THE ICS FILES

#9-October '99

ICS OFFICIAL!
    Just prior to our last meeting we've just been granted an employee identification number by the Internal Revenue Service. You know us as the Imaginative Cinema Society. They prefer our nickname--52-2190923! This means that we should, in short order, be able to open up a checking account. They will be back in touch with us in the coming months about our request for non-profit status. So far, in the short time that we've been in existence, we've had to cross many intersections, metaphorically speaking. So far, we've hit nothing but green lights! We'll have our speed bumps, our detours and our occasional dead ends. Every organization does. But; thanks in large measure to the unity and the contributions of time, money and energy of the members of this club; so far it's been nothing but green! Good job folks!

SEPTEMBER MEETING WAS A SMASH HIT!
    If you missed our September meeting you missed a good one! We began with a spirited discussion led by Dave Henderson attempting to wrestle with the question of who gave the best portrayal of our favorite figure in European royalty--Count Dracula. Next Lorne Marshall Brought ten films representing every decade from the teens to the ninety's for his selection of Lorne's "Decades of Decadence." We settled on the 1935 The Crime of Dr. Crespi, featuring a devious performance by Erich von Stroheim as a surgeon afforded an opportunity to reek vengeance on a rival. We also got a healthy dose of trailers from an odd menage of horror films. But best of all, we got to welcome in 2 new members. Greetings to BOB SMITH of Catonsville and MARK PIASECKI of Bel Air. We're happy to have you on board!

WE ONCE AGAIN SALUTE THE SUN
    We hope that Ann Hornaday isn't tired of reading this. We're no where near close to being tired of writing this. We once again thank her and the Baltimore Sun for writing a notice of our last meeting in the September 24th edition of the Baltimore Sun. So we said it before and we hope to say it again: THANK YOU ANN HORNADAY AND THANK YOU BALTIMORE SUN!

DIRECTIONS TO OUR NEXT MEETING
    Our October meeting will be held on Saturday October 30th at 6:00 P.M. at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in.

OCTOBER MEETING I: DRESSING UP
    As you know, our next meeting will be on the eve of All-Hallow's Eve. As a result some of us would like to dress in costumes . . . and some of us wouldn't. As a result we're making the next meeting costume-optional (remember that "costume" not "clothing!").  So we encourage those of you with costumes to shock and amaze those of us in civies.

OCTOBER MEETING II: THE ROBERSON/GERVASIO CONNECTION!
    As a fund raiser for our next meeting Gary Roberson is towing in his cutout figures of various Star Trek and sci-fi icons while Ralph Gervasio is bringing in his Polaroid camera. They'll be offering what will be the closest most of us will come to getting our picture taken with "7 of 9." The proceeds will go to benefit the club.

OCTOBER MEETING III: THE AUCTION
    Did someone say "benefit the club?"  Well let's talk auction. Some of us brought their contributions for the October auction at the last meeting. If you forgot or couldn't make it to the September meeting tow it along to the October blowout. At the moment there are a potpourri of videos, books, posters, a couple of VCR's, a large Munster's advertising stand-up and at least one DVD. Bring stuff to sell. Bring money to buy. It should be fun!

OCTOBER MEETING 1V: THE POTLUCK
    We'll be sampling a bit of each other's cooking (or prepared food purchases) at our next meeting. We're kicking things off with a Halloween Potluck Supper! Below is a list of who has signed up and what they've committed to bringing. If you'd like to change your selection, you weren't able to volunteer at the last meeting, or you have any changes of plans either e-mail me at davidandmargie@erols.com or call me at 410-788-4086.
BEVERAGES: Bob Kuzyk, Jerry Pleines, John Ward
SALAD: David Willard. Vince di'Leonardi (olives)
BREAD: The Gostins, Ralph Gervasio
ENTREES: David Willard, Peggy Gervasio, Dave Henderson, Lorne Marshall (a few buckets of chicken)
SIDE DISHES: Regina Valleriani, John Clayton, Courtney Spies, Brian Smith and Cindy Collins
DESSERTS: The Gostins, Joe Plempel, Bob Smith
SUPPLIES: Dave Henderson, Lorne Marshall, Gary Roberson
SET UP & CLEAN UP: Regina Valleriani, Gary Roberson

OCTOBER MEETING V: THE PANEL AND FILM
    As many of you know the Barry Murphy serial panel was scratched in September due to a serious shortage of  Murphy. Assuming The Skipper will be in abundant supply at our October confabulation we'll be examine the wide world of serials next time. Also in an unusual move we've selected our October movie a meeting ahead of time since it involves Bob Kuzyk lugging 16 mm canisters into the meeting. We'll be seeing the 1936 Bela Lugosi picture, The Phantom Ship. Mr. Kuzyk tells us that the print is slightly splicy and the sound's a little low but it's watchable. Bob will also show a selection of short subjects from Castle Films.

THE CLUB DIRECTORY
    Dave Henderson is in the process of concocting a roster of current members that can be handed out to the everyone. It will contain names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addies. Any of you who may have any changed information that may need to be included or who may want not some or any of their info. shared with the membership either e-mail Dave Henderson at hendo8@juno.com or call 410-254-4869. It should go without saying that this for club use only. Those annoying solicitation calls that coincide with dinner won't be coming as result of this list.

THE GLASS TEAT:
    The Return of Robocop. Robocop is about to make his return to the small screen. There will be 4 2-hour telefilms under the general title "Robocop: Prime Directive." They're in production now in Canada. They'll be ready for airing by the middle of next year. They don't have a U.S. distribution deal yet. . . . Enter the Dragon. Anne McCaffrey's fantasy series of the Dragon Riders of Pern will be entering the television syndication market. The series will draw from all of the Pern books, but especially Dragonflight and All the Weyrs of Pern.Like everything else lately these will be Canadian production. Look for them in 2000. . . .Where Who? The BBC recently announced plans to revive the "Dr. Who" series. Reports indicate that they're reconsidering that in light of Paul Anderson's announcement that he's considering a Dr. Who feature. . . . Richard Kimble Lives! CBS is planning a return to television of the series, "The Fugitive." No word yet as to when the hunt for the one-armed man begins or who will be playing the key roles. . . . Thomas Crown and Catherine Banning Live! MGM is planning a television series based on the further adventures of the mischievous millionaire Thomas and the seductive sleuth Catherine. You probably won't see it before 2001. . . . Hey there, it's SPUMCO Bear! Those of us who were fans of the rule-breaking cartoon show "Ren & Stimpy" may have wondered whatever became the of the show's creator, John Krisfaluci and when will his Spumco Productions do something else. Wait no more, Spumco fans. Mr. K. has hijacked 60's Hanna-Barbera icon Yogi Bear. The new episodes are airing on the Cartoon Network. In this world Yogi and Booboo are trying to cope in the forest run by the capricious, rule-happy (possibly insane) Ranger Smith. In a recent episode Booboo was disgusted with the rules of man, shed his clothes, stopped speaking and walking upright, and reverted to his feral bear-like state. . . . Roughnecks get a rough time. Fans of the new Sci-fi Channel show, "Roughnecks: The Starship Trooper Chronicles" will have to patient. The show's being withdrawn from the Sci-Fi Channel by the beginning of October. It's hoped that the production company can step up the pace of production and supply the shows as fast as their needed. Through September the same 9 episodes have been run repeatedly. . . . Evolution's Child  is the name of a movie to be aired on Friday, October 22nd on USA. It's the story of a tragic mix-up in a fertility lab. A woman is accidentally inseminated with sperm from a Bronze Age man that's been dead for 3,000 years. . . . Keeping track of time. A tabloid journalist  is doing a story about great disasters. As he reviews the photographs he notices that they have a troubling common denominator--the same face in the crowd. This is the premise of the new TBS movie "Timeshifters" that airs Sunday, October 17th.

