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5 Favourite Horror Movies – The Late David Turpin

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The Late David Turpin’s We Belong Undead (Remixes) features contributions from Hunter-Gatherer, Cathy Davey, Carriages, Strands and Jon Dots, and is available from iTunes or from thelatedavditurpin.bandcamp.com

For Hallowe’en, The Late David Turpin chooses five of his favourite horror films…

The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)

Weird, wise, funny and sad, this is the quintessential 1930s Universal Studios horror film. It’s a story about a man who wants somebody to love and talk with. He’s a monster, but that’s incidental. The title of my album, We Belong Dead, is taken from this film. Frankenstein’s monster says it to The Bride before they’re both blown to bits at the end. [Available on DVD from Universal Pictures]

The Uninvited (Lewis Allen, 1944)

This is a plush piece of 1940s Gothic, fairly obviously conceived to capitalise on the popularity of Rebecca. Unlike Rebecca, it has a genuine supernatural element, dealing as it does with a haunting in an old pile on the English coast. Wonderfully atmospheric and absolutely of its time, it’s oddly comforting to watch in the way that only a good ghost story can be. [Available on DVD from Universal/ExposureCinema]

Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo, 1968)

Wonderfully stylised, this is the prime example of the Japanese kaidan eiga genre (period ghost stories usually based on folklore or kabuki plays). It involves a wronged mother and daughter-in-law who return from the grave to seek vengeance in the form of vampiric cat spirits. Mainly taking place at night in haunted bamboo groves, it’s an extraordinarily graceful and refined horror film. [Available on DVD from Eureka! as part of the Masters of Cinema collection]

Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (Roy Ward Baker, 1971)

This is my favourite Hammer Horror production. The plot is in the title – it’s a repurposing of Jekyll and Hyde, with the good doctor transforming into a very bad woman. It’s got the beautiful over-saturated colour schemes and dramatic music we all love about Hammer films, and Martine Beswick commands the screen with a barn-burner of a performance as Sister Hyde. [Available on DVD from Optimum Releasing]

Lake Mungo (Joel Anderson, 2008)

On this surface, this Australian film seems like yet another one of those “faux documentary” horror films, but give it a chance and it reveals itself as a very penetrating study of loss and loneliness, as well as a fiendishly clever ghost story. It’s my favourite supernatural film of recent years. [Available on DVD from Second Sight Films]

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