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Full Line Up For Turner Classic Movies’ Halloween Programming in October!

October TV programming is nothing to fool around with. Go big or go home is the way to go without several hundred repeats of the same movie the entire month. We need variety and with respect, Turner Classic Movies never seems to fail when it comes to classic horror for their October Halloween programming and they never go overkill on the same franchise or flick; and I appreciate the hell out of that.

From classic horror like Hammer and Universal to 80s Carpenter classics, TCM is bringing the good starting October 1. 2022 straight through Halloween along with Creepy Cinema every Monday, co-hosted by TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz and actor/comedian Mario Cantone.

Certain days focus on such gems as 60s Sci-Fi films, women in horror, and the star of the month goes to ROBOTS- which highlights such movies as Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and Deadly Fiend (1986).

So let us all thank the trusty TCM for giving us a full month of non-repetitive classic horror that is like that old friend you can rely on.

Check out the full schedule!

Saturday, October 1

8:00 PM Metropolis (1926)

10:45PM Forbidden Planet (1956)

Monday, October3

TCM Morning Movies:

Devils and Ghosts 6:00 AM

Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)

8:45 AM La Main du Diable (1943)

10:15 AM Angel on MyShoulder (1946)

12:15 PM Sylvia and the Phantom(1946)

2:15 PM The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

4:15 PM The Devil and DanielWebster (1941)

6:15 PM Blithe Spirit (1945

TCM Spotlight: Creepy Cinema Night 1-Bette & Joan

8:00 PM Dead Ringer (1964)

10:15PM Possessed (1947

More Women in Horror

12:15 AM The Devil’s Own (aka The Witches) (1966)

2:00 AM The Haunting(1963)

4:00 AM Night Watch (1973)

5:45 AM The Spiral Staircase (1975)

Tuesday, October4

Pick Your Poison

8:00 PM Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

10:15PM The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)

12:15 AM D.O.A. (1950)

2:00 AM The Casino Murder Case (1935)

3:30 AM The Falcon Out West (1944)

Friday, October 7

TCM Underground

2:30AM The Velvet Vampire (1971)

Saturday, October8

Star of the Month: Robots

8:00 PM The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

10:00 PM Westworld (1973)

Sunday, October 9

TCM Imports

2:45AM Village of the Damned (1960)

4:15AM Children of the Damned (1964)

Monday, October 10

TCM Morning Movies: 60s Sci-Fi

6:00 AM Five Million Years To Earth (1968)

7:45 AM Battle Beneath The Earth (1967)

9:15 AM The Time Machine(1960)

11:15 AM War of the Planets (1965)

1:00 PM The Wild, Wild Planet (1965)

2:45 PM The Green Slime (1969)

4:30 PM The Illustrated Man (1969)

6:30 PM Body Snatcher From Hell (1968)

Creepy CinemaNight 2-De Palma & Hitchcock

8:00 PM Rope (1948)

9:45 PM Obsession (1976)

More Horror Directors

11:45 PM The Fog (1980)

1:30AM The Howling (1980)

3:15AM The Brood (1979)

5:00AM Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Saturday, October 15

Star of the Month: Robots

8:00 PM THX 1138 (1971)

10:00 PM Robocop (1987)

Monday, October 17

TCM Spotlight: Creepy CinemaNight 3-“Screamin’” Shelley Winters

8:00 PM What’s the MatterwithHelen? (1971)

10:00 PM Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

More People on the Verge

11:45 PM Masque of the Red Death(1964)

1:30 AM House of Wax (1953)

3:15 AM The Hypnotic Eye (1960)

4:45 AM Mad Love (1935)

6:00 AM The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Thursday, October 20

TCM Morning Movies: Tod Browning

6:00 AM The Thirteenth Chair(1929)

7:30 AM Freaks (1932)

8:45 AM Mark of the Vampire (1935)

10:00 AM The Devil-Doll (1936)

11:30 AM Miracles for Sale (1939)

TCM Afternoon Movies: Val Lewton Horror

1:00 PM The Leopard Man (1943)

2:15 PM Isle of the Dead (1945)

3:30 PM The BodySnatcher (1945)

5:00 PM The Ghost Ship (1943)

6:30 PM Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows

Friday, October 21

TCM Underground

2:00 AM It’s Alive (1974)

3:45AM It Lives Again (1978)

