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Classic Terror is on Its Way to Turner Classic Movies in October 2021!

by Waylon Jordan
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It’s almost October and every network, streaming service, and local affiliate is announcing their Halloween programming! Not to be outdone, Turner Classic Movies has a lineup of classic frights and monster flicks to sate the appetite of even the most discerning horror fan.

Take a look at the full listings below! (All Times Are Listed in Eastern Time)

Turner Classic Movies October 2021!

October 1st:

6:00 am, King Kong: A film crew discovers the “eighth wonder of the world,” a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc. The classic film is directed Merian C. Cooper and stars the incomparable Fay Wray.

8:00 am, The Most Dangerous Game: A psychotic big game hunter deliberately strands a luxury yacht on a remote island, where he begins to hunt its passengers for sport. Fay Wray stars opposite Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks, and Noble Johnson.

9:15 am, The Vampire Bat: When corpses drained of blood begin to show up in a European village, vampirism is suspected to be responsible. Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Lionel Atwill star.

The Vampire Bat

10:30 am, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse: A criminal mastermind uses hypnosis to rule the rackets after death in this noir from director Fritz Lang (Metropolis).

12:45 pm, White Zombie: A zombie master menaces newlyweds on a Haitian plantation. Bela Lugosi stars.

2:00 pm, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. Frederic March stars.

3:45 pm, Mystery of the Wax Museum: The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor. Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray star.

5:15 pm, Doctor X: A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist’s quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

6:45 pm, Freaks: A circus’ beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance in this classic from Tod Browning (Dracula).


October 2nd:

6:15 am, Haunted Honeymoon: A dead body is discovered in the newly purchased home of a gentleman sleuth and his mystery-novelist bride.

October 3rd:

2:45 pm, The Picture of Dorian Gray: A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. George Sanders and Hurd Hatfield star.

8:00 pm, The Birds: A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. Alfred Hitchcock directed this classic and unexpected creature feature.

10:15 pm, Little Shop of Horrors: A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. This musical from Howard Ashman and Alan Menken features Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene.

October 4th:

8:00 am, Bedlam: Nell Bowen, the protégé of Lord Mortimer, wants to help change the conditions of notorious St. Mary’s of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Though she tries to reform Bedlam, the cruel Master Sims who runs it has her committed there. Boris Karloff stars opposite Anna Lee in this film produced by Val Lewton.

Boris Karloff and Anna Lee in Bedlam

9:30 am, The Body Snatcher: A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. Boris Karloff stars. Val Lewton produces.

11:00 am, Isle of the Dead: Val Lewton and Boris Karloff team again. On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn’t enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects one young girl of being a vampiric kind of demon called a vorvolaka.

12:30 pm, The Curse of the Cat People: The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father’s dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress. Simone Simon stars in the classic Val Lewton film, a sequel to Cat People.

2:00 pm, The Ghost Ship: Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first adult to ever treat him as a friend. But after a couple strange deaths of crew members, Merriam begins to think Stone is a psychopathic madman obsessed with authority. Val Lewton produces.

3:15 pm, I Walked with a Zombie: A nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. Val Lewton produces.

4:30 pm, The Seventh Victim: A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York’s Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling’s random disappearance. Kim Hunter stars in this Val Lewton production.

The Seventh Victim

6:00 pm, Cat People: An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland’s fables if they are intimate together. Simone Simons in this film produced by Val Lewton.

October 6th:

12:45 pm, Forbidden Planet: A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, and Leslie Nielsen star.

2:30 pm, The Invisible Boy: A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite.

4:15 pm, The Terminal Man: Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain.

6:15 pm, Deadly Friend: After his friend is killed by her abusive father, the new kid in town attempts to save her by implanting a robotic microchip into her brain.

Deadly Friend

October 7th:

2:30 am, Nightmare Alley: The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall. Nightmare Alley stars Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. The film has been remade by Guillermo Del Toro starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett.

October 9th:

2:45 am, Scissors: A woman trying to recover from a sexual attack is locked in a posh apartment with a corpse of the very man she’s been dreaming would murder her. She tries to hang on to reality when objects around her seem to come to life.

4:45 am, Schizoid: An advice columnist in the midst of getting a divorce begins receiving threatening notes from an anonymous stalker. Meanwhile, members of her group therapy session are being murdered by an unknown assailant.

6:15 am, Dementia 13: Shocked by the death of her spouse, a scheming widow hatches a bold plan to get her hands on the inheritance, unaware that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks in the family’s estate. What mystery shrouds the noble house?

