🦇If you get TCM, then on October 30th, your television will be in a hauntathon: (times listed are for Eastern Standard Time; check out for your time zone 🦇
6:30 am: Doctor X (1932): A reporter investigates a series of cannibalistic murders at a medical college. Director: Michael Curtiz; Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy
8:00 The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) A Chinese warlord threatens explorers in search of the key to global power. Director: Charles Brabin; Cast: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley
9:30 am: The Most Dangerous Game (1932). A big game hunter decides to stalk human prey. Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack; Cast: Joel Mccrea, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong
10:45: Island of Lost Souls (1932). On a remote island, a mad scientist turns wild animals into human monsters. Director: Eric C. Kenton; Cast: Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Lelia Hyams. (I kid you not: TCM has the genre as “romance.”)
12:00 pm White Zombie (1932). A zombie master menaces newlyweds on a Haitian plantation. Director: Victor Halperin. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn. Warning: Given the year and title, probably contains stereotypical images, bigotry and racist tropes.
1:30 pm: The Vampire Bat (1932). Villagers suspect the town simpleton of being a vampire. Director: Victor Halperin; Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas. Warning: similar to the one above: this time around how mentally challenged individuals are portrayed.
2:45 pm: Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) A disfigured sculptor turns murder victims into wax statues. Director: Michael Curtiz; Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell (Watched this last night; NOT as good as the later Vincent Price version. Note: this is a colourized version done at some point AFTER 1933.)
4:15 pm: Mad Love (1935) A mad doctor grafts the hands of a murderer on to a concert pianist’s wrists. Director Karl Freund; Cast Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive (Very weird film)
5:30 pm: The Walking Dead (1936) A framed man comes back from the dead to seek revenge. Director Michael Curtiz; Cast Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn.
6:45 pm: The Return of Dr. X (1939) A reporter finds the corpse of an actress, but later she turns up alive and sues… Director Vincent Sherman; Cast Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris. (I love who shows up in horror movies unexpectedly like Humphrey Bogart, Edmund Gwenn or Melvyn Douglas — see previous films)
8:00 pm: The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959) A family fights against a voodoo curse that marks each member for death. Director Edward L. Cahn; Cast: Eduard Franz, Valerie French, Grant Richards. (Ah, for the days before the Zombie Apocalypse when the undead were fewer and under voodoo curses – of course, not surprisingly, without any understanding of African-Caribbean culture or religion)
9:15 pm: Eye of the Devil (1966) A French nobleman deserts his wife because of an ancient family secret. Director J. Lee Thompson; Cast Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Donald Pleasence. (Set up your DVRs – this is one of my friend’s all-time favs. High power starry cast!)
🦇 Stay tuned to this bat channel. Next, TCM’s line up for Saturday, October 31st!🦇