THE 46TH ANNUAL HUGO AWARD WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED
    At the 57th annual World Science Fiction Convention; held in Melbourne, Australia; the winners of the Hugo Awards were announced on September 4th. The winner in the "Dramatic Presentation" category (Hugo's award for any form of science fiction from any electronic media) was The Truman Show, edging out perennial favorite "Babylon 5." Below is a list of the principal awards for literary achievement:
Novel...............To Say Nothing of the Dead...............................Connie Willis
Novella............"Oceanic".............................................................Greg Egan
Novelette........."Taklamakan".......................................................Bruce Sterling
Short Story......"The Very Pulse of the Machine"...........................Michael Swanwick
Non-Fiction.....The Dreams Our Stuff is Made of: How Science
                        Fiction Conquered the World.............................Thomas M. Disch

YET MORE BLAIR WITCHERY
    Those of you on line need to get to www.spoofblairwitch.com to check out the the potpourri of Witch-spoofs. You'll find stuff like The Blonde Witch Project, The Griffith Witch Project, The Watts Bitch Project and The Big Foot Project. Cindy Collins has discovered a site for The Walt Witch Project at movie juice.com.
    E! Television sponsored a contest to see who, in the spirit of Blair Witch could make the best 2 minute horror film. Check out there winners at eonline and see what you think.
    For those of you of a particular bend you may wish to surf over to www.picturethisent.com. They specialize in gay and lesbian titles. They're offering the 10 minute The Blair Princess Project (available 10/26 for $9.95).
    And finally, from Amazon .com, there's a specialBlair Witch Project page that includes streaming footage not available in the theatrical version or the home video version. It also includes memorabilia and the chance to order the film.

MEET CEIL B. DEMENTED!
    John Water's new film, Cecil B. Demented, started filming in Baltimore in September. Indie film maker Cecil (Stephen B. Dorff--the chief villain in Blade) and his gang, the Sprocket Holes, kidnap Hollywood glamor queen Holly Whitlock (Melanie Griffith). They force her at gunpoint to star in their film. She eventually transforms into a guerilla film making terrorist and the Sprocket Holes become folk heroes and media icons. This sounds suspiciously like the life of Patty Hearst, who appeared in the Waters features Cry Baby, Serial Mom and Pecker.

BORN AGAIN HORROR
    There have been a spate of Christian-themed films lately in the Imaginative Cinema Field. The Advocate, Lost Souls (opening this month) and End of Days (opening this Fall) are just some of the films that have elements of Satan's return and connection to biblical prophecy. Everyone else seems to be telling the Christian's story. Well now the Christians get their turn. The Omega Code will be coming out the 15th. It's about two men struggling to find a code that will unlock certain biblical prophecies pertaining to the anti-Christ. One of them slowly realizes that his partner is the anti-Christ! It stars Michael York and Casper VanDien (Starship Troopers). It has a fairly limited release--it's not scheduled to appear in any theaters in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C. or Virginia. It will be play in multiplexes through the South and West. I'll let you know when it hits video.

THIS MONTH'S DEPRESSING QUOTE
    "[Films today are] all gadgets, gimmicks and garbage. . . . In television they won't hire you unless you're an ex-junkie in your 20's, hip enough to write what kids want to see. . . . It gets discouraging to turn scripts down with the excuse, 'How can I tell my son I'm a zombie in space?' " That's from actor James Caan, lamenting about the state of today's film industry. Do you agree?

THINGS TO COME
    In October Far Point '99 is coming to the Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn on October 8-10. Guests include Peter Jurassic of "Babylon 5," "James Darren of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Time Tunnel," Robert Colbert of "Time Tunnel," Mary Kay Adams of "Babylon 5" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," and astronaut Alan Bean.
   Later in October the Chiller Theater Toy and Model & Film Expo will be taking place on the 29th-31st at the Shearton Meadowlands in North Jersey. They have their usual stellar lineup of guests. They'll have Kelly Hu of "Martial Law," Haruo Nakajima and Kenpachiro Satsuma from portions of the Godzilla series, Jason Miller from The Exorcist, Euro star Carroll Baker, scream queen Brinke Stevens, June Lockhart from "Lost in Space" and "Lassie," martial arts star Cynthia Rothrocks, and many many more. For information visit their web site or call 201-804-8040.
    On November 5-7 Eclecticon will be held at the Ramada in Newark, New Jersey.It describes itself as "a multimedia convention, focusing on fanzines and in-depth discussion of you favorite television shows." Eclecticon prides itself on being a serious convention and has chosen to not have any guests. Visit them on the web or call 800-272-6232.

WANT TO BEAT THE HIGH COST OF MOVIES? BECOME A V.I.P.
    You've had the experience before. You call a theater and they announce the showtimes and after the hottest titles that have just opened you hear, "sorry, no V.I.P. passes allowed." Well, like me, many of you may wondered what these passes were and where do you get them. They're available through large institutions and allow the patron to get in on a prepaid lower priced ticket. Unfortunately, I didn't think that they were accessible through any of the institutions that I was affiliated with. I was wrong. If anyone in the club belongs to AAA you can pick them up in the Towson office (which is opened late on Thursdays and half the days Saturdays). The tickets are bought by movie chain and the prices vary. Loews, R/C and United Artists are $4.75. Regal Cinema is $5.00. General Cinema is $5.50 (and children $3.75). Hoyt's is (as usual) the most expensive with $6.00 passes. Often these passes are not good for the first 2 weeks of a movie's run. You'll need to check the theater for restrictions.

WATCHING GREAT FILMS IN A GREAT THEATER!
    Frederick, Maryland is home to the historic 1926 movie palace once known as the Tivoli, now the Weinberg center. Bejeweled with crystal chandeliers, marble columns and satin mosaic wall panels the Weinberg is a center for many performing arts. Every once in a while it reverts back to its original intended use--as a repository of cinematic dreams. Of particular interest this month is the October 29th showing of the 1925 Phantom of the Opera, accompanied by the theater's mighty Wurlitzer organ and grand piano! I was there with Tom and Dorothy Burke last winter for a showing of The Day the Earth Stood Still. It's a bit of a drive for most of us, but it's worth the trip.

IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
October 8th: Lost Souls opens with Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin and John Hurt. It's about a devoutly religious woman who becomes aware of a conspiracy to allow Satan to walk the Earth. She has to convince a young, skeptical, atheist New York journalist that he's the target of the conspiracy.
October 15th: The Fight Club opens with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Young men with bland lives are urged by a dark anarchistic figure to experience life by fighting.
October 22nd: Bringing Out the Dead is not quite the Halloween release that you'd expect from the title. This is Martin Scorcese's story of an ambulance driver over the course of 48 hours in Hell's Kitchen who begins to loose his sanity after repeatedly walking into the aftermath of scene after scene of horrific violence. The movie stars Nicholas Cage, Ving Rhames and Patricia Arquette
    Look for Bats to come out today.  Lou Diamond Phillips and Dina Meyer have to deal with genetically altered bats that escape and attack a Southwestern town.
October 29th: The release date is slightly suspect, but at least tentatively The House on Haunted Hill remake is scheduled to come along on this Halloween weekend. Five people are offered $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted mansion. The movie features Geoffery Rush, Kamke Janssen and Peter Gallagher.
    It looks as though Being John Malkovich is finally about to release. The movie; which stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Orson Bean (!?) and the unfortunate Mr. Malkovich; is about a puppeteer who discovers a room into the mind of the actor John Malkovich. He can control him for 15 minutes at a time. Things start to go terribly askew when he decides to turn this discovery into an admission-based business.

RENT BY MAIL PART I: THE WIDE WORLD OF VIDEO
    Some of you have been frustrated in your attempts to find the titles mentioned here in "The ICS Files." Others of you might want to simply rent a title that seems to only be available for sale. One solution is to try a company that specializes in hard-to-find titles and makes them available on a rent by mail basis. You probably won't be able to find the newest releases at these places but if there's an obscure title that's been out for a while, give them a try. There's the Home Film Festival in Scranton, Pa. For you non-webbers they're at 800-258-3456. They specialize in hard to find foreign films. There's Video Vault in Alexandria, Va. at 800-vault-66. They have alot of foreign and cult classics. Then there's Video Wasteland in Cleveland, at 440-891-1920. They specialize in obscure horror.

RENT BY MAIL PART II: THE NOT QUITE SO WIDE WORLD OF DVD'S
    Video is everywhere. It's new little brother digital video discs has not yet become quite as ubiquitous yet. As a result there are more places where DVD is available through the mail. Following are a group of sites where DVD can be had for both rental and purchase. There's Digital Video Connection, Net Flix.Com, Digibuster, DVD Cache, DVD Overnight, DVD Express, DVD Empire and DVD Wave. This is by no means all of the sites, but it will get you started. Let me know if I've missed any of your favorites.

