Ever have trouble tracking down those old, near extinct clasc genre offerings of yesteryear? Well, Makeuseof.com is offering a series of seven awesome vintage flicks that aren’t necessarily the eaest pictures to get your hands on.
Makeuseof’s setup is legit, and beginning last month, the webte uploaded seven clasc (some long forgotten) features, that are now available to the public, free of any legal ramifications. Condering the strict legal limitations when it comes to downloading and streaming features, this is one hell of a blesng.
You’ll note that these films are now condered public domain, ergo making viewing privileges an open opportunity; legal backlash non-existent.
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this wonderful webte, which boasts a decent vintage collection of films now (finally) made ealy accesble to virtually anyone, anywhere; I find it criminal to not share this kick ass news with my fellow Bidites!
Right now you can vit the direct link here, and check out some true gems.
As of today, August 5th, the following films are available for legal streaming, or download:
An incredibly important, successful and controveral production for a variety of different reasons. The film was an unofficial movie adaptation of Bram Stoker’s epic Dracula novel, albeit with a number of key changes. There’s no audible dialogue in the film, instead title cards and an orchestral score serve to enhance the atmosphere created in part by the grainy black and white film.
Nosferatu was Prana Film’s last ever production after Stoker’s estate (representing his widow, Florence Stoker) successfully sued the company for copyright infringement. Every copy of the film was ordered to be burned, but at least one copy had already been distributed around the world and this clasc piece of vampiric cinema survived.
White Zombie (1932)
Starring the famous Bela Lugo (who took on the role of Dracula in the original movie), White Zombie is a tale of seduction, zombies and the evil plans of Lugo’s villain Legendre. A young couple are persuaded to marry by the scheming and devious Beaumont on his Haitian plantation; Nothing odd there, right?
Beaumont’s plans soon become apparent as he tries to convince the young soon-to-be-married Madeleine to run away with him. The plotter turns to the evil Legendre for help in his task, who provides a zombie potion capable of transforming human beings into emotionless husks in this pre-Romero Voodoo zombie horror.
The film itself was shot in just 11 days on a tiny budget yet still sends a tingle down your spine, partly in thanks to the bleak cinematography and choice of locations featured in the production.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Yet another piece of must-see horror, the original House on Haunted Hill makes for one of the most entertaining low-budget black and white films ever made – and it’s free! This highly watchable haunted house scenario sees millionaire Fredrick Loren invite five guests to a typically spooky house on “Haunted Hill” proming each $10,000 if they last the night.
The horror takes flight as the five guests are locked in their rooms at midnight and subjected to unexplainable ghostly happenings and murderous encounters. Of course the house (which has seen seven previous murders) doesn’t have electricity or a phone line – that would be far too convenient…
Horror Hotel - also known as City of the Dead (1960)
Horror Hotel follows the story of young coed Nan Barlow who decides to spend her winter vacation researching witchcraft in New England. Based on the advice of her professor, Nan decides to vit the small village of Whitewood and stays at the ominously-named Raven’s Inn. As Nan begins researching her paper, she begins to notice that not everything in Whitewood is quite what it seems.
Starring Christopher Lee as Nan’s seemingly-helpful professor, Horror Hotel is another blend of suspenseful horror and mood-setting black and white imagery which is probably most comparable to Psycho, the Hitchcock clasc released in the same year.
The Last Man On Earth (1964)
The original movie adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend which portrays a world in which the human race has become infected by a plague, turning everyone into vampires who aren’t fond of sunlight or garlic. One man (Dr Robert Morgan, played by Vincent Price) survives without infection, restricting himself to his house by night and becoming a vampire hunter by day.
The story evolves as Morgan encounters Ruth, a woman who he convinces to vit his home. Soon he learns there are more like her who plan to rebuild society and rid the land of vampires. A movie that’s full of grit, which successfully creates mood through its use of deserted locations and provocative cinematography.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
George Romero’s flesh-eating clasc fell into the public domain upon release after theatrical distributors the Walter Reade Organization forgot to include legally binding copyright information on the film’s prints. This hasn’t stopped the film grosng $18 million internationally after countless re-releases across the globe.
The plot follows seven individuals trapped in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania and their battle with the living dead. Romero’s film redefined the term “zombie” as flesh-eating re-animated corpses as opposed to the Voodoo curses seen in other “zombie” films.
After initial controversy, the film was eventually deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically gnificant” by the US Library of Congress.
The Driller Killer Uncut Veron (1979)
This is one horror film that doesn’t comfortably fall under the “horror” category, and those of you looking for the supernatural, witchcraft, zombies and that kind of thing won’t find it here. What you will find is Abel Ferrara’s highly controveral 1979 flick about an artist slowly long his mind.
The film creates a disturbing atmosphere from the get-go, and the dreary 1970s New York backdrop provides the perfect run-down playground for a serial killer. This uncut veron might challenge some viewers, so make sure you’re ready for some fairly brutal sequences before settling down with the popcorn.
Once again I must reiterate: I strongly, strongly recommend you vit this link to check out some of history’s finest genre offerings; after all, what do you have to lose? They're free for heaven's sake!