Turner Classic Movies has begun their annual Halloween film fest with more than 100 classic horror films.
Here is the complete list of films in the TCM Halloween film fest. All times are EST and subject to change so you may want to double-check the TCM Schedule for October for the latest updates.
Friday, October 2, 2020
- 9:00 pm: Dracula (1931), directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi.
- 10:30 pm: Cat People (1942), produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur. Simone Simon and Kent Smith star as a couple who face an ancient curse.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
- 12 am: House on Haunted Hill (1958) directed by B-movie master William Castle and starring Vincent Price. Price is an eccentric millionaire who offers a group of strangers $10,000 each to spend the night in the haunted Hill House.
- 1:30 am: The Haunting (1963) Directed by noted film maker Robert Wise and starring Julie Harris, this is a classic, literate treatment of Shirley Jackson’s haunted house story. It is cited by older movie buffs as one of the most frightening movies ever made, despite or possibly because of its subtle treatment and lack of special effects.
Monday, Oct. 5
- 5:30 pm: Blood and Black Lace (1964): Made in Italy and directed by horror film master Mario Bava, this is an early slasher film that predates Halloween by 14 years.
- 7:00 pm: Lured (1947): Lucille Ball (before I Love Lucy) helps the police find a serial killer who murdered a friend. Boris Karloff and George Sanders also star.
Friday, Oct. 9:
- 9:00 pm, The Ghoul (1933): Boris Karloff stars as an Egyptologist who rises from the dead and wreaks revenge on those who pilfered his tomb.
- 10:30 pm, The Black Sleep (1956): Basil Rathbone stars as a mad scientist performing brain surgery experiments. With Bela Lugosi, John Carradine and Lon Chaney, Jr.
Saturday, Oct. 10
- 12:00 am Mark of the Vampire (1935): Lionel Barrymore and Bela Lugosi star in a tale of vampires and murder set in a European village.
- 1:15 am, Night of the Living Dead (1968): George A. Romero’s classic B&W horror film about a group of strangers hiding in a farmhouse and fighting off flesh-eating zombies.
Monday, October 12
- 7:00 am, The Reptile (1966): Snake worshipers turn an explorer’s daughter into a monster.
- 8:45 am, The Killer Shrews (1959): . A scientist turns shrews into giant, man-eating beasts on a Texas island. Starring James Best and Ken Curtis (before Gunsmoke).
- 10:00 am, King Kong (1933): A film crew discovers the “eighth wonder of the world,” a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc. Fay Wray stars. Merian C. Cooper directs.
- 12:00 pm, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953): Man-eating dinosaur is unleashed from a deep freeze after an atom-bomb test. Special effects by Ray Harryhausen.
- 1:30 pm, Gojira (aka Godzilla) (1954): American nuclear testing unleashes a prehistoric creature in this classic import from Japan.
- 3:00 pm, Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954): Scientists track a prehistoric monster in the South American jungle while it tracks them. Stars Richard Carlson.
- 4:30 pm, Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961): A murderer blames a legendary creature from the sea for his crime only to have the actual creature show up.
- 5:45 pm, The Green Slime (1969): A killer blames a legendary sea monster for his deeds and is surprised when the real beast shows up.
- 7:30 pm, Night of the Lepus (1972): Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh star in this film about giant, man-eating rabbits.
- 10:30 pm, Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965): The Time Lord fights the vicious robots (who make frequent reappearances in the series). Peter Cushing stars as Dr. Who.
- 12:00 am, Daleks–Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966): Dr. Who again fights off an invasion from murderous robots. Peter Cushing stars again as Dr. Who.
- 1:30 am, She (1965): Ursula Andress stars as “she who must be obeyed,” an immortal white goddess who rules a cavernous kingdom in Africa.
- 1:00 pm, The Unknown (1927): Silent. Joan Crawford and Lon Chaney star in this silent film about an escaped killer who pretends to be an armless man in a sideshow.
- 3:30 pm, The Thirteenth Chair (1929): Tod Browning directs this film about a phony medium determined to prove her protege is innocent of murder. Browning went on later to direct Dracula.
- 5:00 pm, Freaks (1932): Tod Browning directs. A disturbing, horrifying classic about a lady trapeze artist who violates the code of the side show when she plots to murder her midget husband.
