Night of the Bloody Apes (1969) Available November 2

Night of the Bloody Apes (1969) Available November 2

”Night of the Bloody Apes” is a remake of Cardona’s Doctor of Doom (1962), spiced with women, medical footage, women wrestling, and cheap gore shots. Female masked wrestler Lucy (who looks like the devil) beats the stuffing out of an opponent – a wrestling lady with a red costume like Catwoman. Lucy finally hurls her opponent from the squared circle and knocks her out cold. Although Lucy’s cop boyfriend tries to convince her that it’s all part of the show, Lucy can no longer handle the stress of wrestling. Meanwhile, a mad scientist (Dr. Krellman) attempts to cure his son’s leukemia by doing the first ‘ape-to-human’ heart transplant. He decides to put a gorilla’s heart into the lad and orders his flunky to ”prepare the gorilla!”. There is actual footage of a graphic open-heart surgery inserted in the ape operation scenes! This of course causes the boy to turn into a big stinky man-ape. He becomes deformed and mutated, as he sprouts excessive facial hair and takes on the characteristics of the organ’s donor, who immediately goes on a bloody rampage, tearing clothes off women and faces off men.

STARRING: José Elías Moreno, Carlos López Moctezuma, Armando Silvestre

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) Available November 2

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) Available November 2

Starring Claude Rains (The Invisible Man, Casablanca), Heather Angel (The Undying Monster, Lifeboat) and David Manners (Dracula, The Death Kiss), The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a haunting film adaptation of the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. An opium-addicted choirmaster, John Jasper (Rains), becomes obsessed with a young student named Rosa Bud (Angel). His nephew, Edwin Drood (Manners), also holds a torch for the girl and asks her to marry him. Circumstances in their small Victorian town grow more perplexing when Drood disappears and the sordid details of Jasper’s secret life come to light. Featuring beautiful sets, lavish costumes and wonderful direction by Stuart Walker (The Eagle and the Hawk, Werewolf of London), this gripping tale remains as mysterious as ever. Douglass Montgomery (The Cat and the Canary), Francis L. Sullivan (Great Expectations), Valerie Hobson (Kind Hearts and Coronets) and E.E. Clive (The Bride of Frankenstein) round out the fine cast.

STARRING: Claude Rains, Douglass Montgomery, Heather Angel, David Manners, Francis L. Sullivan

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The Mad Doctor (1940) Available November 2

The Mad Doctor (1940) Available November 2

Death Lurked in His Hypnotic Eyes! In the nerve-jangling thriller The Mad Doctor, the great Basil Rathbone (The Black Sleep, The Comedy of Terrors) is Dr. George Sebastien, a smooth and sinister physician who woos, weds and murders several of his wealthy women patients for their fortunes. Aided by his demented manservant (Martin Kosleck, House of Horrors), he sets up a Park Avenue psychiatry practice and effects an apparently miraculous cure for troubled heiress Linda Boothe (Ellen Drew, Isle of the Dead), whom he makes his fourth wife. Can the suspicious Dr. Downer (Ralph Morgan, Strange Interlude) and Linda’s ex-fiancé Gil (John Howard, The Undying Monster) foil Sebastien’s schemes and save Linda before it’s too late? Rathbone is splendid as the diabolically debonair doctor in this psychological chiller from director Tim Whelan (The Murder Man, The Thief of Bagdad) and cinematographer Ted Tetzlaff (My Man Godfrey, Notorious).

STARRING: Basil Rathbone, Ellen Drew, John Howard

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Horror History: Friday, October 25, 1996: Thinner was released in theaters

Horror History: Friday, October 25, 1996: Thinner was released in theaters

A 109-year-old gypsy, hell-bent on revenge, exacts a curse so shocking it compels its victim to gorge himself in an effort to avoid shrinking away to nothingness. With time running out and a torture so bizarre and powerful, even death seems a more likely option.

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Horror History: Friday, October 25, 1991: Two Evil Eyes was released in US theaters

Horror History: Friday, October 25, 1991: Two Evil Eyes was released in US theaters

In George Romero’s The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Dario Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet.

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Horror History: Sunday, October 25, 1987: “Tales From The Darkside” episode “No Strings” premiered

Horror History: Sunday, October 25, 1987: “Tales From The Darkside” episode “No Strings” premiered

Season 4 Episode 5

A cruel mob boss (T.J. Castronova, who also executive-produced the series) forces a ventriloquist (Barry Dennen) to string up the corpse of his defeated rival as a puppet. A one-man show is held… with results that none involved had counted on. Written and directed by David Odell (author of The Dark Crystal, in which Dennen lent his voice to the Skeksis Chamberlain).

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Homebodies (1974) Available November 2

Homebodies (1974) Available November 2

A Murder a Day Keeps the Landlord Away! When six mild-mannered senior citizens are told that their old brownstone is going to be torn down, they don’t take the news lightly! Led by a pixie-faced lady (Paula Trueman, The Outlaw Josey Wales), the oldsters decide they must exert “Gray Power” and take action. After a little plotting and planning, they become an oddly lovable assortment of “hit men,” carefully getting rid of those who would attempt to disrupt their lives. This hilarious horror story from director Larry Yust (Trick Baby) will not only make you laugh, it’ll also make you look twice at that sweet old lady who lives next door! Peter Brocco (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Frances Fuller (They Might Be Giants), William Hansen (The Laughing Policeman), Ruth McDevitt (TV’s Kolchak: The Night Stalker) and Ian Wolfe (Witness for the Prosecution) round out the cast of pernicious pensioners. Beautifully photographed by Isidore Mankofsky (Somewhere in Time).

STARRING: Peter Brocco

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The Convent Available November 2

The Convent Available November 2

A young woman who can communicate with the dead, and the spirit of a student who died years before, team up to solve a murder, that took place half a century ago. As they dig up evidence and locate witnesses, they encounter men, women, as well as vengeful spirits, that will stop at nothing to stop them from finding out the truth.

STARRING: Jannine Weigel, Pongsakorn Tosuwann, Sa-Ard Piempongsan

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Come True (2020) Available November 2

Come True (2020) Available November 2

Looking for an escape from her recurring nightmares, 18-year-old Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone) submits to a university sleep study, but soon realizes she’s become the conduit to a frightening new discovery. Dreams twist and nightmares come true in this mind-altering new work of science-fiction from Anthony Scott Burns (Our House) that haunts the space between wakefulness and sleep. Come True is an unforgettable cinematic dream well worth the submersion.

STARRING: Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron, Carlee Ryski

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