Friday, October 24, 2014

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 24

When I was a teenager, my favorite comic book was Alan Moore's "Swamp Thing." Naturally, I eventually became a fan of the spin-off, "Hellblazer," about a trench coat-wearing, cigarette-smoking, demon chaser named John Constantine; he also kinda looked like Sting, which was a bonus for this Police-obsessed girl.

Eventually, a terrible movie version was released, starring Keanu Reeves as Constantine. And now we have another version, this time a TV series on NBC, starring an actual Brit. Whether it's good or not, who knows, though buzz hasn't been stellar. I'm gonna watch the hell(blazer) out of it, though.

"Constantine" premieres at 10PM, PST, on NBC.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 23

Yes, I am once again recommending something on TCM. What can I say? When it comes to spooky cinema in October, they're the best bet since their movies are commercial free and (usually) widescreen.

Tonight is ghost story night, and here's the line-up (all times PST).

The Innocents at 5PM, and ultra spooky version of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw.

The Uninvited, about a haunted mansion in coastal England, at 7PM.

The Woman in White, based on Wilkie Collin's book, at 9PM.

Night of Dark Shadows, the second movie based on the TV series "Dark Shadows," at 11PM.

And the Nicole Kidman ghost story The Others, at 1AM.

(Of all of the above, The Innocents is probably the best bet.)



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 22

So, John Carpenter's The Fog is set to air on TCM at 11:15pm, PST, but the last time they aired it, it wasn't a widescreen version, which is a crime against cinema, so I recommend it here with trepidation.



Speaking of crimes against cinema, Night of the Lepus is also on TCM tonight, at 3AM. If you've never heard of Night of the Lepus, I have three words for you: giant killer bunnies.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 21

It's Edgar G. Ulmer night on TCM. Ulmer was a director who did amazing things on limited budgets, and was eventually known as "the king of the B's" for his B-movie work. His most well-known movie is probably Detour, which is a claustrophobic little noir that's just over an hour long. (You can watch that at midnight, or on YouTube right now.)

Of tonight's offerings, the most appropriate for inclusion here is probably The Amazing Transparent Man.



You can watch it late tonight at 1:15am, PST, on TCM, followed by a documentary about Ulmer at 2:15AM. (Yep. The movie is that short!)

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