DVD POISED FOR AN AGGRESSIVE PUSH
    A quiet revolution is taking place here in the Fall of '99. Best Buys and several other high end electronics stores are selling no-frills DVD players for just under $200. Best Buys has dedicated more space to both the hardware and software. While Best Buys still sells more units of VHS cassettes it generates higher income on DVD discs. Tower records has started to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, VHS from its shelves in favor of DVD. WalMart and Target have both devoted more space to DVD movies, often at the cost of VHS. By the end of this year projections are that 5% of American homes will have DVD players. By the end of next year that figure is expected to double. Within 5 years it's expected to rise to 35%. With several big DVD releases this Fall like the Disney discs, Titannic, The Matrix, The Blair Witch Project and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged (all with anticipated sales of a million or more copies), look for DVD to be everywhere.

DVD HITS THE AUDIO MARKET TOO!
    The home entertainment business is about to get another goosing from DVD. DVD audio decks are becoming available this Fall. The decks are being introduced at a hefty $1,000-$1,200 range. The greatest growth is expected to come from home PC's and in car audio. Besides exceeding current standards for sound quality some of the players also allow the listener to visually track liner notes and watch slide shows of the performing artist.

DVD HELPS VHS!
    With competition from both DVD and from previously-viewed-tapes clearanced out by video stores, studios are being compelled to provide the sort of additional footage on their big sell-through releases that was once found exclusively on DVD. Both There's Something About Mary and Saving Private Ryan in VHS sell-through contained footage that was not on the rental copies. You'll see the same in the VHS The Matrix releasing this November. Below you'll find details on Disney's Pinocchio. The VHS actually contains footage not found on the DVD. You'll be seeing more of these DVD-like extras on coming big titles on VHS.

DISNEY BUCKS THE TREND ON THEIR DVD PRICING
    As DVD has been taking root the studios (despite appearances to the contrary) have been trying to keep their prices as low as possible. Disney has just revised their DVD price from the previously announced $34.95 to $40.00. The minimum advertised price is expected to remain at $29.99. Their just-announced DVD of A Bug's Life is going out at $49.99.

VIDEOCY
Rental titles releasing 10/5: In The Omega Diary the world is forced to pay the consequences when 80 misplaced Soviet nuclear weapons results in global devastation. Six survivors huddle in a vintage bomb shelter and know that they'll have to confront the world on the other side of the door. . . .Fear 2: Halloween features a Halloween eve gathering designed to help a young man expunge himself of his murderous father's ghost. He and each of his gathered friends must face their greatest fears. Look for Betsy Palmer (Jason's mom in the original Friday the 13th). . . . . The Thirteenth Floor is a virtual reality thriller. A scientist discovers a path into an alternate reality of his own invention. He's disconcerted to discover that his own world may be just such a creation. . . . The Demon in My Head shows what happens when an alien artifact hidden inside a meteorite gives a young man power to make his dreams come true. . . .In Diamondbacks an engineer is forced to save the world after a right-wing militia group sabotages a space project. It stars Miles O'Keefe, Ed Lottimer and Timothy Bottoms.

Rental title releasing 10/12: Mr. Vampire is a Chinese film about a friendly neighborhood undertaker, Uncle Kau, who also happens to be a master vampire hunter. Kau has his work cut out for him when his town is placed under seige by an army of the undead and his apprentice is haunted by a beautiful ghost. DVD's are available for a very pricey $49.95 . . . Freak is about a deformed inmate who has newly escaped from an asylum. To celebrate his new found freedom he goes off  on a killing spree! . . .  In Modern Vampires a discreet community of modern European vampires haunts L.A. Features Casper VanDien, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Rod Steiger as a manic Dr. Van Helsing. . . . Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the gym, The Rage: Carrie 2 hits. This story of jocks teasing a high school outcast with tragic results has unfortunate real life echoes. . . . Hitman stars Jet Li as a conflicted assassin struggling between righteousness and greed as he considers killing a Japanese businessman.

Rental titles releasing 10/19: The Ogre is about an innocent man swept into a mystical destiny that lands him in the inner sanctum of Hitler's Third Reich. Featuring John Malkovich and Armin Mueller-Stahl. . . . Now that "MST3K" is officially dead it's safe for movies like Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return to come out. Help us Mike, Crow and Tom Servo. You're our only hope! . . . If David Cronenberg films chock-a-block full of disturbing imagery and confusing plot twists is your cup of tea, then today's release of Existenz is for you. . . . Chinese action star is the title character in Black Mask, a movie packed with heart-stopping acrobatic martial arts.

Rental titles releasing 10/26: The thriller Arlington Road is available today on video. When Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack move next door to the troubled widower, Jeff Bridges, they seem like the perfect neighbors at first. He slowly pieces together a troubling picture of his new-found friends. . . . In Dead Fright a man is captured, bound and tortured by his ex-lover and her daughter. It stars Tony Musante, Laura Antonelli and Florinda Balk. . . Her Name is Cat is a Chinese action movie about a deadly female assassin.

Sell through titles releasing 10/5:Start dusting off your favorite lines, Young Frankenstein gets re-released today. It contains an extra 20 minutes of footage not seen in the theatrical release, including bloopers and out-takes. The VHS is $14.98, $34.98 for the DVD.

Sell through titles releasing 10/12: Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness is being re-released as a sell-through today. The regular VHS is $9.99 and the disc is $24.98. A special collector's edition is available $14.98 for the VHS and $44.98
for the DVD.

Sell through titles releasing 10/19: It's time for the 10th anniversary of the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz! The VHS minimum advertised retail is $16.95. The DVD is $24.98. . . . Halloween H20 releases today. The DVD is $39.99. . . . Agent 007 is on a mission to sell! Seven James Bond classics get re-issued today--Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldeneye, Goldfinger, Thunderball, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and License to Kill. I saw a tee-shirt once that had all the various actors who've played Bond over the years. It was captioned "James Bond is a Timelord!" Between these 7 titles you've got 4 different Bonds! For $14.95 for the VHS or $34.98 for the DVD you can check them out and make up your own mind.

Sell through titles releasing 10/22: The Blair Witch Project releases today! For only $22.98-14.95 you can go for a walk in the woods and never come out! The DVD is available for $29.98-24.95. Both the video and disc contain "newly discovered footage" not seen in the theatrical release. The Sci-Fi Channel's companion piece, Curse of the Blair Witch, also becomes available for $14.98. You can buy the pair for $32.98.

Sell through titles releasing 10/26: After a 6 year absence Disney is making Pinoccchio available again. Revising an earlier statement, they'll provide the title in both VHS for $26.99 and DVD for $40.00. As mentioned above, this is an unheard of instant where the VHS will have footage not available on the DVD! The video will contain "Making of Pinocchio" with rare footage of early ideas for the film and production shots. Both formats will be available for 60 days. Afterwards it will be pulled from the market for several years. . . . Infinity's Child is a high end animated adventure of an alien race tracking one of their (now deserted) ships that may have happened on a fabled world that's the gateway for higher consciousness. The VHS is $19.98, the DVD is $29.98. . . . The Roger Corman Collection releases today on DVD. For a mere $24.98 you can enjoy digitally remastered copies of The Arena (1973), Big Bad Mama (1974), Big Doll House (1971), Death Race 2000 (1975), Eat My Dust (1976), Grand Theft Auto (1977), Humanoids From the Deep (1980) and Piranha (1978). I wonder if digital remastering makes them any better? . . . As mentioned above, the spoof, The Blair Princess Project, comes out today for $9.95

OCTOBER CALENDAR

SUN 3RD: TV-"Animal Farm" by George Orwell airs at 8:00 P.M.

MON 4TH: TV-"Earth: Final Conflict" season 3 premieres in syndication this week

TUE 5TH: TV-"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 4 premiere
                        "Angel" new series debut
                        "Dilbert" season 2 premieres
                 RENTAL VIDEO-The Omega Diary ,Fear 2: Halloween, The Thirteenth Floor, The Demon
                 in My Head and Diamondbacks release today.
                 SELL-THROUGH VIDEO-Young Frankenstein gets re-released today.

