Thursday, October 20, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 20

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a big part of Halloween--and really, just general fun--in my early teens. My friends and I went to see it dozens of times--at midnight!--over the years, which I find kind of amazing, looking back on it. I never dressed up, but we always talked back to the screen, making our own movie, in a sense, and really that was the biggest appeal because, let's face it, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not exactly....good.

Which isn't to say it isn't enjoyable! I'll never argue with anyone who loves it or says it played a major part in who they grew up to be. I just know that if you take away the audience interaction, it isn't nearly as much fun.

Which is why I have serious doubts about Fox's new version. Laverne Cox is taking on the Frank N. Furter role, which is definitely a very inspired choice, but we all have to agree, no one will ever be able to replicate the inexplicable sexiness of Tim Curry's portrayal, right?

Watch it 8PM on Fox.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 19

Every year I have to include two non-movie selections. This first is, of course, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown which is on ABC at 8PM.

But, in some ways, it is kind of a horror movie, if you consider the fact that Linus is a complete nut case, luring children to a pumpkin patch in the dead of night to sacrifice them to a pagan god called The Great Pumpkin.

I mean, just look at his eyes!

It's followed by Toy Story of Terror at 8:30PM, which is worth watching for this moment alone.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 18

Cocktails, anyone?
The 1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Fredric March is not my favorite Jekyll and Hyde movie, (that would be the one starring Spencer Tracy, which you can watch on Friday), but it's still a pretty good one, nonetheless. You can watch it at 3:15PM on TCM.

I'll have what he...on second thought, no, I don't want what he's having. At least, not without a chaser.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 17

Mondays are Christopher Lee night on Turner Classic Movies, and tonight they're featuring five films, starting with Horror Hotel at 5PM, which has some plot similarities with Psycho, also released in 1960. There's a copy available to watch on YouTube, though, warning, it isn't the greatest.

Up next is Horror Express, at 6:30PM, in which Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing chase an alien body snatcher on the Trans-Siberian Express. It's also available to watch on YouTube.

It's followed by The House That Dripped Blood at 8:15PM, an anthology horror film with four stories, all written by Robert Bloch. You'll have to make do with a trailer for this one.

At 10:15PM watch The Creeping Flesh, starring Peter Cushing as a mad scientist who creates a skeleton that can grow skin when wet, and Christopher Lee as his half-brother, who decides to steal the skeleton and take it for a walk in the rain. The version on YouTube is in SquatOVision, meaning it's not the right aspect ratio, so watch at your own risk. For now, here's the trailer.

Finally, at Midnight, there's The Oblong Box, in which Christopher Lee and Vincent Price co-star for the first time. The plot is way too complicated to explain, so maybe you should just watch it!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 16

Anyone have an Advil?
Today's pick is a title I've never heard of, the Japanese sci-fi horror movie Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell. The plot sounds a little like a space vampire thriller, ala Lifeforce, but the trailer makes it look a lot weirder than that, perhaps due in part to its very obvious low budget restraints.

It was also released on DVD by Criterion, and they tend to choose wisely, (let's ignore their releases of The Rock and Armageddon for now).

Watch it on TCM at 11PM.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 15

It's Saturday, again, which means it's Svengoolie night, again. And this time he's featuring Revenge of the Creature, the first sequel to The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

In this one, the Creature is captured and brought to Florida to be studied, but--spoiler alert!--he escapes. Unfortunately, freedom is no match for intense love, and he soon returns to try and win over the affections of Lori Nelson. Be sure to look for Clint Eastwood in his film debut, sharing screen time with a lab rat. 

Watch it tonight at 10PM on MeTV, or right here, right now!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 14

It's!!!....Not alive.
It's horror comedy night on TCM, starting at 5PM. The complete lineup is listed below, but I want to focus on 10PM and the 1974 Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein, starring the recently departed Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein. (You know how to pronounce it.)

I think it may be the best horror comedy ever made, because while it makes fun of the Frankenstein films, it is so clear everyone involved actually really loves those movies.

If I ever, ever need a laugh, all I have to do is watch this scene featuring Gene Hackman as the Old Blind Man, trying his best to make a new friend.

Here's the complete lineup of tonight's movies:

5:00 PM The Cat and the Canary (1939)
6:30 PM The Fearless Vampire Killers (1966)
8:30 PM Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
10:00 PM Young Frankenstein (1974)
12:00 AM Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)
1:30 AM Spooks Run Wild (1941)
2:45 AM Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 13

Just an innocent zombie stroll
The original 1968 Night of the Living Dead is the It's a Wonderful Life of Halloween movies. You have to watch it every year, or the holiday just isn't complete.

It's on Retroplex tonight at 5PM, but, much like It's a Wonderful Life used to be, it's also a movie that has been in the public domain for years, so you can basically watch it whenever you want online.

Including right here, right now!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 12

The chilling torture of portrait sitting
The Pit and the Pendulum was the second Edgar Allen Poe film directed by Roger Corman, in a series of horror movie adaptations that would go on to include six titles.

This one stars Vincent Price as a 16th century nobleman who turns into his Spanish Inquisitor father after his wife (Barbara Steele) is buried alive. And when you're a Spanish Inquisitor, you, of course have to built a torture chamber! Maybe in a pit? And with a.....pendulum?!

Watch it late tonight at 1:20AM on MGMHD.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 11

Help meeee! Help meeee!.....SERIOUSLY GUYS I NEED HELP!

I would say the David Cronenberg 1986 remake of the 1958 horror movie The Fly is probably one of the few instances when a remake has been better than the original. And that's because the original really is kind of silly. Which just adds credence to my belief that if you're going to remake movies, you should remake bad movies, and try to make them better.

Also, if you're like me and hate it when trailers give everything away, here's the exact opposite of that.

The 1958 original is what's available to view tonight at 11:25PM on Retroplex, but I'm not sure about that channel's adherence to original aspect ratios, (the film was shot in CinemaScope), so an alternative viewing method is Netflix streaming or you can rent it via Amazon.