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October 23–October 31


LOGAN'S RUN (October 26, 4:15 pm): I'm a huge fan of early and mid-1970s futuristic dystopian films such as this, Soylent GreenOmega Man and Rollerball. In Logan's Run, it's the year 2274 and some sort of apocalypse has occurred leaving people to live in a domed society with everything they do is handled by a super-computer. That leaves them a lot of time for wine, women (or men, though futuristic sex is a little strange) and song. There is one catch to this society: once you get to be 30, you go through a ritualistic death in a place called "Carousel." The plot is compelling, and while some of the special effects look straight out of 1976, they're effective and enjoyable. The acting is solid with Peter Ustinov exceptional as an old man living outside the dome. It's a fun science-fiction film with a lot of action and women in very mini miniskirts. 

THE BEST MAN (October 26, 12:45 am): While dated primarily because political party national conventions are no longer where presidential nominees are selected despite what the “Never Trump” movement attempted, this 1964 film is among the finest ever made about politics. Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson play the two leading presidential nominees of a political party (while never specified, it's likely the Democrats as Fonda's character is very similar to Adlai Stevenson and you can see Bobby Kennedy, Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson in others). The backroom deals, exploiting opponents' weaknesses and not-so-hidden secrets, and political trading are expertly portrayed by a fine cast – with Lee Tracy as the Truman-like former president stealing nearly every scene he's in – along with an excellent screenplay from Gore Vidal, who also wrote the play of which the film is based.


THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (October 24, 4:45 pm): This was Hammer Studios’ first attempt at the reimaging of the classic Universal horror films of the ‘30s. And to an audience that was starved for good horror films, it was a box office hit. Much of the credit for the success of the film must go to Peter Cushing for his portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein. Cushing hits all the right notes, brilliantly conveying the underlying decadence beneath the aristocratic façade. Though it’s not as good as James Whale’s 1931 original, Cushing should be commended for playing Frankenstein as a cad rather than an idealist, as Colin Clive portrayed him. Christopher Lee, as the Monster, has a thankless role, with little to do but act scary. However, he does manage to get the point across, looking murderous rather than just plain silly. The success of the film begat a series of Frankenstein films with Cushing as the center of attention, a sort of “Adventures of Frankenstein.” And, with the success of Frankenstein, a remake of Dracula was just around the corner.

THREE ON A MATCH (October 27, 9:45 am): The Pre-Code era was noted for producing some pretty strong films, and this entry was among the strongest. Ann Dvorak, Joan Blondell, and Bette Davis are three childhood friends who have a reunion at a restaurant and vow to stay in touch. They then light their cigarettes on one match, hence the title. The famous superstition predicts bad things for those who do so, and each suffers her share of the bad life. However, the one who falls the furthest gives the movie both its twist and its reputation as among the most lurid of the Pre-Code films. Humphrey Bogart is on hand as well as (what else?) a gangster. He turns in a good performance, as does Warren William, playing a good guy for once. For those new to Pre-Code films, this is one to watch.

WE DISAGREE ON ... THE TINGLER (October 30, noon)

ED: A-. From schlockmeister William Castle comes what may truly be his masterpiece. Vincent Price stars as Dr. Warren Chapin, who has been studying the effects of fear upon the human body. Performing an autopsy on a man who died in the electric chair he discovers that the man’s spine was crushed by an unseen force. Eventually, he discovers that the tingle one feels up the spine when frightened is an actual creature that comes into being during such moments. It dissipates when the victim screams, so what the Doc needs is someone who can’t scream. Long story short, he finds such a victim, he captures the “tingler” and puts it in a case, where it will be used for all sorts of antics. Eventually it gets loose in a crowded theater and Price, capping one of his wonderfully campy performances, tells the audience – and us out there in the dark as well – to scream and scream long and loud. In order to give those in the theater their money’s worth, Castle wired some of the seats with joy buzzers that give off a mild electric shock. He called this gizmo “Percepto,” and the audiences ate it up. The Tingler is a wonderful film that shows what can happen when one applies a little imagination. It’s certainly different from the run-of-the-mill horror of the time, and Castle always tried to outdo himself with each new film. Not all of them worked as well as this one, which is the reason for my grade. An “A-” for effort and imagination, which films of the late ‘50s to mid ’60s were in woefully short supply.