WED 6TH: TV-"Roswell" new series debut

FRI 8TH: TV-"Harsh Realm" new series debut
                EVENT- Far Point '99 at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn
                MOVIE- Lost Souls opens

SAT 9TH:EVENT- Far Point '99 at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn

SUN 10TH:EVENT- Far Point '99 at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn

TUE 12TH: RENTAL VIDEO-Mr. Vampire, Freak, Modern Vampires,The Rage: Carrie 2 and
                   Hitman release today
                   SELL-THROUGH VIDEO- Army of Darkness is being re-released.

FRI 15TH: MOVIES-The Fight Club opens

SUN 17TH: TV-"Timeshifters" airs on TBS

TUE 19TH: RENTAL VIDEO-The Ogre, Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return, Existenz and
                                                Black Mask release today.
                   SELL-THROUGH VIDEO- The 60th anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz! comes out
                   today, as well as the James Bond retrospective--Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldeneye, Goldfinger,
                   Thunderball, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and License to Kill

FRI 22ND: TV-"Evolution's Child" on USA
                   MOVIES-Bringing Out the Dead premieres today
                                 Bats premieres today
                   SELL-THOUGH VIDEO-The Blair Witch Project releases today! The Sci-Fi Channel's companion
                   piece, Curse of the Blair Witch, also becomes available today.

TUE 26TH: RENTAL VIDEO- Arlington Road, Dead Fright and Her Name is Cat release today
                   SELL-THROUGH VIDEO-Pinoccchio is available again. Infinity's Child, The Roger
                   Corman Collection and the spoof, The Blair Princess Project, "come out" today

FRI 29TH: EVENT-Phantom of the Opera at the  Weinberg center
MOVIES-The House on Haunted Hill premieres today
                                Being John Malkovich premieres today

ICS-EVISION
A guide for our kind of movies on American Movies Classics and Turner Classic Movies for October '99
    Welcome to the first (and probably last) movie guide that I'll ever issue for the science fiction, fantasy, horror and selected mysteries popping up this Halloween season on AMC and Turner Classic Movies. I've selected those two channels because they're widely available to cable and satellite users and they offer commercial-free classic films .
    I have tried to make this guide as VCR friendly as possible. Therefore, if a movie starts at 12:05 A.M. on Wednesday the 6th, I list it as airing on Thursday the 7th. Unlike TV listings that consider any programming until 6 A.M. as belonging to the previous day, the VCR perceives (correctly) that anything on midnight or beyond belongs to the next day. Consequently, the days reflected here run from midnight to the following 11:59 P.M.
    The character of the 2 networks differs widely. A lot of TCM's stuff is fairly obscure. AMC's  more reliant on more readily available stuff--much of it 50's sci-fi and Japanese imports. Of course AMC is doing "Monster Fest" for Halloween weekend with Roger Corman on hand.
    This is not a replacement for the newsletter. It is considered a supplement. I hope that you enjoy it and find it useful.

Tuesday October 5th
AMC 6:30-8P Invaders From Mars (1953)
    This is science fiction from a kid's point-of-view. David (not me) sees a flying saucer land. Before he knows it, key people in his life (including his parents!) are made slaves to the tentacled head in the glass globe that commands the ship. This is one of the all-time kid nightmare generators. One of the oversize alien drones is Lock Martin. We'd seen him 2 years before as "Gort," the giant robot with Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still.
AMC 8-9P "The Moviemakers: Robert Wise"
AMC 9-10:45P The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    If you haven't seen it, or haven't seen it for a while, take a look at this diamond of a science fiction classic. In most of the sci-fi 50's films we were presented with unambiguously good or evil aliens. Is Klaatu good (he brings us advanced technological tschockes and he wants world peace) or bad (he'll blow us up and kill all of us in the process if we don't find a way to achieve peace). You decide. Also, check out the controversial Christ-allegories that most of the people responsible for the film say were unintended (descending from heaven, a messenger bringing a message from above, lives among us under the name "Carpenter," is betrayed, crucified, ressurected--you find the rest!).

Wednesday October 6th
AMC 12:30-1:30A "The Moviemakers: Robert Wise"
AMC 1:30-3:15A The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    If you haven't seen it, or haven't seen it for a while, take a look at this diamond of a science fiction classic. In most of the sci-fi 50's films we were presented with unambiguously good or evil aliens. Is Klaatu good (he brings us advanced technological tschockes and he wants world peace) or bad (he'll blow us up and kill all of us in the process if we don't find a way to achieve peace). You decide. Also, check out the controversial Christ-allegories that most of the people responsible for the film say were unintended (descending from heaven, a messenger bringing a message from above, lives among us under the name "Carpenter," is betrayed, crucified, ressurected--you find the rest!).

Friday October 8th
AMC 10-11:30P The Fall of the House of Usher(1960)
    This is the first of Corman's Poe cycle and the first time the team of Vincent Price starring, Richard Mathesson writing and Corman producing and directing came together. This ws also the first time Corman got to work in color. The story is about the last insane days of the reclusive Roderick Usher. He chooses to bury his sister Madelline alive rather than let her marry and pass on the family's genetic weaknesses.

Saturday October 9th
TCM 1-3P Eye of the Devil (1966)
    David Niven is a nobleman who agrees to sacrifice himself to save the grapes in his vineyard. Deborah Kerr is his wife. David Hemmings is a warlock. Sharon Tate plays a witch.

Sunday October 10th
AMC 1-3P The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    If you haven't seen it, or haven't seen it for a while, take a look at this diamond of a science fiction classic. In most of the sci-fi 50's films we were presented with unambiguously good or evil aliens. Is Klaatu good (he brings us advanced technological tschockes and he wants world peace) or bad (he'll blow us up and kill all of us in the process if we don't find a way to achieve peace). You decide. Also, check out the controversial Christ-allegories that most of the people responsible for the film say were unintended (descending from heaven, a messenger bringing a message from above, lives among us under the name "Carpenter," is betrayed, crucified, ressurected--you find the rest!).

TCM 10P-12Mid The Power (1967)
    From producer George Pal and director Byron Haskin. George Hamilton is framed for murdering Arthur O'Connell in a space endurance device. Someone involved with the project is trying to frame him. They have the power of telekinesis. Who is it? Is it Michael Rennie? Suzanne Pleshette? Earl Holliman? Aldo Ray? Yvonne DeCarlo? It's fun to see this cast together, especially Michael Rennie in a science fiction film when he's not scaring the crap out of the citizenry with his space ship parked on L'Enfant Mall.

Tuesday October 12th
AMC 1:05-2:30P Kronos (1957)
    A big walking square sucks the Earth's energy as it walks from Mexico to L.A. Scientist John Emery is taken over by aliens as his colleagues, Jeff Morrow and Barbara Lawrence, race to save the planet.

Wednesday October 13
AMC 12N-1:30P Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    A fabulous red-scare nightmare! The citizens of Santa Mira, California are being replaced by pod-grown duplicates that intend to spread across the planet. Each year, since 1988,  the National Film Registry reviews the hundreds of thousands of films ever done and selects an additional 25 to preserve for all time. In 1994 Invasion of the Body Snatchers was added to the list. This is an all-time classic!

Friday October 15th
AMC 4-6P The Omega Man (1971)
    This is the second version of Richard Mathesson I Am Legend (Last Man on Earth in 1964 was the first). This was made when its star, Charlton Heston, was spending a lot of time in the future (in Planet of the Apes and Soylent Green). Heston is harassed by victims of a plague that has turned its survivors into cannibalistic zombie vampirish mutants. This is obviously a fiction film. It shows Heston repeatedly watching the movie Woodstock and enjoying it!

AMC 10-11:05P Teenage Caveman (1958)
    Roger Corman directs a pre-Napoleon Solo Robert Vaughn. He plays a rebellious "boy" who breaks away from his primitive tribe, wanders into a forbidden zone and discovers a terrible secret. The movie was shot as Primitive World but American International had such success with I Was a Teenage Werewolf and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein that they couldn't resist the title change.  Its star once called it, "one of the worst movies ever made."

