Tune in to TCM’s A Night at the Movies: Horror with Stephen King on October 3rd

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Stephen KingTCM is airing “A Night at the Movies: Horror” with Stephen King on Monday, October 3rd, which features King talking about the genre of horror films from early days to the present day, including some of his own. In addition, the network is showing seven classic horror films in conjunction with the show.

TCM’s “A Night at the Movies” specials are written, produced and directed by Laurent Bouzereau, an award-winning filmmaker and author. Bouzereau has created many documentaries on the making of films by some of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers, including Peter Bogdanovich, Brian De Palma, William Friedkin, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, George Lucas, Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg and many others. His most recent books include The Art of Bond and Alfred Hitchcock: Piece by Piece.

Here are a few of King’s quotes from “A Night at the Movies: Horror”:

“The horror genre is an extremely delicate thing. You can talk to filmmakers and even psychologists who’ve studied the genre, and even they don’t understand what works or what doesn’t work. More importantly, they don’t understand why it works when it works.”

“Horror movies often work better when we have a stake in the game. The more we care about the characters, the more human they are to us, the more appealing they are to us and the more effective the horror tends to be.”

“The ghost story movie that scared me the most was The Changeling with George C. Scott. I think that’s sometimes overlooked, but it’s a wonderful piece of work.”

“Carrie was a terrific piece of work. At the end of the movie comes, when Amy Irving kneels down to put the flowers on Carrie’s grave, a hand comes up through the grave and seizes her by the arm. The audience went to the roof, totally to the roof. It was just the most amazing reaction. And I thought, ‘We have a monster hit on our hands. Brian De Palma has done something new. He’s actually created a shock ending that shocks an audience that was ready for a horror film.’ And there were several people who did it after that.”

Below is a list of the films that will be airing in conjunction with the special:

8:00 PM TCM “Night at the Movies: Horror” (’11)
9:00 PM Frankenstein (’31)
10:15 PM Freaks (’32)
11:30 PM TCM “Night at the Movies: Horror” (’11)
12:30 AM Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (’32)
2:15 AM Mark of the Vampire (’35)
3:30 AM The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (’19)
4:45 AM Nosferatu (’22)
6:15 AM Phantom of the Opera (’25)

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  • Terminal

    Damn, it sucks they’re not giving rare horror films or horror films we hadn’t seen before. Frankenstein and Nosferatu are great, but they’ve been played on TCM many times before.