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SPOOKY STUFF: 'Nosferatu,' 'Rocky Horror'
October 23, 2010  | By Diane Werts
 
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Halloween hauntings just keep happening. And for both classic eminence and downright perversity, it's hard to beat Nosferatu (late Sunday at midnight ET, Turner Classic Movies), the original vampire movie that influenced all others.

This 1922 German gem from director F.W. Murnau (Sunrise) even inspired a delirious dramatization of its making -- 2000's Shadow of the Vampire, with John Malkovich playing Murnau as a driven director willing to indulge the "method" acting of his literally blood-thirsty star (Willem Dafoe).

TCM follows it up overnight Oct. 24-25 with Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1932 Vampyr (2 a.m. ET), an even more dreamlike piece of art from the maker of the exquisite The Passion of Joan of Arc; then 1944's atmospheric Bela Lugosi vehicle The Return of the Vampire (3:30 a.m. ET), and 1970's swingin' seance tale Court Yorga, Vampire (4:45 a.m. ET, all on TCM).

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Get that DVR revved up, and reprogrammed in time for Tuesday's feast of fiendish fun. Glee (Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, Fox; photo at right) takes on the time warp of that '70s midnight movie musical perennial featuring Frank N. Furter, Brad and Janet (dammit!). Later that night, the original dress-up delight itself unreels in remastered 35th anniversary fashion -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET and midnight ET, Fox Movie Channel).

If you miss this dose of Rocky, Frank, Brad and Janet (dammit!), they'll be back on FMC in a 24-hour marathon Oct. 31.

And there's always the cool new remastered Blu-ray release -- more on that here.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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