AMC 11:05P-12:30A The Undead (1956)
    In the 50's there was a brief fascination with reincarnation when the book, The Search for Bridey Murphy, came out. Roger Corman, ever alert to possible business opportunities, rushed into production to take advantage of the craze. He did this movie about a woman who is regressed back to her life as a witch who'd been guillotined in the Middle Ages (and please ignore the fact that Dr. Guillotine did not invent his devise until the 18th century). The movie was to be called the Trance of Diana Love. Unfortunately, in short order, the reincarnation "boom" quickly became as hot as yesterday's mashed potatoes. Knowing the public's endless fascination with horror, this movie became The Undead.

Saturday October 16th
AMC 3:45-4:45A Teenage Caveman (1958)
    Roger Corman directs a pre-Napoleon Solo Robert Vaughn. He plays a rebellious "boy" who breaks away from his primitive tribal, wanders into a forbidden zone and discovers a terrible secret. The movie was shot as Primitive World but American International had such success with I Was a Teenage Werewolf and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein that they couldn't resist the title change.  Its star once called it, "one of the worst movies ever made."
AMC 4:45P-6A The Undead (1956)
    In the 50's there was a brief fascination with reincarnation when the book, The Search for Bridey Murphy, came out. Roger Corman, ever alert to possible business opportunities, rushed into production to take advantage of the craze. He did this movie about a woman who is regressed back to her life as a witch who'd been guillotined in the Middle Ages (and please ignore the fact that Dr. Guillotine did not invent his devise until the 18th century). The movie was to be called the Trance of Diana Love. Unfortunately, in short order, the reincarnation "boom" quickly became as hot as yesterday's mashed potatoes. Knowing the public's endless fascination with horror, this movie became The Undead.

Monday October 18th
AMC 5-6:30 A X--The Unknown (1956-British)
    Radioactive mud from the Earth's core roams across the Scottish countryside, dissolving people and absorbing radiation. Dean Jagger is the American officer on its trail. A nice piece of Hammer sci-fi.
TCM 6-7:45 A Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
    Frederic March won a best actor Oscar for his performance as the scientist, Jekyll, and the ghoul, Hyde. Compare with the Spencer Tracy version airing on Halloween and see which one you like best.

Friday October 22nd
AMC 10-11:30P The Day the World Ended (1956)
    Roger Corman's post-apocalyptic sory of good guys (Richard Denning, Lori Nelson and Paul Birch) vs. bad guys (Mike "Touch" Connors, Paul Dubov and Adelle Jergens) vs. telepathic, three-eyed, four-horned, four armed atomic mutants.
AMC 11:30P-1:30A Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)
    A documentary hosted by Roddy McDowell on the Planet of the Apes movies.

Sunday October 24th
TCM 8P-4A Les Vampires episodes 1-10 (1915)
    This is not, strictly speaking, a horror serial. The "Vampires" of the title are a Parisian gang of criminals. Even so, the 10 chapters have at least one zombie, a severed head, and a very very slinky vamp--Irma Vep (whose name is an anagram for "vampire"). The print has been lovingly restored with its original tints and a period score.

AMC 10-11:30P  Horror of Dracula (1958-British)
    Some would argue that this is the finest rendition of Dracula on the screen. This is Hammer's first time with the Count. The legendary film, of course, boasts Lee and Cushing at their best. This film inspired 6 sequels.

Monday October 25th
TCM 4-6A Night of Dark Shadows (1971)
    Shot on a very low budget. Only for the most ardent "Dark Shadows" fans.

TCM 2-4P Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
    Producer George Pal kicked out all the stops for this fantasy of Dr. Lao (Tony Randall) an old Chinese showman setting up a traveling circus in an old West town. The cast also features Barbara Eden and Arthur O'Connell. One of the stop motion animators was Jim Danforth. Willaim Tuttle won a special Oscar for makeup effects (makeup didn't become a regular award in the Oscars until 1981).

TCM 8-9:30 P White Zombie (1932)
    This is Bela Lugosi's first horror movie after Dracula. In 1929 the book, The Magic Island, introduced the term "zombie" to the American vocabulary. A play called Zombie played on Broadway. This movie is the first to use zombies as its central theme. Lugosi plays Murder Legendre, creator and ruler of a zombie empire in Haiti. A young lecher hires him to zombify a young bride-to-be that he lusts for. Lugosi wasn't the only Universal star borrowed by United Artists for this production. Make-up wizard Jack Pierce was also on hand for the zombie make-up effects.

TCM 9:30-11P The Walking Dead (1936)
    Boris Karloff is framed for a murder and is subsequently executed. Edmund Gwen is the doctor who brings him back to life through the use of electricity (reminiscent of the creation scene in the 1931 Frankenstein). Karloff becomes a piano playing zombie, bent on avenging his death. Ricardo Cortez is the slimy villain. It was directed by Michael Curtiz.
AMC 10:05-11:45P Mad Monster Party (1969)
    A stop-motion puppet feature with Boris Karloff doing the voice of Baron Boris VonFrankenstein. He brings his monster chums together to announce his retirement. The Hunchback has a Charles-Laughton-like voice. The Invisible Man has a Claude-Rains-like voice. You get the idea. Phyllis Diller does her own voice as Boris's ugly wife. Forrest Ackerman contributed to the script.

TCM 11P-12:30A Mark of the Vampire (1935)
    Director Todd Browning remake of his (now) lost silent classic, London after Midnight. Bela Lugosi is the vampire, Count Moor (sort of) and Carol Borland is his unholy daughter, Luna (kind of). Lionell Barrymore is the VanHelsing type hunter. Lionell Atwill is Inspector Neuman. The ending is a bummer, but the remarkable photography of James Wong Howe of these legendary performers makes it worth the while.

Tuesday October 26th
TCM 2:30-4:30 A The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
    Subtitled Pardon Me, Your Teeth are in My Neck. A nice blend of horror and humor. A bumbling vampire hunter and his incompetent assistant (played by the film's director, Roman Polanski) try to take on a lair of vampires. Also features Sharon Tate.

AMC 4:15-6A Mad Monster Party (1969)
    A stop-motion puppet feature with Boris Karloff doing the voice of Baron Boris VonFrankenstein. He brings his monster chums together to announce his retirement. The Hunchback has a Charles-Laughton-like voice. The Invisible Man has a Claude-Rains-like voice. You get the idea. Phyllis Diller does her own voice as Boris's ugly wife. Forrest Ackerman contributed to the script.

TCM 4:30-6A The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919-German)
    The film is an example of the German abstract expressionist art at its most powerful! The sets and acting grow more bizarre as we delve into the mind of a schizophrenic. The suffering somnambulist, Cesare, is played by Conrad Veidt. Nearly 2 1/2 decades later,as the vicious Nazi Colonel Strasser, he'd be pointing a luger at Rick, Ilsa and Victor Laszlo at the airport in Casablanca.

TCM 8-10:15P The Birds (1963)
    Hitchcok's first film after Psycho flopped when it was first released. Birds start attacking the citizens of Bodega Bay, California for no particular reason.

AMC 9-10P Attack of the 50 Foot Monstermania (1999)

AMC 10-11:30P Frankenstein Conquers the World (1964-Japanese)
    A Japanese boy eats the heart of the Frankenstein monster that had been sent from Germany and irradiated at Hiroshima. Just as you'd expect, he turns into an affable bucktoothed giant that dresses like a caveman and defeats a nasty dinosaur (the "baragon"). Footage with Nick Adams has been inserted for U.S. audiences. He plays Dr. James Brown (insert your own joke here). This is not exactly a "think piece."

TCM 10:15-11:30P Cat People (1942)
    Producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur featured a shape-shifting monster that we never see transform. Irene (Simone Simon) fears that she's descended from a race of people who turn into large predatory cats when they're sexually aroused. This is a prime example of atmospheric horror.

TCM 11:30P-12:45A The Leopard Man (1943)
    From producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur. A small New Mexico town is traumatized by a series of killings. Is it an escaped leopard, or a murderer who kills like one? Look for the blood-trickling-under-the-door scene.

Wednesday October 27th
TCM 12:45-2A The Son of Kong (1933)
    This is a quickie squeezed out to take advantage of the popularity of the original film. But it's still fun! This time the girl is Helen Mack, instead of Fay Wray. The special effects are once again Willis O'Brien and the music is still Max Steiner's.

TCM 2-3:15A The Devil Bat (1941)
    Ridiculous Bela Lugosi "thriller" from PRC that we saw at a meeting earlier this year.

