It’s time to start planning your Halloween season viewing, and Turner Classic Movies aka TCM is definitely throwing their hat in the ring for the best lineup.
While most networks show the same 31 films every year, we’re not naming any names, TCM has always thrown in a few gems here and there that are unexpected and keep things exciting when it’s time to curl up on the couch with popcorn and a scary movie as the spookiest night of the year approaches.
This year has everything from haunted house to witches to devil-worshipers, Dracula, and Godzilla…lots and lots of Godzilla!
It all really begins October 3, 2019. Check out the full schedule below! All times listed are EST.
Thursday, October 3, 2019:
8:00 pm–Bell, Book, and Candle (1958): James Stewart finds himself lured into the clutches of a beautiful young witch played by Kim Novak. The film also stars Jack Lemmon, Elsa Lanchester, and features a delightful appearance by Hermione Gingold.
9:45 pm–Horror Hotel (1960): Also known as The City of the Dead, the film tells the story of a young coed who decides to spend her winter break studying witchcraft in New England. Naturally, she finds more than she bargained for. The film stars Christopher Lee, Patricia Jessel, and Venetia Stevenson.
11:15 pm–The Devil’s Own (1966): Based on the novel by Norah Lofts The Devil’s Own aka The Witches follows a schoolteacher who, after a horrific run in with magic in Africa, returns to an English village only to find herself surrounded by black magic once more. Joan Fontaine and Kay Walsh star.
Friday, October 4, 2019
1:00 am–Suspiria (1977): Jessica Harper, Sussana Javicoli, and Udo Kier star in Dario Argento’s giallo classic about an American dancer who gets far more than she bargained for when she enrolls at an elite European dancing school.
2:45 am–Night of Dark Shadows (1971): Dan Curtis directed this tale of a newlywed couple who find themselves plagued by ghosts and vengeful spirits in his ancestral home. Kate Jackson and David Selby star.
4:30 am–Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922): Benjamin Christensen’s documentary-like film chronicles the history of paganism and witchcraft throughout Europe. It’s a visually stunning masterpiece that must be seen to be believed!
8:00 pm–Godzilla (1954): Akira Takarada and Momoko Kochi star in the classic Japanese film about a prehistoric creature created by American nuclear testing.
9:30 pm–Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956): Nuclear testing awakens a prehistoric creature in this American version of 1954’s Godzilla starring Raymond Burr and Momoko Kochi.
11:00 pm–Godzilla Raids Again (1955): Godzilla faces off with an irradiated ankylosaur known as Angilas in this follow-up to the 1954 classic starring Hiroshi Koizumi and Mindru Chiaki. Tokyo may never be the same again!
Saturday, October 5, 2019
12:30 am–Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964): A greedy land developer’s plans go awry when he not only disturbs Godzilla’s rest, but also unleashes Mothra and her two offspring!
2:15 am–Mothra (1962): A giant, ancient moth attacks Japan after two of her tiny worshipers are kidnapped by shipwreck survivors.
4:00 am–The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1977): Based on a true story, a small town in Texas is paralyzed with terror by a hooded killer. Ben Johnson and Dawn Wells star.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
1:00 pm–She (1965): This Hammer Film starring Ursula Andress and Peter Cushing concerns an explorer who sets out to find a hidden kingdom deep in Africa that reportedly holds the key to immortality. What he finds is Ayesha aka “She Who Must Be Obeyed.”
3:00 pm–The Vengeance of She (1968): Olinka Berova and Edward Judd star in this follow-up to She in which the spirit of Ayesha takes over the body of a young woman destined to take her place as ruler of the lost city of Kuma.
6:30 pm–Queen of Outer Space (1958): The mysteries of outer space collide with beautiful women in this tale of a spaceship that crash lands on Venus only to find that it is inhabited by Amazon-like women under the rule of ruthless queen bent on destroying the Earth.
8:00 pm–The Black Cat (1934): Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi star in this film about American honeymooners who find themselves trapped in a Hungarian home by a Satan-worshiping priest!
9:15 pm–Curse of the Demon (1958): Dana Andrews stars a John Holden, an American professor attending a parapsychology conference who finds himself investigating a devil-worshiper who controls a nasty demon. Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis also star.
10:45 pm–The Seventh Victim (1943): A woman in search of her missing sister runs afoul of a cult of devil worshipers who may have something to do with the sister’s disappearance. This classic stars Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, and Jean Brooks.
