From vampires, Japanese horror, to some of the oldest Halloween cartoon shorts and films to EVER grace the halls of the streaming library, Filmstruck is going vintage hard this Halloween and I’m loving them for it.
This year along with Filmstruck’s October lineup of monster movies, you’ll be transported back in time to the silent era with Halloween cartoons and comedies as early as 1907! And in case you need a reminder of just how creepy that decade was for Halloween, let me refresh that memory of yours…
How’d you like that knocking on your door asking for candy, eh?
Select highlights in Filmstruck October also include director of the week Terence Fisher (The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula and 1959’s The Mummy), written by Robert Louis Stevenson (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Body Snatcher), and Japanese Horror Classics (Kwaidan, Onibaba and House).
Filmstruck in October:
- Star of the Week Lon Chaney – begins streaming Oct. 12: See 16 of Lon Chaney’s silent spooks including his classics The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as a FilmStruck Extra about his career, makeup, and prosthetics.
- Director of the Week Terence Fisher – begins streaming Oct. 19: Check out the first full-color gothic horror films from British director Terence Fisher, featuring The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula and 1959’s The Mummy.
- Cartoon Roots: Halloween Haunts – begins streaming Oct. 19: Discover some of the earliest Halloween cartoons and comedies in this collection featuring the oldest films to hit FilmStruck, 1907’s The Pumpkin Race and 1908’s The Haunted Hotel.
- Japanese Horror Classics – begins streaming Oct. 19: Fans can stream one of the most popular genres of scary movies including Kwaidan, Onibaba, and House.
- Written by Robert Louis Stevenson – begins streaming Oct. 26: Indulge in three versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as The Body Snatcher.
200 years ago, an extraordinary teenage girl by the name of Mary Shelley changed the world of horror as we know it with her frightening tale of a madman’s attempts at playing God and creating life. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein remains one of, if not THEE, greatest penmanships in telling the ultimate tale of grief and terror and has become the holy grail of sorts in the horror genre world. Imagine owning a first pressing of that beauty?
The formidable Turner Classic Movies has always been known to pay homage to the classic Universal Monsters franchise, especially in October. Well, this year isn’t any different in regards to recognizing royalty as the premier broadcasting network celebrates the bunch with legends of horror such as Karloff and Lugosi being featured weekly, along with a brand new documentary in honor Mary Shelley airing exclusively on TCM, The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein.
Also worth noting is the featured the Monster of the Month, The Mummy, which includes the grand-daddy collection of Mummy based films; perfect for the ultimate fan of the bandaged brute!
For the full schedule at TCM, visit their official website here.
- Horror Star of the Week – every Wednesday in October: Celebrate films from some of the most genius classic horror stars including Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price.
- Monster of the Month: The Mummy – every Sunday in October: Enjoy 11 of the best mummy-themed films ranging from 1936’s Mummy’s Boys to 1971’s Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb.
- 200 Years of Frankenstein – Oct. 22 and 29: Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s enduring tale over two nights of programming, starting with the new documentary The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein.
- Ghostly Encounters – Oct. 27: See Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison’s romantic film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir as well as a comedic play on the film, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken with Don Knotts.
- Bowery Boys Horror – Oct. 30: Get some comic relief with five of the Bowery Boys’ horror comedies including Ghost Chasers (1951) and The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954).
Images credit: TCM