DAVID. C-. It had been a few years since I've seen this William Castle film so I watched it again a few days ago online on Daily Motion. Honestly, it was a lot worse than I remembered. The story has no consistency, the acting is absolutely atrocious and "The Tingler" creature makes even the most B of movie monsters look great in comparison. The film is only 82 minutes in length yet the action doesn't get going until about 50 minutes in, and the special effects are straight out of a bad Scooby-Doo cartoon except for red blood coming out of the sink of a black-and-white movie. At one time, Vincent Price was a good actor. This wasn't that time. However, he is clearly the best of the bunch, which should tell you all you need to know about this film. The worst is easily Philip Coolidge, who plays meek silent-movie-theater owner Oliver Higgins, who is more interested in getting a beer and avoiding his deaf and mute wife than anything else. Even when Dr. Warren Chapin (Price), a pathologist studying what happens to a person just before he dies, learns that "Ollie" is a killer, Higgins follows every order the doctor gives him rather than knock him out and run away. Also, the silent-movie theater business is portrayed as a daily grind without much profit, but Ollie's wife puts huge stacks of cash inside a safe in their living room that Ollie "steals" even though he shares it with his spouse. As for The Tingler creature, it probably cost about $5 to make and another 25 cents for the string to make it move. Looking a lot like a giant slug, but less scary, it stays still and sort of crawls around during the last 30 minutes of the film. The film gets cheesier as it goes on with horrible voice overdubs by Price telling those watching a silent film in Coolidge's dark theater to stay quiet – exactly the opposite of how to fight The Tingler – and then later to scream. As Ed wrote, Castle loved gimmicks. He had some seats in some major theaters in some larger cities wired so there would be a small electric jolt to some patrons at the right time to get them to scream. Without that, there's no reason to scream about anything in this film except if you paid to see it. And what of drive-ins and the smaller markets? They got nothing. And without the in-theater gimmick, those people as well as those watching it on television are left with a film that has a disjointed storyline that stops making sense with about a half-hour to go. So why a C- rather than a lower grade? The idea, though not the implementation, is pretty clever, it can be unintentionally funny at times and at least it's not very long.

Schedule Subject to Change (All Times Eastern)

October 23

8:00 am – STAGE FRIGHT (WB, 1950): Jane Wyman, Richard Todd, & Marlene Dietrich. Hitchcock directed this story of an actress who tries to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder. B

10:00 am – THE OUTLAW (Howard Hughes Productions, 1943): Thomas Mitchell, Jane Russell. Allegedly the story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, it’s badly directed, badly acted, and badly written. Total Entertainment! F

2:00 pm – PEOPLE WILL TALK (Fox, 1951): Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain. A doctor sets tongues wagging by his approach to medicine. A+

4:00 pm – THE LADY EVE (Paramount, 1941): Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, & Charles Coburn. Witty Sturges film about a con-artist who takes a wealthy, naive scientist for a bundle but ends up falling for him. A+

6:00 pm – FATHER OF THE BRIDE (MGM, 1950): Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor. Sweet family comedy about a doting father and the endless trials he endures when his daughter marries. B+

8:00 pm – FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (Hammer/Fox, 1966): Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg. Dr. Frankenstein puts his dead assistant’s brain into the body of the man’s lover, who committed suicide. C+

10:00 pm – FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED! (WB/Hammer, 1969): Peter Cushing, Simon Ward. Baron Frankenstein blackmails a brother and sister into helping him with a brain transplant. C+

12:00 am – THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (Svensk Filmindustri, 1921): Victor Sjostrom, Hilda Borgstrom. According to legend the last sinner to die in the year will become the soul collector in the phantom carriage. Silent. A+

2:00 am – EPIDEMIC (Elementfilm A/S, 1987): Lars Von Trier, Udo Kier. A filmmaker’s latest project about a worldwide epidemic is coming true. Written and directed by Von Trier. C

4:00 am – THE SATAN BUG (UA, 1965): Richard Basehart, Dana Andrews. Basehart is a mad scientist planning to wipe out the population of L.A. with a deadly virus serum. B-

October 24

6:00 am – IS MY FACE RED? (RKO, 1932): Helen Twelvetrees, Ricardo Cortez, & Jill Esmond. A gossip columnist witnesses a gangland killing. B-

7:15 am – PANAMA FLO (RKO, 1932): Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Armstrong. An engineer makes a thieving entertainer work off her debts as a housekeeper at his jungle mining camp. C

8:30 am – UNASHAMED (MGM, 1932): Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Young, & Lewis Stone. A society girl's brother goes on trial for killing her lover. B-