- 6:15 pm, Mark of the Vampire (1935): Tod Browning remade his silent London After Midnight in this film featuring Lionel Barrymore and Bela Lugosi in the tale of vampires terrorizing a European village.
- 7:30 pm, The Devil-Doll (1936): A Devil’s Island escapee shrinks murderous slaves and sells them to his victims as dolls. Directed by Tod Browning. Stars Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O’Sullivan.
- 2:45 pm, The Bad Seed (1956): A woman suspects that her perfect little girl is a ruthless killer.
- 9:00 am, Little Shop of Horrors (1960): A clumsy young man nurtures a bloodthirsty plant that forces him to kill to feed it. A cult classic. Directed by Roger Corman; one of the stars is a young Jack Nicholson.
- 10:15 am, Village of the Damned (1960): A mysterious blackout leads to terrifying results when the women in a British village give birth to super-powered, seemingly emotionless children. Stars George Sanders and Barbara Shelley.
- 11:45 am, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962): A scientist keeps his wife’s severed head alive until he can find a new body for her.
- 1:15 pm, Carnival of Souls (1962): After surviving a car crash, a church organist is haunted by the undead. A cult classic.
- 2:45 pm, Dementia 13 (1963): Members of an Irish family are killed off one by one. Written and directed by a young Francis Ford Coppola.
- 4:15 pm, The Raven (1963): Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff star in Roger Corman’s comic adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem.
- 5:45 pm, Spider Baby (1964): Lon Chaney, Jr. stars in this film by Jack Hill about greedy relatives attempting to repossess the home of an inbred southern family.
- 7:15 pm, The Nanny (1965): A disturbed young man tries to prove his nanny – Bette Davis – is out to kill him.
- 9:00 pm, Dead of Night (1945): A series of odd tales told by guests at a country estate. Standout performance by Michael Redgrave.
- 11:00 pm, Twice-Told Tales (1963): Vincent Price and Sebastian Cabot star in this anthology based on Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
- 1:15 am, Black Sabbath (1963): A trio of atmospheric horror tales presented by Boris Karloff and directed by Mario Bava. Karloff also stars in a vampire tale.
- 6:45 pm, Rollerball (1975): James Caan and John Houseman star and Norman Jewison directs. The star of a bloodthirsty future sport tries to clean up the game before it kills him.
- 2:45 am, The Fearless Vampire Killers (1966): A bumbling professor tracks vampires in the wilds of Eastern Europe. Directed by and starring Roman Polanski. Also features Sharon Tate.
- 4:45 am, House of Dark Shadows (1970): A vampire seeks a cure so he can wed the reincarnation of his lost love. Jonathan Frid stars and Dan Curtis directs this movie version of a popular gothic soap opera.
- 7:00 am, I Married a Witch (1942): A 300-year-old witch wreaks havoc when she falls in love with a young politician. Stars Fredric March and Veronica Lake.
- 9:00 pm, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959): Sherlock Holmes investigates the haunting of an isolated British estate by a murderous canine. . Peter Cushing stars as Holmes and Christopher Lee stars as the cursed nobleman. Directed by Terence Fisher.
- 10:30, The Horror of Dracula (1958): Christopher Lee in his debut role as Dracula, with Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing. Directed by Terence Fisher.
- 12:15 am, The Mummy (1959): A resurrected mummy stalks the archaeologists who defiled his tomb. Christopher Lee is the mummy, Peter Cushing is the hero archaeologist.
- 2:00 am, The Curse of Frankenstein (1957): A Hammer Films classic, starring Christopher Lee (the monster) and Peter Cushing (Dr. Frankenstein).
- 3:45 am, Frankenstein Created Woman (1967): Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) puts the brain of an executed man into the body of a beautiful woman.
- 5:30 am, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1970): Peter Cushing again plays Dr. Frankenstein, blackmailing a brother and sister into helping him with his experiments.
Friday, October 23
- 12:30 am, The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933): Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray star in this film about a disfigured sculptor who turns murder victims into wax statues.
- 2:00 am, Night of the Living Dead (1968): George A. Romero’s classic zombie film that started a whole movement.
