Monday, October 24, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 24

Well, we're down to the final stretch: Just one more week until Halloween! And TCM has an appropriate day lined up for it, full of nothing but Christopher Lee Dracula movies, starting at 5PM (PST). Here's the complete line-up:

5:00 PM - Horror of Dracula (1958)
6:30 PM - Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965)
8:15 PM - Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
10:00 PM - Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
11:45 PM - Scars of Dracula (1970)
1:30 AM - Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

In my opinion, the first one, Horror of Dracula, remains the best one. I'm not sure if TCM is airing the restored version, but they tend to be pretty good about stuff like that. We'll see.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 23

Gee, your hair smells terrific!
He may look like Dracula, but don't be fooled! In The Return of the Vampire Bela Lugosi plays a bloodsucker named Armand Tesla, because Universal wasn't about to let him play Count Dracula in a Columbia picture. Still, he's got the cape, he's got the accent, and he's got the fangs. It's about as convincing a disguise as Mr. Hilter.

Watch the movie at 8PM on GetTV, whatever that is, which is on channel 187 on Comcast.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 22

But I just want to be your friend!
Morgan Spurlock, the man best known for the documentary Super Size Me, has a new doc premiering tonight, and it's being touted as a "horrormentary," not because it's about horror but because it's subject matter is kind of horrifying.

It's called Rats.

Yeah. This one is gonna haunt my dreams. Watch it at 9PM on the Discovery Channel.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 21

That Dr. Jekyll has a few...issues
The 1941 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, and Lana Turner, is my favorite version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, for one reason only. This scene:

The rest of the movie is pretty good too. Watch it at 5PM on TCM.

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!