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  •  I love AIP (4+ / 0-)
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    MT Spaces, Aunt Pat, niemann, quarkstomper

    ...and Hammer and Amicus.  The real golden age of horror is not the quaint Universal Monsters (though it was pretty good), but the 1960s cycle where Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee ruled the roost.

    The Roger Corman/Vincent Price collaboration even had an adaptation of Lovecraft's "Charles Dexter Ward).  But in order to maximize profits they had to mis-attribute to "Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace" to cash in on the Poe name which was hot at the time.

    I grew up in the 80s, so all I got to see back then were the mindless slasher fare with the oh-so-tired virginal "final girl" trope being used as a hammer.  So seeing the classics on DVD these past few years were a breath of fresh air to me.

    •  You're right about ... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... Haunted Palace.

      It owed much more to Lovecraft than Poe, but seemed "tired" somehow. It wasn't Price's fault -- he played in some great over-the-top flicks during the next few years.

      Those "drive-in" movies required vigorous casts, crews, writers, and directors to make them entertaining. If they started dogging it, then they'd make dogs.

      ... It should come as no surprise that people like to fight for people who are fighting for them. -- Kos

      by MT Spaces on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 05:37:49 AM PDT

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    •  I've never seen a horror film (2+ / 0-)
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      MT Spaces, quarkstomper

      that had as profound an effect on me as Karloff's Frankenstein.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 02:44:39 PM PDT

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