AMC 2:30-4A  Frankenstein Conquers the World (1964-Japanese)
    A Japanese boy eats the heart of the Frankenstein monster that had been sent from Germany and irradiated at Hiroshima. Just as you'd expect, he turns into an affable bucktoothed giant that dresses like a caveman and defeats a nasty dinosaur (the "baragon"). Footage with Nick Adams has been inserted for U.S. audiences. He plays Dr. James Brown (insert your own joke here). This is not exactly a "think piece."

TCM 3:15-4:30A The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
    A non-sequel/sequel to The Cat People. A beautiful little girl sees the ghost of her father's first wife (Simone Simon from the first film). This is more of a psychological study. Directed by Robert Wise.

TCM 4:30-6A The Ape (1940)
    One of nine movies that Karloff made in 1940! This proves that Lugosi wasn't the only Universal superstar reduced to making bad movies. Karloff is a mad doctor trying to cure a polio victim. To do this he finds and kills a circus ape, steals his hide, dresses in it, and proceeds to murder people to steal their spines for research! Of course! Why kill as a human? No one would notice a spine stealing homicidal gorilla! Karloff's dumbest.

TCM 8-9:30 P The Thing (From Another World) (1951)
    Howard Hawks produced this classic that helped to herald the 1950's wave of science fiction films. After seeing this you'll never think about frozen vegetables in the same way! Get Joe Plempel to tell you his early childhood trauma surrounding this film.

TCM 9:30-11P Village of the Damned (1960-British)
    British science fiction, based on John Wyndham's novel, The Midwich Cuckoos. Everyone in a rural English village spontaneously looses conscience. When they awake all the women are pregnant. They give birth to strange emotionless children with brilliant minds, psychic powers and bad attitudes.

AMC 10-11:30P The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)
    From Hammer studios. Fred Clark plays an American showman who totes the mummy of Ra-Antef back to England of the 1920's. It goes on a killing spree and kidnaps the leading lady. This is not a sequel to The Mummy (1959).

TCM 11P-12:30A It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)
    A monster loose on a spaceship! Check out the movie that some people call the original version of Alien.

Thursday October 28th
TCM 12:30-2:30 A Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    A pretty good remake of a very good film. Look for the cameos by Kevin McCarthy, star of the 1956 original, and Don Siegel, the director of the first film.

TCM 2:30-4A The Creeping Unknown (1956-British)
    Director Val Guest's Hammer sci-fi classic. Professor Quatermass (Brian Donleavy) hunts a hideous mass that has that has consumed the body of the only survivor of a rocket crash.

AMC 3:30-5A The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964-British)
    From Hammer studios. Fred Clark plays an American showman who totes the mummy of Ra-Antef back to England of the 1920's. It goes on a killing spree and kidnaps the leading lady. This is not a sequel to The Mummy (1959).

TCM 4-6A The Wild Wild Planet (1965-Itallian)
.    This is a dim-brained "B" movie about an alien mad scientist sending female agents in tight leather pants to shrink earth's leaders. The tiny people are taken to a futuristic city populated by mutants, dwarves and 4-armed androids.

AMC 5-6:30 A X--The Unknown (1956-British)
    Radioactive mud from the Earth's core roams across the Scottish countryside, dissolving people and absorbing radiation. Dean Jagger is the American officer on its trail. A nice piece of Hammer sci-fi.

AMC 6:30-8:05P Homicidal (1961)
    A William Castle knock-off of Psycho. But a fun knock-off. This one has more blood. Like Psycho, this has a central character of dubious gender. Psycho patrons weren't allowed in the theater after the first five minutes. The Homicidal audience was allowed a "fright break" five minutes prior to the end. Any audience member could follow a yellow stripe to "coward's corner" illuminated with a yellow light. After being publicly shamed they could receive a full refund.

AMC 10P The Werewolf (1956)
    An unfortunate victim has an accident (that ain't really an accident at the hands of the nasty scientist) with some serum. Sonuvagun, he's turned into a werewolf.

TCM 10P-12Mid M (1931-German)
    This movie is not a horror movie--it's a horrifying movie. Peter Lorre made his screen debut as the child murderer at the center of the story, who blithely whistles "Hall of the Mountain King" as he goes about his grim task. Director Fritz Lang had a lot of trouble at first when he announced that he was making this film. He was originally going to call it Murderer Among Us. He discovered that the growing (at the time) adherents of the Nazi party thought, from the title, that it was a movie critical of them. The "court" at the climax of the film is made up of actual members of Berlin's criminal elite of the day. They had to clear the set when word leaked that the police were about to stage a raid.

Friday October 29th
TCM12 Mid-2A Diary of a Madman (1963)
    A Vincent Price low key horror based on a Guy deMaupassant story, "The Horla." Price is a 19th century magistrate who is forced to kill a deranged condemned man in self-defense. The man's eyes glow and the murderous wraith, the Horla, that had possessed him now occupies the unfortunate magistrate.

TCM 2-4A Night Must Fall (1937)
    Robert Montgomery is thoroughly charming as the Cockney handyman who ingratiates himself with a wealthy British dame. Just don't open that hat box that he loves to carry around.

TCM 4-6A Tower of London (1962)
    Director Roger Corman's remake of the 1939 Universal classic. In this one Vincent Price takes over the role of the mad hunchback, Richard III (played by Basil Rathbone in the original). Price made his screen debut in a supporting role in the original.

TCM 8-9:30 P The Devil Doll (1936)
    Underrated horror tale from Todd Browning. This was his next to last film. Lionell Barrymore is a deranged Devil's Island escapee swearing to avenge his unjust imprisonment. He shrinks humans to doll size to carry out his evil schemes. The movie was co-written by Erich vonStroheim.

AMC 9-10P Attack of the 50 Foot Monstermania (1999)

TCM 9:30-11P Bedlam (1946)
    Set in 1761, actress Anna Lee is unjustly sent to an insane asylum overseen by the sadistic Master Sims (Boris Karloff). Produced by Val Lewton.

AMC 10-11:15 P It Conquered the World (1956)
    Roger Corman's story of a big rubbery pointy thing with little arms and lots of teeth. It drops in on its willing servant, Lee Van Cleef, and his wife, Beverly Garland, who becomes monster chow. Peter Graves is the good guy.

TCM 11P-12:30A Donavan's Brain (1953)
    Before she was First Lady, Nancy Reagan (at the time known as "Nancy Davis") teamed up with Lew Ayres to duke it out with Donovan's brain. Filmed previously in 1944 as The Lady and the Monster.

AMC 11:15P-12:40A The She Creature (1956)
    The Great Lombardi (Chester Morris) hypnotizes his assistant. He regresses her back to the way we all once looked--to a prehistoric sea-monster with bad skin, blonde hair, a tail, claws in the stomach, wings and huge breasts. Charlie Sheen hits on her for her phone number.

SATURDAY October 30th
TCM 12:30A-2A The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
    Karloff is the Oriental madman bent on the destruction of the white race and domination of the globe (with the help of the sword of Genghis Khan and his handy electronic ray machine). Myrna Loy is his devilish daughter. Lewis Stone is his chief nemesis, Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard. In my humble opinion, I think that this is THE Fu Manchu movie.

AMC 12:40-2:05A The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
    A lovably cheesy Bert I. Gordon production, rushed along to take advantage of the popularity created by The Incredible Shrinking Man. Colonel Manning (Glenn Langan) gets nailed with radiation from a plutonium bomb. Naturally he goes bald, goes nuts and turns into a giant. Hey, watch what you're doing with that giant syringe. AHHHH!!!

TCM 2-4:30A The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933-German)
    This is a sequel to Lang's silent classic, Dr. Mabuse (1922). In this, Mabuse controls a criminal organization from his cell in an insane asylum. When he dies his soul is reincarnated into the director of the asylum. The storyline was too close to real life for the Nazis--it reminded them of Hitler laying out his plans in Mein Kampf from his prison cell, dreaming of power. The director, Fritz Lang, fled Germany (his wife, screenwriter Thea von Harbou, stayed and remained loyal to the Nazis). The film was not shown in Germany until after the war.

