The time is upon us for that frightening night of the year. Where we can dress up into a scary alter ego and ask for a trick or treat. Here are the classic scary movies that pay a tribute to Halloween.
When I think of classic composers I will immediately hear the music of Beethoven and Mozart. If it’s a classic writer then it would be Shakespeare and Twain. If the subject of vehicles came up I would want a ride in Henry Ford’s Model T. Classic also covers Holidays such as Thanksgiving where it’s traditional to have turkey for dinner. At Christmas we open presents.
But, at Halloween it’s about scary movies or the guise of frightening events occurring on the screen in front of us. These movies set a standard to each and of its own accord. I have the advantage of seeing these Top 10 classic scary movies before Hollywood over saturated the industry in the 1980’s to present day.
And you might want to reference back to my Top 10 +1 Best Horror Movie Endings post here.
Please enjoy tribute to Halloween with My Top 10 +1 Classic Scary Movies. Thank you to You Tube and Google Images.
+1 The Mummy (1932)
Question – What did Boris Karloff say to make-up artist (and designer of the mummy bandage costume) Jack P. Pierce?
Right off the top, I am very claustrophobic and I detest having any part of me restricted in any way. Being wrapped and preserved like that was only for Kings and Gods but this is an ancient priest, Imhotep, who was buried alive! My first experience of the walking dead so to speak was very scary.
Answer – “Well, you’ve done a wonderful job, but you forgot to give me a fly!”
Boris Karloff – Ardath Bey/Imhotep (billed as KARLOFF)
Zita Johann – Helen Grosvenor/Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon
David Manners – Frank Whemple
Arthur Byron – Sir Joseph Whemple
Edward Van Sloan – Dr. Muller
Bramwell Fletcher – Ralph Norton
Noble Johnson – The Nubian
Kathryn Byron – Frau Muller
Leonard Mudie – Professor Pearson
James Crane – The Pharaoh
Directed by Karl Freund
10 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931)
Question – This is the only version of the movie where Jekyll’s name is pronounced correctly which is?
Imagine knowing someone day in and day out, then all of sudden they turn into a completely different person? Ok, never mind. Fredric March won the Academy Award for this role.
Answer – If pronounced correctly it is “Jee-kall”.
Fredric March – Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
Miriam Hopkins – Ivy Pearson
Rose Hobart – Muriel Carew
Holmes Herbert – Dr. John Lanyon
Halliwell Hobbes – Brigadier General Sir Danvers Carew
Edgar Norton – Poole
Tempe Pigott – Mrs. Hawkins
Douglas Walton – Blonde Student
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
9 Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943)
Question – With stunt men and doubles appearing along with having all of his dialogue scenes cut. How long is Bela Lugosi on the screen in this classic?
I remember this film first came to my attention watching some old World War II archive footage with my Dad when I was 10 years old on television. Within the documentary they showed that this filmed had just debuted right in the middle of the war. To this day we all have that villain vs villain super matchup that we crave and desire. Who would beat who? Well, this was of the biggest and best and scary originals of all time at the end.
Answer – Five minutes and six seconds in the seventy-four minute film.
Lon Chaney, Jr. – The Wolf Man (billed as Lon Chaney)
Ilona Massey – Baroness Elsa Frankenstein
Patric Knowles – Dr. Mannering
Lionel Atwill – Mayor
Bela Lugosi – Frankenstein’s Monster
Maria Ouspenskaya – Maleva
Dennis Hoey – Inspector Owen
Don Barclay – Franzec
Rex Evans – Vazec
Dwight Frye – Rudi
Harry Stubbs – Guno
Directed by Roy William Neill
8 The Thing from Another World (1951)
Question – Why did the top brass of the US Air Force refuse to cooperate with Howard Hanks request for assistance with the making of the film?
I still have a unique fear trigger just from seeing the title to this movie. I think it was because this was my first and very terrifying experience of seeing an alien. On tv folks. Duh. In many regards this could have led My Top 10 +1 Classic Scary Movies list.
Answer – Because they felt it would compromise their official stance that UFO’s didn’t exist.
Margaret Sheridan – Nikki Nicholson
Kenneth Tobey – Captain Patrick Hendry
Robert Cornthwaite – Dr. Arthur Carrington
Douglas Spencer – Ned ‘Scotty’ Scott
James Young – Lt. Eddie Dykes
Dewey Martin – Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols – Lt. Ken ‘Mac’ MacPherson
William Self – Corporal Barnes
Eduard Franz – Dr. Stern
Sally Creighton – Mrs. Chapman
James Arness -‘The Thing’
Paul Frees -Dr. Voorhees
John Dierkes -Dr. Chapman
George Fenneman -Dr. Redding
David McMahon -General Fogerty
Directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks
7 Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Question – Where did Wes Craven come up with the idea for this film?
