Thursday, October 30, 2008

“The horror…the horror…”

“I love October on TCM,” asserts Stacia of She Blogged by Night—a statement with which I heartily concur. TCM kicked off a bodacious horror film fest (one, I’m thankful to say, does not include every third-rate Halloween sequel like the once-proud AMC is heckbent on spotlighting) this a.m. with The Thing (From Another World) (1951) and it looks like they’re not gonna quit until the wee insomniac hours of Friday the 31st. (I seriously need to consider getting a DVR from CharredHer.)

I didn’t get to sit down with any of the films they showed this morning—Mad Love (1935), The Beast with Five Fingers (1946), I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and Curse of the Demon (1958)—only because I was up late with a mini-noir festival (Out of the Past, They Live by Night and On Dangerous Ground)…but this isn’t any big loss: I have Love, Zombie and Demon on disc and I’d already seen Fingers (which, sadly, doesn’t live up to its reputation). There’s some good offerings this afternoon, including The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and The Tingler (1959) but what I’m really considering is getting a good-sized nap later on so I can be fresh as a daisy to catch both Kwaidan (1964) and Spirits of the Dead (1968)—two foreign horrors that I’ve never gotten around to seeing.

I called Mom this morning around 11:00am to let her know of the tremendous horror largess now playing on TCM, only to have her snap at me: “I know that already! In fact, you just interrupted me in the middle of one!” (My fault, really—I should know by now not to come between my mother and her horror movies.) She’s been starving for horror movies for some time now, and even rare AMC showings of Son of Frankenstein (1939) and House of Frankenstein (1944) have done nothing to satiate that hunger.

TCM will wrap things up with a pair of offerings on their TCM Underground segment late this Friday: a double feature of Blood Feast (1963) and Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), both helmed by “The Godfather of Gore”, Herschel Gordon Lewis. I have both of them on my watch list—but I have to be honest: I’ve heard Feast is pretty disgusting and Maniacs isn’t much better, so I’m having second thoughts about investing the time. Anyone who wants to convince me of the merits of seeing these two cult classics is welcome to submit their proposals in the comments.

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