Sunday, December 26, 2010

Genre Films on TCM (12.26.10)

A couple of flicks are playing tonight on Turner Classic Movies that you may be interested in, despite their G ratings. 

8:00pm Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
An unscrupulous millionaire tries to catch two mysterious children with super powers.
Cast: Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Kim Richards Dir: John Hough C-97 mins, TV-G

10:00pm Return From Witch Mountain (1978)
A mad scientist kidnaps an alien teen with amazing powers.
Cast: Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann Dir: John Hough C-94 mins, TV-G

And while not exactly a genre film, this original silent version of the classic Oz story may be of interest to cinephiles.

12:00am Wizard of Oz, The (1925)
In this silent film, a farm girl learns she is a princess and is swept away by a tornado to the land of Oz.
Cast: Larry Semon, Bryant Washburn, Dorothy Dwan, Virginia Pearson Dir: Larry Semon BW-72 mins

Again, not a genre film, but this movie sure creeped the shit out of me when I was a child.  There's just something inherently frightening about balloons that stalk children.  Call me crazy.

1:15am Red Balloon,The (1956)
A boy discovers his new balloon has a mind of its own.
Cast: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse Dir: Albert Lamorisse C-34 mins, TV-G

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