Thursday, October 29, 2015

48 hours of Halloween

Saturday is Halloween, and as I mentioned earlier this month, TCM has been running a bunch of horror movies in prime time on Friday evenings this month. Tomorrow morning starts nearly 48 hours of horror movies on TCM; there's one final movie in the Trailblazing Women spotlight that begins at 6:00 AM Friday. Actually, the horror movies began this morning, but took the break for the female directors spotlight.

Friday morning and afternoon bring a bunch of Hammer horror, which seems to have become a staple in TCM's Halloween programming. There are other things I prefer, but I certainly can't deny that the movies create an interesting gothic atmosphere that, combined with the subject material, is perfect for Halloween. Plus, with the death earlier this year of Christopher Lee, showing the Hammer horror this year is even more appropriate.

Friday night's lineup is dedicated to producer Val Lewton, starting at 8:00 PM with Cat People, followed at 9:30 PM with a documentary on Lewton that actually premiered on TCM before I started blogging, and then continuing at 11:00 PM with the film that's the subject of the link above, The Seventh Victim.

Saturday's lineup seems more eclectic, at least as eclectic as a bunch of horror movies can be. I don't think there's any other overriding theme, although I think that's generally the case for Saturday mornings and afternoons. One note, however, is that the Batman and Robin serial and the Bulldog Drummond movie are not on this Saturday.

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