Friday, October 11, 2019
12:15 am–The Devil’s Bride (1968): Chrisopher Lee, Charles Gray, and Nike Arrighi star in this film about a group of small-town Satanists who attempt to lure a brother and sister into their coven.
2:00 am–The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1970): Piers Haggard directed this feature about a 17th century English village whose children begin converting to a coven of devil-worshipers after a strange skeleton is unearthed in a farmer’s field.
3:45 am–Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972): Christopher Lee stars as the titular character in this film which finds the Count rising up to strike down the descendants of Van Helsing including Peter Cushing as Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing.
5:30 am–Eye of the Devil (1966): This film about a French village who follows ancient pagan traditions including the sacrifice of the Marquis’s life in times of drought boasts an all-star cast including David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasance, and Sharon Tate.
8:00 pm–Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964): Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra must fight off a giant three-headed monster from outer space in this Toho classic!
9:45 pm–Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965): Aliens attempt to use Godzilla, Rodan and Ghidorah to take over the Earth!
11:30 pm–Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966): Director Jun Fukuda directs this tale of young man who steals a boat to search for his missing brother only to find himself shipwrecked with his crew on an island with a mysterious sea monster and a slumbering Godzilla.
Saturday, October 11, 2019
1:00 am–Son of Godzilla (1967): Scientists find themselves trapped in the middle of a battle between prehistoric monsters as Godzilla attempts to protect his newborn son.
2:45 am–Destroy All Monsters (1969): Aliens take control of the Earth’s monsters in an attempt to destroy the human race!
4:30 am–Ghoulies (1985): After a young man and his girlfriend move into an old mansion, he becomes obsessed with the idea of controlling ancient demonic forces in this classic from Luca Bercovici.
Sunday, October 12, 2019
12:00 pm–The Curse of the Cat People (1944): This sequel to 1942’s Cat People finds a young girl whose imaginary playmate is just a little too real. This classic Val Lewton film is a must-see!
Monday, October 13, 2019
12:00 am–Faust (1926): F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu) puts his own spin on the classic tale of an aged priest who trades his soul to the devil in exchange for youth and love.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
8:00 pm–The Uninvited (1944): Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, and Donald Crisp star in this classic haunted house film about a composer and his sister who discover too late why the sprawling house on the coast is such a bargain!
10:00 pm–The Haunting (1963): One of the finest adaptations of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House, this film finds Claire Bloom, Julie Harris, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn slowly drawn into the haunted history of a legendary house. The film is an atmospheric treasure.
Friday, October 18, 2019
12:00 am–The Fog (1980): Mother/daughter scream queens Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis team up in this film about a small seaside town celebrating the anniversary of their founding. The citizens will soon discover that the history they know is a lie when vengeful spirits invade with a mysterious fog.
1:45 am–Poltergeist (1982): Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams stars as a husband and wife whose family is pushed to the edge when their youngest daughter disappears into a mysterious paranormal portal in their home. Zelda Rubinstein also stars as Tangina, the psychic who agrees to help the family.
3:45 am–Kuroneko (1968): Kaneto Shindo wrote and directed this terrifying film about two women raped and murdered by samurai soldiers. They soon return as vengeful spirits who seduce and murder the men who attacked them.
5:30 am–The Phantom Carriage (1921): This silent classic concerns a dying man who’s wasted his life pushed to atone for his sins by the driver of terrifying phantom carriage.
8:00 pm–All Monsters Attack (1969): Tomonori Yakazi plays a young, imaginative boy who faces bullies and isolation every day. His imagination takes him to Monster Island where he befriends Godzilla’s son and learns how to deal with his own bullies by watching the young monster deal with his.
9:30 pm–Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971): From Earth’s pollution rises Hedorah, a toxic-gas spewing monster, who attacks Japan and can only be stopped by Godzilla, king of the monsters!
11:15 pm–Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972): Godzilla and Anguiras must team together to fight off a monster from space, Gigan, controlled by aliens bent on the planet’s destruction.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
1:00 am–Rodan (1958): The seemingly invincible pterodactyl Rodan, along with prehistoric insects, is released upon the world after a mining accident in a small town in Japan.
2:30 am–Sugar Hill (1974): Marki Bey stars as Sugar Hill. After her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill seeks out the help of a voodoo queen to raise an army of the dead to take her revenge.
4:15 am–Blacula (1972): William Marshall stars as an African prince made into a vampire by Dracula who finds himself in modern day Los Angeles in search of his lost princess.
