Saturday, October 22, 2011
THE GROOVY GHOUL'S SATURDAY MORNING TCM SHINDIG - COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN (Day 22)
OCTOBER 22 ON TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES
9:30 am – The Ghoul (1933)
1:45 pm – 20 Million Miles To Earth (1957)
3:15 pm – Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)
1:00 am – Cry Of The Werewolf (1944)
If you are a late night interneter or an early morning webcrawler, hopefully this message will find you before THE GHOUL climbs out of his crypt to stalk the early hours of the day.
With a vaguely similar theme to Karloff’s earlier THE MUMMY, THE GHOUL involves an Egyptologist who believes that if he makes a proper offering to Anibus, he will be granted immortality. It is a film that was lost for over thirty years and has only recently been released in it’s proper format with restored footage. In a very strange way it has been resurrected...
Can't look at Karloff here without thinking Solomon Grundy!
Should you be lounging tomorrow after lunch at around 1:45pm and happen to stroll by TCM on the dial you will come across one of the most recognizable creations of one Ray Harryhausen... the beast brought back from the planet Venus on a doomed spacecraft in 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH!
Yep, you'll recognize the creature before you will the title of the film!
Following the above feature, we have another film Harryhausen shaped, EARTH Vs. THE FLYING SAUCERS! The story of a misunderstanding leading to a war of the worlds, EARTH Vs. THE FLYING SAUCERS takes a lot of it's story from WAR OF THE WORLDS, but the look of this film is ahead of it's time...
Get some, Will Smith! INDEPENDENCE DAY has nothing on this film!
Finally, if you happen to be up past midnight and the moon appears in the sky outside your window, you might think to tune in for the first female werewolf in CRY OF THE WEREWOLF at 1:00AM. It is the story of a female werewolf who only kills to protect the secret that she IS a werewolf! If only her culture were more forward thinking, she wouldn't have to eat so many innocent people... Oddly, unlike her male counterparts, this she-wolf can transform at will and seems to have full control over her wolf form. Creepily similar to the tale of the Hulk and She-Hulk, isn't it?
Well, there you go, another day wasted in front of the tube! But what were you planning anyway... those leaves will be there to rake next weekend too!