Halloween 2015: Some Images to Thrill and Chill You

Here are images from thirty-one films that will set the mood for Halloween tonight, certain to give you a scare and excite you (or, in some cases, bring a grim smile to your face) on this most eerie night of the year. This is a sort of chronicle of horror movies that have been on my radar since last October 31, but they can be recommended for many reasons. If you’ve seen them or watch one for the first time tonight, let me know what you think!

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) – Director: John S. Robertson – Cinematographer: Roy F. Overbaugh

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) – Director: Rupert Julian (with Lon Chaney, Ernst Laemmle and Edward Sedgwick, uncredited) – Cinematographers: Milton Bridenbecker, Virgil Miller and Charles Van Enger (all uncredited)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – Director: James Whale – Cinematographer: John J. Mescall

Mad Love (1935) – Director: Karl Freund – Cinematographers: Chester A. Lyons and Gregg Toland

Dracula’s Daughter (1936) – Director: Lambert Hillyer – Cinematographer: George Robinson

Son of Frankenstein (1939) – Director: Rowland V. Lee – Cinematographer: George Robinson

Son of Dracula (1943) – Director: Robert Siodmak – Cinematographer: George Robinson

The Uninvited (1944) – Director: Lewis Allen – Cinematographer: Charles Lang

House of Dracula (1945) – Director: Erle C. Kenton – Cinematographer: George Robinson

The Mummy (1959) – Director: Terence Fisher – Cinematographer: Jack Asher

Mr. Sardonicus (1961) – Director: William Castle – Cinematographer: Burnett Guffey

The Premature Burial (1962) – Director: Roger Corman – Cinematographer: Floyd Crosby

Persona (1966) – Director: Ingmar Bergman – Cinematographer: Sven Nykvist

Witchfinder General (1968) – Director: Michael Reeves – Cinematographer: John Coquillon

Count Dracula (1970) – Director: Jesús (“Jess”) Franco – Cinematographers: Manuel Merino and Luciano Trasatti

The Velvet Vampire (1971) – Director: Stephanie Rothman – Cinematography: Daniel Lacambre

God Told Me To (1976) – Director: Larry Cohen – Cinematographer: Paul Glickman

The Hills Have Eyes (1977) – Director: Wes Craven – Cinematographer: Eric Saarinen

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979) – Director: Werner Herzog – Cinematographer:Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein

Prophecy (1979) – Director: John Frankenheimer – Cinematographer: Harry Stradling, Jr.

Halloween II (1981) – Director: Rick Rosenthal – Cinematographer: Dean Cundey

Poltergeist (1982) – Director: Tobe Hooper – Cinematographer: Matthew F. Leonetti

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Director: Wes Craven – Cinematographer: Jacques Haitkin

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) – Director: Adrian Lyne – Cinematographer: Jeffrey L. Kimball

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) – Director: Neil Jordan – Cinematographer: Philippe Rousselot

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – Director: Robert Rodriguez – Cinematographer: Guillermo Navarro

Scream (1996) – Director: Wes Craven – Cinematographer: Mark Irwin

Queen of the Damned (2002) – Director: Michael Rymer – Cinematographer: Ian Baker

The Omen (2006) – Director: John Moore – Cinematographer: Jonathan Sela

The Babadook (2014) – Director: Jennifer Kent – Cinematographer: Radek Ladczuk

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – Directors: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi – Cinematographers: Richard Bluck and D.J. Stipsen

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