I have just watched Mark Kermode's, Secrets of the Cinema - Horror. It was on Sky Arts but it is also on YouTube
He is the same age as me and we seem to have followed the same horror film path. IYSWIM
When I was in my early teens I used to watch the horror films that were on every Friday night at about 10.30pm. They were generally Hammer horror films and they were corny even then. I used to watch them with my dad but he invariably used to fall asleep ten minutes after they started
The scariest film I ever watched at that time was The Haunting. I came out in 1963 but it was about ten years later that I saw it on television.
Though not strictly a horror film, Sunset Boulevard was very unsettling at the end. Whatever happened to baby Jane was another one.
The late 70's seemed to be the decade for horror - Halloween, The Exorcist, Carrie, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street.
These days I still watch Hammer horror on the Talking Pictures channel. The films are still corny and were never really scary!
I'm not keen on the blood and gore films (Texas Chain Saw Massacre etc.) and prefer the psychological ones
Other favourites are:
The Woman in Black
Interview with a Vampire
Hush hush sweet Charlotte
Any other horror fans out there?
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