Bring Classic Horror Back To British TV? Hell Yes!
Bring Classic Horror Back To Television
Now here is an idea I can get behind. THIS is what is missing from TV schedules these days.
Yes, you can own more or less all of these on DVD, or rent them…stream them from somewhere over the interwebs, but that’s not really the point is it?
I remember so many old horror films from my childhood. Hammer and Amicus are still names that make me all gushy and nostalgic for those times when I was allowed to stay up late of a weekend for Quatermass and The Pit, The Devil Rides Out, The Horror of Frankenstein, The Scars of Dracula, Twins of Evil, Doctor Terror’s House of Horrors, Vault of Horror, Asylum…I don’t know whether this did me more harm than good, but I have only fond memories of the days when classic horror was easy to stumble upon. Yes, there are some things that maybe I shouldn’t have been exposed to at that age, and some images that will haunt me forever – most notably the segment “Blind Alleys” in Tales from the Crypt, still makes me shiver – but everyone needs a few safe frights at the right age, don’t they?
The BBC provided me with many scares, and I think they in part are responsible for my love of Horror. Wouldn’t have turned out the same person without these films.
It’s a shame to think there could be an entire generation growing up who won’t know of Hammer, won’t be able to name you a classic British horror movie, might go on thinking the genre begins and ends with slasher flicks, will forever think vampires sparkle in the sunlight, will know nothing of the gothic sensibility, will never know the name of Milton Subotsky, and will say “RK who?”…ah hell, who am I to judge? I just think it would be nice for people who have never seen these films to get a free chance to do so.
On a completely biased note, I’d also love to turn on my television of a Friday night and be hit with The House That Dripped Blood, Curse of The Werewolf, Bride of Frankenstein, Night of the Demon, Countess Dracula…I could go on. All night.