Friday, October 26, 2012

creepy classics

As a kid, I used to watch this little Vincent Price-hosted compilation of scenes and trailers of old horror movies.

It seems so quaint and simple now.

I think my favorite clip is of Michael Landon in I Was A Teenage Werewolf.  I didn't get the 50s sexual repression theme of the scene then but I do now.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

edith head & hitch

Edith Head passed away 31 years ago today but the costumes she designed for film and particularly the movies of Alfred Hitchcock are immortal.  Assembling these screenshots (from the 1000 Frames of Hitchcock project), I noticed the frequent use of purple (especially its ironic use in Topaz), that older characters who are typically dowdy in film have a sense of style and sophistication in her work and how she was able to add little touches to even the minor characters to make them distinct and memorable.


Rear Window

The Trouble with Harry

To Catch a Thief 

The Man Who Knew Too Much


The Birds


Family Plot