A trapeze artist agrees to marry a ‘midget’ before his side show friends discover she is only marrying him for his money and exact their revenge.
I think this film shows human kind at it’s worst, the deception of the trapeze artist Cleopatra and the lengths she will go to for money, how far the ‘ freaks’ will go to for revenge and also the constant real life exploitation of the sideshow performers. Despite the grotesque way the ‘ freaks’ carry out their revenge I like how it portrays the unity of the side show performers and the loyalty and love they had for each other, something I could imagine was very real as at the height of popularity of ‘ freakshows’ where the outside world dehumanised these people, seeing them as only sources of entertainment. One think I love about this film is that they used real ‘ sideshow freaks’ and that in it’s self was fascinating. Watching Prince Randian aka The living Torso roll and light a cigarette using just his mouth is certainly impressive.
The Bad Seed ( 1956)
A mother suspects her daughter might not be the innocent 8 year old she appears to be and is in fact a heartless serial killer.
I always find something creepy about films depicting child psychopaths as it does smash our conceptions of children being pure and innocent. The cold demeanour and the evil, callous behaviour of the child makes this film eerie especially as her mother unravels the truth. The actors in this film are incredible especially Eileen Heckart’s portrayal of a grieving mother, who’s son was victim to the 8 year old serial killer Rhoda Penmark.
Eyes without a face/ Les yeus sans visage (1960)
This is a french film about a surgeon that goes to extreme lengths to find his disfigured daughter a new face
After a surgeons daughter has been disfigured he starts kidnapping women to perform face transplants to give his daughter a new face, eerie huh! This film depicts a warped fatherly love as we see how far he will go to make his daughter happy and beautiful again. The sombre mood and the atmospheric filming techniques are really something to be admired here.
Night of the living dead (1968)
A group of people hide out in a farmhouse to escape flesh eating zombies
Although the special effects and zombies may not be quite as impressive as today’s this low budget film is a zombie classic. One of my favourite things about this zombie flick is how realistic the characters are, two alpha males disagree, one woman falls into catatonic shock and they make silly mistakes along the way ( gas pump accident), this is just how I imagine it would be in real life. My favourite part has to be the girl in the cellar. If you have seen this film you’ll know exactly what I’m taking about!
This film needs no plot summary, we all know what this film is about!
This is a complete classic and has been named one of the greatest films of all time. Everyone recognises the shower scene even if they haven’t seen the film. The twist in this film was clever and very eerie as we see the true psychopathic nature of the one and only Norman Bates!
Do you have a favourite black and white horror movie?