October 26, 2012
For those who just can’t wait until Halloween to get their horror movie fix, Turner Classic Movies will get the scares started early this weekend, October 26-28, starting at 12:15 am PST Friday night (or early Saturday, depending on how you see it) with Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story, a documentary tribute to the king of b-movie gimmicks himself.
The Castle documentary is immediately followed by two days of classic late-night horror films, including Cinema Fearité Alums I Bury the Living (1958) and Tormented (1960). Also on display are classic fright films like RKO’s Bedlam (1946, starring Boris Karloff), Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People (1942) and the Hammer double shot of Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1969), both with Christopher Lee as the legendary bloodsucker. Saturday night will feature an “Essential: Mind Games” trio of films including Diabolique (1955), Games (1967) and What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971), while Sunday will culminate in a Ray Harryhausen triple feature including three of the special effects master’s most enduring films: 20 Million Miles to Earth (1956), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) and First Men in the Moon (1964).
Anyone who may be tired of the same old Halloween horror films will definitely find something for them on TCM this weekend. The full schedule is available here and a profile of William Castle can be found at TCM Online.