Thanks to streaming services like Shudder and Screambox, we horror hounds can get our fright fix pretty much 24/7. Even so, there’s still something special about October, a month that culminates in Allhallowtide, the Christian triduum dedicated to remembrance of the dead. In celebration of the season, most TV channels flood their schedule with appropriately spooky programming, none more so than Turner Classic Movies. Here are six seriously horrific movies coming your way in October on TCM that you might definitely want to set your DVR for.
Though it came out in 1977, Demon Seed (airing October 6 at 3:45am) will probably be much more chilling to today’s audiences, especially to those who have adopted smart home technology and/or have an interest in the #MeToo movement. After a scientist creates the world’s first fully functioning artificial intelligence, the program goes rogue, takes over his home, and gets all misogynistic and rapey with his wife. It’s not necessarily a great film, maybe not even a good one, but it is unique, uncomfortable, and ultimately unforgettable.
Horror Hotel, aka The City of the Dead (airing October 11 at 1:15am), is about as classy as a low budget effort like this can get.