I have suffered from insomnia for many years. There have been periods of times of having bad nightmares and being literally afraid to go back to sleep. This movie only exacerbated the problem ten fold.
Answer – He read several newspaper articles printed in the LA Times over a three-year period about a group of Cambodian refugees from the Hmong tribe, several of whom died in the throes of horrific nightmares. The group had come to America to escape the reign of Pol Pot, and within a year of arriving, three men had died, with the situation the same in each cases; the young, otherwise healthy, man would have a nightmare, then refuse to sleep for as long as possible. Upon finally falling asleep from exhaustion, the man awoke screaming, then died. Autopsy results revealed that they had not died because of heart failure, they had simply died. It was this lack of cause which intrigued Craven so much. Medical authorities have since called the phenomenon Asian Death Syndrome, a variant of Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome (SUDS) and Brugada Syndrome.
Heather Langenkamp – Nancy Thompson
Robert Englund – Freddy Krueger
John Saxon – Lt. Don Thompson
Johnny Depp – Glen Lantz
Ronee Blakley – Marge Thompson
Amanda Wyss – Tina Gray
Nick Corri – Rod Lane
Joe Unger – Sgt. Garcia
Charles Fleischer – Dr. King
Directed by Wes Craven
6 When A Stranger Calls (1979)
Question – The phone number of the house where the character Jill Johnson (played by Carol Kane) is babysitting, (555-2368) is the same house phone number used in Jamie Lee Curtis’s house in the movie Forever Young starring Mel Gibson. The traced call lasts approximately 1 minute and 52 seconds in the film. How long did it actually take to trace a call in 1979?
I will never forget when this movie came out as all of the girls who were close in age to me were babysitters, including my two step sisters. And they were all terrified now of being alone and babysitting. It has remained in babysitting lore to this day.
Answer – It would’ve taken 10-20 minutes for several switchboards and circuits to locate the origin of the call.
Carol Kane – Jill Johnson
Rutanya Alda – Mrs Mandrakis
Carmen Argenziano – Dr Mandrakis
Kirsten Larkin – Nancy
William Boyett – Sgt Sacker
Charles Durning – John Clifford
Ron O’Neal – Lt Charlie Garber
Heetu – Houseboy
Rachel Roberts – Dr Monk
Tony Beckley – Curt Duncan
Colleen Dewhurst – Tracy
Michael Champion – Bill
Directed by Fred Walton
5 The Wolf Man (1941)
Question– Writer Curt Siodmak originated which concepts that still exist to this day?
I’ve always had a fear of the dark from the latter parts of my childhood for a reason I won’t disclose at this point in life. But, still to this day, or should I say night, when I take Phoenix for walks after dark I think of this movie. Somewhere lurking in the shadows out of the reach of the light from the street lamp.
Answer – A person becoming a werewolf through a bite, the only way to kill a werewolf is with a silver bullet, and changing into one during a full moon.
Claude Rains – Sir John Talbot
Warren William – Dr. Lloyd
Ralph Bellamy – Colonel Montford
Patric Knowles – Frank Andrews
Béla Lugosi – Bela
Maria Ouspenskaya – Maleva
Evelyn Ankers – Gwen Conliffe
J.M. Kerrigan – Charles Conliffe
Fay Helm – Jenny Williams
Forrester Harvey – Twiddle
Directed by George Waggner
4 Friday The 13th (1980)
Question – The classic eerie music that we all know is actually what?
I clearly remember going with the twin blonde sisters, Rhonda and Michelle Pyle, and my childhood best friend Mike. It was Friday May 9th, 1980 on opening night. The reason it wasn’t released a month later on Friday June 13th is because a sequel to a little interstellar movie was coming out on May 20th. Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back. This movie was the ground breaker for what would become a multi billion dollar film genre. For tradition in the modern era this could have been on top of My Top 10 +1 Classic Scary Movies list.
