Also snakes (why did it have to be snakes?), killer bees, mad magicians, and a Phantom. Anyway, just wanted to give a heads up about some of the movies that are going to be run on TCM this week so folks do not miss out on movies they might have an interest in, mostly because there are more network season premieres this week (SHIELD! The Blacklist!).
Friday is a night of house centered horrors on TCM, starting at 8pm EST with Connie Stevens, Dean Jones, and Cesar Romero in William (Cannon) Conrad’s Two on a Guillotine, followed at 10pm by Vincent Price in William Castle’s House on the Haunted Hill. 11:30pm brings the Robert Wise directed The Haunting, the only adaptation ever of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House”, followed at 1:30am by The House of Seven Corpses. Capping off the night at 3:30am is House of Dark Shadows, Dan Curtis’ big screen version of his Gothic soap opera, with Jonathan Frid as the only Barnabas Collins to ever appear on the big screen.
Not horror-related, but Saturday afternoon TCM is showing Ray Harryhausen’s The 7th Voyage of Sinbad at 2:15pm, then Beneath the Planet of the Apes at 4pm, and at 5:45 Peter Hyams’ underrated (to me at least) film of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010.
Late Saturday night, really early Sunday morning, starting at 2:15am TCM Underground is showing Rattlers (from the TCM website “A herpetologist links a series of deaths from snake bite to U.S. military testing”), followed by killer bees in Irwin Allen’s The Swarm at 3:45am.
Sunday afternoon at 2pm is Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte with Bette Davis and Olivia De Havilland (then Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Vernon plus Keenan Wynn are in John Boorman’s Point Blank, followed by Edward G. Robinson in John Huston’s Key Largo with Bogie and Bacall. Not genre, I know, but if you have never seen them you really should).
Finally late Sunday/early Monday at 12:45am is the great Lon Chaney in the seminal (and silent) The Phantom of the Opera from 1925 (which the TCM website claims is in colour?).
Also, for anyone interest, the AMC channel is running a Stephen King mini-marathon beginning Thursday at 4pm EST with Firestarter, followed by Pet Cemetery, Thinner, Cujo, Silver Bullet, and Riding the Bullet. Then Friday at 8pm, after showing Tremors 2 and rerunning Pet Cemetery, Cujo, and Thinner, they are showing Stanley Kubrick’s version of Mr. King’s The Shining.