TCM Digs up the Dead During Monday Marathon

Sometimes it’s hyperbole, but this time the excitement is real!  Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has a line-up on April 16 that offers something for nearly every horror fan.  Boris Karloff?  Check.  Bela Lugosi?  Check.  Hammer Films?  Check.  William Castle?  Check.  Low-budget oddity?  Check.  It all starts at 7:45 AM (CT) and runs for almost 12 hours.  It sounds like a perfect day to stay home and celebrate winter in spring…

Dead Men Walk (1943)
Written by Fred Myton
Directed by Sam Newfield
Starring George Zucco, Mary Carlisle, Nedrick Young, Dwight Frye
Released April 12, 1943
RT  64 min.

The Walking Dead (1936)
Written by Ewart Adamson & Peter Milne and Robert Hardy Andrews and Lillie Hayward
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Starring Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill, Warren Hull, Barton MacLane
Released March 14, 1936
RT  66 min.
Classic Horrors rating =  7 (out of 10)

The Body Snatcher (1945)
Written by Philip MacDonald and Val Lewton
Based on short story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by Robert Wise
Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade, Rita orday, Sharyn Moffett
Released February 16, 1945 (St. Louis)
RT  77 min.
Classic Horrors rating =  6 (out of 10)
Read mini-review here.

Isle of the Dead (1945)
Written by Ardel Wray
Directed by Mark Robson
Starring Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery, Helen Thimig, Alan Napier, Jason Robards Sr. Ernst Deutsch
Released September 1, 1945
RT  71 min.
Classic Horrors rating =  5 (out of 10)

The Mummy (1959)
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Directed by Terence Fisher
Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne
Released September 25, 1959 (UK)
RT  86 min.
Classic Horrors rating =  9 (out of 10)
Read review here.

Macabre (1958)
Written by Robb White
Based on novel The Marble Forest by Anthony Boucher
Directed by William Castle
Starring William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White, Jacqueline Scott
Released October, 1958
RT  72 min.

Death Curse of Tartu (1966)
Written by William Grefe
Directed by William Grefe
Starring Fred Pinero, Babette Sherrill, Bill Marcus
Released October 17, 1966 (Gastonia, NC)
RT  87 min.

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Written by Don Houghton
Directed by Alan Gibson
Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Neame, Caroline Munro
Released September 28, 1972 (UK)
RT  96 min.
Classic Horrors rating =  8 (out of 10)

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