October is All About Turner!!

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At this festive time of year, I’ve been known to give my readers a “heads-up” regarding horror movies occurring around Halloween. It’s actually a pain in the butt to do this, as many premium channels don’t publish a schedule of films for the holiday until mid-October. This makes compiling the necessary data difficult and often results in leaving films out.

Well, not this year!

Turner Classic Movies has done the Horror Community a huge service, by making the entire month of October a treasure trove of films for anyone with a taste for fear. The schedule is already posted online and ready for viewing.

But don’t leave!!

I have taken the time to compile the list of films that fit the category as well as some recommendations of which films not to miss. Not to say that you should miss any of them. By all means, see as many of these films as is inhumanly possible.

So, without further ado, here we go!!  (all times are Eastern)

Thursday, October 3

8 pm Bell, Book and Candle (1958)   Recommended!

A wonderful comedy about witches and love with Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs!

9:45 pm Horror Hotel (1960)

11:15 pm The Devil’s Own (1966)

1 am Susperia (1978)   Highly Recommended! Witches in a dance academy. A classic. Set that DVR! You won’t be sorry!



2:45 am Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

4:30 am Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)


Friday, October 4

8 pm Godzilla (Gojira) (1954)   Recommended! Godzilla is the “Monster of the Month”!

Aw, c’mon. No Raymond Burr. Kept the discussions about weapons of mass destruction. Worth every minute.



9:30 pm Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956) The “with Raymond Burr” version.

11 pm Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

12:30 am Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

2:15 am Mothra (1962)

4 am The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1977)

Saturday, October 5

2:15 pm The 39 Steps (1935) early Hitchcock

4 pm M (1951) (that’s not a misprint, it’s the remake)

Thursday, October 10

1 pm She (1965)

3 pm Vengeance of She (1968)

6:30 pm Queen of Outer Space (1958)

8 pm The Black Cat (1934)

9:15 pm Curse of the Demon (1958)

10:45 pm The Seventh Victim (1943)   Recommended! A masterpiece of light and shadow with horrors seen and unseen.



12:5 am The Devil’s Bride (1968)

2 am The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1970)

3:45 am Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

5:30 am Eye of the Devil (1968)

Friday, October 11

8 pm Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

9:45 pm Invasion of the Astro-Monsters (1965)

11:30 pm Ebiroah, Horror of the Deep (1966)

1 am Son of Godzilla (1967)

2:45 am Destroy All Monster (1969)   Recommended!

Any Godzilla fan will tell you; this is the All-Star battle.

4:30 am Ghoulies (1985)

Sunday, October 13

12 Noon Curse of the Cat People (1944)

12 Midnight Faust (1926)   Recommended! A Classic of German Expressionism.




Thursday, October 17

7 am Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

8 pm The Uninvited (1944)

10 pm The Haunting (1963)   Recommended! The Original Haunting of Hill House. Except no substitutes.

12 Midnight The Fog (1980)

1:45 am Poltergeist (1982)

3:45 am Kuroneko (1968)   DVR this one! Another ghost story set in feudal Japan!

5:30 am The Phantom Carriage (1921)


Friday, October 18

5:45 pm Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)

8 pm All Monsters Attack (1969)

9:30 pm Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

11:15 pm Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

1 am Rodan (1958)

2:30 am Sugar Hill (1974)   Recommended! Zombies, crime, voodoo, and more. This film has it all!

4:15 am Blacula (1972)


Saturday, October 19

2 pm White Zombie (1932)


Sunday, October 20

3:45 pm The Nanny (1965)

12 Midnight The Phantom Carriage (1921)


Thursday, October 24

9:30 am Captain Sinbad (1963)

11 am Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

1 pm Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

2:45 pm Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1960)

4:30 pm Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (1963)

6 pm Clash of the Titans (1981)

8 pm Horror of Dracula (1958)

9:30 pm The Gorgon (1964)

11:15pm The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

1 am Night of the Living Dead (1968)   Recommended!  Should I say more?

3 am The Hunger (1983)   Recommended! Stylish vampires! David Bowie!

4:45 am Nosferatu (1922)


Friday, October 25

8 pm Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

9:30 pm Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

11 pm Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

12:30 am The War of the Gargantuas (1966)




I have seen that Criterion is putting out a boxed set of Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975 (Spine #1000, coming October 29). Before it has even become available there are complaints about it not including “The War of the Gargantuas”. If you haven’t seen this film, this would be a good time to get viewing.


Saturday, October 26

11:30 am The Tell-Tale Heart (1941)

6 pm The Haunting (1963)


Sunday, October 27

6 am King Kong (1933)   Recommended!  Of course, it is!

8 am The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

11:45 am Black Cat and Broomsticks (1955)  Documentary

5:30 pm Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)   Recommended! A Classic Halloween Staple!

12 Midnight The Haunted Hotel (1907)

2 am The Living Skeletons (1968)   DVR Alert! Not shown very often!!

3:30 am Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)


Monday, October 28

8 pm Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

4 am Coma (1978)


Tuesday, October 29

3 pm The Seventh Victim (1943)

4:15 pm The Night Visitor (1971)


Wednesday, October 30

8 pm Mad Love (1935)

9:35 pm The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

10:30 pm Cat People (1942)

11:45 pm I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

1 am The Walking Dead (1936)

2:15 am Mark of the Vampire (1935)

3:30 am Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

4:45 am A Bucket of Blood (1959)


Thursday, Halloween

6 am Two Hearts in Wax Time (1935)

6:30 am Don’t Lie (1942)

6:45 am Freaks (1932)   Recommended! Incredible Classic Film! Every Aficionado should see this one!



8 am Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

9:45 am The Bat (1959)

11:15 am House on Haunted Hill (1958)

12:45 pm Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955)

1 pm From Beyond the Grave (1973)

2:45 pm Black Sabbath (1963)

4:30 pm Chamber of Horrors (1966)

6:15 pm House of Wax (1953)

8 pm Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

9:30 pm Devil Doll (1936)

11 pm House of Usher (1960)

12:30 am Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

2 am The Haunted Palace (1963)

3:45 am Die, Monster, Die (1965)

5:15 am The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

6:45 am Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965)


Although I have recommended a number of films, you should see any film that interests you, or any old fiends you need to revisit. I’ll be DVR-ing a few films, like “The Living Skeletons” and “Kuroneko.” As far as my old fiends… I haven’t seen “Stranger on the Third Floor” and “The Seventh Victim” in quite a while. It’s time for another viewing.

Enjoy the month!



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About Ernie Fink

Ernie Fink has been a fan of film, mainly in the genres of horror and mystery, in equal parts, for over fifty years. His love of horror in the cinema begins with "King Kong" and in literature with Edgar Allan Poe and Bernhardt J. Hurwood.  With mysteries, he skipped from the Hardy Boys right to Hercules Poirot, only to find John Rebus and Harry Hole waiting in the wings. He has been known to read subtitles extensively, and rarely leaves a theater until the lights come up.
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