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October. Halloween. Gotta love it. :) Again, we’re at the time of year when tons of TV stations air horror flicks, monster movies, Twilight Zone marathons and other ghastly thrillfests for your viewing pleasure. From frightful fare to creepy comedies, you’re bound to catch some of your favorites, old and new.
As for me, I’ve always been partial to the older classics from the 1930’s and 40’s like “Frankenstein,” “Dracula” “The Mummy” and “The Wolf Man”….and of course my favorite zombie apocalypse movie of all time, “Night of the Living Dead” from 1968. Turner Classic Movies is great every October with it’s variety of horror movies, and this year definitely won’t disappoint. Last year, TCM’s focus on Friday nights were movies about witches. This year’s specialty is ghost stories on Thursday nights. Here is their prime time lineup on Thursdays for the rest of October.
On October 16th….
Then on the 23rd…
Yet again on the 30th….
All leading up to the big day….Halloween. TCM will be showing horror movies all day long. It’s on a Friday this year, so if you don’t have party or other evening plans outside the home, this can be a perfect movie night for you, your family or with fellow horror fans. So order the pizza, make some popcorn, dip into your kids’ trick-or-treat bags and have plenty of coffee or hot chocolate on hand, and get ready to pull an all-nighter…
^^^ by day…
^^^…and by night.
Not doing the marathon on TCM? How about some corny but creepy movies from the 80’s? The series of “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” mainstream horror flicks are always fun. Or if you can catch them on TV or online, check out more obscure cult classics like “Eating Raoul” and “Basket Case,” both from 1982…corny but humorous. And then there’s always “Motel Hell” from 1980…now that’s scary.
Or sift through your DVD collection and find your favorite horror movies to curl up with. And you can always have lots of fun with these…
Or if you’re not big on TV, you can cozy up in your favorite comfy chair and read a good scary novel or collection of vampire stories. For that, I’d like to recommend “The Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories” published in 1983…it contains some great late-19th/early-20th century stories, including the classic gothic novella “Carmilla.” How about old “Tales from the Crypt” comics or vintage Fangoria magazines? If you don’t have the original print copies, you can find digital versions online. Just don’t forget the hot chocolate. Or that glass of wine. ;)
Everyone have a fun and safe Halloween! :D