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Monday, October 24, 2011

This Week on TCM: Oh the Horror!

No!  Slow my favorite month down!!
Tonight starting at 8pm is CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) which is either one of the creepiest movies you'll ever see or an overlong episode of the Twilight Zone-- depends on who you ask.
Dementia 13 (1963) is on at 10:30 which Francis Ford Coppola had something to do with and it's pretty good but the crazy gem of the night is Straight Jacket (1964) with Joan Crawford as a possible axe murderer.  Yikes!  I'm much more a fan of 'classic' horror films from the 30s and 40s but these are a nice change of pace.

The Horror continues on Thursday at 8pm with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1972) about a sad old man who decides to kill his whole family rather then let them lead lives on their own.   I might have the plot off a bit as I've dosed off everytime I try to get through this critically acclaimed and I'm sure it's great musical, but it's just not for me.

On Friday we get back into the spirit of the season with THE BLACK ROOM (1935) featuring Boris Karloff as evil twins in an insane asylum-- at 1am Karloff is brought back from the dead in DEAD MEN WALK (1943) which is a better movie than you already think it is.

Saturday is the day to hope for rain, pop endless popcorn and get ready for FUN!
It starts at 6am with THE TWO MRS CARROLLS (1947) with Humphrey Bogart as a murdering husband.  At 9:30 is DOCTOR X (1932) which still offers plenty of chills and Fay Wray!  A couple of episodes of the ZORRO serial follow then it's on to TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD (1966) which introduces Mike Henry as the King of the Jungle.  Henry was up for the Batman role before they decided to go comedy and getting the Tarzan gig wasn't a bad second prize.

In this installment in the long running Tarzan series he's more James Bond than usual, and even spends a good chunk of the film wearing a suit!  Good fun and a nice injection to the jungle dramas.

At 1:45pm is GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956)-- if all you know of Godzilla is the dopey guy in a suit lego building movies of the late 60s and 70s you're in for a real treat.  This is a real classic horror film which deals with the Japanese struggling against an atomic invader-- with Godzilla substituted for the real life horror of the A Bomb a few years earlier.  It's moving, dramatic and filmed fantastically-- it's on my list of top ten movies of all time-- give it a go.

Take a nap after getting up so early and be back at 8pm for Val Lewton's CAT PEOPLE (1942).  Lewton made a string of great suspense films in the early 40s and if you want to find out more about him stay tuned at 930 for a great documentary on his films-- then stick around for showings of THE BODY SNATCHER and ISLE OF THE DEAD for Lewton at his best.

If sleep is not an issue, keep it on the channel and stay with the Lewton fest as it goes until Sunday morning with Bedlam, The Seventh Victim and Ghost Ship.

On Sunday it kicks off with LEOPARD MAN (1943) at 6:15am-- which might be my favorite Lewton film, then WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) at 7:30am followed by THE DEVIL DOLL (1936) and THE UNINVITED (1944) at 10:15am which is a great little ghost story with Ray Milland.

DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) is on at 2pm-- a minor Hitchcock Classic that sports a few chills but turns more into an episode of Columbo than a horror film.
At 4pm is THEM! (1954) about giant bugs in Nevada-- it's got a great cast and it's a really good movie.