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The Horror Movies That Scared Our Parents (and Still Hold Up)

As long as there have been movies, there have been horror movies. While the genre has changed a lot since the dawn of cinema, many modern genre fans have wondered: are any movies from the olden days actually still scary?

To that question, Jessica Chobot and I say, “Yes!” So to celebrate our deep dive into Nerdoween, we’re putting forth our picks for some old-school horror that still does the trick. We’re taking you back to German Expressionist classics like 1922’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror and 1920’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Plus, we couldn’t forget Chobot’s favorites from Vincent Price and our beloved Universal Monsters. From Frankenstein to The Invisible Man, we’re dissecting and discussing our preferred candidates in the monster mash of aging classics.

If you’re living on the other side of the pond, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention when Hammer Films started getting into the game, particularly in 1958 when Christopher Lee first donned the cape of Count Dracula. Hammer Horror has a lot of creepy, bizzaro offerings and they recently started making movies again with Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman In Black and The Quiet Ones.

So, alright, maybe silent movies and black and white just aren’t your thing; have no fear because Alfred Hitchcock is here! The Master of Suspense is great for a scare even to this day. I make the argument that Psycho still holds up and Jessica is all about the classy and creepy Rear Window.

There’s plenty more to be remembered, so turn down the lights and get your popcorn ready as we give our recommendations for the scariest in old-school terror. For more from Jessica Chobot don’t miss Nerdist News airing Monday through Friday, and the Bizarre States podcast every Thursday right here on Nerdist. I’ll be back soon with another Nerdoween vlog. Until then, what are some of your favorite old-school terrors? Tell us in the comments!

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Clarke Wolfe writes Horror Happenings for Nerdist every Sunday. You can follow her on Twitter @clarkewolfe.

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