10:00 am – A WOMAN OF EXPERIENCE (RKO, 1931): Helen Twelvetrees, William Bakewell. A female con artist employs her skills against German spies. C

11:30 am – MY WOMAN (Columbia, 1933): Helen Twelvetrees, Victor Jory. When a vaudeville hoofer hits the big time, he neglects the wife who helped put him there. C

1:00 pm – HOLLYWOOD ROUND-UP (Columbia, 1937): Buck Jones, Helen Twelvetrees. An unemployed stunt man unwittingly signs on with crooks posing as filmmakers to rob banks. C+

3:15 pm – THE GORGON (Columbia/Hammer, 1965): Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, & Barbara Shelley. A mythical monster turns men to stone in a remote European village. B-

4:45 pm – THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Hammer, 1956): Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee. Hammer’s remake stars Cushing as Victor Frankenstein and Lee as the Monster. A-

6:15 pm – RASPUTIN, THE MAD MONK (Hammer/Fox, 1966): Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley. Lee is Rasputin in this film about his rise and fall in the court of Nicholas II. D+

8:00 pm – HORROR OF DRACULA (Hammer, 1958): Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing. It’s the first of a seemingly endless supply of Hammer vampire movies and the best of the lot. A

9:30 pm – DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (Hammer, 1966): Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley. The follow-up to Horror of Dracula: Four travelers unwittingly revive the bloodsucking count. B-

11:15 pm – DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (Hammer, 1968): Christopher Lee, Veronica Carlson. Dracula faces an atheist who can’t say the required prayer to dispatch the vampire once and for all. C-

1:00 am – TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (Hammer/WB, 1970): Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, & Gwen Watford. Count Dracula takes revenge on the businessmen who killed his faithful servant. C-

2:45 am – THE SCARS OF DRACULA (Hammer, 1970): Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman. A man searches for his brother, who disappeared after spending a night in Dracula’s castle. C-

4:30 am – DRACULA A.D. 1972 (WB/Hammer, 1972): Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing. Cult members unwittingly resurrect Dracula in swinging London. C

October 25

6:15 am – THE F.B.I. STORY (WB, 1959): James Stewart, Vera Miles. Mervyn LeRoy directed this romanticized history of the organization as seen through one agent’s eyes. B 

9:00 am – CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY (WB, 1939): Edward G. Robinson, Francis Lederer, & George Sanders. Eddie G. is in top form as an FBI agent hunting down dastardly Nazis. A- 

11:00 am – THE GET-AWAY (MGM, 1941): Robert Sterling, Dan Dailey, Jr. An undercover cop is sent into prison where he befriends a mob chieftain and helps him break out of stir. D

12:45 pm – STEP BY STEP (RKO, 1946): Lawrence Tierney, Anne Jeffreys. The F.B.I. is pursuing a young couple suspected of stealing government plans. C

2:00 pm – I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE F.B.I. (WB, 1951): Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart. Lovejoy stars as Matt Cvetic, an F.B.I. agent who infiltrates the Commie Party. B+

3:30 pm – GUNS DON’T ARGUE (Visual Drama, Inc., 1957): Myron Healey, Jean Harvey. A composite of three re-edited episodes from the 1952 TV series, Gangbusters, released to theaters in 1957 as a feature film. B-

5:15 pm – SECRET ENEMIES (WB, 1942): Craig Stevens, Faye Emerson & John Ridgely. The FBI tracks Nazi agents to a luxury hotel. C+

6:30 pm – ‘G’ MEN (WB, 1935): James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak, & Robert Armstrong. A mob protégé joins the FBI when a friend is gunned down. A

8:00 pm – WAIT UNTIL DARK (WH, 1967): Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, & Richard Crenna. A blind woman fights against drug smugglers who've invaded her home. B

10:00 pm – GIANT (WB, 1956): Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, & James Dean. George Stevens directed this rambling saga about a Texas oil family struggling to adapt to changing times. B-

3:30 am – THE TENDER TRAP (MGM, 1955): Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds. Sinatra is a hip bachelor who meets his match in the feisty Reynolds. C

October 26

6:00 am – THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (K. Gordon Murray Productions, 1959): Ramon Gay, Rosita Arenas. The mad Dr. Krupp creates a murderous robot to steal an ancient Aztec treasure. D

7:15 am – THE TIME MACHINE (MGM, 1960): Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux. George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s dystopia set in the year 802,701 with humans divided into peaceful Eloi and cannibalistic Morlocks. B+