Saturday, October 22

Star of the Month: Robots

8:00 PM Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)

10:00 PM Making Mr. Right (1987)

Monday, October 24

TCM Spotlight:Creepy CinemaNight 4-Creepy Loners

8:00 PM The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (1977)

9:45 PM Alice,Sweet Alice (1977)

More Creepy Horror

11:45 PM The Haunting of Julia (1977)

1:30 AM Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

3:15 AM Carnival of Souls (1962)

4:45 AM Spider Baby (1964)

6:15AM Freaks (1932)

Tuesday, October 25

TCM Morning Movie: Christopher Lee

9:00AM Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965)

10:45 AMThe Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

12:30 PM Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)

2:15 PM Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)

4:00 PM Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

5:45 PM The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

Friday, October 28

Paranormal Pictures

8:00 PM Poltergeist (1982)

10:15 PM The Innocents (1961)

12:15 AM Don’t Look Now (1973)

Saturday, October 29

TCM Weekend Movie

12:00 PM Dr, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

1:45 PM Dial M for Murder (1954)

3:45 PM What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

6:15 PM House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Star of the Month: Robots

8:00 PM Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

9:45PM Deadly Friend (1986)

Noir Alley

12:00 AMEl Vampiro Negro (1953)

Overnight Features

4:00AM Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Sunday, October30

Happy Halloween-A-Thon

6:00 AM Two on aGuillotine(1965)

8:00 AM It! (1967)

10:00 AM El Vampiro Negro (1953)

12:00 PM Cat People (1942)

1:30 PMI Walked with a Zombie (1943)

2:45 PM The Seventh Victim (1943)

4:15 PM Return to Glennascaul (1953)

4:45 PM Eye of the Devil (1966)

6:30 PM Curse of the Demon (1958)

8:00 PM Peeping Tom (1960)

10:00 PM The Tenant (1976)

12:15 AM Haxan (1922)

2:15 AM Cronos (1993)

4:00 AM Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Monday, October 31

Happy Halloween-A-Thon Continued

6:00 AM The Bat (1959)

7:30 AM House on Haunted Hill (1958)

9:00 AM Horror Hotel (City of the Dead) (1960)

10:30AM Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

12:00 PM Horror of Dracula (1958)

1:30 PM The Mummy (1959)

3:00 PM The Devil Rides Out (1968)

4:45PM Dracula AD 1972 (1972)

6:30PM Plague of the Zombies (1966)

TCM Spotlight: Creepy CinemaNight 5–Universal Horror

8:00 PM The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

9:30 PM The Son of Frankenstein(1939)

11:15PM Frankenstein (1931)

12:30 AM The Invisible Man (1933)

2:00 AM The Wolf Man (1941)

3:15 AM Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

4:30 AM The Black Cat (1934)

Top 5 Unique (And Awesome) Deaths From The “A Nightmare On Elm Street” Franchise

When it comes to iconic slashers, there really is no one like Freddy who can cleverly dispose of those teenage pesky “piggies”, as he so lovingly refers to his victims. ThNightmare series as a whole is filled to the brim with memorable, bloody-as-hell Freddy Krueger kills; but there are a few in my eyes that stand out among the rest in the extraordinary department of death that lies in the cleverly thought out corner of Krueger’s boiler room.

Throughout the franchise, Krueger plays on his victim’s deepest fears as a final slap, er slash rather, and more so than not, the casualties are unique and even a little artistic in a twisted fuck kind of way. One has to appreciate just how different these death scenes are from any other slasher film of the 80s’ and the originality brought to the table makes for some truly unforgettable scenes from the movies. It’s these types of deaths that have led me to believe that more modern horror franchises like Saw and Final Destination have taken notes from Freddy on how to stand out in a film when tearing someone’s head off their body.

Now reading that you might say, “Holy Mother Amanda, this bitch is one disturbed individual.” This is also fine as I am at peace with this realization I myself made years ago.

Beyond the fact I may think the death scenes in ANOES can be considered poetic art, I think we can all concur to some degree on the point I’m trying to make here. Some of these scenes are just memorable as fuck and absolutely stand out among other kills in the franchise. Note I don’t think these are the OVERALL BEST, but rather the most unique as well stated in the headline. So, enough with the babble; on to my top 5 unique Freddy Krueger kills!

