Enrique Bonilla Morales
I think young people, mostly, reject old movies before they even watch them. They believe those films are boring and have nothing “new” or different to offer compared to modern movies. I strongly disagree with this statement. I consider that many movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and so on have unique cinematography, storytelling, and music, which makes them beautiful: it’s like reading something from Shakespeare or going to a museum to see a painting from Van Gogh. They are artists and pieces of art that transcend the test of time, and that will be memorable for years to come, even if they are the product of a time that is no longer with us.
I decided to write a series of articles* where I will talk about some of my favorite Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction films from different decades. This article will be about Horror movies from 1930 to 1959. I could include many movies, but my regular job and Baking Trance restrict my time only to be able to talk about two of them. Hopefully, you will have something nice to watch for the evening after reading this.* Here are other articles of these series, just follow the links (we will be updating this list): – Classic Movies Cake 1930-1950, Fantasy
– Classic Movies Cake 1930-1959 , Sci Fi
Writing horror for this period of time has been extremely hard. In this era, there are so many great horror films because the silent, golden, and half of the silver age of horror belong to it. The Universal Monsters, Godzilla, King Kong, and many more great monsters and movies are part of this period. It was a great time for horror, and choosing just two films is very hard. In the end, I decided to talk about two horror movies that, although not necessarily the best from this era, represent two parts of horror that I believe are slowly being forgotten by popular media (at least in Mexico). They deserve a little propaganda, and I will contribute to it.
House of Wax (1953)
First, I decided to promote one of my all-time favorite actors: Vincent Price. He is a legend! (Literally, if you consider that he was the first actor to incarnate the principal role in the movie The Last Man on Earth (1964), which is based in the novel I am Legend by Richard Matheson). He appeared in films like The Fly (1958), House of Usher (1960), The Raven (1963), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and many more! His incredible voice, villain laughter and look, make him a famous cultural icon. He has a mini-series with Scooby-Doo, an episode in The Muppet’s show, and he borrowed his voice for Michael Jackon’s Thriller (yes, he is the great creepy narrator on the song) and his look for Marvel’s Dr. Strange!
I decided to write about House of Wax, not because it is his best movie, but the first movie I saw, where he appears in his classical villain portrait. The movie’s plot is simple and maybe kind of predictable for today’s standards. Professor Henry Jarrod is an expert wax figured sculpture, but he is trapped in a fire along with his sculptures. Sometime later, he reapers to inaugurate a new wax museum, but along with the next museum, a series of strange murders start to happen. If you want to have a general idea of how he transcended as a villain in popular culture, this movie is a great start!
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Do you know the feeling of not knowing if someone is infected or not? That the government does not listen to you and believes that you are crazy? The feeling that an inevitable end is coming? It sounds so 2020, right? Well, that’s basically the plot of this movie.
I wanted to talk about Invasion of the Body Snatchers because 50s’ sci-fi horror is slowly being forgotten. It was a difficult time for sci-fi films because the special effects developed by that time were not so good (for some, I love them!), something that current generations seek and require on a modern sci-fi film. However, what makes great these films are not, particularly, their special effects, but the excelling and creative plots, which inspire most of today’s sci-fi blockbusters.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers tells the story of a small fictional town in California, where an alien invasion is starting. However, the aliens do not come in their classic green appearance with big dark eyes and a humanoid look. They are alien plant spores that start replacing humans. A silent and unnoticeable invasion!
Now that we are living a pandemic, I love this movie more than ever. It is a cleaver representation of how regular people worries and acts upon massive dangers, how only the people that live the difficulties worry about the problem, how there are people that have the problem in their noses and still ignore them, and how there are people who strongly fight against this threads, yet, they are treated as if they were insane. If you want to understand why Sci-fi is a great way to transmit important messages to the world, this movie is a great example!
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Featured image taken from flickr.