- 9:00 pm, Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954): Scientists track a prehistoric monster in the South American jungle while it tracks them. Stars Richard Carlson.
- 10:30 pm, The Blob (1958): Steve McQueen is a rebellious teen trying to save his small town from a gelatinous monster from outer space. Also stars Aneta Corseaut, who later was a regular on The Andy Griffith Show.
- 12:15 am, The Tingler (1959): A scientist discovers an organism that lives on fear. Stars Vincent Price and directed by William Castle.
- 1:45 am, The Thing from Another World (1951): The crew of a remote Arctic base fights off a murderous monster from outer space. The original, remade several times. Watch the skies!
- 3:15 pm, Brainstorm (1983): A scientist battles the military for control of a machine that records sensory experiences-including death. Stars Louise Fletcher, Christopher Walken, and Natalie Wood. Directed by special effects master Douglas Trumbull.
- 2:45 am, The Werewolf (1956): Scientists seeking a treatment for radiation poisoning unintentionally turn a man into a bloodthirsty werewolf.
- 4:15 am, The Howling (1981): Dee Wallace stars in this werewolf classic from the 80s. Directed by Joe Dante.
- 6:00 am, The Mummy (1932): Boris Karloff stars in the original Universal classic as Kharis, an ancient mummy returned from the dead to seek the reincarnation of his lost love.
- 6:30 pm, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962): Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star in this film about two sisters locked away in their home and the terrifying hatred between them. Robert Aldrich directs.
- 1:00 am, Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922): Silent. Scenes trace the history of witchcraft from the middle ages to the early 20th century.
- 3:00 am, Diabolique (1955): The wife and mistress of a tyrannical school headmaster team up to plot his death. From France, starring Simone Signoret and directed by Henri-georges Clouzot.
- 5:15 am, Eyes Without a Face (1959): A surgeon steals young women’s faces hoping to heal his daughter’s scars.
- 7:00 am, The Beast with Five Fingers (1946): After a famous pianist’s murder, his hand returns to wreak vengeance. Stars Peter Lorre and Robert Alda (father of Alan Alda).
- 12:15 pm, Where Danger Lives (1950): A psychopath draws her doctor into her deadly schemes. Stars Robert Mitchum and Claude Rains.
- 2:00 pm, Fingers at the Window (1942): A magician uses hypnosis to create an army of murderers. Stars Lew Ayres and Basil Rathbone.
- 9:00 pm, Nothing but the Night (1972): A police inspector teams with a doctor to investigate the murders of the trustees of a vast fortune. Stars Christopher Lee.
- 10:45 pm, Madhouse (1974): Peter Cushing and Vincent Price star in this film about a horror’s stars attempted “comeback” marred by a string of murders.
- 12:30 am, From Beyond the Grave (1973): A horror anthology set around items in a mysterious antique shop. Stars Peter Cushing.
- 2:30 am, Scream and Scream Again (1970): The police are on the trail of a killer who drains his victims of their blood in this film starring Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee.
- 4:15 am, The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973): Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee return as Dr. Van Helsing and Count Dracula..
- 5:45 am, Dracula AD 1972 (1972): Cult members accidentally resurrect Count Dracula. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star.
- 7:00 am, Haunted Gold (1932): John Wayne stars in this western about a cowboy and his girl who find themselves at odds with bandits and a ghost in a fight over an abandoned mine.
- 8:00 am, The Devil-Doll (1936): An escapee from Devil’s Island shrinks down murderous slaves and sells them as dolls to his victims. Directed by Todd Browning. Stars Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O’Sullivan.
- 12:00 pm, Tormented (1960): A composer is haunted by the ghost of his former lover, whom he let die.
- 3:15 pm, Night of Dark Shadows (1971): A man and his wife move into a home and find themselves plagued by spirits of his ancestors that used to be witches. Directed by Dan Curtis.
- 5:00 pm, Indestructible Man (1956): Scientific experiments accidentally revive an executed criminal and make him impervious to harm, prompting him to seek revenge on his former partners. Stars Lon Chaney, Jr.
- 6:15 pm, From Hell It Came (1957): When a South Seas prince is framed for murder and executed, he returns from the dead as a vengeful tree.
