Today’s horror scene that I love comes from 1970’s La Vampire Nue. This film was directed by the brilliant French surrealist, Jean Rollin.
What is this scene about? To be honest, what it’s about is less important than how it looks and how it makes you feel. As a director, Jean Rollin specialized in bringing dreams and nightmare to cinematic life. (That said, as surreal as this scene may be, it’s actually one of the more straight forward moments to be found in Rollin’s filmography.)
Today’s horror scene that I love is from the 1961 Roger Corman film, The Pit and The Pendulum!
Not only is that pendulum nightmarish as Hell but check out that set design! One can see that Corman definitely took some inspiration from Hammer’s Dracula and Frankenstein films. Watching this scene, it is easy to see why Corman devoted so much of the early 60s to directing Vincent Price in various Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.
Today’s horror scene that I love comes from the 1957 British film, Night of the Demon.
This is one of those films that deserves to be better known than it actually is. Directed by Jacques Tourneur, this is a moody and intelligent horror film, one that’s full of atmosphere and features a surprisingly effective demon. Reportedly, Tourneur didn’t want to show the actual demon in the film but he was overruled by the film’s producers. Typically, I usually side with the directors whenever it comes to stories of behind-the-scenes conflict but, in this case, I think the film actually works better with the demon as an actual physical presence.
Today’s horror scene that I love comes from the 1945 film, House of Dracula!
House of Dracula may not be a classic but John Carradine definitely made for an intriguing Dracula. Far more than Bela Lugosi or even Christopher Lee, Carradine matched the physical description that Bram Stoker offered up of Dracula in his famous novel — tall, aristocratic, sophisticated, and disdainful of the world around him. Of course, Carradine’s American accent is all wrong for the role but no matter. He’s Carradine!
This scene features Carradine as Dracula, casting his hypnotic spell.