October Retro Horror Marathon 2023: Part 1

Terri Deno
4 min readOct 6, 2023

Checking out vintage horror on streaming

Now we’re officially into October, so it’s time to get into the scary stuff. Here are the titles that I watched this week, covering the entire spectrum of horror, from vintage to modern, funny to frightening.

The Creeping Terror (1964)

It finally happened — two years after I saw The Creep Behind the Camera that tells the backstory of The Creeping Terror, was finally able to watch it in all its campy glory. It’s actually a terrible film, full of poor acting, bad writing, and special effects that aren’t so special. If you happen to see the documentary along with the movie itself, it does make for an interesting evening. However, I don’t think I’m going to fear something that looks like a giant carpet being moved by a man underneath it (which is exactly what it was). Check it out for a laugh.

The Neanderthal Man (1953)

This is another movie that, while technically fits the horror genre, it’s more about man himself, how he has a desire to play god with science, and how he fears the unintended consequences. It reminded me of watching The Werewolf last week where you aren’t really scared of the neanderthal that was lab created. Instead, you should be scared by the idea that one person could have so drastically changed someone through science that it should be better regulated. It was okay, but not something that would keep me up at night.

Murder in the Heartland: The Search for Video X (2003)

This one was a disappointment right from the beginning. What it is is a fake documentary that explores the idea that this serial killer couple not only caused terror, but videotaped the murders. The documentary is about finding the tape, referred to as Video X.

I’ll be honest — I wasn’t sure whether this was real or fake when I started watching it. However, that’s what the makers of this movie want. Once clearly fake crime scene photos popped up on the screen, I was out. And apparently the production company also made a found-footage movie of Video X, but I’m just not interested. It’s not scary — real true crime stories are way more terrifying.