Some classic Halloween shorts, produced by some masters of animation and narration.
The Tell-Tale Heart 1953 (Edgar Allen Poe)
Animation: Ted Parmalee
Narration: James Mason
The Castle of Otranto
A mix of stop animation and live action, and a super creepy retelling of Horace Walpole’s classic by a master of weird Jan Švankmajer.
Story: Horace Walpole (1764)
The Metamporphosis of Mr. Samsa 1915 (Franz Kafka)
Another creepy classic which is strangly creepier if you don’t speak Czech. Give it a try without subtitles, if you already know the story.
Animation: Caroline Leaf (1978)
Kafka’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A great one with Richard E. Grant. It is a Christmas story, but still creepy enough to appeal to the modern pagan in all of us. Won the Oscar for Best Short Film in 1995. In three parts…
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Story: Washington Irving (1820)
Animation: Clyde Geronimi and Jack Kinney (1949)
The Fall of the House of Usher
A more recent adaptaion of the classic Poe.
Story: Edgar Allen Poe
Animation: Andrew Brown, Jim Laing, David Sikma, Micheal Addison
Narration: Colm Golden