Turner Classic Movies Airs ‘Fright Favorites’ and Peter Cushing Classics This October

Turner Classic Movies has been the destination for classic monster and horror fans for decades, and this October is no exception.

TCM is again bringing viewers the best classic horror films on Fridays this October through their new series entitled Fright Favorites by hosted by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz and noted writer and horror historian David J. Skal (The Monster Show). TCM will also highlight the work of “TCM Star of the Month”, Peter Cushing, in a Monday showcase throughout the Halloween season, with a focus on his Hammer Horror films.

Each Friday night features a series of films, arranged by theme and subgenre such as “Back from the Grave”, “Horror Anthologies”, “Creature Features”, and “Deals with the Devil” (and if you want a companion piece to further enjoy the films, TCM has just released a new book by Skal called Fright Favorites: 31 Movies to Haunt Your Halloween and Beyond.)

“Back from the Grave” (October 9) features the Boris Karloff vehicle The Ghoul (1933), George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), Todd Browning’s Mark of the Vampire (1935), and Black Sheep (1956).

“Horror Anthologies” (October 16) includes Dead of Night (1945), Vincent Price’s Twice-Told Tales (1963), and the Boris Karloff hosted Black Sabbath (1963).

“Creature Features” (October 23) highlight films from the 1950s such as the original The Thing from Another World (1951), Universal’s last great monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Steve McQueen’s The Blob (1958), and the William Castle epic, The Tingler (1959).

“Deals with the Devil” (October 30) features Eye of the Devil (1966) , the cult-classic The Wicker Man (1973), The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), and The Devil Rides Out (1968).

Peter Cushing takes center stage on Mondays in October, highlighting his large body of work. Horror fans will be most interested in October 19 and 26, which showcase a large part of his Hammer work, including The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), and many more.

Keep checking with Conskipper all October for all of your Halloween viewing needs.

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