AMC 2:05-3:20A War of the Colossal Beast (1958)
    Bert I. Gordon has the tall, tempestuous Colonel Manning back. He seemed to be dead at the end of The Amazing Colossal Man. Somehow he's living in Mexico with an empty eye-socket and 1/2 a ruined face. And meaner than ever.

AMC 3:20-4:45 A Earth vs. The Spider (1958)
    When producer/director Bert I. Gordon was shooting this  it was called The Spider, presumably to cash in on the popularity of The Fly. In this, a high school biology teacher finds a (presumably) dead giant spider. He totes it back to the school gymnasium. A rock'n roll band and a bunch of crazy mixed up kids dancing wake spidey up. He goes on a rampage. Particularly great are the shots from the spider's point-of-view as screaming extras fall down in front of it and wait to get eaten. This movie was one of the last of the 50's big bug shockers.

TCM 4:30-6A Doctor X (1932)
    From director Michael Curtiz, Lionell Atwill plays the prototypical mad Doctor Xavier. Fay Wray plays his daughter. Filmed in an early two-strip technicolor process.

AMC 4:45-6A The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
    To the sound of 50's rock 'n roll a band of teenagers fire up their hot rods to battle a rear-projected gila monster in New Mexico.

AMC 6-7:30A Reptilicus (1961-Danish)
    It's Copenhagen's for a whooping. Oil drillers find a hunk of dinosaur flesh on a drill that grows into a giant flying reptile. He proceeds to try and show them who's the REAL "great dane."

AMC 7:30-9A The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
    Before Tokyo got squished between Godzilla's toes, New York was being turned into pate' by the (fictional dinosaur) rheosaurus, thanks to director Eugene Lourie. In 1952 King Kong got re-released and was a sensation. It made more money than it did in 1933. That may have been the inspiration for this movie, that spawned countless big critter movies. It was in production when it was discovered that it had some relationship to Ray Bradbury's story, "The Foghorn." Bradbury was paid and the movie used his name extensively in its promotion. This was Ray Harryhausen's first solo effort away from his mentor, Willis O'Brien.

AMC 9-1030 A The Giant Behemoth (1959)
    Another Eugene Lourie film. This one is about a brontosaurus that goes for a walk. Unfortunately for England he's strolling through modern-day London. This guy's radioactive. He sears the skin off the Brits as it turns their town into humus. Willis O'Brien, the Hollywood legend who already had a 10 year long career when he animated the dinosaurs for The Lost World in 1925 and who was in many ways the father of stop-motion photography in popular cinema, ended his career with this film.

AMC 10:30A-12 Noon Gorgo (1961)
    Eugene Lourie, the godfather of the big-beast-stomping-the-city movies did this follow up about a 65 foot dinosaur captured off the coast of Ireland and taken to London as a circus exhibit. The party's over when his mom shows up. Oy! Watch as they nail "West-monster" Abbey.

AMC 12-1P Attack of the 50 Foot Monstermania (1999)

AMC 1-2:25P Godzilla (1956-Japanese)
    A pretty good movie got ruined when the decision was made to re-arrange the movie and insert footage of Raymond Burr as American "Steve Martin." Essentially, Gojira is woken up and tramples anything he can find.

AMC 2:25-4P Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964-Japanese)
    Godzilla's rest is disturbed by a greedy developer who's trying to suck away part of the ocean to build luxury condos. Mothra comes to Japan's defense when Godzilla goes on the rampage.

AMC 4-5:30 P Ghidra, the Three Headed Monster (1965-Japanese)
    Rodan, Mothra and Godzilla team up to kick Ghidrah's leathery dragon butt!

AMC 5:30-7:05 P Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1970-Japanese)
    Aliens borrow Godzilla and Rodan to battle King Ghidra on Planet X. Actually they try to use the three monsters to take over the Earth.

6:00 P.M. ICS HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

TCM 7-9P Universal Horrors (1998)
    Kenneth Branaugh narrates this documentary about how Universal evolved into Hollywood's house of horror.

AMC 7:05-8:35P Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966-Japanese)
    Godzilla battles a jumbo jumbo shrimp named "Ebirah." Mothra puts in an appearance.

AMC 8:35-10P Terror of Mechagodzilla (1977-Japanese)
    The big guy takes on his mechanical counter-part and a "titanosaurus" controlled by the bad guys.

TCM 9-11P The Haunting (1963)
    If you sat through the hyperactive 1999 version, check out the low-effects 1963 original. Then ask yourself which one's scarier.

AMC 10-11P Attack of the 50 Foot Monstermania (1999)

AMC 11P-12:50A Godzilla vs. King Ghidrah (1991-Japanese)
    Time travelers from the 23rd century warn the Japanese of 1992 that Godzilla will cause a catastrophe in the 21st century. They travel back to 1944 to try to prevent Godzilla from being created by the Bikini H-bomb test (please overlook the fact that in 1944 we had not yet developed the atomic bomb and that the test on the hydrogen bomb in the Bikini atoll wouldn't occur until 1951!). As it turns out, these sneaky time travelers really just want to get Godzilla out of the way and unleash King Ghidrah to destroy Japan to keep it from become the dominant economic power. Maybe it was their crappy sense of history that thwarted their schemes!

SUNDAY October 31st
AMC 12:50-1:40 A Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992-Japanese)
    We get a three-way slug fest between Godzilla, Mothra and Battra (who was created to punish the humans for the bad things they've done to the earth).

TCM 1-3A Poltergeist (1982)
    The film that did a lot to move the haunted house away from the remote baronial estate and into the suburbs. A family discovers why they got such a great deal on their new home rancher when the house attacks them.

AMC 1:40-3:35 Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994-Japanese)
    Mothra flies into space to stop a meteor from colliding with Earth. She accidentally takes cells from Godzilla and Biollante. They pass through a black hole and become Space Godzilla. The new critter heads for Earth and takes on Godzilla, junior and the G-Force robot, Mogera.

DON'T FORGET TO RESET YOUR VCR CLOCKS BACK--DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS

TCM 3-4:30A The Ghost Ship (1943)
    From director Mark Robson and producer Val Lewton. A fresh third officer signs on board under Captain Stone (Richard Dix). At first he likes Stone a great deal. But slowly he begins to realize that the captain of the ship is a dangerous psychopath.

AMC 3:35-5:30A Godzilla vs. Destroyer (1995-Japanese)
    The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer used on Godzilla previously creates Destroyah, a beast intent in killing Godzilla. Meanwhile, the big guy's nuclear energy is nearing melt-down levels.

TCM 4:30-6A The Return of Dr. X (1939)
    This has nothing to do with the original movie. Humphery Bogart is the recently executed Dr. Quesene. He's brought back to life and now needs a steady supply of fresh blood. The cast also includes Rosemary Lane, Dennis Morgan, Huntz Hall and William Hopper. This is Bogey's only horror film and definitely not one of his favorites.

AMC 5:30-6:35A Attack of the 50 Foot Monstermania (1999)

TCM 6-7:15A Scared to Death (1947)
    This is an odd little film.  It was done in 1947--possibly the only horror movie done that year. It was shot in "cinecolor" (not very common for a low budget film). And it's being told from the point-of-view of a woman's murdered corpse! Bela Lugosi and his dwarf buddy Angelo Rositto (from Freaks) play Inspector Leonide and Indigo. George Zucco is the fiend, Dr. Van Ee (he replaced Lionell Atwill, who chose to die rather than be in this film). This is low budget fun from Screen Guild productions.

AMC 6:35-8:15A  Frankenstein Conquers the World (1964-Japanese)
    A Japanese boy eats the heart of the Frankenstein monster that had been sent from Germany and irradiated at Hiroshima. Just as you'd expect, he turns into an affable bucktoothed giant that dresses like a caveman and defeats a nasty dinosaur (the "baragon"). Footage with Nick Adams has been inserted for U.S. audiences. He plays Dr. James Brown (insert your own joke here). This is not exactly a "think piece."

TCM 7:15-8:30A Pharaoh's Curse (1957-British)
    A 1903 expedition in Egypt is threatened by an Egyptian mummy/vampire (and his sister) who is aging thousands of years.

AMC 8:15-10A War of the Gargantuan (1967-Japanese)
    Russ Tamblyn is an American scientist trying to help his Japanese buddies cope with a pair of big hairy green gargantuas.

