A few days back I noted that AMC has concentrated on more modern movies, including the “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” series, for its Halloween fare.
The classics are left to TCM (Turner Classic Movies), which has an interesting mix of films set to air on Oct. 31.
Much of the morning and early afternoon hours are devoted to classic Hammer films of the 1950s and 1960s, including “Curse of Frankenstein,” “The Mummy” and “Dracula, Prince of Darkness.”
The evening hours are devoted to Vincent Price, starring in “Pit and the Pendulum,” “Masque of the Red Death” and “Haunted Palace.”
There are some offbeat choices mixed in through the day. “Horror Express,” a 1972 “missing link” movie starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and … Telly Savalas is a good example of that.
It’s a little disappointing that the old Universal horror classics aren’t included this year. But maybe TCM decided those were played out.
Anyway, here’s the schedule for Oct. 31:
|6:00 AM||CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE (1957)|
|A scientist’s attempts to create life unleash a bloodthirsty monster.
C-83 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
|7:30 AM||MUMMY, THE (1959)|
|A resurrected mummy stalks the archaeologists who defiled his tomb.
C-88 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
|9:00 AM||HORROR CASTLE (1963)|
|A Holocaust survivor tortures women in the dungeons of an ancient castle.
C-84 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format
|10:30 AM||CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE (1964)|
|A traveling circus entertains a medieval count who uses them in his bizarre experiments.
BW-90 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format
|12:15 PM||DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965)|
|Four travelers unwittingly revive the bloodsucking count.
C-90 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
|1:45 PM||DEVIL’S BRIDE, THE (1968)|
|Small town Satanists lure an innocent brother and sister into their coven.
C-96 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
|3:45 PM||DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1969)|
|Dracula goes after the niece of the monsignor who destroyed his castle.
C-92 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
|5:30 PM||HORROR EXPRESS (1972)|
|An anthropologist discovers a frozen monster which he believes may be the Missing Link.
C-88 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format
|7:15 PM||NOW PLAYING NOVEMBER (2013) (2013)|
BW-21 mins, TV-PG, CC,
|8:00 PM||PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)|
|A young man investigates his sister’s death in a mysterious castle.
C-80 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
|9:30 PM||HAUNTED PALACE, THE (1963)|
|After inheriting a decaying estate, a man discovers his family’s deadly secret.
C-87 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
|11:15 PM||MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE (1964)|
|A sadistic nobleman isolates his court from a world stricken with the plague.
C-89 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
|1:00 AM||ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, THE (1971)|
|A madman uses the plagues of ancient Egypt to avenge his wife’s death.
C-95 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
|2:45 AM||TWICE-TOLD TALES (1963)|
|A poisonous young beauty, the secrets of eternal life and a haunted house chill this collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne stories.
C-120 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
|5:00 AM||TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE (1964)|
|A man’s obsession with his dead wife leads to trouble for his new bride.
C-82 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format