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There are roughly a gazillion scary movie marathons happening on TV for Halloween 2011. Zap2it's got you covered for all your spooky programming. Be sure to check your local listings for times and channel.
All times Eastern.
Friday, Oct. 28
AMC: Halloween movie marathon, 9 a.m. to midnight ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "House of Wax," "Scream 3," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane," "Survival of the Dead," "The Walking Dead"
Chiller: Halloween programming, 6 a.m. to midnight ("Twilight Zone" episodes, "The Daisy Chain," "Fingerprints," "Stevie," "Devil's Mercy," "Children of the Corn"), "Chiller 13" (The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments, »
Of all the available outlets for classic movies, TCM leads the (admittedly small) pack in variety, invention and print quality.
Still not nearly as widely available as it should be (try finding it on hotel televisions), the brand has nevertheless firmly carved an essential niche in the cable/satellite movie landscape, allowing owner Time Warner to maximize its vast library of vintage movies culled from numerous studio sources. In fact, Time Warner owns more titles than any other entity, and lately has been forthcoming with clever marketing ideas like the Warner Archive on-demand dvd service, which has been thankfully adopted by MGM, Sony, Fox and Universal. There are more titles available to the general public than ever before, often in pristine condition.
But to love a film you have to see it, and to see it you have to know it exists. »
In the ’50s horror and sci-fi crossed paths once again (these movies all owe something to Frankenstein, book and movie), to the extent that it isn’t always obvious how they should be categorised. One movie that had a foot firmly in both genres was Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, wherein a town’s population is gradually replaced by Pod People, i.e. perfect duplicates, created from pods, to replace humans. They are physically identical but are missing something: they seem to lack basic human emotions.
Horror movies, looked at in context, can be interesting records of a generation’s fears. It is no secret what the greatest influences on these movies were: nuclear weapons and the Cold War. If the monsters of the ’20s and ’30s were in part a response to the casualties of the First World War, the ’50s horrors played more on a persistent paranoia. »
- Adam Whyte
By Todd Garbarini
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Richard Klemensen’s Little Shoppe of Horrors is one of the genre’s best publications. Like Gary Svehla’s beautiful Midnight Marquee, it is a labor of love for its publisher and it is currently up to issue twenty-six. Subtitled “The Journal of Classic British Horror Films” and brimming with images that you probably can’t easily find elsewhere, each issue runs nearly 100 pages in black and white. The front and rear covers consist of beautiful and original color artwork depicting such favorites as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and scenes from such films as Frankenstein Created Woman and Frankenstein Must be Destroyed. Sandwiched between these beautiful color images are enthusiastic letters to the editor, reviews of similar publications, and book reviews to name just a few goodies. Readers can also find in-depth interviews with actors such as Alan Wheatley (from 1981!), Jane Merrow, »
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Voluptuous vampire vixens, high society diabolists, meandering mouldy mummies, rapacious reptiles, and zillions of zombies… Sound like fun? Well the new Hammer Horror Halloween season on Horror channel will be most definitely for you then! Showing on the channel from October 1st to October 31st, the Hammer season is introduced by author, broadcaster and critic Kim Newman.
The line-up includes:
Sat Oct 1st | 23:10 | Scars of Dracula (1970)
Christopher Lee’s fifth Dracula picture and was directed by Roy Ward Baker who was determined to do it in as gory a style as possible. The film’s greatest innovation, however, was to present a surprisingly verbose Count as Lee had been given very little dialogue in the previous Dracula movies, Bereft of an American pre-sale, Scars of Dracula and its support feature, The Horror of Frankenstein, were both produced on relatively low budgets
Sat Oct 8 | 23:10 |
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) One of »
“My name is Bond - James Bond". That classic introduction to the cinema’s greatest secret agent is as famous as “I am Dracula, I bid you welcome.” When the box office success of Dr No (1962) turned the unknown Sean Connery into a movie legend, Hammer was never far away from the franchise. With their own films running parallel to the Bond series, Hammer and Eon Productions often made use of the same talent.
Dr No also marked the debuts of Bernard Lee (the first of 11 films as M) and Lois Maxwell (the first of 14 as Miss Moneypenny). Lee had a brief turn as Tarmut in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) and despite never starring in a Hammer horror, Maxwell turned up in their early fifties thrillers Lady in the Fog (1953) and Mantrap (1954).
As doomed double-agent Professor Dent, Anthony Dawson is best known as the vile Marquis in Curse »
As horror fans know better than anyone, the best way to beef up a film's mood and atmosphere is through the use of music, and few did that better than the composers who worked for Hammer Films in its heyday. Which is why we're thrilled to pass on the news that three new compilations of Hammer film soundtrack music will be made available through Silva Screen on March 28th.
Released as part of The Hammer Legacy series, "The Vampire Collection", "The Frankenstein Collection", and "The Science Fiction Collection" will feature some of the best music from the likes of Hammer composers Tristram Cary, Harry Robinson and James Bernard.
According to the official Hammer website the downloadable soundtracks will be available through iTunes and other digital retailers.
The complete track listing is below:
The Hammer Legacy: The Vampire Collection
1. Kiss Of The Vampire - Opening Credits (James Bernard)
2. Kiss Of The »
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7 items from 2011
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