I miss Roddy (‘Fright Night’!). He was an institution in Hollywood for many many MANY decades. Hell House is one of my favorites, although it has that '70s look I have come to dislike.
BTW Agustin, I searched out House of the Long Shadows and despite the horrible print quality which probably wasn’t very good originally it was a lot of fun, despite the huge plot holes. David Carradine, wow! I miss all those guys. Funny that two of them actually made it into Star Wars films! Now if only Vincent Price had latest long enough for Star Wars…actually, that’s hard to imagine, he was such a ham at times.
Imari, you probably HAVE seen some of the Hammer films since they pretty much defined the Frankenstein, Mummy, and Dracula genres for a long time. The subjects became considered cheesy for quite some time after that (Count Chocula anybody?) until Anne Rice resurrected the vampire, and the Brendan Frasier Mummy movies. Haven’t seen any signs of a Frankenstein renaissance though.
The thing I like most about some of the Hammer Films is they introduced a gothic Technicolor look to a genre that must be ‘black and white’ until then. Some people thought the blood was too red for sensitive audiences. Too soft and cartoony for nowadays but a sumptuous feast for the eyes. I would love to see a modern film use a Technicolor look. ‘Victor and Victoria’ was made in the 80s and was set in the 20s ( think) but they chose a mid-century Technicolor look and one reason it is one of my favorite films (despite hating musicals).
Technicolor was a brute force technology at the time that literally filmed onto three separate strips of film for each RGB. Wizard of Oz, old Looney Toons, and the 1953 War of the Worlds are great examples of the medium. Maybe I’m just getting too old
‘Constantine’ is a unique film. The look and pacing are like a modern Hammer film with a high budget, loved it!
I will check out Crimson Peak; del Toro certainly has a way with the visuals that nobody else approaches. My experience with him has been similar to Imari’s: I just can’t connect with his stories very well but I really really want to because of the looks.
BTW, Hammer Films was resurrected recently and their first release was Let the Right One In, another favorite of mine. Good start for them. Lady In Black was second, VERY gothic and perfect role for a grown up Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe’s look (and name!) are really suited for period pieces.