TCM Genre movies schedule...

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Klaus, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Nothing to apologize for. I just think Syfy gets a bum rap sometimes, so I tend to defend it whenever the topic comes up. Nothing personal.

    And I'll cop to loving most of those cheesy SYFY monster movies. They're the modern equivalent of the old drive-in monster movies I devoured as a kid, like EARTH VS. THE GIANT SPIDER or ISLAND OF TERROR. They can be fun if you're in the right frame of mind, although some of them are definitely more entertaining than others. I will defend SHARKTOPUS and WAR BIRDS with my dying breath; MEGA PIRANHAS and SHARKS IN VENICE, not so much. (Yes, I am a connoisseur of schlock.)

    No rule that says that everything on Syfy has to be "serious" SF.
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019
  2. Redfern

    Redfern Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2006
    Location:
    Georgia, USA
    At least some of the "reality" shows SyFy has presented tie into genre themes, like "Face Off", the makeup competition series. I loved that show and I'm a bit bummed it has "concluded" (until such time the network might change its decision). True, the first season was "shaky and shady", focusing upon "backstage melodrama" with contestants allying themselves to 'do in" those they disliked. Thankfully, they dropped that mess by the second season and focused instead upon the chaos of the workshop.

    I'm sure it was at least partially "scripted", but one of the best "situations" I saw involved a contestant who always found a few spare minutes to help his competition. One day, a heavy mold fell upon his hand, crushing at least two of his fingers and required a trip to the ER. Under normal circumstances, he would have been out of the running because of the time lost, a full day. But since he was such a nice guy, the others found enough spare time to separate his mold; remove the clay and cleaned it so it would be ready to cast the foam rubber pieces. The next day the injured man returned and was able to cast the appliances at the same time as everyone else. When judged, his entry was at least in the top three. He might have actually won, but I can't recall for certain. Again, it was likely "guided" by the director, "Come on! You're gonna' help this fellow!", but it was great to see people helping instead of backstabbing one another.

    SyFy has also presented other competition shows (usually only getting a season or two), like one where creators had to design and build a set suitable for filming, and a show about costuming (not to be confused with an earlier work where a recording crew simply followed "catty" teenagers around conventions).

    I've always loved "behind the scenes" stuff ever since I read "The Making of Star Trek" in the early 70s, so I found these genre themed competition shows quite fascinating.
     
    Greg Cox likes this.
  3. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    Yeah, that's part of what I'm saying. Syfy has managed to maintain its identity better than other niche cable networks, so that even its reality shows are SF/fantasy-themed, whereas other networks (CourtTV most of all, and Discovery almost as much) abandoned their original identities entirely in order to become generic reality-show channels.


    I was rather fond of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? It was blatantly staged and artificial, but to such a degree that it was effectively a parody of staged "reality" shows, and I loved it that it rewarded wholesome, supportive, heroic behavior and positive values rather than scheming and backstabbing. Although I dislike its failure to deliver on the promised prize of giving the winners' characters their own comic and movie. The first season's winner got a one-shot comic, but his "movie" was a brief cameo in one of Syfy's cheesy monster movies, and not even as the real superhero, just as himself playing one; and the second season's winner never got his prizes at all.
     
  4. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    I'll cop to having had my photo taken with the winner of the first season, which he autographed for me. Used to have it framed on my office wall. :)

    Full disclosure: I also used to write on-line trivia contests for the Sci-Fi Channel website. Anybody remember "MIndprobe"?
     
  5. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    No, it might not be exactly the same as it was when it first started, but I'd put The Magicians, Wynona Earp, The Killjoys, and especially The Expanse right up there with the best stuff they've ever shown. Seriously awesome shows, and IMO some of the best genre show on TV right now.

    They also did The Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, where Creature Designer competed for a chance to work at the Jim Henson Creature Shop. Each week they'd have to design and build a new puppet, and then at the end they'd bring in puppeteers to perform a scene with it. I'm a big fan of the Creature Shop's work, and puppets in general, so I got big kick out of it, and I'm still a little disappointed it only got one season.
     
    Greg Cox and Molech-ular like this.
  6. Molech-ular

    Molech-ular Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Location:
    publiusr
    Same here. I miss Face Off.
     
  7. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    I couldn't find the name of it, but the episode of The Magicians where Eliot and Quinten live an entire life together was phenomenal and I'll take 100 Sharknados if it means we can continue to get those kinds of episodes.
     
  8. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    We just watched THEM! for the first time this afternoon, and I thought it was pretty fun.
     
