Continuing with their Halloween horror blocks the Turner Classic Movies channel’s Friday night horrorfest is centered around psychic, psychotic, or both psychic and psychotic children. But as always TCM has some genre movies sprinkled throughout the rest of the week.
Just a note that on this week’s schedule are a couple of movies that, though not genre related, may be of interest to some; the first two installments in the The Decline of Western Civilization music documentary trilogy (the third film will be screened later this month).
Wednesday’s mixed bag of genre offerings starts off at 10:00 PM with Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, followed at midnight by Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange with Malcolm McDowell. At 2:30 AM Mr. McDowell returns, this time as H.G. Wells, to battle Jack the Ripper in Nicholas Meyer’s “obscure” Time After Time. At 4:30 AM it is Jack’s turn to return, with his daughter in tow, to round out the night in Hammers’ Hands of the Ripper.
No genre offerings on Thursday but at 2:45 AM (really 2:45 AM Friday) is the aforementioned showing of Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline of Western Civilization, a 1981 documentary covering the L.A. punk music scene.
Friday is all about the children. First off at 8:00 PM are Bette Davis and Wendy Craig in The Nanny (1965), then at 9:45 PM comes The Bad Seed. Midnight brings, out of order, the John Wyndham based alien invasion duology of the Children of the Damned and the Village of the Damned.
At 3:15 AM Simone Simon and Kent Smith reprise their original roles in the beautifully shot but interestingly unconnected Cat People sequel The Curse of the Cat People. To finish off the night at 4:30 AM is Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Having not seen this 1970 film I am assuming, both from the description taken from the TCM website (“A medieval girl struggles to grow up in a world of eccentrics, monsters and temptation.”) and the other movies it is grouped with, that it is genre related but I could be (and often am) completely wrong.
Late Saturday night/early Sunday morning starting at 2:30 AM the TCM Underground movies are The Decline of Western Civilization Part II The Metal Years (“The L.A. punk scene is taken over by glam metal”). Then at 4:15 AM won’t you take that ride (ride, ride, ride) on Heavy Metal.
Finally Sunday at 8:00 PM is a chance to see escapologist Harry Houdini in action as a framed man in The Grim Game from 1919, followed at 9:30 PM with William Gillette as the Great Detective in 1916’s Sherlock Holmes, a role he had been playing onstage since 1899.
Unrelated to TCM but, if you get it, the MGM HD channel is running (and rerunning) classic horror movies every night this month under the banner title “Nightly Apparitions”. This week’s Nightly Apparitions offerings are, counting tonight, Sugar Hill, The Terror, Tower of Evil, The Premature Burial, The Haunted Palace, Tales of Terror, and The Vampire.
By the way, if you know of any channels running any cool movies or movie marathons please (please) post the info in the comments.