- 7:30 pm, Death Curse of Tartu (1966): After a group of archeology students disturb the grave of a witch-doctor, they are haunted by an apparition that takes form as an alligator, snake, shark, or zombie.
- 7:30 am, Doctor X (1932): A reporter investigates a series of cannibalistic murders at a medical college. Starring Fay Wray and Lionel Atwill.
- 9:00 am, The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932): A Chinese warlord threatens explorers in search of a key to global power. Stars Boris Karloff with Myrna Loy.
- 10:30 am, The Most Dangerous Game (1932): A big game hunter decides that humans are the ultimate prey. Stars Joel McCrea and Fay Wray.
- 11:45 am, Island of Lost Souls (1932): Charles Laughton stars in this adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau. On a remote island, a mad scientist turns wild animals into human monsters. “Are we not men?”
- 1:00 pm, White Zombie (1932): Bela Lugosi stars as a zombie master who torments a young couple on their honeymoon in Haiti.
- 2:30 pm, The Vampire Bat (1933): Villagers suspect a simpleton of being a vampire. Stars Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray and Melvyn Douglas.
- 3:45 pm, The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933): A disfigured sculptor turns murder victims into wax figures. Stars Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray. With Colin Clive.
- 5:15 pm, Mad Love (1935): Peter Lorre stars in this film about a mad doctor who attaches the hands of a dead killer to a concert pianist’s wrists.
- 6:30 pm, The Walking Dead (1936): A framed man comes back from the dead to seek revenge. Stars Boris Karloff. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
- 7:45 pm, The Return of Doctor X (1939): Humphrey Bogart stars in this film about a murderous man who returns from the grave with a thirst for blood.
- 9:00 pm, The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959): A family tries to fight off a voodoo curse that will kill each one.
- 10:15 pm, Eye of the Devil (1966): A French nobleman abandons his wife and children because of an ancient family curse. David Niven and Deborah Kerr star along with Sharon Tate and Donald Pleasence.
- 12:00 am, The Devil’s Bride (aka The Devil Rides Out) (1968): Satanists lure an innocent brother and sister into their coven. Stars Christopher Lee, directed by Terence Fisher.
- 1:45 am, The Wicker Man (1974): A righteous police officer visits an island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. Stars Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward.
- 7:00 am, Freaks (1932): Tod Browning directs. A disturbing, horrifying classic about a lady trapeze artist who violates the code of the side show when she plots to murder her midget husband.
- 8:15 am, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932): Frederic March stars in the classic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel about a scientist who unleashes his dark half upon an unsuspecting world.
- 10:00 am, House of Wax (1953): Vincent Price stars as a scarred sculptor who populates his museum with corpses. Remake of a 1933 film starring Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray.
- 11:45 am, Children of the Damned (1964): A sequel to Village of the Damned about a group of children with psychic powers.
- 1:30 pm, The Bad Seed (1956): A woman suspects that her perfect little girl is a ruthless killer.
- 3:45 pm, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945): Atmospheric adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic novella about a handsome young man who retains his youth as a portrait of himself grows old and displays the darkness of his soul. Stars George Sanders, Donna Reed and Angela Lansbury.
- 5:45 pm, The Wolf Man (1941): Claude Rains, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Bela Lugosi star in the classic about a man cursed to become a violent werewolf when the full moon rises.
- 7:00 pm, The Haunting (1963): Directed by noted film maker Robert Wise and starring Julie Harris, this is a classic, literate treatment of Shirley Jackson’s haunted house story.
- 9:00 pm, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): Stanley Kubrick’s dark comedic classic about a U.S. general who launches an airstrike on Russia. Stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden.
- 11:00 pm, Them! (1954): Federal agents attempt to fight back a colony of giant ants. Stars James Whitmore and James Arness.
- 1:00 am, The Seventh Victim (1943): A woman runs afoul of a satanic cult as she attempts to find her missing sister.
- 2:30 am, I Walked with a Zombie (1943): A nurse uses voodoo in an attempt to save her patients.
- 4:00 am, The Body Snatcher (1945): A doctor turns to buying corpses from grave robbers to keep up his medical experiments. Stars Boris Karloff.