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Leofwine_draca9 April 2017
Warning: Spoilers
100 YEARS OF HORROR is a 26-episode TV series made in 1996 and featuring the delightful Christopher Lee as host, his sonorous narration exploring the history of horror cinema in the 20th century. Each themed episode contains plentiful clips from the films mentioned along with brief interview footage seemingly culled from other documentaries as well as TV shows and the like.

This episode is entitled GHOSTS and as expected it looks at the subject of ghosts and haunted houses, typically in Hollywood and British cinema although one Italian horror flick, THE GHOST, gets a look in. The scope of this particular instalment is quite narrow with films such as THE UNINVITED and THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE getting plenty of air time while others aren't even mentioned. However, the breadth of interview clips is ever refreshing, particularly from some genius writers including Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury.
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Michael_Elliott25 September 2010
100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996)

*** (out of 4)

Ghosts are the subject of this entry in the series. We start off taking a look at early films like THE UNINVITED and then jumping to stuff like Robert Wise's THE HAUNTING. Also on hand we discuss THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, THE GHOST as well as Roger Corman's THE TERROR. The Corman/Price/Poe films are also talked about at a great length before hitting the wonderfully charming HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL.

While watching this episode it really dawned on me how few ghosts stories there have been over the history of cinema. The genre certainly went into high gear during the 70s with stuff like BURNT OFFERINGS and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR but for the most part ghosts have never been that big on the screen. The highlight of this entry in Dick Miller talking about working on THE TERROR when he got beat up by not only a witch but also Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson. Ray Bradbury talks about death and we get other interviews with Roger Corman, Richard Denning, Beverly Garland, Richard Matheson and Robert Wise. There were a few silent films that could have been discussed but they're overlooked but that really doesn't take away anything from the film. Fans of the genre will enjoy the interviews and those new to horror films will find plenty of good recommendations.
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