Friday, October 31, 2014

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 31

Happy Halloween!

Per usual, I feel like this month went by in a flash, and I can't believe it's already time to put on those costumes, and go toilet paper some houses!

But if you're the type who prefers treats to tricks, there are pleeeeeeenty of movies to choose from today. And, yes, Turner Classic Movies is choice number one, with a nonstop marathon of great flicks to choose from. Here's the line-up, from 9:15AM on:

9:15AM - The Tingler - Vincent Price meets William Castle.

12:15PM  - Dementia 13 - Francis Ford Coppola's second first movie.

1:45 PM - Carnival of Souls - One of the best low-budget horror movies ever, and probably the best movie ever shot in Utah.

3:15 PM - Repulsion - Roman Polanski directs Catherine Deneuve to insanity.

5:00 PM - Night of the Living Dead - The It's a Wonderful Life of Halloween movies.

7:00 PM - Curse of the Demon - British horror from a master of film noir, Jacques Tourner.

8:45 PM - House Of Wax - Vincent Price meets 3D.

10:30 PM - Poltergeist - I saw this 11 times when it came out in 1982.

12:30 AM - Strait-Jacket - Joan Crawford wields an ax and a charm bracelet.

2:15 AM - Eyes Without a Face - The only movie in this list I've never seen!

Phew! That's enough right? What's missing? Oh yeah---HALLOWEEN, the movie! You have two choice: AMC at 3PM--although they tend to edit their movies, and show them in the wrong aspect ratio--or on Sundance at 10PM--a channel that's a little inconsistent with how they present their movies. But, either is better than nothing?

I want to thank everyone for stopping by this month; it's been great fun! I'd like to tip a hat (on top of a severed head) to all the other blogs that participated, and give a big thanks to the guys at Countdown to Halloween for putting it together again this year.

Have a great Halloween, everyone! See you next year!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 30

Wow. It's almost Halloween! How time flies when you're writing about creepy movies, trying to get a costume together, and oh yeah, watching your home team win the WORLD SERIES! GIANTS WOOOOO!

Sorry. Had to get that out. And hopefully the couch burning maniacs in town are suffering the worst hangovers of their lives right now.

Speaking of maniacs, the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is on Syfy at 5PM and 11:10PM, PST. I'm not sure if Syfy is going to cut the movie up for broadcast, but if you actually compare it to some of the gore found in Syfy's made-for-TV movies, it's not that graphic, so maybe they won't. In fact, if you compare it to pretty much any torture porn horror movie of late, it looks positively demure. It just feels a lot bloodier than it actually is, because it looks so...grimy. And cheap. And...well, almost like the snuff film a lot of people were convinced it was. But no, it's just a really effective bit of low budget film making.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 29

Come on now. You can't let Halloween go by without watching Psycho! 5PM on--you guessed it!-- TCM.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 28

Horror movie anthologies are the theme tonight on TCM, with five movies in the line-up. But if you consider each little story within those films to be little movies until themselves, well, you're getting over 15 movies!

Here's the line-up (all times PST):

Dead of Night - 5PM - Perhaps the best creepy ventriloquist dummy movie ever.

Twice Told Tales - 7PM - Vincent Price in three stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Kwaidan - 9:15PM - Japanese ghost stories!

The House that Dripped Blood - Midnight - Four stories by Robert Bloch. Staring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Denholm Elliott.

Torture Garden - 2AM - Burgess Meredith as a sideshow mystic who predicts the fates of four patrons. Audience in 1967 were handed packets of "fright seeds" to grow their on Torture Gardens. Hmmmm.....

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