Chaney, Lee, Karloff, Price: TCM sets wonderfully horrific lineup for October

Horror fans rejoice! Turner Classic Movies has once again packed a horrific lineup for October programming including a creature of the month, a night devoted to ghostly encounters and 200 years of Frankenstein.

Plus, there’s  not one star of the month but four as TCM showcases four greats of the horror genre. Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price will each have a Wednesday night devoted to them in October. The series starts at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 with Chaney and includes five of his silent films.

The misunderstood Mummy is the designated creature of the month, earning a slot every Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. The schedule includes some cool Universal films in the “Kharis” series on Oct. 7 and a trio of mummy films with a sense of humor on Oct. 14.

The Bowery Boys even get in on the action with a night of horror films starting at 8 p.m. Oct. 30.

Here’s a look at the schedule broken down by topics with some descriptions:

The Mummy

Oct. 7

8 p.m. “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940). Depending on your point of view, this may or may not be a sequel to the Universal original. It is the first in a series with a mummy named Kharis.

9:30 p.m. “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944). Lon Chaney Jr. stars as Kharis in this sequel to “Mummy’s Tomb.”

10:45 p.m. “The Mummy’s Curse” (1944). Chaney returns in the final of the Kharis films.

Oct. 14

8 p.m. “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy” (1955). The sixth in Universal’s Mummy franchise comes with laughs.

9:30 p.m. “Mummy’s Boys” (1936)

10:45 p.m. “The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy” (1958)

Oct. 21

8 p.m. “The Mummy” (1959). Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Terence Fisher, Hammer Films. Enough said.

9:45 p.m. “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964). More from Hammer.

11:15 p.m. “Pharaoh’s Curse” (1957). Looking forward to this film with a blood-sucking vampire mummy.

Oct. 28

8 p.m. “The Mummy’s Shroud” (1967).

10 p.m. “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” (1971).

Stars of the Month: Chaney, Lee, Karloff, Price

Oct. 3 – Lon Chaney

8 p.m. “The Unknown” (1927, silent). Chaney gives an amazing performance as an armless criminal hiding out in a circus. Look for a very young Joan Crawford.

Lon Chaney is one of four stars of the month for October on TCM. He stars with Joan Crawford in “The Unknown.”

9 p.m. “Phantom of the Opera” (1925, silent)

10:45 p.m. “The Monster” (1925, silent). Chaney is a mad doctor who causes car wrecks to experiment on survivors.

12:30 a.m. “The Penalty” (1920, silent.) Chaney is a crime lord who plots vengeance against the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs as a child. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

2:15 a.m. “The Unholy Three” (1925). The first talkie and last film of Lon Chaney.

4 a.m. “He Who Gets Slapped” (1924)

Oct. 10 – Christopher Lee

8 p.m. “The Devil’s Bride” (1968)

10 p.m. “Horror of Dracula” (1958)

11:30 p.m. “Dracula, Prince of Darkness” (1965)

1:15 a.m. “Horror Hotel” (1960)

2:45 a.m. “The Face of Fu Manchu” (1965)

4:30 a.m. “Rasputin, the Mad Monk” (1966)

Read more on Cushing and Lee: Classic horror’s dynamic duo

Oct. 17 – Boris Karloff

8 p.m. “The Old Dark House” (1932). A fun and atmospheric horror film from director James Whale.

9:30 p.m. “The Walking Dead” (1936).  Karloff plays an executed man brought back from the dead who seeks revenge against those who framed him. Michael Curtiz directs.

10:45 p.m. “Isle of the Dead” (1945)

12:15 a.m. “Bedlam” (1946)

1:45 a.m. “Die, Monster, Die!” (1965)

3:15 a.m. “The Sorcerers” (1967)

5 a.m. “The Terror” (1963). Jack Nicholson also stars in Roger Corman film about a lost soldier who stumbles upon a beauty and a castle.

Oct. 24 – Bela Lugosi

8 p.m. “White Zombie” (1932)

9:15 p.m. “Mark of the Vampire” (1935). Tod Browning’s remake of his silent “London After Midnight” with Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill, Carol Borland.

10:30 p.m. “Night Monster” (1942)

Midnight: “The Human Monster” (1939)

1:30 a.m. “The Devil Bat” (1940)

2:45 a.m. “The Corpse Vanishes” (1942)

4 a.m. “Spooks Run Wild” (1941). Bela and the Bowery Boys.

5:15 a.m. “Bowery at Midnight” (1942)

Oct. 31: Vincent Price

8 p.m. “House of Wax” (1953)

9:45 p.m. “Pit and the Pendulum” (1961)

11:15 a.m. “Masque of the Red Death” (1964)

1 a.m. “House on Haunted Hill” (1958). Forget the 1999 remake and go with William Castle’s original.

2:30 a.m. “Theatre of Blood” (1973)

4:30 a.m. “The Last Man on Earth” (1964). Richard Matheson’s atmospheric vampire/zombie tale.

200 Years of Frankenstein

Broken into two nights of programming (the “creature” films and “mad scientist films”).

Oct. 22

8, 11 p.m. “The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein.” Documentary on Mary Shelley’s novel and its themes.

9 p.m. “Son of Frankenstein” (1939). Karloff’s final turn as the creature also stars Basil Rathbone.

Bela Lugosi, left, and Boris Karloff star in “Son of Frankenstein.”

Midnight: “Curse of Frankenstein” (1957). Cushing and Lee star in the first Frankenstein from Hammer.

1:30 a.m. “Frankenstein Created Woman” (1967). Cushing and director Fisher return with a female creature.

3:15 a.m. “Frankenstein Must be Destroyed!” (1970). More from Cushing and Fisher.

Oct. 29

8 p.m. “Island of Lost Souls” (1932)

9:15 p.m. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1932)

11 p.m. “Mad Love” (1935)

12:15 a.m. “The Fly” (1958)

4:15 a.m. “The Frozen Dead” (1967)

Oct. 27:  Ghostly Encounters

8 p.m. “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” (1947)

10 p.m. “Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966). Don Knotts stars in title role of this comedy.

Midnight: “Follow Me Quietly” (1949)

1:30 a.m. “House of Dark Shadows” (1970)

3:30 a.m. “Night of Dark Shadows” (1971)

5:30 a.m. “Black Cats and Broomsticks” (1955)






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