9:00 am – TIME AFTER TIME (Orion, 1979): Malcolm McDowell, David Warner. When Jack the Ripper steals his time machine, author H.G. Wells travels to modern-day San Francisco to track him down. A

11:00 am – TIME BANDITS (Handmade Films/Embassy, 1981): Sean Connery, John Cleese. A young boy embarks on an adventure through time with a group of runaway dwarfs. C

1:00 pm – THE ICE PIRATES (MGM, 1984): Robert Urich, Mary Crosby. Two space pirates are recruited to help a princess find her father in a future where water is the most valuable substance. C-

2:45 pm – SATELLITE IN THE SKY (WB, 1956): Kieron Moore, Lois Maxwell, & Donald Wolfit. Astronauts are trapped on a space station with a ticking bomb. C+

4:15 pm – LOGAN’S RUN (MGM, 1976): Michael York, Jenny Agutter. A future police officer uncovers the deadly secret behind a society that worships youth. B-

6:15 pm – SOYLENT GREEN (MGM, 1973): Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson. A future cop uncovers the deadly secret behind a mysterious synthetic food. A-

8:00 pm – THE LAST HURRAH (Columbia, 1958): Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter. A political boss faces changing times when he runs for re-election. A-

10:15 pm – ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (WB, 1976): Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford. Hoffman and Redford are reporters Bernstein and Woodward in this re-creation of the Watergate scandal. B+ 

12:45 am – THE BEST MAN (U.A., 1964): Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson. Excellent adaptation of Gore Vidal’s play about two front runners for their party's Presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless. A+ 

2:45 am – THE CANDIDATE (WB, 1972): Robert Redford, Peter Boyle. A senate candidate's ideals grow weaker as his position in the polls gets stronger. A- 

October 27

6:00 am – THREE COMRADES (MGM, 1938): Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young, & Franchot Tone. Three friends share their love for a dying woman in between-the-wars Germany. A

8:45 am – 3 GODFATHERS (MGM, 1948): John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, & Harry Carey, Jr. John Ford’s remake of the 1936 tale about three outlaws risking their freedom to return a baby to town. A+

9:45 am – THREE ON A MATCH (WB, 1932): Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, & Ann Dvorak. One of the best Pre-Code dramas as three childhood friends go their different ways and later meet up as adults. A+

11:00 am – DESIGN FOR LIVING (Paramount, 1933): Frederic March, Gary Cooper, & Miriam Hopkins. An independent woman has trouble choosing between the two men she loves. A

5:30 pm – GEORGY GIRL (Columbia, 1966): Lynn Redgrave, James Mason. A homely but vivacious young woman seeks to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate. B+

8:00 pm – THE CHINA SYNDROME (MGM, 1979): Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, & Michael Douglas. A television newswoman stumbles onto deadly secrets at a nuclear power plant. A+ 

10:15 pm – THE WAY WE WERE (Columbia, 1973): Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand. A ‘30s student radical and her writer husband fight to keep their marriage together over the years. B-

12:30 am – THE THIN MAN (MGM, 1934): William Powell, Myrna Loy. Powell and Loy as filmdom’s most celebrated couple: Nick and Nora Charles. A+

2:15 am – JOE (Cannon, 1970): Dennis Patrick, Peter Boyle. A bitter factory worker. who hates anyone that is “different,” becomes a hit man for a wealthy businessman. C

October 28

7:00 am – AGGIE APPLEBY, MAKER OF MEN (RKO, 1933): Charles Farrell, Wynne Gibson. A socialite can’t choose between the tough guy she turned into a gentleman and the gentleman she turned tough. C 

8:15 am – EMERGENCY CALL (RKO, 1933): Bill Boyd, Wynne Gibson, & William Gargan. A promising surgeon discovers his hospital is run by gangsters. C 

9:30 am – HEADLINE SHOOTER (RKO, 1933): William Gargan, Frances Dee. A newsreel photographer ignores everything, even his girlfriend, in his quest for the perfect shot. B+

10:45 am – BRITISH AGENT (WB, 1934): Leslie Howard, Kay Francis, & William Gargan. Doing their duty in World War I doesn’t stop Englishman Howard from falling in love with Russian spy Francis. C 

12:15 pm – BRIGHT LIGHTS (WB, 1935): Joe E. Brown, Ann Dvorak. Busby Berkeley directed this musical about husband-and-wife vaudeville stars that separate when success goes to his head. C- 

