Halloween is almost upon us, and for those looking to watch some classic horror films this month, Turner Classic Movies has you covered. Here are the 13 spookiest films most worth your time to watch from Friday October 31 to November 1, 2014 (you can also click here for their full schedule, which also includes horror entries on throughout the whole week).
Note: I’ve included what times the films will air under each entry. All times are listed as EST. Let’s begin:
13. ‘Eyes Without A Face’ (1960)
Long before it became a hit for Billy Idol, the phrase “Eyes Without a Face” was the title of an eerie French film about a mad doctor who will stop at nothing to restore his daughter’s scarred visage.
It airs 5:15a.m. EST November 1st.
12. ‘The Devil Doll’ (1936)
Director Todd Browning’s (“Dracula”, “Freaks”) entertaining tale of a fugitive with power to shrink humans down to doll size and wreak vengeance on those who wronged him remains an enjoyable piece of golden age filmmaking.
It airs 8:15am EST on Halloween.
11. ‘Poltergeist’ (1982)
The iconic horror film from director Tobe Hooper and producer Steven Spielberg still holds up as an entertaining horror film, and a nostalgic hallmark of 1980’s cinema.
It airs 1:30am EST on November 1.
10. ‘Curse of the Demon’ (1957)
Also known as “Night of the Demon”, this is a tightly wound tale of a Satanic cult leader in England, which we recently listed on our list of best Occult movies.
It airs 10pm EST on Halloween.
9. ‘Burnt Offerings’ (1976)
Late horror queen Karen Black stars in this tale of a family who rent a vacation getaway home, but it’s ornate edifice holds a deadly dark secret.
“Burnt Offerings” airs 3am EST on October 31.
8. ‘Repulsion’ (1965)
Roman Polanski’s psychological thriller still unnerves with this story of a young reclusive woman whose paranoid anxieties drive her to drastic extremes.
It airs October 31 at 6:15pm EST.
7. ‘I Walked With A Zombie’ (1943)
A haunting and original mediation of the powers (real and imagined) of practicing voodoo. This underrated treasure was produced and directed by legendary horror icons Val Lewton and Jaques Tourneur. Catch it October 31 at 9:45am EST.
6. ‘Cat People’ (1942)
Another evocative Lewton /Tourneur production, “Cat People” is renown for it’s use of shadows and mood to overcome it’s meager budget. Catch this gem October 31 at 11am EST
5. ‘Spine Tingler!: The William Castle Story’ (2007)
This entertaining documentary recounts the life and career of director William Castle, known for his use of marketing gimmicks to lure movie goers to cult classics like “The Tingler”, “13 Ghosts” and “House on Haunted Hill.”
Catch it October 31 at 1:45pm EST.
4. ‘The Tingler’ (1959)
Director William Castle rigged theater seats to give audiences n electric jolt for this goofy thriller about a mad scientist (Vincent Price) who’s convinced that a creature attacks the human spine while in a state of panic. You cans till enjoy this campy delight (sans shocking chair) in your own home.
It airs October 31 at 12:15 pm EST.
3. ‘The Haunting’ (1963)
Director Robert Wise’s “The Haunting” is considered one of the classiest of all horror films, with an A-list cast and a script that favors the imagination over gore.
It airs on October 31, at 1am EST.
2. ‘Carnival of Souls’ (1962)
This moody black and white classic deals with the survivor of a car accident who’s stalked by a ghostly apparition of a man. The film has inspired directors like George Romero and David Lynch, and has been noted for being equal parts horror and art-house cinema.
Catch it October 31 at 4:45pm EST.
1. ‘Night of the Living Dead’ (1968)
Without George Romero’s zombie classic, there would be no “Walking Dead”, “28 Days Later” or any other show or movie that deals with reanimated corpses hungry for human flesh. Catch it at 8pm EST.
So that wraps up our list for the best horror goodies to catch on TCM this Halloween. Don’t forget to also check out our Netflix Streaming Halloween suggestions as well, which you can do so by clicking here.