Sorry, did I scare you? Just trying to get you in the spooky spirit for our current Monster May-Hem Sale. Friends, we’ve got hordes of horror hits from the past 100 years ready to give you thrills at discounted prices! Let’s tour the past century of cinema to give you an example of one movie from each era that is featured in this sale:
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Lon Chaney’s greatest role was as Erik, the scarred fiend lurking in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House who serves as an unseen mentor to beautiful Swedish soprano Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin), in this classic silent adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s novel. Includes the original two-strip Technicolor ballroom scene. This restored edition is newly remastered from a 35mm print to the correct projection speed and features a new score by Gabriel Thibaudeau, which was performed by the I Musici de Montréal and soprano Claudine Côté.
One of the all-time classic chillers, with Boris Karloff playing the title role of 3,700-year-old Egyptian high priest Im-Ho-Tep, condemned and buried alive for sacrilege by his people. Brought back to life when an archeological dig uncovers his tomb and a scroll that can revive the dead, Karloff attempts to reunite with the reincarnation of his lost love. Zita Johann, David Manners, Bramwell Fletcher co-star.
The Devil Bat (1940)
A deranged scientist (Bela Lugosi) develops an aftershave lotion that incites his gigantic bats to kill! Director Jean Yarbrough (House of Horrors, She-Wolf of London) guided Lugosi to one of his most fiendish performances in a film that turned out to be a big hit for Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). This movie may not stop you from shaving, but it will make you crave more horrors from Hollywood’s Poverty Row!
The House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Vintage, classic horror from William Castle, the master of budget B-movies. Five strangers are invited to stay the night at a haunted house with each receiving $10,000 if they can live through the night. This 1950s horror movie stars Vincent Price as Frederick Loren, Carol Ohmart as Annabelle Loren (Lorens wife), Alan Marshal as Dr. Trent, Richard Long as Lance and Carolyn Craig as Nora. The five strangers are brought to Haunted Hill in funeral cars, a foreboding of things to come. With strangled cries, doors slamming shut, apparitions floating in mid-air, the horror begins – but watch out the ending may surprise you! William Castle loved gimmicks to frighten his viewers. When the film originally played in some movie theatres a skeleton on wires would float over the audience during the final scenes.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director/cowriter George Romero’s gruesome and groundbreaking cult classic pioneered the zombie genre of horror films and spawned a host of sequels, remakes, and imitators. A disparate group of people takes refuge in an isolated farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania in a desperate bid for survival as they come under siege by hordes of the recently deceased, returned to “life” as bloodthirsty, flesh-eating ghouls. Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman star. Includes both the original B&W and the newly colorized versions.
A gore-filled zombiethon from Italy’s Lucio Fulci. Reporter Ian McCullough travels to a Caribbean island to investigate a series of murders and finds a diabolical doctor and hordes of flesh-eating ghouls. So shocking the film was given a self-imposed “X.” Tisa Farrow and Richard Johnson also star. AKA: “Zombie 2: The Dead Are Among Us.”
Night of the Comet (Collector’s Edition)(1984)
What if the only people left alive in the world were Southern California teenagers? That’s the start in this campy, enjoyable sci-fi tale of two sisters who must fend off zombie-like mutants and mysterious scientists after a comet’s passing exterminates nearly all life. Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, and Mary Woronov star.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Francis Ford Coppola’s lush retelling of “the strangest passion the world has ever known” stars Gary Oldman as the undying Count searching for his long-lost love, Winona Ryder as a young woman who falls under Dracula’s spell, and Anthony Hopkins as vampire-hunting Van Helsing. Lavish sets and special effects propel this genuinely haunting horror film; with Keanu Reeves, Sadie Frost.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
A routine training mission turns into a grisly bloodbath for a platoon of soldiers when they find themselves trapped in the Scottish Highlands. A full moon looms overhead─but the squadron pays no heed to the local legends they hear about lycanthropes…until it’s too late, and they run afoul of a pack of voracious werewolves! Inventive, gore-filled tale that earned a cult following stars Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, and Liam Cunningham.
A Quiet Place (2018)
With the planet decimated by voracious alien attackers that can target their prey via the slightest sound, Evelyn and Lee Abbott (Emily Blunt, John Krasinski) managed to carve out a backwoods survival for themselves, son Marcus (Noah Jupe), and hearing-impaired daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds). How long, though, will they be able to maintain a life of forced silence before they give away their presence? Director Krasinski’s effective, near-dialogue free hit shocker co-stars Cade Woodward.
The Grudge (2020)
Chilling reboot of the enduring horror series (itself based on the Japanese “Ju-On” films) centers around a house that becomes cursed after a young woman brutally murders her entire family there. With everyone who now sets foot in the home marked for a grisly demise, can anybody defeat the evil apparition that’s taken up residence under its roof? Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye star.
For an overview of all of the titles featured in our Monster May-Hem Sale, click here.