There really wasn’t anything good for Halloween on this year, and with TV shows ending left and right, we decided to hit up Amazon Prime to see if there was anything but awful low-budget movies to watch. We came across this, a 26-episode series that aired back in 1996, hosted by Christopher Lee, that detailed the first 100 years of horror movies worldwide. Classic horror? Sign me up!Each half-hour episode takes a look at a different aspect of the horror genre, from vampires and mutants to werewolves and evil scientists. There were several on classic horror actors including Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, which went into their long and distinguished careers in the genre. I found it hard to find anything I didn’t like, even though a lot of the coverage is pretty sparse. Looking at vampire movies for a century is a bit hard to do in a half hour, after all.
Even so, just watching Christopher Lee recount his memories of a long and varied career in the horror cinema trade was worth the price of admission, which was zero, but still, you know what I mean. We’d get through 5-6 episodes a night, enjoying every one because we’ve seen the vast majority of movies they talked about.
Granted, the effects have not held up well and this was clearly done on a very low budget. There is also quite a bit of nudity to be found, so if that offends you, you might want to steer clear, but if you’re a fan of horror films, especially classic horror films, this will be a walk down memory lane. I had a ton of fun revisiting each of these movies and seeing some of the stories behind the cinema. It wasn’t that many years ago when we sat down and watched the entire classic Universal Monsters catalog, starting in the silent era and going through the 60s.
This isn’t really a review, as such, at least not like the other TV Thursday reviews that I do, but I still recommend it if you have Amazon Prime or Hulu, which I know it’s currently available on. It might take a couple of days to get through, but it will give you a deeper appreciation for the whole history of worldwide horror films, especially the older ones that are far, far superior to what we typically get today. Give it a shot, I think you’ll be glad you did.