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Top Classic Science Fiction & Horror Films

(February 24, 2015)
King Kong Old Dark House Atomic Submarine

The top renter in our Classic Science Fiction & Horror section practically defines the category: "King Kong" (1933). Coming in second is Boris Karloff in "The Old Dark House" (1932) and Criterion's new pressing of "The Atomic Submarine" (from the Monsters and Madmen box set) rounds out the Top 3. As Kino, Criterion, Olive Films and others restore and release more and more classic films, we are seeing an upsurge in interest in all our Classic sections -- including the Classic Science Fiction & Horror section. Some of the stars and titles are recognizable to everyone (Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains and Boris Karloff starring in the films Dracula, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, for instance) but there are so many more titles to explore. The Top 10 is always a good place to start. And, next time you're poking around on the internet, look up the original poster art for these movies -- some of the most beautiful posters ever made (especially the Belgian ones!). Here are the Top Renters from our Classic Science Fiction & Horror section:

1 KING KONG (1933)
2 OLD DARK HOUSE, THE
3 ATOMIC SUBMARINE/FIRST MAN...
4 FLYING SERPENT, THE
5 GIANT GILA MONSTER, THE
6 GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE
7 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (55)
8 MOON ZERO TWO/WHEN DINOSAURS . . .
9 MUMMY, THE (1932)
10 THING, THE (1951)
11 TOMB OF LIGEIA
12 WOLF MAN, THE
13 ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, THE
14 ANGRY RED PLANET
15 BEGINNING OF THE END
16 BRIDE AND THE BEAST, THE
17 CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)
18 CAT PEOPLE/CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE
19 COLOR ME BLOOD RED
20 CRAWLING EYE, THE
21 DEVIL BAT'S DAUGHTER
22 DIABOLICAL DOCTOR Z
23 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (32 & 41)
24 DRACULA (1931)
25 EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS
26 FANTASTIC VOYAGE
27 FLY, THE (1958)
28 FORBIDDEN PLANET
29 FORGOTTEN TERRORS
30 FRANKENSTEIN (1931) + 4
31 FROM HELL IT CAME
32 GIANT BEHEMOTH, THE
33 GIANT CLAW/CREATURE W. ATOM BRAIN
34 GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON
35 GORGO
36 HORROR OF DRACULA
37 HOUSE OF WAX/MYSTERY OF WAX MUSEUM
38 I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE
39 INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, THE
40 ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
41 MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL
42 SON OF KONG
43 THINGS TO COME/JOURNEY TO CENTER...
44 TIME MACHINE, THE (H.G. WELLS)
45 UNINVITED, THE (1944)
46 VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED/CHILDREN...
47 WAR OF THE WORLDS
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