2:00 pm–White Zombie (1932): A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he wants away from her fiance. Bela Lugosi stars in the film directed by Victor Halperin.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:00 pm–Horror of Dracula (1958): Jonathan Harker finds himself on the wrong side of the legendary vampire after he accepts an offer of employment under false pretenses. Now, he must turn to Dr. Van Helsing to save both himself and his family. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star.
9:30 pm–The Gorgon (1964): A gorgon in human form terrorizes a small European village, turning anyone who looks into her eyes to stone. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in the Hammer classic.
11:15 pm–The Plague of the Zombies (1966): Andre Morell and Diane Clare stare in this film about a small town noble who uses zombies to work his mines, but also to kill his enemies.
Friday, October 25, 2019
1:00 am–Night of the Living Dead (1968): Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea star in George A. Romero’s classic film about a group of people trapped inside an isolated house together as zombies surround them.
3:00 am–The Hunger (1983): Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon star in this film about a centuries-old female vampire who falls for a beautiful research assistant.
4:45 am–Nosferatu (1922): F.W. Murau’s silent retelling of the Dracula story is a terrifying classic. It also got him into trouble with the estate of Bram Stoker!
8:00 pm–Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973): When the underwater nation of Seatopia sends Megalon to destroy the world above, Godzilla and a size-shifting robot called Jet Jaguar must team up to defeat him.
9:30 pm–Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974): Ape-like aliens creature a mechanical version of Godzilla and send him to destroy Japan. Of course, the real Godzilla isn’t going to sit by and let that happen.
11:00 pm–Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975): Godzilla must rescue Japan yet again when aliens rebuild Mechagodzilla and send him on a path of destruction toward Tokyo.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
12:30 am–The War of the Gargantuas (1966): Two Garganutas, one good and one evil, face off in a battle across Japan.
11:30 am–The Tell-Tale Heart (1941): Jules Dassin directed this 20 minute short film based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe tale of obsession and guilt.
2:00 pm–Gaslight (1944): George Cukor directs this suspenseful classic of a woman who fears she’s going insane when strange things begin happening in the family home starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.
4:00 pm–The Woman in White (1948): A young tutor is drawn into intrigue and mystery when he’s hired at a ghostly country estate where dark secrets lie around every corner. Alexis Smith and Eleanor Parker lead a brilliant cast in this one!
6:00 pm–The Haunting (1963): One of the finest adaptations of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House, this film finds Claire Bloom, Julie Harris, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn slowly drawn into the haunted history of a legendary house. The film is an atmospheric treasure.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
6:00 am–King Kong (1933): Fay Wray stars in this film about a filming crew who discovers great ape, King Kong. They capture him and bring him back to Manhattan where he escapes and wreaks havoc on the city!
8:00 am–The Picture of Dorian Gray (1946): Hurd Hatfield stars as the titular character in this adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic.
11:45 am–Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955): A short film examining various superstitions in the context of mid-20th century America.
3:30 pm–Cape Fear (1962): Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum star in this terrifying thriller about an ex-convict who plots to destroy the lawyer who sent him to prison.
5:30 pm–Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962): Robert Aldrich’s classic thriller stars Bette Davis as an unbalanced aging former star who torments her paraplegic sister (Joan Crawford) in increasingly vile ways.
Monday, October 28, 2019
12:00 am–The Haunted Hotel (1907): A man is tormented by spirits when he stays the night in an old inn in this silent classic short film.
2:00 am–The Living Skeleton (1968): A young woman living in a seaside town is haunted by the spirits of a ship’s crew who were murdered by modern-day pirates. Directed by Hiroki Matsuno starring Kikko Matsuoka.
2:00 am–Goke, Body Snatchers from Hell (1968): Survivors of a plane crash are attacked by blob-like creatures that turn their victims into vampires.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
3:00 pm–The Seventh Victim (1943): A woman in search of her missing sister runs afoul of a cult of devil worshipers who may have something to do with the sister’s disappearance. This classic stars Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, and Jean Brooks.
4:15 pm–The Night Visitor (1971): This revenge thriller about a man who sneaks out of an asylum to seek revenge on those who had him committed against his will on trumped up charges came with the tagline “If your skin doesn’t crawl, it’s on too tight!”
6:00 pm–Dead Ringer (1964): Bette Davis takes on dual roles in this film about a woman who murders her twin and attempts to take her place.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
8:00 pm–Mad Love (1935): A deranged surgeon obsessed with an actress, replaces her pianist husband’s hands with those of a knife murderer after they are mangled in an accident. Unfortunately, those hands still have murder in mind. Peter Lorre, Frances Drak, and Colin Clive star.
