TCM ON OCTOBER 4TH BEGINS THEIR FRIDAY NIGHT HORROR MARATHON FOR OCTOBER- HERE IS THE LINEUP FOR THIS NIGHT- CARNIVAL OF SOULS-62- One of the great low budget genre films of all time. Everything works here making this a spooky eerie thought provoking effort. With the great thought when one feels they have been deny so much in life they will fight like a banshee not to face their destiny in the next,----------------------------NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD-68-Cult classic which has sprung a semi genre into itself, with the thought even a so called hero lands up making the wrong decision everytime.-----------TESTAMENT DES DR MABUSE DAS-33-Seldom seem neat film worth checking out, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN- 35- A JAMES WHALE CLASSIC which is far superior to the original and proves how important a film score can be. FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN-67- Top notch film with PETER C and JAMES B delivering the goods.-THE WASP WOMAN-59-A tender tale of a white anglo saxon protestant who gets stung by a bee[ha-ha]-----ENJOY.
On Wednesday, October 2, at 2:30 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Vince Edwards – Jack Palance – George Maharis western THE DESPERADOS. This 1969 Columbia film has never been on DVD. It was directed by Henry Levin (MURDERERS’ ROW, THE AMBUSHERS) and features the only score for a western by British composer David Whitaker (HAMMERHEAD, VAMPIRE CIRCUS). Here’s 3 minutes of his score, which has never had any release:
On Wednesday, October 2nd, at 4:15 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the classic Sergio Corbucci western THE MERCENARY. This 1968 film stars Jack Palance, Franco Nero, and Tony Musante, and features a great score by Ennio Morricone. Here’s the film’s main theme:
Only within the past year has THE MERCENARY had any decent release on Region 1 DVD. TCM is promising a showing in the film’s original Techniscope ratio.
On October 3rd, during the Wednesday-Thursday overnight, at 3 AM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be running the little-seen, true-life crime drama DR. CRIPPEN. This 1963 film stars Donald Pleasence as the title character, a London physician who is charged with the murder of his wife. Coral Browne and Samantha Eggar co-star. The film was directed by Robert Lynn, a television director in Britain who graduated to features in 1961. But Lynn was better known as an assistant or second-unit director on everything from HORROR OF DRACULA (1958) to SUPERMAN (1978).
DR. CRIPPEN was shot by famed cinematographer and director Nicholas Roeg. The film has never had a U.S. video release on any format.
TCM ON SATURDAY THE 5TH will be showing a few more genre pics for OCTOBER HALLOWEEN. CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY-70-Underrated effort with ROBERT RYAN, nice music score by ANGELA MORLEY--THE GORGON-64- a HAMMER winner with CUSHING and LEE and THE DEVIL'S BRIDE-68-top notch direction by TERENCE FISCHER makes this one of HAMMER'S best.Lee is the good guy in this one.ENJOY.
TCM FRIDAY NIGHT OCTOBER HORROR MARATHON continues on OCTOBER 11TH with the following films- HORROR OF DRACULA-58- A classic genre film due to impeccable direction by TERENCE FISHER and perfect pacing and editing. Everything works here including a great music score by JAMES BERNARD--ISLE OF THE DEAD-45-My personal favorite of VAL LEWTON'S string of genre films out of the 40's. A atmospheric winner.--DEAD OF NIGHT-45- A early great anthology film. one of the best of it's kind--- THE HAUNTING-63- One of the greatest genre films ever made. One of the greatest films ever made, period. ROBERT WISE'S masterpiece of suspense, chills, and thought provoking moments of the afterlife.---HOUSE OF THE SEVEN CORPSES-73 - A very innovator old house thriller-HORROR CASTLE-63-Stylish ITALIAN effort during a period when ITALIAN genre films were at their best.
An all-star cast appears in the 1954 British film noir THE GOOD DIE YOUNG. Turner Classic Movies will be running the film on Thursday, October 10, at 2:15 PM ET. The film stars Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins, John Ireland, Stanley Baker, and Robert Morley. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert (YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, ALFIE).
THE GOOD DIE YOUNG has never had a U.S. video release on any format.
On Thursday, October 10, at 4:00 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the 1961 British romantic drama LOSS OF INNOCENCE. This film, which was titled “The Greengage Summer” in Britain, stars Kenneth More, Danielle Darrieux, and Susannah York. Shot in the Marne River Valley of France, the film was directed by Lewis Gilbert (DAMN THE DEFIANT!, MOONRAKER). LOSS OF INNOCENCE has never been released in the U.S. on any video format.
The film’s score by Richard Addinsell was released on a Colpix LP, but has never been reissued on CD. It is, however, available as a suspect download.
TCM ON SATURDAY THE 12TH has more OCTOBER genre pics-SCREAM OF FEAR-61-Possibly Hammer's best suspense thriller starring CHRISTOPHER LEE AND SUSAN STRASBERG,. Film's plot is interesting and innovator , plus film at times is darn spooky in spots.-TWO FACES OF DR JEKYLL-60-Top notch take on the classic theme , solid all around. IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE-53- Great scifi originally made in 3D.-THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL-59- One of the better end of the world flicks. ENJOY.
For OCTOBER I have been concentrating on TCM'S GENRE SALUTE. While OUR BOB has been given great info on other films. But in case he is too busy to mention this one . TCM on WEDNESDAY OCT-16 will show a very rare cable showing of I AM CURIOUS- YELLOW[NOT BLUE]. A 1969 film with blue which was very profitable and controversial back then.
TCM continues it's salute to genre films in October on EARLY MONDAY MORNING THE 14TH with the following vampire pics-NOSFERATU-22-That famous classic silent effort that pretty much started the cinema vampire film. A sub genre of the horror genre which is one of the most constant genre in film history WOW, think about it, 91 years ago.. There has been over a thousand feature length vampire films made along with short films and TV shows. This early one is a silent classic with a vampire who has a face only a mother could love-VAMPYR-32-Stylish early sound effort made right after DRACULA became a smash. Worth checking out, was very obscure years ago. VAMPIRE BAT-33- DWIGHT FRYE steals the show in this slightly dated but still good effort, THE VAMPIRE-57[MARK OF THE VAMPIRE], Top notch tight knit character study which is different and entertaining. ENJOY.
For OCTOBER I have been concentrating on TCM'S GENRE SALUTE. While OUR BOB has been given great info on other films. But in case he is too busy to mention this one . TCM on WEDNESDAY OCT-16 will show a very rare cable showing of I AM CURIOUS- YELLOW [NOT BLUE]. A 1969 film with blue which was very profitable and controversial back then.
Funny. I spent a month in London in 1969 and decided to see I AM CURIOUS YELLOW, and thought it was a pretty lousy movie. Frankly, I wished I hadn't thrown money away on seeing it.