Answer – Composer Harry Manfredini has said that contrary to popular belief, the famous “Chi, chi, chi; ha, ha, ha” in the film’s score is actually “Ki, k,i ki; ma, ma, ma”. It is meant to resemble Jason’s voice saying “Kill, kill, kill; mom, mom, mom” in Mrs. Voorhees’s mind. It was inspired by the scene in which Pamela Voorhees seems to be possessed by Jason and chants, “Get her, mommy! Kill her!” Manfredini created the effect by speaking the syllables “ki” and “ma” into a microphone running through a delay effect.
Adrienne King – Alice Hardy
Harry Crosby – Bill
Kevin Bacon – Jack Burrell
Jeannine Taylor – Marcie Cunningham
Laurie Bartram – Brenda
Robbi Morgan – Annie
Mark Nelson – Ned Rubinstein
Betsy Palmer – Mrs. Pamela Voorhees
Peter Brouwer – Steve Christy
Rex Everhart – Enos, the truck driver
Walt Gorney – Crazy Ralph
Willie Adams – Barry
Debra S. Hayes – Claudette
Ari Lehman – Jason Voorhees
Directed by Sean S Cunningham
3 Frankenstein (1931)
Question – After bringing the monster to life, Dr. Frankenstein uttered what famous line?
I will never forget the bone-chilling scene when the monster is first brought to life by Dr Frankenstein. And I was only about 10 years old watching this scary classic movie at home unbeknownst to my parents. Then seeing the mighty, awesome raw strength it possessed made me shudder in my seat. There will never be a greater Frankenstein than the original.
Answer, “Now I know what it’s like to BE God!” but when it was re-released in the late ’30s, censors demanded it be removed on the grounds that it was blasphemy. A loud clap of thunder was substituted on the soundtrack. Modern audio technology had to be used to insert the dialog back into the film without any detectable change in the audio quality.
Colin Clive – Henry Frankenstein
Mae Clarke – Elizabeth
John Boles – Victor Moritz
Boris Karloff (billed as “?” in the opening credits only) – Frankenstein’s monster
Edward Van Sloan – Dr. Waldman
Frederick Kerr – Baron Frankenstein
Dwight Frye – Fritz
Lionel Belmore – Herr Vogel, the Burgomaster
Marilyn Harris – Little Maria
Directed by James Whale
2 Dracula (1931)
Question – What famous elements often associated with Dracula are not visible in this classic film?
Of all the scary originals of the black and white era this remains king of the hill always. The haunting music playing with Dracula’s piercing, hypnotic eyes taking you into a trance before you were bitten. Then you were now in an existence of eternal immortality. There will never be a better one than this.
Answer – At no point does Dracula display fangs. Also, the famous vampire bite mark on the neck is never shown either.
Bela Lugosi – Count Dracula
Helen Chandler – Mina
David Manners – John Harker
Dwight Frye – Renfield
Edward Van Sloan – Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston – Dr Seward
Frances Dade – Lucy
Joan Standing – Nurse Briggs (in an error on the opening credits, she is misidentified as “Maid”)Charles K. Gerrard – Martin, Renfield’s attendant
Directed by Tod Browning and Karl Freund
1 Halloween (1978)
Question – What happened when P.J. Soles went to a screening of the movie after it was released, while sitting in the 4th row of a regular audience?
If it seems like I copped out with a Captain Obvious choice here it goes to the introduction of the post. A tribute to Halloween and My Top 10 +1 Classic Scary Movies. This movie set the bar for frightened children on All Hallows Eve and it has yet to have had any competition.
Answer – She was very amused, when during her nude scene and line of “see anything you like?” a male audience member in front yelled out “hell yes I do!” unaware she was right behind him.
Donald Pleasence – Dr Sam Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis – Laurie Strode
Nancy Kyes – Annie Brackett (as Nancy Loomis)
PJ Soles – Lynda van der Klok
Charles Cyphers – Sheriff Leigh Brackett
Kyle Richards – Lindsey Wallace
Brian Andrews – Tommy Doyle
John Michael Graham – Bob Simms
Nancy Stephens – Marion Chambers
Arthur Malet – Graveyard Keeper
Mickey Yablans – Richie
Brent Le Page – Lonnie Elamb
Adam Hollarnder – Keith
Robert Phalen – Dr Terence Wynn
Tony Moran – Michael Myers (age 23)
Will Sandin – Michael Myers (age 6)
Sandy Johnson – Judith Margaret Myers
David Kyle – Judith’s Boyfriend
Peter Griffith – Morgan Strode
Nick Castle – The Shape
Directed by John Carpenter
What is your favorite classic scary movie that reminds you of Halloween?