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As an avid horror film fan, I'm always looking for new and unusual films I have yet to see. 

 

My favourite of the era is Tod Browning's 1932 film 'Freaks', but I was wondering what your favourite Diesel-era horror films or modern horror films with a Diesel feel are? 

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Since your a horror fan, you probably already know about the horror films from the early days, like "Cabinet of Caligari," "Vampyre," and "The Phantom Carriage."  Other than those, there are a few serials like "Les Vampyres" that have horror elements to them.

On the more contemporary end of things, movies like "The Others," and "The Bunker" spring to mind.  Also, if you're a fan of gore, the Canadian film "Passchendaele" is pretty graphic (on par, if not worse than Saving Private Ryan) when it comes to its fight scenes.

With that being said, can you recommend any?

I don´t think it counts as horror, but Dark City is a very underrated movie. Also I think both the spanish movies The Orphanage and Pan´s Labyrinth take places in the 1930s, though not really dieselpunky.

Thanks Tome, I had never heard of "Passchendaele", but it's definitely one I want to check out! 'The Others' is a great film, it had completely slipped my mind!

 

Philip, 'The Mutant Chronicles" looks awesome. Thanks for sharing the video!

 

Atterton, I love 'Dark City' and I would say it's has horror elements to it. It really captures the dystopian nightmare in a way that I haven't seen many other films achieve. 'Pan's Labyrinth' is set in Francoist Spain, so I think we can sneak it into Dieselpunk!

 

My personal favourites from the era are 'Freaks' (as I mentioned above), 'The Old Dark House', 'Alraune' and 'Bowery At Midnight'.

 

My favourite modern horrors set in the Diesel era are 'The Devil's Backbone', 'The Other' (the 1972 film) as well as 'House on Haunted Hill' (1999) - I know it's not set in the Diesel era, but the flashback sequences to the hospital in the late 20's are great and the house itself is a Art Deco masterpiece and very Diesely, with it's internal mechanics!

i myself am a bit of a fan of 'The Mutant Chronicles"

@Theda - I'm a big fan of horror in all of its forms.  However, my brain is so saturated right now that I'm pulling blanks on movie titles.  When I get home, I'll look through my collection to see if I can dig up anything else.

The worst part for me is that I can probably go on for days about movies you've already seen.

New Zealand's very own Perfect Creature, is, in my humble opine, an absolutely stellar example of exactly what you're thinking of.

There's some really A-grade dieselpunk in that film's set design. Also a really good thematic connection to the 1918 Influenza Epidemic.

Diesel Horror?

 

You can't go past bela Lugosi - in pretty much anything!

Here's some full length Public Domain (legal) downloads of some of Lugosi's work...

MURDER BY TELEVISION (1935) - A scientist collapses while demonstrating his new television machine. Bela Lugosi stars in this great who dun-it. Produced by Cameo Pictures.

 

The Phantom Creeps (1939) 70 minute TV Version - The Phantom Creeps is everything an old classic B sci-fi is supposed to be. It features Bela Lugosi (as Dr. Zorka), a mad megalomaniac genius with a utility belt and a sack of gadgets that would make Batman and James Bond blush, against a team of CIA-types, a reporter, and local law enforcement.
Lugosi hams up a storm and really seems to enjoy himself in this immensely silly role. His somewhat untrustworthy and dull side-kick, played by Jack Smith is a great foil to his overbearing stage presence, and he makes a truly great sadist!

 

Invisible Ghost (1941) - Bela Lugosi stars as Charles Kessler, a man who has never really got to grips with the fact that his wife has left him. That is the least of his problems though, because there have been a lot of murders recently and they have all taken place on the Kessler estate

 

Spooks Run Wild (1941) - Horror Comedy with The East Side Kids

 

Bowery at Midnight (1942) - Bela Lugosi... By day, professor of psychology. By night, proprietor of a soup-kitchen that serves as the base for his criminal activities. Tom Neal of "Detour" fame also appears.

 

Voodoo Man (1944) - Bela Lugosi uses hypnosis and voodoo to entrall a number of lovely young women so he can use their lifeforce to revive his wife, with assistance from George Zucco and John Carradine.

 

Scared to Death (1947) - A woman tells the story of the events leading up to her death. Bela Lugosi's only color film.

 

For a more modern Diesel (sci-fi/horror flick you might also like "Avalon"

 

 
Three trailers for Mamoru Oshii's (Ghost in the Shell) criminally unseen sci-fi/Horror live-action film "Avalon". Filmed entirely in Polish, with Polish actors, it's about a dystopian future where many find solace in an illegal online game named Avalon. When Ash, one of the game's top players, discovers a random bug in the system, she begins an investigation which ultimately leads her to question reality itself.<br />
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Also, there's a lot of wicked cool action and an epic score by Kenji Kawai.

Just thought of another one... THE KEEP (1983) The film focuses on a deserted citadel (the “Keep” of the title) in WWII Romania within which lies entrapped a dangerous and malevolent entity named Radu Molasar. When the German Wehrmacht occupies the castle to control the Dinu Mountain Pass, Molasar is unwittingly unleashed from deep within the innermost recesses of the citadel by a pair of treasure-seeking soldiers and he consumes their life energy. A detachment of Einsatzkommandos then arrives to deal with what is thought to be partisan activity. The Einsatzkommandos' actions only fuel the demon's hunger for bloodshed and soon more troops begin to die in mysterious, gruesome ways.

May I also recommend, "The Mascot."

Deathwatch (2002) - A movie about a demonic trench. In some ways, one of the best representation of trenches on screen: muddy, gory and full of mice.
Gonna have to get that one....

Jean-Luc deVere said:

Just thought of another one... THE KEEP (1983) The film focuses on a deserted citadel (the “Keep” of the title) in WWII Romania within which lies entrapped a dangerous and malevolent entity named Radu Molasar. When the German Wehrmacht occupies the castle to control the Dinu Mountain Pass, Molasar is unwittingly unleashed from deep within the innermost recesses of the citadel by a pair of treasure-seeking soldiers and he consumes their life energy. A detachment of Einsatzkommandos then arrives to deal with what is thought to be partisan activity. The Einsatzkommandos' actions only fuel the demon's hunger for bloodshed and soon more troops begin to die in mysterious, gruesome ways.

My favorite modern Diesel Era horror is Shadow of the Vampire, which is a rewriting of the making of the silent movie Nosferatu. Willem Dafoe is just amazing in it. I would go so far as to say it's a Dieselpunk horror.

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