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Director William Malone is the next horror master to select a handful of movies you’ll want to see on our scream box streaming platform. (Join now and get 30 days free!)

Malone is the director behind The house on the haunted hillthe 1999 Dark Castle remake of Vincent Price and William Castle’s 1959 classic. He also directed terribly afraid (1980), Creature (1985), Feardotcom, and Parasomnianot to mention episodes of everything from “Freddy’s Nightmares” to “Tales from the Crypt” and even “Masters of Horror” (S1 & S2 are both now streaming on Screambox).

As you know, Bloody Disgusting recently took the reins of the brand new scream box, a movie-laden subscription streaming platform that also hosts our live channel, BDTV. We’ve got such sites to show you over the next year, but we started with five films that Barbara Crampton is watching on Screambox and followed up with six from veteran horror director Mick Garris and another handful selected by Joe Dante.

Today, we’re digging deep into our catalog with William Malone, curating five movies he’s said to have pulled straight off the shelves of video stores!

Go straight to William’s picks here. And read his articles for each of the films below!


VAMPIRE

Made in 1932, vampire is a slow burn. It’s one of those movies that on first viewing you don’t know exactly what you think of it, but the next day you’ll find the images that haunt you in the most wonderful way. Started as a silent film, the director Carl Theodor Dreyer was convinced that sound was needed to find an audience. The added dialogue in the film is sparse, to say the least, and the sound is picked up from another room. This, combined with soft, internationally hazy photography, makes you feel like you’re in a dream you can’t wake up from…nor do you want to.

The story centers on an occult student who travels to a small town in France which he soon discovers is infested with vampires. Sybille Schmitz stands out as a young girl slowly transforming into one of the walking dead. There is a plan of his transformation that is absolutely chilling. The smooth camerawork was way ahead of its time. Unappreciated during its manufacture, vampire is truly a masterpiece and one of my top favorites.


SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT

This movie is a sleeper for me. I honestly can’t call it a masterpiece, but it has a tone that my friend Robert Parigi and I call “the Swoon”. It’s a certain something that takes you away. It’s clear, director Theodore Gershuny wanted to make an arthouse horror. I think he succeeded. The plot is confusing at times, but the overall tone and timbre of the film has a creeping dread that is oddly compelling.

Beautiful Mary Warnonov lives in a small town haunted by the escape of psychotic mental patients who raped and murdered the doctor and nurses at the local clinic. A lawyer, played by Patrick O’Neal came to buy the old house that used to be the mental institution (Hmmmm this is starting to sound familiar to you). O’Neal and his very hot mistress (Astrid Heren) are suddenly and brutally murdered in the house… Warnonov is suddenly visited by a nervous stranger who claims to be part of the family that owns the house… Well, you can see where this is going. Always, Silent night, bloody night is a scary, cool movie that I think deserves another look and a lot more love.


THE BRAIN THAT WOULD NOT DIE

“Jan in the pan”, as this film is often called. Beautiful Virginia Leith is incredibly good as the decapitated girlfriend of surgeon Jason Evers. After a car accident rips the head off of Ever’s girlfriend Jan (Leith), he places her head on a medical tray in the basement of his country house, keeping her head alive with various fluids and gadgets. He then goes to local strip clubs in search of a reluctant new victim for a new body. This part of the film is oddly evocative and ultimately sad as he assesses various girls to use as hot replacement bodies for Jan. Apparently, he has already experimented with sewing body parts together. One of his previous experiences is in the basement with Jan and locked in the closet. Either way, it’s not happy. This film is pure pulp pleasure and not to be missed. TWO MUTED THUMBS!


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Made in lavish style and at enormous expense in 1925, Lon ChaneyEric’s portrait in The Phantom of the Opera is always the best. There have been many attempts to surpass this, but it is still the standard by which others are judged. Lon Chaney’s performance is truly amazing and heartbreaking. I should also mention Marie Philbin, who is luminous like Christine the object of the Phantom’s desire. Many don’t know that there is a long Technicolor 2-strip color sequence in the middle of the film which is beautiful. I actually met Carla Laemmle, who played the film’s lead dancer. She told me how Mary Philbin fainted when she first saw Chaney’s makeup. If you’re someone who shunned silent movies, put it on your bucket list with the film that inspired The Joker: The Marvel Movie. The man who Laughs. Do yourself a big favor – shut up…there are unsuspected things in your philosophy.


OFFICE OF DR. CALIGARI

Many of you are familiar with this classic silent film. Manufactured in 1919 and released in 1920, Conrad Veidt plays a sleepwalker, (a sleepwalker) controlled by a carnie showman named Dr.Caligari. It’s one of the first serial killer movies…and one of the better. Caligari precedes Frankenstein over a decade and you can see his many influences in this film. His tropes still resonate in horror movies today. It is the best of German expressionism with its biased decorations and its theatrical style. It’s a psychological thriller with one of the first big twist endings. Incidentally, Conrad Veidt would later play the diabolical Major Strasser in casablanca (1942). In later interviews, he always said that the Caligari still haunted him and loved the role. If you haven’t seen The Office of Dr. Caligari… where the hell have you been?… and you call yourself a horror fan…


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