5:00 pm – THE MAYOR OF 44TH STREET (RKO, 1942): George Murphy, Anne Shirley. A dance-band manager has to cope with hooligans trying to get into the act. C

8:00 pm – DRACULA (Universal, 1931): Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler. The legendary vampire stakes his claim on a British estate in search of new blood. A 

9:30 pm – THE MUMMY (Universal, 1932): Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, & David Manners. The classic horror film starring Karloff as Imhotep, an Egyptian mummy brought back to life to claim his reincarnated love. A+

11:00 pm – THE INVISIBLE MAN (Universal, 1933): Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart. Director James Whale’s take on the classic H.G. Wells story.  Fast moving and engrossing. A+

12:15 am – THE WOLF MAN (Universal, 1941): Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains. This horror classic made a star of Chaney, who portrays the tormented Larry Talbot, bitten by a werewolf and doomed to become one. B-

1:30 am – THE BLACK CAT (Universal, 1934): Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff. Edgar Ulmer directed this atmospheric, eerie tale of a man’s revenge on the Satanist who stole his wife and daughter. B

2:45 am – THE UNINVITED (Paramount, 1944): Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey. Superior ghost story about a brother and sister who rent a haunted house on the Cornish coast of England. A-

4:30 am – ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Paramount, 1933): Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi. Laughton is a mad doctor who turns wild animals into human monsters in this truly gruesome Pre-Code film. A

October 29

6:00 am – THE DEVIL DOLL (MGM, 1936): Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan. A Devil's Island escapee shrinks murderous slaves and sells them to his victims as dolls. A-

7:30 am – THE LEOPARD MAN (RKO, 1943): Dennis O’Keefe, Margo. When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders. C

9:00 am – BEDLAM (RKO, 1946): Boris Karloff, Anna Lee. Val Lewton’s last production for RKO is arguably his best with Karloff in top form as Master Sims, the sadistic ruler of a London asylum. A

10:30 am – BOWERY TO BAGHDAD (Allied Artists, 1955): The Bowery Boys, Eric Blore. The Boys find a lamp that produces a genie (Blore) with strange powers. C

12:00 pm – THE BLACK SCORPION (Universal, 1957): Richard Denning, Mara Corday. Willis O’ Brien animated this film about giant scorpions that terrorize the Mexican countryside. C

1:45 pm – THE BLOB (Paramount, 1958): Steve McQueen, Aneta Corseaut. A clever little horror film about an insidious creature that swallows people and goes undiscovered except for two teenagers. C+

3:15 pm – VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (MGM, 1960): George Sanders, Barbara Shelley. Twelve super-intelligent, telepathic, blond, fair-skinned children, born at the same time in a small village, are not of this earth. A

4:45 pm – THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (RKO, 1951): Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornwaithe, & Margaret Sheridan. The staff of an Arctic base fights a murderous visitor from outer space. A++

6:30 pm – EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (Columbia, 1956): Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, & Morris Ankrum. This superior sci-fi picture is about an invasion from another planet. B+

8:00 pm – BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (Allied Artists/WB, 1964): Eva Bartok, Cameron Mitchell. A mysterious killer stalks a design house's models. C-

9:30 pm – CARNIVAL OF SOULS (Herts-Lion, 1962): Candace Hilligoss, Mark Harvey. After surviving a car crash, a church organist is haunted by the undead. It’s a classic of the genre. A 

11:00 pm – IT’S ALIVE (WB, 1974): Guy Stockwell, Sharon Farrell. A couple's use of an experimental fertility drug produces a monstrous infant. C+

12:45 am – THE BABY (Quintet Films, 1973): Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, & David Mooney. Comer is the star of this silly horror yarn about a family that keeps its son in a perpetual state of infancy. C-

2:30 am – THE WORLD’S GREATEST SINNER (Frenzy Prod., 1965): Timothy Carey, Paul Frees. A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. Music by Frank Zappa. B-

4:00 am – WILD IN THE STREETS (AIP, 1968): Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones. A young man makes significant political gains as the leader of a rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers. C+

October 30

6:00 am – TOPPER (Hal Roach/MGM, 1937): Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, & Roland Young. The classic story about a fun-loving couple who come back as ghosts to shake up their stuffy friend. A

8:00 am – THE WOMAN IN WHITE  (WB, 1948): Sydney Greenstreet, Agnes Moorehead, & Eleanor Parker. Classic mystery about the adventures of a young tutor sent to a ghostly country estate. B+

10:00 am – MYSTERY STREET (MGM, 1950): Ricardo Montalban, Bruce Bennett. A small town detective and a Harvard professor team to solve a case with nothing more than the victim’s bones to go on. A-

12:00 pm – THE TINGLER (Columbia, 1959): Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman. William Castle again in a tale starring Price as a scientist who discovers a creature that lives on fear. Ratings: See above.