Turner Classic Movies Dementia 13

Dementia 13

8:00 pm, Fantastic Voyage: A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his bloodstream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter it.

October 10th:

8:00 pm, The Bad Seed: A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight-year-old daughter is a heartless killer.

10:15 pm, It’s Alive!: The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it’s scared. And it’s easily scared.

October 11th:

2:00 am, Black Moon: To escape a gender war, a girl flees to a remote farmhouse and becomes part of an extensive family’s unusual, perhaps even supernatural, lifestyle.

1:30 pm, Shadow on the Wall: A woman impulsively murders her sister after discovering she has been having an affair with her fiancé, and later plans on killing the little girl who may have witnessed the crime.

6:00 pm, Arsenic and Old Lace: A writer of books on the futility of marriage risks his reputation when he decides to get married. Things get even more complicated when he learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are habitual murderers.

October 14th:

7:30 am, Cast a Dark Shadow: A British fortune-hunter playboy is killing his rich wives in order to inherit their wealth. Dirk Bogarde stars.

Cast a Dark Shadow

11:00 am, MWhen the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. Peter Lorre stars in the film directed by Fritz Lang.

1:00 pm, Obsession: Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife’s lover. Also known as The Hidden Room.

2:45 pm, Seance on a Wet Afternoon: A medium and her husband stage a kidnapping in order for her to pretend to solve the crime and achieve fame.

4:45 pm, Eyes Without a Face: A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured and goes to extreme lengths to give her a new face.

6:30 pm, House of Wax: An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. Vincent Price stars.

October 15th:

6:15 pm, Carnival of Souls: After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Turner Classic Movies Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

October 17th:

8:00 pm, Poltergeist: A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorize the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.

10:00 pm, Burnt Offerings: A family moves into a large old mansion in the countryside which seems to have a mysterious and sinister power over its new residents. Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, and Burgess Meredith star.

October 21st:

6:00 am, The Nanny: Bette Davis is an English nanny whose charge is a rude 10-year-old Joey, just discharged from a disturbed children’s home where he’d spent two years undergoing treatment for drowning his little sister in the bath. He returns to an unloving father, fragile mother, and doting nanny — whom he hates. Suspicion arises again when his mother is poisoned, and Joey continues to insist Nanny is responsible. Joey contends the nanny was responsible for his little sister’s death, and only the upstairs neighbor girl believes him.

7:45 am, Dracula–Prince of Darkness: Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

9:30 am, Frankenstein Created Woman: After being reanimated, Baron Frankenstein transfers the soul of an executed young man into the body of his lover, prompting her to kill the men who wronged them.

Frankenstein Created Woman

11:15 am, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave: When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man’s beautiful niece and her friends.

1:00 pm, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed: Baron Frankenstein, with the aid of a young doctor and his fiancée, kidnaps the mentally sick Dr. Brandt in order to perform the first brain transplant operation.

2:45 pm, Taste the Blood of Dracula: Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant, by making the trio die in the hands of their own children.

4:30 pm, Crescendo: A young American woman Susan Roberts goes to the south of France to do her thesis research on a recently deceased composer, staying with his eccentric relatives

6:15 pm, Dracula A.D. 1972: Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula from the dead in London in 1972. The Count goes after the descendants of Van Helsing.

October 22nd:

4:45 pm, The Bat: A crazed killer known as “The Bat” is on the loose in a mansion full of people. Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price star.

The Bat Turner Classic Movies

The Bat

6:15 pm, House on Haunted HillA millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

October 23rd:

6:00 am, The Mummy’s Shroud: In 1920 an archaeological expedition discovers the tomb of an ancient Egyptian child prince. Returning home with their discovery, the expedition members soon find themselves being killed off by a mummy, which can be revived by reading the words off the prince’s burial shroud.

12:00 pm, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Dr. Jekyll (Spencer Tracy) allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.

October 24th:

3:45 pm, Sorry, Wrong Number: While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it.

8:00 pm, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?: A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

10:30 pm, Strait-Jacket: After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

Turner Classic Movies Strait-Jacket


October 25th:

12:15 am, The Monster: A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

October 26th:

6:30 am, Razorback: As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.

8:30 am, The Swarm: A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people.

11:15 am, The Pack: The residents of vacation spot Seal Island find themselves terrorized by a pack of dogs — the remnants of discarded pets by visiting vacationers.

