because it was released in 2007.