TCM Underground in October
TCM Underground focuses on classic, cult and B-movies every Saturday night. This month we emphasize the creepy, the ghastly and the downright strange in our collection of offbeat horror films. Join us in saluting these oddities of the past that dare to stray outside the norm in the 11th anniversary of the ongoing franchise.
Four TCM premieres are featured, including the hit shocker Willard (1971), which stars Bruce Davison as a young man who befriends a colony of rats headed by a rodent named Ben, with gruesome results. The movie's sequel, Ben (1972), follows the head rat into a troubled relationship with his new master (Lee Montgomery). A Griffin Dunne double feature consists of After Hours (1985), Martin Scorsese's dark comedy of desperation and Who's That Girl (1987), a screwball comedy co-starring Madonna as a falsely accused ex-con trying to clear her name.
Blacula (1972) and its sequel, Scream, Blacula Scream (1973), are "blaxploitation" takeoffs featuring an African prince turned vampire (William Marshall). The Canadian film The Brood (1979), directed by the brilliant David Cronenberg, concerns a woman with emotional problems (Samantha Eggar) and a group of murderous mutant dwarfs. The British film Repulsion (1965) is Roman Polanski's classic thriller about a woman (Catherine Deneuve) who is left alone in an apartment and relives horrific traumas from her past.