October is two days away. One of our favorite things to do in my favorite month is watch old spooky movies every night. We have a very specific kind of spooky movie that we love: black and white flicks from the 1930s and 1940s.
A great starting point is to just make your way through the old Universal Classic Monster movies: I especially like Frankenstein (1931), Island of Lost Souls (1932), and The Black Cat (1934).
You can’t go wrong with director James Whale. He made Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
I also really like the movies of producer Val Lewton, especially Cat People (1942) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943).
Probably my all-time favorite halloween movie is Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932), which must be seen to be believed.
A lot of the really good stuff is from the “pre-code” era: in between the advent of talkies in 1929 and the “Hays Code” of 1934. A lot of these movies go hard and are still pretty shocking: the original King Kong (1933) is a great example.
Hitchcock works for spooky season: I really love Rebecca (1940) and Strangers on a Train (1951).
For a lighter tone, check out I Married A Witch (1942) and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).
A great person on Twitter to follow for these kinds of recommendations is @nitratediva.