1:30 pm – THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (RKO, 1939): Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara. A deformed bell ringer rescues a gypsy girl falsely accused of witchcraft and murder. A+

3:45 pm – DEAD RINGER (WB, 1964): Bette Davis, Karl Malden. The twin sister of a callous wealthy woman murders her out of revenge and assumes her identity. C

6:00 pm – THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (AIP, 1971): Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten. Price is a crazed ex-vaudevillian seeking revenge on the doctors that unsuccessfully operated on his late wife. B+

8:00 pm – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Fox, 1974): Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn. Mel Brook’s spoof on the Frankenstein films, as a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein continues his work. A+

10:00 pm – ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (Universal, 1948): Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, & Lon Chaney, Jr. Count Dracula plans to put Costello’s brain into the Monster. B+

12:00 am – THE MONSTER (MGM, 1925): Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead. Enjoyable nonsense starring of Chaney as a mad scientist who causes car crashes so he can experiment on the survivors. B

2:00 am – DIABOLIQUE (Seven Arts – France, 1955): Paul Meurisse, Vera Clouzot, & Simone Signoret. A cruel headmaster’s wife and mistress plot to kill him. A+

4:00 am – GASLIGHT (MGM, 1944): Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, & Joseph Cotten. A newlywed fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansionA-

October 31

6:00 am – MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (MGM, 1935): Bela Lugosi, Lionel Barrymore. A remake of London After Midnight with Chaney’s role divided between Lugosi as the vampire and Barrymore as the Inspector. B-

7:15 am – CAT PEOPLE (RKO, 1942): Kent Smith, Simone Simon. Val Lewton produced this horror classic about a woman who fears an ancient curse will turn her into a snarling beast. A

8:30 am – I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (RKO, 1943): Frances Dee, Tom Conway. Are you ready for Jane Eyre in Haiti? Then tune into this lyrical horror film produced by Val Lewton. A

9:45 am – THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (AIP, 1961): Vincent Price, Barbara Steele. Great Corman directed tale of a 16th century nobleman who goes crazy because he thinks his wife has been buried alive. B+

11:15 am – HOUSE OF WAX (WB, 1953): Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy. A splashy Technicolor remake of the two-strip color Mystery of the Wax Museum originally released in 3-D. C

12:45 pm – BLACK SABBATH (AIP, 1964): Boris Karloff, Jacqueline Pierreux, & Michèle Mercier. Karloff introduces a tree of horror stories. B

2:30 pm – DEAD OF NIGHT (Ealing, 1945): Mervyn Jones, Michael Redgrave. An excellent anthology of horror stores told at a country estate. A+

4:30 pm – HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (Allied Artists, 1958): Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart. Millionaire Price offers $10,000 for five people chosen at random to spend a night in his haunted house. B+

6:00 pm – THE HAUNTING (MGM, 1963): Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, & Russ Tamblyn. A team of psychic investigators moves into a New England mansion that destroys all who visit. A

8:00 pm – THE DEVIL’S BRIDE (Hammer, 1968): Christopher Lee, Charles Gray. The Duc de Richleau battles a Satanist high priest preparing a girl for sacrifice to the Angel of Death. B+

9:45 pm – THE MUMMY (Hammer/Universal, 1959): Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee. A mummy (Lee) resurrected by an Egyptian fanatic is sent to wreak revenge for the defiling of the ancient tombs. B+

11:30 pm – THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (UA/Hammer, 1959): Peter Cushing, Andre Morrell. Hammer’s take shows a lot more of the decadence and horror than the earlier version. A

1:15 am – SCREAM OF FEAR (Hammer/Columbia, 1960): Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd. Strasberg is a wheelchair-bound neurotic who keeps seeing Dad’s dead body in places it oughtn’t to be. C

2:45 am – THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL (Hammer, 1960): Paul Massie, Dawn Addams. Terence Fisher directed this Hammer Studio version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous story. C

4:30 am – TO THE DEVIL, A DAUGHTER (Hammer, 1976): Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, & Honor Blackman. An occult writer fights to save a friend’s daughter from Satanists. C-

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