9:15 pm–The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, and Leslie Banks star in this adaptation of the Richard Connell short story about a wealthy man who arranged for a shipwreck so that he can hunt the people aboard.
10:30 pm–Cat People (1942): Simone Simon stars in this film produced by Val Lewton about a woman who fears that becoming aroused will turn her into a dangerous panther.
11:45 pm–I Walked with a Zombie (1943): A Canadian nurse travels to the West Indies to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner who seems to be suffering some kind of mental paralysis.
Thursday, October 31, 2019: Happy Halloween from TCM!
1:00 am–The Walking Dead (1936): Boris Karloff stars as a man, executed for crimes he didn’t commit, who is resurrected and sets out to seek revenge on those who framed him.
2:15 am–Mark of the Vampire (1935): Lionel Barrymore and Bela Lugosi star in this film about a noble who seems to have been murdered by a vampire. But is everything what it seems to be?
3:30 am–Little Shop of Horrors (1960): The original, non-musical version of this story about a mysterious man-eating plant from Roger Corman.
4:45 am–A Bucket of Blood (1959): Another Roger Corman classic, this one concerning a young man who seeks popularity as a sculptor by any means necessary.
6:45 am–Freaks (1932): Tod Browning’s classic horror film sees the side show “freaks” rise up to protect one of their own when the strongman and a trapeze artist plan to eliminate him and steal his money. The film was credited as having one of those most shocking final scenes of its time.
8:00 am–Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932): Fredric March stars as the titular doctor who quite literally unleashes the beast inside himself during his medical experiments.
9:45 am–The Bat (1959): Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price both appear in this classic about a mystery writer who rents a country house to work on her latest novel only to find that she and her friends are being stalked by a crazed killer.
11:15 am–House on Haunted Hill (1958): Vincent Price plays a millionaire who invites a group of strangers to a haunted birthday for his wife whom he loathes in this William Castle classic.
1:00 pm–From Beyond the Grave (1973): Kevin Connor directs this anthology film starring Peter Cushing. All four segments revolve around a mysterious antique shop and its enigmatic owner.
2:45 pm–Black Sabbath (1963): Mario Bava’s classic trio of horror tales is presented by Boris Karloff. This one is heavy on atmosphere and Bava’s signature style!
4:30 pm–Chamber of Horrors (1966): Patrick O’Neal, Cesare Danova, Wilfrid Hyde-White star in this film about a one-handed man who uses various attachments as murder weapons to seek revenge on those he thinks have wronged him.
6:15 pm–House of Wax (1953): Genre legend Vincent Price stars as a gifted sculptor whose wax statues are extremely lifelike. When his House of Wax is burned down with him in it by an enemy, he survives the fire and starts again, this time using human corpses to make his statues.
8:00 pm–Bride of Frankenstein (1935): James Whale directs this sequel to his previous masterpiece, and this time, in order to save the woman he loves, Baron Frankenstein must build a mate for his monster. Elsa Lanchester was stunning as the Bride in this sequel.
9:30 pm–The Devil-Doll (1936): An escapee from Devil’s Island shrinks murderous individuals down and sells them as dolls to seek revenge on his enemies. Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O’Sullivan star in this film directed by Tod Browning.
11:00 pm–House of Usher (1960): Roger Corman’s classic loose adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe classic stars Vincent Price and Mark Damon in the tale of a man who tries to save the woman he loves from her demented brother.
Friday, November 1, 2019
12:30 am–Pit and the Pendulum (1961): Roger Corman and Vincent Price team up again for another bare bones adaptation of a tale by Edgar Allan Poe with John Kerr and Barbara Steele. This time, a man sets out to investigate his sister’s death in a mysterious castle.
2:00 am–The Haunted Palace (1963): Vincent Price and Lon Chaney, Jr. star in this tale of a man who, upon inheriting his family’s estate, discovers dark secrets about their past.
3:45 am–Die, Monster, Die! (1965): Nick Adams and Boris Karloff star in this adaptation of the works of H.P. Lovecraft about a young man who visits his fiance’s family estate only to discover her scientist-father has been experimenting with radiation, mutating monstrous plants in his laboratory.
5:15 am–Curse of Frankenstein (1957): Peter Cushing stars as Victor Frankenstein in this Hammer Horror spin on the classic tale co-starring Hazel Court and Christopher Lee as the Creation.
8:45 am–Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965): Christopher Lee and Barbara Shelley star in this Hammer offering in which four unwitting travelers accidentally awaken the storied Count.