In our edition of ‘Red’s Top 5,’ we’re going to be going over Classic Horror; Slasher Films will not be included in this Top Five, it will be included in a different Top Five Segment.
At Number Five is Universal Studios’ Classic Monster Film Franchise, Universal Studios began filming Monster Films in the 1920s, the very first Monster film was based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 Novel; The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The part of Quasimodo was the Legendary actor, Lon Cheney which Mr. Cheney went onto immediate fame starring in the classic silent film The Phantom of the Opera, the Mystery Novel by Gaston Leroux. In the early 1930s, we had Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein from then on, it was History. The Lithograph you see on the lefthand side is drawn by Alex Ross, you can purchase it here.
Tod Browning’s Freaks
Our Number Four Spot finds us with the Pre-Code Classic, Freaks. What started off as a short story from Tod Robbins called ‘Spurs‘, about Carnival Sideshow performers who had real disabilities; the film was originally 90 minutes long but considered too shocking for release so several scenes were cut, resulting in the film to become abridged and 64 minutes long. The Original Film no longer exists.
He who gets Slapped
Victor Sjöström’s He who gets Slapped takes our third spot in our Top 5, Based off of the Russian Play, ‘Тот, кто получает пощёчины by Playwright Leonid Andreyev in 1914, He who gets Slapped was the first film produced by the newly formed Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; starred Lon Chaney as the Scientist Paul Beaumont, who labored for years to prove his radical theories about the origin of mankind; but after receiving help from Baron Regnard, The Baron steals not only Beaumont’s research but also his wife, driving him into the brink of insanity Beaumont loses his self -regard and joins the circus under the name ‘He’ and becomes known as “He who gets Slapped“.
The House of the Seven Gables
Taking the Number two spot is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables; also based on the novel Hawthorne wrote, it starred George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, and Vincent Price. The story is about a family who is consumed by Greed in which one Brothers tries to frame another for murder.
Taking the Number One spot is the Silent Film classic from 1922, Nosferatu; directed by F. W. Murnau, this film was described as a German Expressionist Horror film, taking place in the late 1830s, a man journeys to Transylvania to meet Count Orlok, a mysterious individual who is interested in buying a house in Wisborg, unknown to our Protagonist there is more to the Count that meets the eye.
This concludes our Top 5 for Classic Horror, we will have another Top 5 for Horror Next week as we cover the Top Five Sci-Fi Horror for the Month of October.