The Third Man 3.5/5 (BBC 4)
Loved the unique post war setting and a peek at the criminal underbelly thriving there through a noir tint. Utterly phenomenal use of stark light, stretched shadow, elongated perspective, wonky angles and technical cut aways. The actual nuts and bolts of the story however didn’t really connect with me - the climax was outstanding though. Should my account be banned as I always thought this was directed by Hitchcock?
Dracula 3/5 (Horror Channel)
Cranks the gothic up-to 11 and really set the plate for nigh on the next 100 years. The first third set in Transylvania is such a standout with a truly grandiose scale, chilling music, creaky sound, deeply foggy sets and sadly the rest never really lives up-to that. It has a few primitive yet clever tricks up its sleeve and crams lots of lore into the 72 mins runtime without it feeling rushed. The overly deliberate movement was a rather tough sight with 2021 eyes though.
Frankenstein 3/5 (Horror Channel)
A bit more going on psychologically and metaphysically than Dracula, but found the rest rather rigid and stagey especially in its performances. Trying to not be that picky, but also found the music, sets and effects lacking.
The Wolf Man 3/5 (Horror Channel)
Gotta be the highest ratio of film set in a country where no character speaks the accent. In and out in 70 mins with nothing spectacular bar a few beautifully surreal moments of editing prior to the transformation. A nice torment portrayed by Chaney Jr and the script balances out the scientific and supernatural theories rather well.