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TCM's Horror For Halloween (Part One of ...?)

(A quick note as we are coming up on Halloween. The Turner Classic Movies channel has packed their schedule with so many Horror ‘classics’ that I am splitting up the upcoming movies post, highlighting related blocks in their own posts. This one will just cover Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.)


On Tuesday at 6:15 AM, in what appears to be a Niven marathon, is Eye of the Devil (1966) with David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence, David Hemmings, and Sharon Tate in a tale involving secrets, witches, and blood sacrifices. And if you are in the mood for a little psuedo Eurospy action Eye is followed at 8:15 AM with David Niven as Dr. Jason Love in Where the Spies Are from 1965.

Wednesday night is Disney Night (or if you are old like me the return - in a way - of the older Walt Disney television shows). The night kicks off at 8 PM with the animated shorts Three Little Wolves (1936), Three Little Pigs (1948), and Big Bad Wolf (1934). At 8:45 Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby narrate 1949’s The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, followed by The Old Mill (1937). Then at 10:15 host Walt Disney uses clips from his films to explain how animation can make anything possible in The Plausible Impossible, a 1956 episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.


At 11:15 PM is 1975’s Escape to Witch Mountain with Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, plus of course Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann as the psychic alien “escapees”. 1 AM brings a ghost hunting Mickey Mouse in Lonesome Ghosts (1937), followed at 1:15 AM by the original 1984 version of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. John Astin in Mr. Boogedy arrives at 2 AM, with The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1980) at 3 AM. At 5 AM is the second installment in the Witch Mountain series - Tia, Tony, and Uncle Bene, I mean Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, and Denver Pile Return From Witch Mountain (1978) this time facing down bad guys Bette Davis and Christopher Lee (accompanied by music composed by Lalo Schifrin?!?).


Thursday is made up of a collection of movies that truly need no introductions. Starting off the block at 7:45 AM is Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932), followed at 9:15 AM with Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O’Sullivan in another Tod Browning directed film, 1936’s The Devil-Doll (1936). 10:45 AM brings a pair of William Castle films, The House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price and, at 12:15 PM, Macabre from 1958 (a film I am almost ashamed to say that, like a few other movies, I watch because I love the credit sequences).


Rounding out the block later in the day are a pair of movies directed by Roger Corman - at 5:30 PM comes A Bucket of Blood from 1959, followed at 6:45 PM with Little Shop of Horrors from 1960.

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