TCM Underground

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TCM Underground is a weekly late-night cult film showcase airing on Turner Classic Movies. Developed by former TCM marketing director Eric Weber, it was originally hosted by industrial rock/heavy metal musician and independent filmmaker Rob Zombie. TCM Underground began airing Friday the 13th of October 2006 with Plan 9 from Outer Space and Bride of the Monster.[1] The series is periodically pre-empted by special month-long or seasonal scheduling themes, such as February's "31 Days of Oscar" film series and the month-long "Summer Under the Stars".[2] When it does not conflict with a special theme, TCM Underground airs in its usual slot at 2:00 AM (EST). The movies were programmed by Eric Weber until 2007 when TCM programmer Millie De Chirico took over the role. TCM began airing a new program titled 'Friday Night Spotlight' and, in effect, TCM Underground was moved from its Friday time slot to Saturdays beginning April 6, 2013 (a TCM broadcast day runs from 6am-5:59am EST the following day, making 'Underground', in fact, airing on Sunday).[3] Promotional bumper material and opening credit sequences were created by Raygun.[4]

The series was launched in an attempt to attract more young viewers to Turner's older-skewing audience.[5]

Host[edit]

Turner Classic Movies hired popular heavy metal artist/filmmaker Rob Zombie to host the series. Zombie, an avid horror movie fan whose filmwork included directing and writing the controversial horror films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, hosted the series until the December 1st, 2006 installment of the series.

Though Fangoria described his presenting style as the antithesis to TCM host Robert Osborne's film introductions,[6] Zombie's hosting format was the same as Osborne's. Both introduce the films, explain the basic plot and tell the story behind the making of the film. The only variation was Zombie's ending segment, shown after the film, where he discusses the reasons behind the film's box office failure.

Currently TCM Underground is without a host.

List of films[edit]

Film Day Airing Year Released
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Bride of the Monster
October 13, 2006 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1959
1953
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Mudhoney
October 20, 2006 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1965
1965
Night of the Living Dead
The Crazies
October 27, 2006 2:00 AM
3:45 AM
1968
1973
Sisters November 3, 2006 2:00 AM 1973
Electra Glide in Blue November 10, 2006 2:00 AM 1973
Freaks November 17, 2006 2:00 AM 1932<
The Sadist
Wild Guitar
November 24, 2006 2:00 AM
3:45 AM
1963
1962
The Conqueror Worm December 1, 2006 2:00 AM 1968
The Honeymoon Killers December 8, 2006 2:00 AM 1970
The Unholy Three
West of Zanzibar
December 15, 2006 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1925
1928
Dementia 13 December 22, 2006 2:00 AM 1963
Madhouse
The Last Man on Earth
December 29, 2006 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1974
1964
Coffy
Foxy Brown
January 5, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1973
1974
The Black Sleep January 12, 2007 2:00 AM 1956
Curse of the Demon
House of Usher
January 19, 2007 2:00 AM
3:45 AM
1957
1960
Billy the Kid vs. Dracula
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
January 26, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1966
I Bury the Living March 9, 2007 2:00 AM 1958
Spider Baby March 16, 2007 2:00 AM 1968
Night of the Living Dead
The Crazies
March 23, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1968
1973
Sisters March 30, 2007 2:00 AM 1973
A Bucket of Blood
The Terror
April 6, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1959
1963
Coffy
Foxy Brown
April 13, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1973
1974
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Bride of the Monster
April 20, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1959
1953
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Mudhoney
April 27, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1965
1965
The Born Losers May 4, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1967
Black Caesar
Hell Up in Harlem
May 11, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1967
1973
Electra Glide in Blue May 18, 2007 2:00 AM 1973
Freaks May 25, 2007 2:00 AM 1932
Head June 1, 2007 2:00 AM 1968
The Sadist
Wild Guitar
June 8, 2007 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1963
1962
The Conqueror Worm June 15, 2007 2:00 AM 1968
The Honeymoon Killers June 22, 2007 2:00 AM 1970
West of Zanzibar
The Unholy Three
June 29, 2007 2:00 AM
3:15 AM
1928
1925
Curse Of The Demon July 6 2:00 AM 1958
Billy The Kid vs. Dracula
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
July 13 2:00 AM
3:30 AM
1966
1966
I Bury The Living July 20, 2007 2:00 AM 1958
A Bucket Of Blood
The Terror
July 27, 2007 2:00 AM
3:15 AM
1959
1963
Dementia 13 September 7, 2007 2:00 AM 1963
Madhouse
The Last Man On Earth
September 14, 2007 2:00 AM
3:45 AM
1974
1964
The Black Sleep September 21, 2007 2:15 AM 1956
Spider Baby September 28, 2007 2:00 AM 1964
The Born Losers October 6, 2007 2:00 AM
4:00 AM
1967
Black Caesar
Hell Up in Harlem
October 13, 2007 2:15 AM
4:00 AM
1973
1973
Head October 20, 2007 2:00 AM 1968
Carnival of Souls October 27, 2007, 2007 2:00 AM 1962
Attack of the Crab Monsters December 7, 2007 2:00 AM 1957
Suburbia December 14, 2007 2:00 AM 1984
Häxan December 21, 2007 2:00 AM 1922
Grand Theft Auto
The Fast and the Furious
December 28, 2007 2:00 AM
4:00 AM
1977
1955

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TCM Welcomes Auteur Filmmaker and Music Artist Rob Zombie as Host Of New Cult Movie Showcase on TCM". TCM Movie News. 2006-11-25. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  2. ^ "TCM 2006-2007 Programming Slate". TCM Movie News. 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  3. ^ http://news.turner.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=6338
  4. ^ "Raygun Goes Underground With Turner Classic Movies (TCM)". Yahoo! Finance. 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2006-12-13. [dead link]
  5. ^ Dempsey, John. "TCM digs deep for database". Variety. 2005-10-23. URL retrieved 2006-12-02.
  6. ^ Rotten, Ryan. Rob Zombie’s TCM UNDERGROUND schedule. Fangoria. 2006-09-14. URL retrieved 2007-01-22.

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