Michael Armstrong wrote and directed the cult film “Mark of The Devil” (starring Herbert Lom), wrote the screenplay for legendary “The House of The Long Shadows” (starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing & John Carradine) and directed “Horror House” (starring Frankie Avalon), also know as “The Haunted House of Horror.” The London writer/director actor was kind enough to supply us with his Top 10 list shortly after Herbert Lom passed away, and we are proud to present it here.
Michael Armstrong’s Terrorble Top 10 List for Horror Happenings
PSYCHO  The Master’s most perfectly crafted film and the very first “X” certificate film I ever saw.
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN  I’m not sure if this is in the right genre as it works on so many different levels but I loved it when I first saw it and I still do.
THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD  Again, I’m not sure if it’s true genre but it’s got loads of monsters in it and it’s my favourite Harryhausen and I love it.
THE INNOCENTS  Simply the best, creepiest and most stylish ghost story I’ve ever seen on film.
THE HAUNTING  The second best, creepiest and most stylish ghost story I’ve ever seen on film, unlike the re-make.
DRACULA  For me, despite the splendid Lugosi, Christopher Lee was the definitive Count. I think it’s Hammer at it’s finest, Terence Fisher at his finest and Peter and Christopher are both on rattling form.
NIGHT OF THE DEMON  Even with the studio’s insistence upon showing the demon in full, this is still a masterly piece of scary story-telling.
THE EXORCIST  This has to be the most outrageously over-the-top horror of them all. I adore its sheer audacity.
NOSFERATU  For disturbing images that live on long afterwards in one’s mind, this, for me, tops pretty much any other vampire film I can recall.
MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH  My favourite Corman film from the Poe cycle. Philosophical, multi-layered and Vincent, as usual, camps up his evil gloriously.
Michael added, “Looking at the list, I suddenly realise they all slot into a similar time-frame with the exception of Nosferatu. There were so many others, including several recent titles though too early to qualify as classics of the genre as yet.”
Check out Michael Amstrong’s website: www.MichaelArmstrong.com. He is the artistic director of the London Reperatory Company, www.londonrepertorycompany.com.
Read about “Mark of The Devil” actor Herbert Lom’s passing here: http://usedview.com/article/one-of-the-phantoms-of-the-opera-passes-…
Read this Terrorble Top 20 List of Witch-Filled Films which included “Mark of The Devil”: usedview.com/article/terrorble-top-20-list-of-witch-filled-films
The House of Long Shadows
Michael Armstrong’s “The House of Long Shadows” isn’t on his own Top 10 list, even though it starred Vincent, Christopher, Peter & John Carradine.
According to Michael Armstrong, “This has to be the most outrageously over-the-top horror of them all. I adore its sheer audacity.”
Bela Lugosi as Dracula
For Michael Armstrong, despite the splendid Lugosi, Christopher Lee was the definitive Count. Michael adds “I think it’s Hammer at it’s finest, Terence Fisher at his finest and Peter and Christopher are both on rattling form.”
At the top of his Top 10 list, Michael Armstrong calls Psycho “the Master’s most perfectly crafted film and the very first “X” certificate film I ever saw.”
Vincent Price starred in Michael Armstrong’s “The House of Long Shadows” and in “The Masque of The Red Death,” one of the Top 10 in this list.