Old School Halloween Spooks

A selected list of horror classics, featuring the spookier Kings of cinema, with an incredibly vintage choice of tracks to help you get in the right Halloween spirit.

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Historically rooted or product of the greedy minds of the confectionery industry? Like it or not, Halloween is here again! But here is a playlist with some spooky tracks and old school movies that might erase the sound of kids knocking at your door begging for sweets, the screams of drunk adults dressed in all sort of questionable costumes, the horrible music played by your neighbours.

The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

Why: It’s a classic!  It’s disturbing! But in a way that makes appreciable to everybody. Each episode digs deep in a paranormal or futuristic scenario. Every time the outcome is Kafkaesque. The intro itself, read by Rod Serling, is a masterpiece.

Suggested episode: The masks.
Soundtrack: The Ventures

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Paul Handerson: That’s what’s wrong with the present day horrorfilms. There’s no realism. Not like the old ones, the great ones. Frankenstein. Phantom of the Opera. Dracula – the one with Bela Lugosi of course, not this new fellow.

Why: It stars both Peter Cushing and Cristopher Lee! Directed by Peter Duffel, you would not expect such hilarity from a horror movie, yet the stories are hooking. Horror and humor coexist without being cheesy, without negate to one another.

Soundtrack: The Ghouls.

The Blob (1958)

Steve Andrews: How do you get people to protect themselves from something they don’t believe in?

Why: An alien gelatinous lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows, and kills and kills. Once the blob gets you, you can’t get free.
“Beware of The Blob, it creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor. Right through the door and all around the wall. A splotch, a blotch, be careful of The Blob”

Soundtrack: The Five Blobs.

Thriller (1960 U.S TV series)

And as sure as my name is Boris Karloff, this is going to be a thriller.

Why: Hosted by Boris Karloff, Thriller is a beautifully creepy TV series, featuring macabre horror tales and suspense thrillers.

Suggested episode: The Devil’s Ticket.

Soundtrack: Don Hinson & the Rigamorticians

The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

Amaryllis Trumbull: If my father chose to spend his hard-earned money in the collection of curious objects…
Waldo Trumbull: [interrupting] He did more than collect curious objects, madam, he also fathered one!

Why: Not an horror movie, but an incredibly funny and cynical one, starring two extraordinary actors: Vincent Price and Peter Lorre, performing two undertakers who hadn’t any “clients” in a looong time, to get money they start to kill people in order to get new “customers”.

Soundtrack: Chris Montez

And to end with a bang an incredible video of Screamin Jay Hawkins

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