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Best Public Domain Horror Movies for Halloween

This Halloween why not treat yourself to one of the many public domain horror movies out there? While I cannot check each and every one of these, they are all listed by the Internet Archive as being public domain, which means nobody owns the anymore and they are free to watch! Mostly this is because are simply so old the copyright has expired. But sometimes, as with Gorge A Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead, there was an error in the copyright registration which means they were never in copyright in the first place!

So if you want a classic horror movie to add a little old school charm and terror to your Halloween, check out this list of awesome movies below!

Nosferatu (1922)

The most famous silent movie ever breached copyright when it was made. Bram Stoker’s widow sued the filmmakers over this one. Instead of Count Dracula we have Graf Orlock played by the hideously made up Max Schrek (whose name means “fear” in German). Still has the power to unnerve!

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

A hypnotist uses a sleepwalking zombie to commit murders. This film is noteworthy for its incredible set design, which looks like an Expressionistic nightmare. One of the most influential horror movies ever!

Haxan (1922)

This dreamlike masterpiece is a “documentary” about witchcraft but also features some amazing creature designs for the devils the witches summon.  A favourite at many midnight movie screenings.

Vampyr (1932)

Carl Theodore Dreyer’s surreal masterpiece tells the story of a young woman who is slowly becoming a vampire, while a young man imagines himself returning from death. Incredible cinematography and some astonishing imagery makes this an eerie classic. 

The Devil Bat (1940)

Bela Lugosi (Dracula) plays a scientist who sends a gigantic bat to kill his enemies. Accomplished B-movie fare that is a bit creaky but still a lot of fun.

I Bury The Living (1958)

A major influence on Stephen King, this shocker sees Richard Booone take over a cemetery only to discover that he can cause people’s deaths by switching the status of the graves from empty to occupied.

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Vincent Price is terrific in this accomplished B-movie shocker from legendary director William Castle. A millionaire offers his guests $10,000 to stay overnight in his haunted mansion. But things are rarely what they seem!

A Bucket of Blood (1959)

A man is hailed as an artist when he covers up killing a cat by covering it with plaster. But his fame means he must go on creating ever more lifelike works… great film with Dick Miller of Gremlins fame!

The Killer Shrews (1959)

Yes, they are only dogs with fur coats on, but don’t let that put you off this nifty, atmospheric little B-movie. Proof that science, remote islands and hurricanes don’t mix!

The Bat (1959)

No actual bats this time but Vincent Price (again) who stars in this murder mystery about a psychopath called “The Bat”. Who knows when he will strike? Enjoyable hokum.

13 Ghosts (1960)

Another William Castle chiller yet again remade by Hollywood not so long ago. A family inhertis a haunted house, but gets to see the ghosts thanks to special spectacles. One of the first 3D movie sensations!

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Terrific and atmospheric supernatural thriller from Herk Harvey, a banker who decided to make films using his friends and family. This eerie masterpiece has some excellent set pieces and a famously spooky ending!

Dementia-13 (1963)

Francis Ford Coppola’s first movie is a twisty mystery that prefigures the slasher craze. A scheming widow plans to claim her husband’s inheritance, but an axe-wielding killer is on the loose!

The Last Man On Earth (1964)

Vincent Price (him again) stars in the first adaptation of Richard Matheson’s apocalyptic vampire story “I Am Legend”. Atmospheric zombie/vampire film that cannot make up its mind but is  a lot of fun to watch.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

George A Romero’s most famous film sees the walking dead take over the Earth in this unsettling apocalyptic horror movie that spawned a million look-a-like zombie movies!

Horror Express (1972)

Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Telly Savalas star in this terrific tale of a prehistoric ape man fossil that suddenly starts to come alive while being transported on a train through Siberia. As a result of an error in copyright registration it became public domain in the USA.