5. Ron Grady

Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

For the Nightmare 2 haters, I just wouldn’t be able to sleep comfortably tonight had I left this little gem out of this list, and here’s why: Ron Grady’s inanimate death may have been basic with a mere grab and slash, but it was the nail-biting tension and Jesse’s transformation that really made his fate a memorable one. Freddy’s face busting out of a scared as hell Jesse Walsh’s chest, a scene that could even rival 1979 Alien‘s chest burster sequence, is truly spectacular to witness and when it’s all over, you have a teary-eyed Jesse in the corner realizing that the Freddy entity has just made him kill his best bud in the film. It’s actually quite tragically sad in a sense when looking at this from Jesse’s mentally strained angle.

Also, the special effects are fun as fuck.

4. Carlos Rodriguez

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

 Nails on a chalkboard indeed is the GODDAMN worst; so I can only imagine how the scrapping of Freddy’s glove along the latter could be enough to induce a Scanners-like scenario. Freddy takes advantage of Carlos’ disability and turns the dial up a notch in the audible kill department by dragging him through a dream sequence that suggests our victim had an abusive childhood, which may have ultimately impaired his hearing. The torture continues with Freddy slowly and aggressively working on Carlos’ eardrums until his damn head just explodes.

Carlos always felt like one of the nicest and most likable characters of the entire series; so I always felt a little bad for this guy that was given this drawn-out and seemingly painful death. Still a cool scene tho!

3. Dan Jordan

Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

The fastest man on three legs really must have pissed Krueger off to get this kind of death. I suppose surviving the Dream Master film has its consequences, eh? The images were so brutal, or I guess too brutal for 1989 ratings, that Dan’s death scene was heavily edited to avoid an X rating from the MMPA. Luckily for us, we have the footage thanks to the fine folks of the Interwebs, as you can see below Dan’s unedited death scene in all its gruesome, twisted Ghost Rider glory. It’s truly BADASS and deserves a lot more credit.

2. Debbie Stevens

Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Debbie was about as tough as they come as far as potential Freddy foes, but alas, the fear of little roaches was her kryptonite; and Krueger used that to his full advantage ruthlessly. Debbie’s cockroach transformation to this day stands out as one of the godammn raddest excerpts from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Slowly succumbing to the insect kingdom, Krueger traps the body-building beauty inside a roach motel, where Debbie ultimately meets her fate. My only gripe beyond this visual excellence is that we never get to really see Debbie at her full potential in a face-off with Krueger. Damn you Katsaridaphobia!

1. Phillip Anderson

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

I feel like this would be almost unanimous within the Nightmare community in saying Phillip’s death from Dream Warriors was clearly the most unique, and frankly coolest of all the films.

Not only for me personally, was this the most terrifying and original- excuse me, creepy Freddy puppet everyone– of the entire franchise, but it also looks painful AS FUCK! Your tendons used as some twisted marionette show that leads you to a fatal leap off the top floor of Westin Hills- all while your friends are watching nonetheless. The whole scene is just filmed so beautifully and when I think of Dream Warriors, this is the first image that always comes to mind. Phillip being puppeteered through the hospital halls in agonizing pain with a look of absolute terror on his face is downright chilling and most definitely, the most unique way to utilize one of our victim’s hobbies against him.

Honorable Mention: All the kids at Lisa’s pool party

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

While still to this day, Freddy’s Revenge gets a monumental amount of shit, there’s no denying in a true horror sense that the pool scene in Nightmare 2 is one of the greatest in the franchise-PERIOD. It truly is the only time in the whole franchise we see Freddy go absolutely APESHIT on a bunch of kids and I respect that. Also, I really love to see his uncontrollable rage towards the youth of Springwood. Let us also have a moment of silence for the poor “fucker” that thought it would be a good idea to try and calm Mr. Krueger down.

I’ll never not think that isn’t funny.

Hot Take: Rachel Carruthers: The GREATEST Final Girl in the “Halloween” Movie Franchise

I might be going to Halloween Hell for this but you have to hear me out here before throwing me down a well while I wash away in a river only to end up at some hermit’s shack. Rachel Carruthers is the true answer to the Halloween heroine series and 30 years later I’m still fairly pissed about how dirty they did her in Halloween 5.

Now, I know what you’re saying, “Excuse me, but what about Laurie?”

