Turner Classic Movies is getting film fans in the mood for Halloween with "Friday Night Spooklight" programming throughout October. Every Friday night this month, TCM airs horror classics during prime time and late night hours. The films on offer include cult classics, Roger Corman favorites, artsy Val Lewton chillers, and iconic genre masterpieces. Here's the full schedule of horror films for Friday, October 11, 2013.
At 8 pm Eastern, TCM kicks off the evening with the Hammer classic, "Horror of Dracula" (1958), starring Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as the legendary count. Michael Gough and Melissa Stribling also star, and Terence Fisher directs this stylish reinvention of Stoker's original tale.
The Val Lewton picture, "Isle of the Dead" (1945), airs at 9:30 pm. Mark Robson directs a cast headed by genre legend Boris Karloff. This vampire story based on the Greek version of the monster also stars Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, and Alan Napier.
At 11 pm, "Dead of Night" stars Mervyn Johns, Hartley Power, and Roland Culver. Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers also make appearances in this anthology of supernatural tales.
"The Haunting" (1963) begins at 1 am, for those brave enough to watch it at such a lonely hour. Directed by Robert Wise, this stunning adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, and Richard Johnson as a small group of people who experiment with the supernatural in a supposedly haunted house.
John Ireland, Faith Domergue, and John Carradine star in "The House of Seven Corpses" (1974) at 3 am, which continues the theme of people inhabiting a haunted house. In this case, a director brings his cast and crew to a house where occult murders took place and then foolishly re-enacts the events.
The final film for the night's lineup is "Horror Castle" (1963) at 4:30 am. Christopher Lee stars in this Gothic story of a castle where women are tortured to death.
You can see both Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff, along with fellow horror icon Bela Lugosi, in the "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" video at the top of this article. The video also includes some stills from "Horror of Dracula" and its numerous sequels.
The thrills continue all month, with more horror on Friday nights and Saturdays, and Vincent Price screamers for the TCM Star of the Month programming on Thursday nights. Visit the official TCM website for the full schedule and more information about upcoming films.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.