I’ve been going through and watching some classic horror and thriller films so I think I’ll post some thoughts on a couple here, since I don’t have anyone to really talk to about this kind of thing.
Night of the Living Dead (1968): I realized while watching this just how much the zombie genre has changed. Now we mostly see stories that focus on the aftermath and you sometimes take for granted the events that take us from point A (zombie outbreak) to point B (post apocalyptic world). As the title betrays Night of the Living Dead takes place over the course of the first (and only) night of the zombie outbreak. I’ve never really been a fan of zombie movies but I enjoyed this one regardless because it was so different from what I saw “zombie movies” as. 7/10
The Wicker Man (1973)(Not the Nick Cage one): A bit odd but very enjoyable. It created a world that was able to capture my curiosity but before it wrapped up it also answered any lingering questions without being too overt about it. 8/10
Eraserhead (1977): VERY weird. Despite the effects being extremely dated and the film itself being in black and white I found myself kinda grossed out by some of the scenes, and I am not exactly faint of heart. I think this film largest strength is that its so uncanny. Everything about it is just slightly off. I had to look up the plot afterward to find out what its about but I found myself more creeped out by this one than anything else I’ve watched recently. 5/10 for the plot, 9/10 for the creep factor
Young Frankenstein (1974): Not really a horror film per say but more of a horror inspired comedy. This is from Mel Brooks, the creator of such films as Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, and History of the World: Part One. A fact I wasn’t aware of until I saw the opening credits. I think this is my favorite Mel Brooks film so far, the comedic timing is really on point at the way the actors interact with one another is intentionally slightly awkward. I’d recommend this to just about anyone. I don’t remember this being as offensive as some of his other stuff too. 9/10