Movie fans will be screaming with delight this Halloween as TCM presents a month of Fridays featuring memorable horror films directed by four respected directors of the genre.

Two of the directors whose works are featured are considered among the greatest artists in cinema: Jacques Tourneur (Oct. 5), whose Curse of the Demon (1958), Cat People (1942) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943) are perfect illustrations of how suspense and terror can be built by keeping the horror in the shadows, and Tod Browning (Oct. 19), who pushed the level of cinematic artistry to a new level through such seminal horror films as Freaks (1932) and London After Midnight (1927). The other two directors featured in October carried the genre torch into the 1950s: William Castle (Oct. 12), whose films Homicidal (1961), Strait-Jacket (1964) and The Tingler (1959) elevated shock value and marketing gimmicks to an art form, and Roger Corman (Oct. 26), whose deliciously wicked A Bucket of Blood (1959) and handsomely produced Edgar Allan Poe adaptation The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) showed how quality filmmaking doesn't require big budgets.

TCM will break open the floodgate on Halloween with a 16-film marathon of classic horror cinema, including a prime-time and late-night collection of films featuring Boris Karloff.

Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 75 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, the combined Time Warner and Turner film libraries, from the '20s through the '90s, commercial-free and without interruption. The network also offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, including the Emmy-winning Stardust: The Bette Davis Story, as well as the Emmy-nominated Brando and the critically acclaimed Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool.

Friday, Oct. 5

Jacques Tourneur

8:00 PM Curse of the Demon ('58)

9:45 PM Cat People ('42)

11:00 PM I Walked With a Zombie ('43)

12:15 AM The Leopard Man ('43)

Friday, Oct. 12

William Castle

8:00 PM Homicidal ('61)

9:30 PM Strait-Jacket ('64)

11:15 PM 13 Ghosts ('60)

12:45 AM The Tingler ('59)

Friday, Oct. 19

Tod Browning

8:00 PM Mark of the Vampire ('35)

9:15 PM Freaks ('32)

10:30 PM The Devil Doll ('36)

12:00 AM London After Midnight ('27)

1:00 AM The Unknown ('27)

Friday, Oct. 26

Roger Corman

8:00 PM A Bucket of Blood ('59)

9:15 PM The Creature from the Haunted Sea ('61)

10:30 PM The Pit and the Pendulum ('61)

12:00 AM The Terror ('63)

TCM's 24-Hour Halloween Movie Marathon

Wednesday, Oct. 31

6:00 AM The Devil Bat ('40)

7:30 AM The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb ('64)

9:00 AM Bride of the Monster ('55)

10:30 AM The Revenge of Frankenstein ('58)

12:15 PM Cry of the Werewolf ('44)

1:30 PM The Werewolf ('56)

3:00 PM The Mystery of the Wax Museum ('33)

4:30 PM House of Usher ('60)

6:00 PM The Haunting ('63)

Starring Boris Karloff

8:00 PM The Ghoul ('33)

9:30 PM The Invisible Ray ('36)

11:00 PM The Body Snatcher ('45)

12:30 AM The Old Dark House ('32)

2:00 AM Die, Monster, Die ('65)

3:30 AM The Walking Dead ('36)

4:45 AM Isle of the Dead ('45)

Cinemark Movie Club
Brian B.