Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Internet Archive: Some horrible horror films, and a few good ones

When  I first started looking for obscure horror films, back before my Netflix subscription, I found the Internet Archive and its science fiction and horror film collection.  The Internet Archive is a “digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form”, a vast compendium of software, texts, audio, and film of all sorts.   

Most of the horror films in the collection are ones likely to be featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, like Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Killer Shrews (1959), and Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966).  That said, you can also find some true classics, including Nosferatu (1922), Night of the Living Dead (1968), and Carnival of Souls (1962) (well, the last one’s debatable, but I liked it).  There are also some esoteric ones like an early Frankenstein (1910) and 1920’s The Golem, Japanese giant monster movies, even video nasties like Driller Killer (1979).  And there are wonderful titles like Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), I Eat Your Skin (1970), and The Phantom Creeps (1939).

The Archive search function isn't the best, and some uploads have formatting issues, but it's still a great place to browse for old and obscure horror movies.

Frankenstein, 1910

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