but the real horror experience was seeing The Skull, Dr Phibes, Theatre of Blood, Quatermass And The Pit, etc with a break every fifteen minutes prefaced by that silly skull thing... that's where it comes from for a lot of us, i'll bet. >>
Oh yeah particularly when talking British horror ( and Universals too). My love of American 70's schlok though comes from the pictures - we had a 123 cinema in town. Every saturday I'd don my mack ( no laughing please) , which made me look 18 sorta ... well not really - and I'd go watch the latest horrors like The Incredible Melting Man , The Crazies , The Eyes Of Dr Chaney , The Savage Bees , Rabid etc. A 6 week session watching blue movies too - the nun one with Koo Stark - lol
Add reading Guy N Smith and no wonder I'm a bit odd...
I live in a crumbling town that's replacing Victorian architecture with characterless- and if truth be known- downright ugly, pre-fabricated boxes that are monuments to insipidness. In the late 70's-mid 80's there was nothing better than following the palatial, almost decadently designed corridors to a screen that seemed to swallow you as soon as you stepped through the creaking auditorium doors. All of that is gone now. A figment of the past. I have nothing but sympathy for our future generations. Bloody hell...do I sound pompous or what..? As I hope you can tell. I totally agree with the general consensus...the soul has been ripped out of our cinema experience.
I live in a crumbling town that's replacing Victorian architecture with characterless- and if truth be known- downright ugly, pre-fabricated boxes that are monuments to insipidness. In the late 70's-mid 80's there was nothing better than following the palatial, almost decadently designed corridors to a screen that seemed to swallow you as soon as you stepped through the creaking auditorium doors. All of that is gone now. A figment of the past. I have nothing but sympathy for our future generations. Bloody hell...do I sound pompous or what..?
Not pompous at all, Kale. They're doing exactly the same where I live. There's a wonderful art-deco style cinema (used to be a dance hall too) in the city centre here which has been the subject of a long battle between the Council and the people trying to save the building. Sadly the Council have won - by spending so many years stalling over putting a conservation order on it that it now has grass and even young trees growing out of the roof and eves. So now they can say that it's in such a state of disrepair, and a safety hazzard, that it HAS to be demolished. They have a plan to build a concrete and glass monstrosity of a leisure complex on the site.
I've only lived here since 1978, but lots of the beautiful Victorian buildings which were still here when I arrived have now been replaced with concrete and glass. It's a crying shame ...
I have the Eureka 2 disc version issued in 2000. Is the new one a hell of a lot better?
The BFI version has tints (ie blue for night) that Murnau wanted, but apparently a slightly more cropped picture. You pays yer loadsa money and you takes yer choice...
The Eureka one has it in black and white on one disc, and sepia on the other.
Tinting (blue for night, etc.) was quite popular at the time (and not just with Murnau). I have The Lost World on DVD in tinted form and am not at sure that it wouldn't be more enjoyable in black and white. I think the tinting looks very odd to a modern eye.
Oh, and I've seen "Nosferatu" twice on the big screen - with live musical accompaniment! There are great gains to be had from living so close to the National Media Museum.
Nice one, Caroline! I've seen Nosferatu at the NFT with an old girl tickling the ivories. ALso The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1919) with a ten-piece band. One of the items that came up in discussion was the which soundtrack question. My humble PD version has an odd organ/light classical accompaniment. The BFI goes with a James Bernard score (I saw this on Channel 4 (?) once and dismissed it as 'too Hammer' and hence distracting (I'm in a minority). The Eureka has the original German score I believe. A bit of Googling a while back revealed that Krautrock loons Faust not only recorded an unofficial soundtrack but played it as a live accompaniment to screenings of the film. Setting myself up for a fall - the next Dracula in the schedule is Bela Lugosi - I think I'm gonna be the only one watching with the Philip Glass minimalist drone!
About the 1931 Dracula shown last Sunday afternoon on the Horror Channel, I assume it has the Philip Glass soundtrack. It really adds to a film that incredibly did not have a soundtrack beyond that under the original titles (I think). It works very well.