Scary Halloween on Cable TV (Mania.com)

By:Frederick C. Szebin
Date: Monday, September 25, 2000
Source: Film Comment

Every once in a while the original promise of cable televisionmore choices for varied interestscomes to pass. For those of us who like spooky movies, October is proving to look very promising thanks to the Independent Film Channel, American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies. IFC will be offering 'Indie Screams' beginning Friday 13, and running until Oct. 31. Included in their low-budget horror wrap up are two of David Cronenberg's best early works, Rabid (Oct. 20, 24, 29) and The Brood(Oct. 20, 29). But the best treat might be in Adam Simon's documentary, The American Nightmare, which goes to the sources of some of the best horror films ever made. Cronenberg, George Romero, Wes Craven and Tom Savini will be among those talking about the horror film from the 1970s, and how that influential decade revived the genre, once the depository of gothic clichés and wild-eyed mad men.

But that's not all, folks! Over on American Movie Classics they are offering their annual Halloween party, Monsterfest, this year with a potentially fascinating trick: among the movies included in the Oct 27-31 marathon is not only Tod Browning's classic piece of kitch, Dracula with Bela Lugosi, they will give it to us yet again with a new soundtrack by Philip Glass, topped off with George Melford's Spanish speaking Dracula, which was shot at the same time as Browning/Lugosi's more famous film, using the same sets but shooting at night after the American crew had finished for the day. Topping off Turner Classic Movies' holiday treats will be Roman Polanksi's Fearless Vampire Killersletterboxed!, airing on All Hallow's Eve, October 31.