Friday, February 15, 2013

Review - Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein

I downloaded "Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein" in HD from iTunes. A regular movie is about 800mb but the HD is 2.6 gig. The HD really makes it look clear and seem like a movie that was made yesterday! Part of the fun of these old movies is that I get to feel like I'm going back in time - I never realized that part of the reason was because the movies look old! However, half way through you forget it's HD and it looks the same. This movie has Lon Chaney as the wolf man, Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula, and Glen Strange as the monster - it has it all. My Score: 5/5

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1932)

I downloaded the movie "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1932) from iTunes. Overall it's a good movie, although more human drama than horror. The cinematography is great and I loved the top hats, capes, buildings, and furnishings - not to mention the ladies! Here's a Youtube film clip to demonstrate what I mean:

Mad Scientists movies were all the rage at this time, but I must confess to being less than impressed with the puny laboratories in most of these movies that contain only a few lousy test tubes. I'm happy to say that this movie features a laboratory worthy of a mad scientist - as featured in the photo below:

Again, the movie is very human and not very fantastic like horror movies are. You actually feel sorry for poor Dr. Jekyll and I could go so far as to say that it's actually a tear-jerker (although I didn't cry.) My Score: 5 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review - The Invisible Man

 I bought this 4 pack from Amazon (The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and The Phantom of the Opera.) Last night I watched The Invisible Man. I really wasn't looking forward to it because I was expecting it to be next to boring. It was on TV when I was a kid but wasn't one of my favorites. The Invisible Man just couldn't compete with Frankenstein and Dracula for coolness! However, last night, after not seeing the movie for many years, I was shocked at how much old school horror movie atmosphere there was. The music was menacing, the towns, cars, and characters were rustic, and the Invisible Man was evil, a real monster! The Director was James Whale who also directed Frankenstein - that probably explains why this movie really stands out! I guess when I was a kid I wasn't that fascinated with the sets or the madness of invisible-man world domination! But I enjoyed it last night - a great mad scientist movie!

My Score: 5 out of 5 stars.