If you're looking to get into the spooky spirit this Halloween, Turner Classic Movies will provide thrills and chills all day on Thursday, October 31, 2013, with a full schedule of classic horror. From Hammer horror in the daytime hours to the last night of the Vincent Price Star of the Month lineup at night, TCM will have tricks, treats, and classic movie ghouls by the score.
The day begins at 6 am Eastern time with "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957), starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in a Hammer adaptation of the literary classic. Cushing and Lee return at 7:30 am for "The Mummy" (1959), with Lee as the shuffling Egyptian creature and Yvonne Furneaux as the object of his obsession. Lee then stars with an Italian cast in "Horror Castle" (1963), where women are tortured by a Holocaust survivor. At 10:30 am, Lee stars with Donald Sutherland in another Italian shocker, "The Castle of the Living Dead" (1964).
Lee returns to his most iconic role as Count Dracula in the Hammer classic, "Dracula, Prince of Darkness" (1965), which airs at 12:15 pm. At 1:45 pm, Lee tackles the occult in "The Devil's Bride" (1968), this time playing a hero instead of his usual monsters. Lee then returns to form to torment a pair of priests in "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" (1968), which begins at 3:45 pm.
The evening programming kicks off at 5:30 pm with Telly Savalas joining Cushing and Lee for "Horror Express" (1972). Vincent Price takes over at 8 pm with "Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), one of several Roger Corman films inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Price then stars in "The Haunted Palace" (1963) at 9:30 pm. "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964) airs at 11:15 pm, followed by Price fan favorite "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" (1971) at 1 am. Serious night owls and vampires can catch Price in "Twice Told Tales" (1963) at 2:45 am, while early birds can rise to "The Tomb of Ligeia" (1964) at 5 am.
Two final Vincent Price classics, "The Conqueror Worm" (1968) and "Theatre of Blood" (1973), round out the horror showcase on Friday morning. Visit the official TCM website for more information about all of this month's programming, including the Vincent Price Star of the Month celebration.
See how Christopher Lee's Dracula compares with versions in other vampire films by watching the video at the top of this article.
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.