  9. Anwar

    Anwar Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Location:
    Moncton, NB
    Was it "Bug Night" or something? They showed the old 50s "The Fly" movie too.
     
  10. RJDemonicus

    RJDemonicus Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2003
    Location:
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    Them and The Fly are both classics. I've got Them on DVD, but I don't think I have The Fly yet.
     
  11. Anwar

    Anwar Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Location:
    Moncton, NB
    I was kind of hoping they'd show the Cronenberg version too, I mean they show 80s movies sometimes. They showed Roger Rabbit about 6 years ago too.
     
  12. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2001
    Location:
    Mr. Adventure
    Been busy, missed first week but here goes:
    List is subjective, all times EST, days go from 6AM-5:59AM like TCM's online schedule

    SEP 13 0415a Witchboard (cheesy horror for Tawny Kitaen fans)

    SEP 14 0930a Sat. Serial: Lost City of the Jungle

    SEP 21 0930a Sat. Serial: Jungle Queen

    Disability theme
    SEP 23 0800p CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion (doc)
    SEP 23 1000p Freaks
    SEP 23 1115p Bride of Frankenstein
    SEP 23 1245a Hunchback of Notre Dame

    SEP 27 0315p The Mummy's Shroud
    SEP 27 0630p The Mummy
    SEP 27 0200a Belladonna of Sadness (not sure, Jap. animated)
    SEP 27 0330a House (Hausu Jap. Horror)

    SEP 28 0930a Sat. Serial: Jungle Queen
    SEP 28 0200a It Came From Outer Space
    SEP 29 0330a Riders to the Stars

    Bond Thursdays
    It's nice they are presented chronologically but a little disappointing in just how readily Bond can be found on so many other channels in the last few years.

    SEP 12 0800p On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    SEP 12 1030p Diamonds Are Forever
    SEP 12 1245a Live and Let Die
    SEP 12 0300a The Man with the Golden Gun

    SEP 19 0800p The Spy Who Loved Me
    SEP 19 1015p Moonraker
    SEP 19 1230a For Your Eyes Only
    SEP 19 0300a Octopussy
    SEP 19 0515a A View to a Kill

    SEP 26 0800p The Living Daylights
    SEP 26 1030p Licence to Kill
    SEP 26 0100a Goldeneye
    SEP 26 0330a Tomorrow Never Dies
    SEP 26 0530a The World Is Not Enough

    SF/F Adjacent (purely subjective on my end, stuff maybe of interest, or films that have a fantastic element but aren't necessarily thought of as SF/F)

    SEP 11 0743a Phantoms, Inc. (old doc debunking psychics)
    SEP 11 0800a Topper Returns
    SEP 11 0300a Around the World in 80 Days

    SEP 14 1007a Hold that Hypnotist (hypnotism sends Bowery Boys to battle pirates in the 17th Century)
    SEP 14 0200a Duck Soup (Marx Bros. run amuck in fictional Eastern European country)

    SEP 20 0215a Eating Raoul (see Voyager's Robert Beltran in a different role in this cult classic)

    Egyptian theme
    SEP 27 0800a Valley of the Kings
    SEP 27 0930a Mummy's Boys
    SEP 27 1045a Land of the Pharaohs
    SEP 27 1245p Caesar and Cleopatra
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2019
  13. RJDemonicus

    RJDemonicus Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2003
    Location:
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    I'm glad that they're showing the original Bond series of movies.

    I've only managed to catch two or three of the Lost City of the Jungle episodes, but it seems pretty good. I'm not sure if Jungle Queen is one of the serials I've got on DVD or not.

    They do show 80s movies now, and even 90s, which I have mixed feelings about, but the Fly remake with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis was actually pretty good.
     
    Anwar likes this.
  14. TREK_GOD_1

    TREK_GOD_1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    May 24, 2006
    Location:
    Escaped from Delta Vega
    So few good entries among that list.
     
  15. Anwar

    Anwar Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Location:
    Moncton, NB
    So, any updates for Oct?
     
  16. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2001
    Location:
    Mr. Adventure
    Same deal as before, EST, Days from start at 6AM and end just before. Made some dumb notes. Godzilla movies on Fridays.

    oh, just to note, being October and all I was pretty generous with listing horror though some might be not delve into the fantastic so much Also, (ish) indicates something that is borderline or genre-ish...