TCM 8:30-10A Kongo (1932)
    A bizarre story of a crippled madman (Walter Houston) who seeks revenge on the man who wronged him by torturing that man's daughter. This is a remake of the Lon Chaney silent, West of Zanzibar.

TCM 10-11:15A The Cat People (1942)
    Producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur featured a shape-shifting monster that we never see transform. Irene (Simone Simon) fears that she's descended from a race of people who turn into large predatory cats when they're sexually aroused. This is a prime example of atmospheric horror.

AMC 10-11:30A Rodan (1957-Japanese)
    A gigantic artist terrorizes 19th century Paris, sculpting his way through the city. OOPS! That's Auguste Rodin. This is a really really big pterodactyl that's unearthed by Japanese miners. It heads straight for that ol' monster-magnet, Tokyo (geez, how does this work? Is it like trailer parks and tornadoes?).

TCM 11:15A-1P Strait-Jacket (1964)
    From director/producer William Castle and writer Robert Bloch. Joan Crawford goes nuts and decapitates her philandering husband and his girlfriend (maybe she caught them using wire hangers!). Twenty years later her daughter (Diane Baker) is there waiting for her when "Mommie Dearest" gets released from the nut house. Sonuvagun, heads start tumbling off of shoulders. But Joan says it ain't her. Is it? Leif Erikson, George Kennedy, Rochelle Hudson and Lee Majors are on hand to help her find out. In its original release patrons were handed cardboard bloody axes upon entering the theater. The ad line, "Just keep saying to yourself 'It's only a movie, it's only a movie,'" was later used in Wes Craven's 1972 Last House on the Left.

AMC 11:30A-1P Gamera, the Invincible (1965-Japanese)
    Like Godzilla, American footage was added with U.S. Secretary of Defense Albert Dekker and U.S. General Brian Donleavy trying to help the Japanese defeat their terrible new foe, a giant fire-breathing turtle unleashed by an atomic bomb. Like Godzilla, Gamera is ultimately defeated (after using "plan 2" to trap him on a Mars-bound rocket). And like Godzilla, Gamera eventually became a sensitive new-age guy in subsequent films, helping his human buddies.

TCM 1-2:30P Children of the Damned (1964-British)
    A nicely done sequel (or companion film) to Village of the Damned. This time the children are after global domination.

AMC 1-2:30P Konga (1961)
    An evil scientist gives a growth serum to a chimpanzee. He grows into a guy in a gorilla suit. He's then hypnotized to kill. The scientist's spiteful wife throws a "monkey wrench" in the works by zapping the gorilla suit with an extra large dose of serum. He becomes King Kong size and goes on a rampage (that is he becomes a guy in a gorilla suit scampering through miniature sets).

TCM 2:30-4P Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
    This is a companion movie to Dr. X (which aired yesterday), with a similar cast and also directed by Michael Curtiz. Lionell Atwill is the insane curator of the museum. The movie was thought to be lost until the early 70's when it was found in Jack Warner's private archive. Like Dr. X, this was also filmed in 2 color technicolor.

TCM 4-6P House of Wax (1953)
    Set in turn-of-the-century Bawlmer, this 3-D remake of Mystery of the Wax Museum features vintage Vincent Price as a homicidal sculptor of wax figures. This is the film that really launched Price's horror career.

AMC 4-5:45P The Land that Time Forgot (1975)
    The crew and prisoners of a WWI German submarine wind  up in the lost land of Caprona. They discover a land of Hollywood-style cavemen, men in dinosaur-shaped rubber suits, cheesy prop dinosaur heads on poles and rubber pterodactyls on easily seen wires. The hero is Doug McClure.

AMC 5:45-7:30 P Valley of the Gwangi (1969)
    Cowboys in 19th century Mexico go up against Ray Harryhausen's dinosaurs.

TCM 6-8P Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
    This lush remake of the classic story features Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman in more of a psychological study of man's best and worst sides.

TCM 8-9:15P Freaks (1932)
    If you haven't gotten around to it, check out this film that was banned for decades and can still generate nightmares! Director Todd Browning bet his whole career on this movie and lost!

AMC 8-930P The House on Haunted Hill (1958)
    William Castle's classic about a wealthy Vincent price attempting to scare his mansion load of guests to death. This is the Castle film that featured "Emergo" that was touted as being, "more startling than 3-D." During the film a glow-in-the-
dark skeleton would be flown over the heads of the young theater patrons with a pulley. The beleaguered bag of plastic bones made a favorite target for wadded up candy wrappers and popcorn bags.

TCM 9:15-10:30P Mad Love (1935)
    Remake of the silent German classic, Hands of Orlac (1925). Peter Lorre (in his American cinema debut) is the mad surgeon, Dr. Gogol. The rival for his affection, the great pianist Orlac (Colin Clive) has his hands injured. Gogol grafts the hands of a recently executed knife thrower onto his wrists. The results are disastrous. This is the last film directed by legendary cinematographer Karl Freund. The man who directed The Mummy (1932) and photographed The Golem (1920), Metropolis (1927) and Dracula (1931) would eventually serve as cinematographer for "I Love Lucy."

AMC 9:30-11P The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
    This is the second team up of director Roger Corman with writer Richard Mathesson and star Vincent Poe to produce this next entry in the Poe series. Price is a 16th century Spanish nobleman, driven mad when he believes that he's buried his wife alive. He assumes the identity of his father, a vicious inquisitor. The torture chamber, with its massive razor-sharp pendulum, provide some terrific scenes.

TCM 10:30-12Mid The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)
    Peter Lorre is incredibly creepy as a deranged astrologist who's sure that the disembodied hand of his dead employer has escaped the crypt. Famous Spanish surrealist (and cohort of Salvador Dali's) Luis Bunuel filmed some of the hand sequences.

MONDAY November 1st
TCM 12Mid-2A The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
    After nearly 75 years this silent classic still holds its power. Lon Chaney is the insane Eric, haunting the sewers below the Paris Opera House. The falling chandelier, the masked ball, the final chase and ,of course, the unmasking, are still very disturbing and gripping scenes. A few years ago this movie was shown in its entirety on the jumbo screen overlooking Times Square in Manhattan in honor of Halloween. Thousands of usually tough, jaded New Yorkers stood and stared in awe at this silent gem.

AMC 12Mid-1A "Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel"

AMC 1:30-3:10A The Abomonable Dr. Phibes (1971)
    Vincent Price is a vengeful vaudevillian who decides to avenge his wife death at the hands of incompetent surgeons. He goes biblical on them. He is inspired by the 10 plagues of the old testament. The ad line was, "Love means never having to say you're ugly."

TCM 2-4A The Monster (1925)
    In this silent classic a deranged Lon Chaney is a researcher engineering car wrecks so he can experiment on the survivors.

AMC 3:10-4:45A  Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
    Price is back as the diabolic doctor, now in Egypt trying to beat Robert Quarry to the Elixir of Life (Phibes is trying to revive his dead wife--Caroline Munro). As in the original there are plenty of imaginative deaths (the telephone receiver with a spike is a hoot).

TCM 4-6A The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
    This is a flawless retelling of the Oscar Wilde story about the handsome young man who remains unchanged while his picture shows signs of age and depravity. Hurd Hatfield played the title role. The cast also featured Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, Peter Lawford and narration by Cedric Hardwicke. Thanks to ubiquitous old movies on 50's TV, this was the first horror movie that I ever saw. It still scares me.

AMC 4:45A The Tingler (1959)
    William Castle directed this movie about a scientist (Vincent Price) who discovers that we all have little rubbery critters in our bodies that become huge rubbery critters when we're afraid. They can only be paralyzed by screaming. The gimmick was "Percepto." The story that Castle told was that while trying to come up with a gimmick to promote the film he was in bed reading when his bedside lamp went dark. When he went to change the bulb he discovered that the lamp had a short and got a hell of a shock. After recovering he exclaimed to his wife, "I'm going to buzz the asses of everyone in America!" Theaters were equipped with special buzzers to zap the behinds of hapless patrons in a special screaming section in the film (one bored projectionist in Boston decided to test his buzzers a week early, during the run of the Audery Hepburn film, A Nun's Story). When all was said and done Castle fell slightly short of reaching out to the posteriors of everyone in America. But he figured he buzzed about 20,000,000 of them.