Ambient Light is a bi-weekly, personalized horror film recommendation podcast hosted by horror blogger Angela Harris. In this week's episode, Angi answers questions about Asian horror films, found footage films, and horror films from the 1920s through 1960s.
Hi! I'm a big horror fan but have yet to venture into Korean and Japanese horror in a serious way. Can you make some recommendations? I enjoy intellectual and psychological thrillers, and any horror that uses the genre in a philosophical way. Thanks so much!
Recommendations: Train to Busan (2016) directed by Yeon Sang-ho, Bedeviled (2010) directed by Jang Cheol-soo.
What are some of the better found footage horror films that don't involve too much shaky cam or overuse of profanity?
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Recommendations: Lake Mungo (2008) directed by Joel Anderson; Exhibit A (2007) directed by Dom Rotheroe.
I don't know very much about horror movies. Where do I begin? Do you have a top five list of films for newbies? I'm especially interested in films made between 1920 and 1960.
1920s Essentials mentioned: Nosferatu, Phantom of the Opera, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Specific recommendation: Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922) directed by Benjamin Christensen.
1930s Essentials mentioned: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, King Kong (errata: The Wolfman was actually released in 1941). Specific recommendation: Freaks (1932) directed by Tod Browning.
1940s Essentials mentioned: Cat People, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Specific recommendation: The Uninvited (1944) directed by Lewis Allen.
1950s Essentials mentioned: The Blob, The Thing From Another Planet, Godzilla, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Specific recommendation: Les Diaboliques (1955) directed by Henri-George Clouzot.
1960s Essentials mentioned: Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion, The Haunting, Night of the Living Dead, Psycho. Specific recommendation: Peeping Tom (1960) directed by Michael Powell.