When John Carpenter speaks, horror fans listen. It’s as simple as that.
The genre master has left an indelible mark on horror films and not only has he earned the right to be heard, but when he speaks it carries some weight. He did give us The Fog, Halloween, Christine, Escape from New York, Prince of Darkness, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China just to name a few, after all.
With that in mind, Entertainment Weekly sought out the man, himself, to ask if he had a couple of recommendations for Halloween 2019 viewing.
And of course, he did. In fact he supplied them with two British classics that should be checked off on every horror fan’s list.
“Yeah, two movies from the ’50s,” Carpenter told EW. “The Curse of Frankenstein and the Horror of Dracula. Both Hammer films, and they’re both really fun. They were groundbreaking at the time, they were also extremely violent at the time.”
The Curse of Frankenstein hit theaters back in 1957 and starred horror legends Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as the Creature. Though it wasn’t their first time to appear in a film together, it was the first time to really work together so closely. The film is currently available to rent on Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Redbox Streaming, GoodlePlay, and Apple TV for only $2.99!
In 1958, the actors teamed up again for Horror of Dracula, this time with Cushing in the role of Doctor Van Helsing and Lee taking on the mantle of the immortal Count Dracula. The film is also available for rent for $2.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Vusu, Apple TV, and Fandango Now.
Have you seen these? If not, we’re with John Carpenter. You should totally work them into your Halloween viewing schedule in 2019!