Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (59:06)Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella about a scientist who can transform himself into a grotesque figure of evil. The screenplay was written by the famous man of letters Gore Vidal. Directed by Allen Reisner, starring Michael Rennie, Cedric Hardwicke, John Hoyt, and Mary Sinclair.
Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart (23:35)“Madness, but will you say that I am mad? Murder, perhaps you judge too soon. For when you hear my story, you will certainly understand why, very gradually—I made up my mind to take the life of the old man.” True to the words of master storyteller Edgar Allan Poe, this stunning adaptation brings to life what is perhaps Poe’s best-known short story. Murder, madness, and betrayal from within become entangled in this fascinating study of a twisted mind. Starring Michael Sollazzo and Robert E. Reynolds. Adapted and directed by Scott Mansfield.
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night (52:15)On 16 June 1816, trapped inside a villa by insatiable thunderstorms erupting across Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenged his party of young bohemians to a ghost story competition. That night, Byron’s challenge gave birth to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Polidori’s The Vampyre, the first great vampire novel. Combining drama and a stellar cast of popular writers, including Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood, this documentary explores of one of the most significant moments in gothic history and its lasting effect on modern literature.
Jane Eyre (1:47:56)Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, one of the great romantic novels of the 19th century, has been filmed many times. Here, George C. Scott stars as the commanding and mysterious Mr. Rochester and Susannah York as the strong-willed orphan Jane Eyre. The film follows young Jane as she moves from her selfish aunt’s house to the repressive Lowood school and finally to Mr. Rochester’s estate, where she works as a governess before falling in love. Also starring Jean Marsh and Ian Bannen. Directed by Delbert Mann.
Nosferatu (81:00)This silent vampire film, a landmark of German Expressionism, is known for its fidelity to its source, Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. It is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential horror movies ever made. Directed by F. W. Murnau.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1:50:28)In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, a handsome young aristocrat descends into evil and debauchery under the influence of an intelligent friend with a cynical outlook on life. The corruption of Dorian Gray’s soul is represented by a portrait of him that grows uglier at the years pass, even as Dorian himself retains his perfect beauty. This 1945 film adaptation, shot mostly in black and white but with occasional bursts of Technicolor, is remarkably faithful to Wilde’s novel. It won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Starring George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, and Peter Lawford. Directed by Albert Lewin.
This 1935 adaptation of H. Rider Haggard's greatest adventure novel features a group of explorers looking for the fabled fountain of youth. The travel through Arctic wastes before they find the lost civilization of Kor. Starring Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack, Nigel Bruce, and Gustav von Seyffertitz. Directed by Lansing C. Holden and Irving Pichel.
Wuthering Heights (59:36)Emily Brontë's famous gothic tale of passion on the moors of England is here given a lively adaptation, with a young Charlton Heston starring as Heathcliff. Directed by Paul Nickell.
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The BirdsA wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Bram Stoker's DraculaThe centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
CarrieCarrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Dawn of the DeadFollowing an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Jane EyreA mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.
Night of the Living DeadThere is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.