Thursday, October 12, 2006

AMC's Monsterfest

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and one of the best parts of it is all the horror flicks that will be showing up on TV between now and the end of the month. Back in those dark days before affordable DVD I would often mark the occasion by purchasing a bulk quanitity of blank VHS tapes and recording as many of those bad boys as I could. Now, even with the American Movie Classics tenth annual Monsterfest approaching, I find myself wondering why any self-respecting horror buff would want to watch these edited for broadcast versions of films that are so easily accessible in their uncensored format. The schedule, which you can view at the Monsterfest website and/or download in PDF format, represents the big franchises well enough (Halloween, Hellraiser, Child's Play) but I'm betting these will be played to death on the other cable channels before the end of the month. Is there anything to set Monsterfest above other basic cable offerings? Yes, but you'll need to know how to program your VCR or DVDR as the good stuff is scattered throughout the schedule.

  • The 1962 version of Phantom of the Opera
  • The Devil's Rain
  • Them!
  • The Amicus anthology film The House That Dripped Blood
  • The Innocents
  • Rodan
  • The Undying Monster
  • A Name For Evil
  • The Curse of the Fly (with Quatermass star Brian Donlevy)
  • And nearly all the classic Universal Monsters films
Monsterfest runs from October 22 through 31.

1 comment:

phantom said...

I was a tad bummed by the overall variety. It would have been nice to see a few good zombie movies worked in there. Zombie cinema has been doing very well at the box office in the last few years, seems a shame to not work with it.

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