1:00 pm, Rattlers: A herpetologist investigating a series of fatal rattlesnake attacks discovers that the creatures have been infected by a mysterious nerve gas disposed of in the desert by the military.

2:45 pm, Night of the Lepus: Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the south-west.

Night of the Lepus

4:30 pm, The Killer ShrewsOn an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane.

6:15 pm, Them!: The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

October 27th:

9:45 pm, Dracula: Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula bends a naive real estate agent to his will, then takes up residence at a London estate where he sleeps in his coffin by day and searches for potential victims by night.

October 28th:

3:30 am, The Phantom of the Opera: A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. Lon Chaney stars.

5:00 am, Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

October 29th:

8:00 pm, The Abominable Dr. Phibes: A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife’s death.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes

10:00 pm, Night of the Living Dead: A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a horde of flesh-eating ghouls that are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

October 30th:

12:00 am, Invasion of the Body Snatchers: When strange seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade San Francisco, California, where they replicate the residents into emotionless automatons one body at a time.

2:00 am, Hell Night: Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier. Linda Blair and Peter Barton star.

3:45 pm, Exorcist II: The Heretic: A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl’s exorcist.

5:45 am, Creature from the Haunted Sea: A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn’t know is that the creature is real.

6:45 am, The Hypnotic Eye: A mysterious hypnotist is suspected by the police for being responsible for a wave of female mutilation victims.

8:15 am, Chamber of Horrors: A one-handed madman (he lost the hand while escaping a hanging) uses various detachable devices as murder weapons to gain revenge on those he believes have wronged him.

10:00 am, Spider Baby: In a dilapidated rural mansion, the last generation of the degenerate, inbred Merrye family lives with the inherited curse of a disease that causes them to mentally regress from the age of 10 or so on as they physically develop. The family chauffeur looks out for them and covers up their indiscretions. Trouble comes when greedy distant relatives and their lawyer arrive to dispossess the family of its home.

11:30 am, The Devil’s Own: Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.

1:15 pm, The Curse of Frankenstein: While awaiting execution for murder, Baron Victor Frankenstein tells the story of a creature he built and brought to life – only for it to behave not as he intended.

Turner Classic Movies Curse

The Curse of Frankenstein

2:45 pm, The Haunting: Hill House has stood for about 90 years and appears haunted: its inhabitants have always met strange, tragic ends. Now Dr. John Markway has assembled a team of people who he thinks will prove whether or not the house is haunted.

4:45 pm, The Tomb of Ligeia: A man’s obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

6:15 pm, The Fly: A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

8:00 pmFrankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

9:30 pm, Young Frankenstein: An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

11:30 pm, Who’s Superstitious?: This short film examines the origins of several superstitions including crossing your fingers, knocking on wood, rabbit’s feet, and breaking champagne bottles to christen ships, plus the role of superstitions in the Flying Dutchman tale.

11:45 pm, Black Cats and Broomsticks: This short film examines the role in mid-20th century America of superstitions, personal rituals, taboos, talismans, and the black arts.

October 31st:

12:00 am, Cat People: An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland’s fables if they are intimate together.

1:30 am, Leopard Man: A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy New Mexico town.

2:45 am, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death: A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death

4:30 am, Carnival of Souls: After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

6:00 am, Phantom of the Rue Morgue: When several women are found mutilated and murdered, the Paris police are baffled as to who the killer may be. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is someone (or something) stronger and deadlier than a human.

7:30 am, Macabre: A doctor’s daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her.

8:45 am, White Zombie: A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.

10:00 am, Cat People: An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland’s fables if they are intimate together.

11:30 am, The Leopard Man: A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy New Mexico town.

12:45 pm, Mad Love: In Paris, a demented surgeon’s obsession with a British actress leads him to secretly replace her concert pianist husband’s mangled hands with those of a guillotined murderer with a gift for knife-throwing.

2:00 pm, Horror of Dracula: Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire’s castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to hunt the predatory villain when he targets Harker’s loved ones.

3:30 pm, The Pit and the Pendulum: In the sixteenth century, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to clarify the strange circumstances of his sister’s death after she had married the son of a cruel Spanish Inquisitor.

The Pit and the Pendulum

5:00 pm, Curse of the Demon: American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

6:30 pm, Horror Hotel: A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitants.

8:00 pm, Psycho: A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother in this classic from Alfred Hitchcock.

10:00 pm, Blow Out: A movie sound recordist (John Travolta) accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.