Well we finally made it to the big day and I have to say that this year's countdown has been a bit of a let-down (as in I didn't quite hold up to the standard I wanted to keep going from last year). I wanted to do some more art of a seasonal nature, wanted to do a few more reviews, wanted to talk about one of my own boogie men and childhood stories, but that's no big deal as there's always next year and in the meantime we have these great classics to view all day over at Turner Classic...
October 31st HALLOWEEN on TCM
7:15 am – THE REPTILE in which a young lady is cursed to become a snake!
8:45 am – The Gorgon in which a lady has snakes in her hair and turns men to stone!
10:15 am – Dracula, Prince Of Darkness, in which Dracula drinks much blood and stalks the night creepily!
12:00 pm – Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, in which Dracula drinks much blood after rising from the grave!
1:45 pm – The Revenge Of Frankenstein, in which the doctor seeks vengeance against the world!
3:15 pm – Frankenstein Created Woman, in which Frankenstein brings a disfigured woman's body back with a different brain!
5:00 pm – The Mummy, in which a mummy's tomb is messed with and a curse brings him back to mess with them!
6:30 pm – Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb, in which an entrepreneur tries to exploit the tomb of a mummy to no avail!
8:00 pm – Village Of The Damned, in which little albino children use mind powers and scare the crap out of their parents!
9:30 pm – Night Of The Living Dead, in which ghouls rise from the grave and get rowdier than the living would like!
12:15 am – The Innocents, in which Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" is adapted brilliantly!
2:00 am – The Haunting, in which Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" is adapted brilliantly!
4:00 am – Repulsion, in which a young woman is left to her own devices for a little while and they drive her mad!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Continuing our monitoring of the great films to be seen as we get closer to All Hallow's Eve...
OCTOBER 30th on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES:
6:15 am – THE LEOPARD MAN (1943)
Hunted by a Killer who has Half-Cat Half-Man!
7:30 am – WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)
She was not alive… Nor dead… Just a White Zombie!
8:45 am – DEVIL DOLL (1936)
An escaped criminal creates miniaturized people to get revenge on those who framed him.
10:15 am – THE UNINVITED(1944)
The heart-clutching dread of a nameless horror!
12:00 pm – BERSERK (1967)
The Shocker Calculated to Drive you ‘Berzerk’!
2:00 pm – DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
The Thriller that will twist your Emotions into Tight Knots!
4:00 pm – THEM! (1954)
A Horror Horde of Crawl-and-Crush giants clawing out of the Earth from mile-deep catacombs!
6:00 pm – FORBIDDEN PLANET
Discover the sole survivors of a doomed colonization and their deadly secret!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
OCTOBER 29th on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES
9:30 am – Doctor X
In which cannibalistic murders are popping up all over the city as investigators try to discover the culprit before the next victim falls...
1:45 pm – Godzilla, King Of The Monsters
Toxicity breeds mother nature's revenge as the king of monsters comes up from the depths to wreak havoc in Japan!
8:00 pm – Cat People
A woman fears her sexual lust will lead to her transformation into a vengeful cat... and so do we!
9:30 pm – Martin Scorsese Presents: Val Lewton: The Man In The Shadows
Perfect title for a master of putting the negative spaces to as much or more use than most have for the positive ones.
11:00 pm – The Body Snatcher
A desperate Doctor uses a thug to obtain bodies to further his medical knowledge with little care as to where or why the bodies remain in such a steady and convenient supply.
12:30 am – Isle Of The Dead
Quarantined to an island during a deadly plague and war, rumors of a vampiric demon begin to spread among the fearful. The tension builds as a General attempts to visit the mausoleum in which his wife lies and finds it empty.
2:00 am – Bedlam
A young protege to Lord Mortimer is interested in the conditions at a notorious asylum nicknamed 'Bedlam', but when she tries to bring forth changes, she finds herself committed there by Master Sims (Boris Karloff). Will she escape or suffer there for an eternity?
3:30 am – The Seventh Victim
A young woman investigates why her sister has gone missing and stumbles into the rituals and actions of a satanic cult in Greenwich Village.
5:00 am – Ghost Ship
When a third mate calls his new Captain on his cruelty, as murders and disappearances run rampant during a voyage, he realizes he may be the next victim.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tonight on TCM there are featured several stories of sinister siblings
OCTOBER 28th on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES
8:00 pm – Dead Ringer (1964)
10:00 pm – The Black Room (1935)
11:15 pm – The Other (1972)
1:00 am – Dead Men Walk (1943)
2:15 am – Motel Hell (1980)
4:00 am – 10 Rillington Place (1971)
6:00 am – The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
At 8pm Bette Davis stars in the duel roles of twin sisters in DEAD RINGER, a dark tale of twisted sisters... and the even more twisted tale that is spun...
Boris Karloff plays twin brothers in THE BLACK ROOM, one who kills his beloved brother to take over the family kingdom. But then there's that strange prophecy should this evil occur...
THE OTHER is Thomas Tryon's tale of twin farm boys who get up to no good playing a game their grandmother Ada taught them. That's when people start showing up dead. The trailer:
DEAD MEN WALK focuses on George Zucco in the twin roles of the good Dr. Lloyd Clayton and Elwyn, his dark arts practicing twin brother. Having died of a fall, Elwyn returns from the grave as a vampire to accuse his brother of his own murder. He then vows revenge on his good brother.
Here's the whole dang film:
MOTEL HELL is the simple story of siblings Vincent and Ida who injure and capture folks so that they may be harvested and slaughtered later for use in Vincent's roadside diner. What complicates matters is when Vincent falls for one of their would-be victims and Ida isn't very pleased. Le Trailer:
10 RILLINGTON PLACE features the brilliant acting of both John Hurt as Tim Evans an unassuming hard worker whose wife has just become pregnant with their third child with they cannot afford and Richard Attenborough as John Christie, owner/operator of a set of apartment buildings and serial murderer.
THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS features Humphrey Bogart as a murderous husband. Not sure this one qualifies as horror, but it is a suspense thriller so it's close enough for me... here's the trailer.
And there we have it. Enjoy the duality of the day...