Just in time for Halloween season, PZ and Mbird friend John Glover have annotated a list of movies playing this month on Turner Classic Movies. As one might expect, the Hammer horror films feature prominently. These classic movies are absolutely saturated with Christian themes and theology. (All times are EST).

October 5th, 8 pm, Cash on Demand (1961)

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal money. It is an excellent Hammer film noir which shows that “crime doesn’t pay.” Peter Cushing stars. (To stream it on Youtube, click here.)

October 9th, 9:30 pm, The Black Sleep (1956)

A brain surgeon’s experiments create a race of deadly freaks. It is the only B-movie I know of that makes an explicit distinction between the Presbyterian and the Church of England burial offices. Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney, Jr. star. (Also available for free on Amazon Prime.)

October 12th, 6:00 am, The Reptile (1966)

Indian snake worshippers turn an explorer’s daughter into a hideous monster. The Reptile makes the critical distinction between an M.D. and a Th.D.!

October 12th, 6:30 pm, The Night of the Lepus (1972)

Husband-and-wife scientists unwittingly unleash a horde of giant, man-eating rabbits. Starring Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, Deforest Kelley (“Bones”), and Paul Fix. (Available for rent on Amazon.)

October 15th, 5:45 pm, Random Harvest (1942)

It is a completely successful romantic movie! Based on James Hilton’s second-best novel, Random Harvest tells the tale of a true love that proves moving in the extreme. Greer Garson is sublime here, with Ronald Colman not far behind. (Available for rent on Amazon.)

October 19th, 11:30 am, Mogambo (1953)

In this remake of Red Dust, an African hunter is torn between a showgirl and a married woman. It is a moving tale of the transformational effect of the Roman Catholic confessional, in the African Bush. Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, and Grace Kelly star. Directed by John Ford. (Also available for rent on Amazon.)

October 20th, 4:30 am, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1970)

Baron Frankenstein blackmails a brother and sister into helping him with a brain transplant. This is the best of the Hammer Frankensteins! Brilliantly scored, too! Starring Peter Cushing. (Also available for rent on Amazon.)

October 27th, 4:45 am, Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Cult members unwittingly resurrect Dracula in swinging London. Very Christian and very campy. Featuring Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. (Also available for rent on Amazon.)

October 28th, noon, I Know Where I’m Going (1945)

A determined young Englishwoman sets out to accomplish her goals even at the risk of her heart. This is THE most affecting romantic movie ever made! (To stream it on YouTube, click here.)

October 29th, 11:00 am, Tormented (1960)

A composer is haunted by the ghost of the former lover he let die. The movie ends with a perfect Episcopal wedding. Well, maybe not perfect … (To stream it on YouTube, click here.)

October 30th, 11:00 pm, The Devil’s Bride (1968)

This is the most explicitly Christian of all the Hammer horrors. Outstanding movie! Christopher Lee stars.