First, a warning. In Dr Who And The Daleks Roy Castle gives what has a strong claim to be the single worst acting performance in the history of British cinema. I know the Lib Dem blogosphere is swarming with Dr Who fans, but this has to be a low point of the whole oeuvre, doesn't it guys?
I grew up being told how wonderful the Quatermass television series was, though I have never seen it. Maybe The Quatermass Xperiment will prove to be a more successful transition to the cinema?
Equally, I know I should have seen Witchfinder General long ago. And Things to Come looks promising: stalwarts like Ralph Richardson, Raymond Massey and Cedric Hardwicke in a 1936 science fiction film.
Maybe I shall tape it and watch it to see if it really qualifies as horror. But, to be frank, I am running out of the energy to watch all these films. You may have to do more work yourself.
I suspect that the highlight will be Brazil. I wrote about George Orwell's 1984 earlier today. A respectful adaptation of the novel was released in, er, 1984 and was soon forgotten. Whether or not it is what he intended, in Brazil (released the following year) Terry Gilliam captured the spirit of Orwell's novel far more successfully.
Is it a horror film? I suppose the final scene is horrific in its implications - Gilliam cast Michael Palin as the torturer because he was the nicest man he knew and thought that would shock the audience far more - but we remember it as an escape or liberation.
When it came out, Brazil's look was a wonderful combination of the contemporary and Austerity Britain. But I suspect today's young viewers may believe that in 1984 computers really did have Imperial Typewriter keyboards.