    THU OCT 03
    0800p Bell Book and Candle (ish)
    0945p Horror Hotel
    1115p The Devil's Own
    0100a Suspiria
    0245a Night of Dark Shadows
    0430a Haxan

    FRI OCT 04
    0800p Godzilla (1954, Gojira? Jap version?)
    0930p Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
    1100p Godzilla Raids Again
    1230a Mothra vs Godzilla
    0215a Godzilla
    0400a The Town That Dreaded Sundown

    SAT OCT 05
    0930a Sat Serial: Jungle Queen

    THU OCT 10
    0100p She
    0300p Vengeance of She
    0445p Viking Queen
    0630p Queen of Outer Space
    0800p The Black Cat
    0915p Curse of the Demon
    1045p The Seventh Victim
    1215a The Devil's Bride
    0200a Blood on Satan's Claw
    0345a Dracula AD 1972
    0530a Eye of the Devel

    FRI OCT 11
    0800p Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
    0945p Invasion of Astro-Monster aka Monster Zero
    1130p Ebirah, Horror of the Deep aka Godzilla vs the Sea Monster
    0100a Son of Godzilla
    0245a Destroy All Monsters
    0430a Ghoulies

    SAT OCT 12
    0930a Sat Serial: Jungle Queen
    1045p Tom Thumb
    0230a The Purple Rose of Cairo (ish)

    SUN OCT 13
    1200p Curse of the Cat People (ish)

    THU OCT 17
    0800p The Uninvited
    1000p The Haunted
    1200a The Fog
    0145a Poltergeist
    0345a Kuroneko
    0530a The Phantom Carriage (ish? silent)

    FRI OCT 18
    0800p All Monsters Attack
    0930p Godzilla vs Hedorah
    1115p Godzilla vs Gigan
    0100a Rodan (oddly out of order chronologically)
    0230a Sugar Hill
    0415a Blacula

    SAT OCT 19
    0930a Sat Serial: Jungle Queen
    0200p White Zombie
    0315p The Naked and the Dead aka Lifeforce (j/k actually a war movie)

    TUE OCT 22
    0800p The Last Dragon (kind of...80s classic kung fu fantasy)

    THU OCT 24
    0930a Captain Sindbad (See if Lost in Space's Guy Williams says "The 'd' is silent")
    1100a Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
    0100p Jason and the Argonauts
    0245p Atlantis, the Lost Continent
    0430p Hercules, Samson & Ulysses
    0600p Clash of the Titans
    0800p Horror of Dracula
    0930p The Gorgon
    1115p The Plague of the Zombies
    0100a Night of the Living Dead
    0300a The Hunger (I always thought Bowie was a vampire...)
    0445a Nosferatu

    FRI OCT 25
    0800p Godzilla vs Megalon
    0930p Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
    1100p Terror of Mechagodzilla
    1230a The War of the Gargantuas
    According to TCM: In one of the more memorable scenes, a nightclub singer is performing "The Words Get Stuck in My Throat" when she is suddenly silenced by a very angry Gargantua. The band Devo used to do the song at live performances.

    SAT OCT 26
    0930a Sat Serial: Jungle Queen
    0600p THe Haunting

    SUN OCT 27
    1145a Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955 doc)
    1215p Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990 doc)
    0530p What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
    0200a The Living Skeleton (1968 Jap)
    0330a Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968 Jap)

    MON OCT 28
    0400a Coma

    TUE OCT 29
    0300p The Seventh Victim

    WED OCT 30
    0800p Mad Love
    1030p Cat People
    1145p I Walked with a Zombie
    0100p The Walking Dead
    0215a Mark of the Vampire
    0330a Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
    0445a A Bucket of Blood

    THU OCT 31
    0645a Freaks
    0800a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1932)
    0945a The Bat
    1115a House on Haunted Hill
    1245p Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955 doc)
    0100p From Beyond the Grave
    0245p Black Sabbath
    0430p Chamber of Horrors
    0615p House of Wax
    0800p Bride of Frankenstein
    0930p The Devil-Doll
    1100p House of Usher
    1230a Pit and the Pendulum
    0200a The Haunted Palace
    0345a Die, Monster, Die!
    0515a The Curse of Frankenstein
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2019
  17. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Thanks for posting that. A surfeit of riches!
     
  18. RJDemonicus

    RJDemonicus Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2003
    Location:
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    Yeah, that's a horrible lineup-- in a good way.
     
    Gary Mitch-HELL likes this.
  19. Set Harth

    Set Harth Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Location:
    Silent City
    0430a Haxan

    0345a Kuroneko

    I wish these were showing at better times...
     
  20. Redfern

    Redfern Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2006
    Location:
    Georgia, USA
    Looks like we're getting a "Kaiju Friday Fest". I can live with that!