The Werewolf of Washington (1973)

A DC reporter is bitten by a werewolf… the inevitable happens. Enjoyable B-movie that has a darkly satirical bite. Stars Quantum Leap’s Dean Stockwell.

Snowbeast (1977)

Legendary made for TV movie about an angry yeti attacking a Colorado skiing resort. This is pretty typical 19700s television fare, and has more than a few similarities to Jaws. But it remains cracking good fun!

So there you have it! Enough horror treats to fill anyone’s Halloween. Happy viewing, and remember, don’t have nightmares!

More good news for our horror feature film “Boy #5!

 
We’re getting the first industry responses to the film… and so far it’s good news!
 
“A great film! Good acting, realistic script, great sound and music….just everything worked out very well indeed!”
 
We’re looking forward to having our cast and crew private screening soon and will be sharing some of the pictures of that.
 
For me personally this has been a year-long journey. We’ve had to cope with some bumps and events that nobody could have foreseen, but we’re finally getting there!
 
Next up is our search for distribution. Meanwhile, we’re keeping on making films. In fact, we have another short film in the works that I’m itching to show you.
 
Here are a few more stills from our production for “Boy #5”. Hope you enjoy them!
 

Horror News – Our independent horror feature film is finished!

Yes, we made a movie! This very overdue post is to tell everyone that our new British vampire feature film, “Boy #5” has been completed and edited. We are now ready to unleash it upon the world! But what is it about, I hear you cry?

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Our first film poster!

“Boy #5” tells the story of a burned-out social worker who tries to help a boy who has been found on the streets – shy, withdrawn Nathan. But as she gets closer to him, she learns that Nathan has a very peculiar type of mutation, with a thirst for human blood!

The film features special effects and some gruesome make-up that was so believable we even fooled some of the locals! The entire movie was self-funded by ourselves. All the special effects are practical, not CGI, and the actors are all from the Manchester area. We also had some stellar crew who kept on working long after dusk. Just as well, really.

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The “Doctor’s office” scene, where things don’t go too well for our main character.

Yes, we hit a few bumps along the road what with a worldwide pandemic and all, but we’ve finally finished editing and all that jazz. Now we’re going to be moving forward and trying to get it out there so you can all see it!

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Filming the “vampire night club scene”, involving a cast of thousands (not literally).

If you like indie horror, low budget cinema, and original storytelling in horror, you’re going to like this. It’s been a long, arduous road, but we think it was worth it. And we have a brand new production company, Vamoose Productions Ltd. Remind me to tell you the story behind that name some time. 

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Our first-time screen actor Lennon plays a rather unusual boy named Nathan.

 

We shot the film entirely on location in Manchester, England. Making it was a story in itself, and you can read all about it over at the Stage32.com blog here.

And don’t forget to take a look at our Facebook page.

We are now going to be searching for distributors and entering festivals. More pictures and details will be coming very soon. So stay tuned!

Making the horror movie

Sorry if my posts have been a little scarce recently. The reason, however, can now be revealed…

We’re making a horror movie!

Yes, that’s right. I’ve gone from the ceaseless self-torture of writing movies to the even worse self-torture of writing and directing movies!

The film will be the first made by our brand new production company, Vamoose Film Productions Ltd. This is a UK-based production company, making films in Britain!

Our first film started out as a “small” project and quickly exploded into a full-on feature film as everyone I told the story to wanted to hear more. “But there is no more” I would say. “Well, then go and write some more!” they said. So I did. The result is… well, I’ll save the exact title for later for now. 😉

Best of all, this will be a new British horror film. And it’s on a subject very close to my heart. To say any more would be telling, but those who know me well should be able to guess by now!

We have all been working like demons to get the shots done on time, and it’s not been without its trials and tribulations. But we’re about 85% of the film done now. It’s involved special effects makeup and even wild  animals. But we’ve saved some of the most ambitious elements for last.

Meanwhile here’s a behind-the-scenes shot from the set to whet your appetite! But who is that handsome guy in the glasses?

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