Fantasy Horror Double Bill

As you may or may not know, I’m a huge supporter of @cyberschizoid’s campaign to bring back classic horror to BBC2 and therefore and with great pleasure, I announce my fantasy horror double bill.

Right, I bet you’re thinking I will be picking at least one Hammer Horror movie, but you’re wrong. I think it’s really important to highlight two of the greatest British horror movies that I think future generations should get to see.

So, let’s begin with…

Psychomania (1973)

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Tom Latham enjoys riding his motorcycle with his girlfriend and loves his mother dearly, but Tom is no ordinary fellow, he is the leader of a violent, occult motorcycle gang appropriately titled “The Living Dead”. His mother and her sinister butler get their kicks out of holding séances in their home. Through her and following in his father’s footsteps, Tom makes a pact with the devil to return from the dead. One by one, he and his fellow bikers commit suicide with the goal of returning as one of the “undead”. Not all succeed. The ones who do gather together at a secret place called “The Seven Witches”, which refers to a circle of standing stones, after which they continue to terrorize the locals.

This was one of the last films of George Sanders, who committed suicide soon after making this film, in April 1972. Ref: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychomania

Psychomania made a lasting impression on me and it’s another film that inspires my Gothic and horror photography. Who can forget those scenes where the bikers ride through the mist, weaving in and out of those stones?

Every time I see a solitary stone or a stone circle, I get a chill thinking that they were once living people who have been cursed and turned to stone for an eternity. What magic went on in these places?

It’s a fantastic film and if you’re into your classic British motorbikes, you’re in for a real treat.

To complete my double bill, sit back, turn the lights out and be prepared for..

Legend of Hell House (1973)

image Absolutely one of my favourite horror movies of all time and most definitely a film that inspires my photography today. The shots outside of the Gothic mansion silhouetted against the mist and the black cat are totally awe inspiring, as they fill me with dread and fear of what is to come if you enter the most haunted house in England, and enter they do.

I’ve already written a full review of this movie, which can be read by clicking here.

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3 Comments:

  1. Fantastic choices!
    Psychomania is a crazy film!

    Legend of Hell House is a particular favourite of mine – very atmospheric and actually quite scary. There are some very disturbing scenes now that I come to think of it…

  2. Can’t disagree with Legend Of Hell House. Superb film. Psychomania on the other hand…
    Whilst it’s a good double bill for me a double bill must include a black and white feature and a colour movie.
    The b/w feature can be either; 2 episodes of the Twilight Zone, one episode of The Outer Limits, one episode of Thriller, or, of course, a b/w horror movie.
    That’s just how I remember them on the beeb all those years ago.
    Keep the faith people!

  3. You either love or hate Psychomania! 🙂

    I’ve never watched Thriller, but I do like the old black and whites.

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