A very valid question and I’ll give a simple answer. Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) was at her best in the original 1978 film and honestly, I just didn’t register her as anything special or in fact relatable in any way whatsoever. She’s likable just enough in the original film but in a very generic sense as the character barely has any depth and some very corny one-liners to boot in the first few films. It wasn’t until H20 that Laurie’s character came out of her shell and gave us more than a shy girl next door- which is my favorite version of her mind you. That persona continues on in the current Halloween films (2018, Kills, and Ends), skipping over Resurrection as she was just outlandishly cartoonish; but the damage has already been done for me whereas she just ain’t hitting those notes like another has for me. Plus, I have a little bone to pick with someone who claims that parents who watch Halloween with their children are “the worst human being(s) on the planet.”

Look lady, most of us that grew up in the 80s and 90s did exactly that and watched these films as kids; renting them from our local mom-and-pop video stores. So just settle down there JLC and realize you have a fan base because of US and insulting parents who choose to share their passion for the genre and the Halloween films with their crotch fruit is no one’s business. Parent shaming is so gross.

That being said, Ellie Cornell who plays the “new and improved” girl-next-door type, Rachel Carruthers makes her first appearance in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and oh man she came in swinging right away with that part. She just felt REAL. As if Ellie WAS Rachel and we weren’t watching an act.

Aside from my opinions, Cornell had some pretty big loafers to fill when stepping up to be the fresh face for Halloween after JLC’s role in the series was presumably over, and she delivered a powerhouse final girl performance to become the now, unsung heroine of the entire franchise.

Rachel was the epitome of a typical high-school girl in the 80s but with a lot more to offer. Beyond watching her figure, (she didn’t want her mom to have an oinker for a daughter) and daydreaming of her future with Haddonfield hunk Brady, Rachel had a lot on her plate to deal with for a teenage gal. Taking on the role of older foster sister to Jamie, (Danielle Harris) who is now deceased Laurie’s daughter, she is wise beyond her years in offering advice to the young troubled, and also, hunted girl. She also, at first begrudgingly, is willing to give up her “engagement, marriage, and children” all to babysit on Halloween night just to help out the family, taking it a step further and taking Jamie out for ice cream costume shopping after school. What a gal. Of course, some of this may have been due to guilt after throwing a tad of a hissy fit, but she IS a teenager, and most girls her age would be annoyed at this task. She, of course, shows maturity and rights her wrong which is commendable.

Ok, so we know Rachel is a down-to-Earth good girl. But she’s also a mega-badass.

When faced with the threat of Michael Myers hot on the sisters’ tail on Halloween night, Rachel goes from teenage dynasty to full-blown survival final girl mode. This young girl with boy troubles and a thrust-upon role model for Jamie becomes a fighter with every inch of her being by night’s end and does everything in her power to keep her foster sister safe from harm. She carries Jamie on her back onto a roof escaping from the Meeker’s house and MacGyvers’ the shit out of some rope to make an escape ladder all while Myers is flailing his knife around at them.

Fun fact: The badassery spills over into reality as Ellie did ALL her own stunts on that roof. No, it wasn’t a set folks. They actually filmed on top of a house for that scene and it was pretty high up. The crew wouldn’t let her do the free-fall but everything else is Cornell and not a stuntwoman.

Shortly after an incident with Loomis, Myers, and Jaimie at the school, Rachel pops up like mother fuckin’ Rambo with a fire extinguisher and gives the sisters a chance to get away. They escape with the redneck Haddonfiled lynch mob in a truck and it seems as if their night of hell has come to a close as they drive away from Haddonfield to a safe place.

Ugh. How boring would that be! As Michael was hiding somehow underneath the truck the whole time just waiting for the perfect moment to make an appearance. After killing off every vigilante, Rachel is now tasked with saving her and Jamie from imminent death.

The whole scene is badass but not over the top where it isn’t believable. These girls have been through one traumatic night, Rachel snapping into murder mode by plowing into him with the truck instead of just driving off showcases the evolution of her character from the Rachel we got at the beginning of Halloween 4, and the end of the film. You’re goddamn right; Rachel went full Heisenberg.

Rachel Carruthers deserved better than that bullshit death in Halloween 5 and certainly warrants more recognition for her achievements in breathing new life into the Final Girl persona of the genre. She’s just so damn likable. You may disagree with my thoughts here and you’re welcome to tell me I’m wrong- but first let me get that coffee for you.