My attempts last night to watch some horror movies proved futile as neither movie was much of a horror film.
CHAMBER OF HORRORS. Per wikipedia, this movie was originally filmed for television, but when deemed too grisly was released theatrically with the William Castle-lite gimmick of the “Fear Flasher” and the “Horror Horn.” The movie opens with the explanation that some moments are so gruesome, they will be preceded with a visual warning (The Fear Flasher, which is just a few frames of red cut into the picture) and an audio warning (“The Horror Horn” which is a sci-fi sounding ringing). Unfortunately, the filmmakers seem to be hoping that audience members will simply cover their eyes when this happens since the camera generally pans or cuts away each time. Useless. Oh, the plot is about some serial killer. It opens with his marrying a corpse, which is cool. And then it’s all downhill. Mostly a procedural that keeps coming back to one particular waz museum. Not recommended.
THE BRIDES OF FU MANCHU, in which Christopher Lee plays Fu Manchu. It turns out, Fu Manchu is more of a super villain to some Sherlock Holmes-like detectives. Not nearly as atmospheric and sexualized as the early thirties Fu Manchu movies. And honestly, the ending was so steeped in electronic spy crap, I couldn’t figure out what was going on.
Both films were pretty dull and lacking in atmosphere, suspense, sex, or anything at all interesting. Even with Christopher Lee on board. Thankfully, I’ve now compiled a list thanks to numerous suggestions from my friends. I anticipate mostly enjoyable horror movies from this point on.
Also, it turns out THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE is not a horror film either.