Comet’s Horror Classics

(Pictured above: William Marshall in ‘Blacula’)

This month, Comet TV, the free science fiction network that you can view over-the-air or online, will show four noteworthy horror classics:

Blacula (1972) and Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

Comet TV is presenting the campy horror movie – and its sequel – as a double feature.

Blacula features the Shakespearian cadence of William Marshall as Manuwalde, an African Prince who is turned into a vampire by Count Dracula during a visit to Transylvania. Manuwalde reawakens centuries later as Blacula in 1970s Los Angeles, where he pursues Lina (Vonetta McGee), a woman who resembles his dead wife. In the sequel, Blacula is brought back to life by voodoo.

Here’s the Blacula trailer:

Star Trek fans may remember Marshall as Dr. Richard Daystrom, the brilliant M-5 creator-gone-mad, in the 1968 episode “The Ultimate Computer.”

In this 1991 interview, Marshall reflects on the popularity of Blacula and the blackploitation film era:

The Blacula double feature will air this Saturday, August 5, at 2 pm ET; Tuesday, August 8, at 4 pm ET; and Friday, August 25, at 4 pm ET.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Directed by John Landis, David Naughton (who was already recognizable by TV audiences as the song-and-dance man in Dr. Pepper commercials) and Griffin Dunne are two American tourists hiking through England. One night, after an uncomfortable encounter with locals at a quaint little placed called The Slaughtered Lamb, they have an unfortunate encounter with a werewolf – and things go downhill from there. American Werewolf throws in romance and comedy to make for one of the more memorable entries in the horror film genre.

American Werewolf will air at 8 pm ET on both Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19, with one more encore at 4 pm ET on Sunday, August 27.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

A remake of the 1956 science fiction thriller about alien pods sprouting as replacements for humans, Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams are the ones on the run from the invaders in this paranoid thriller (or as Richard Nixon might have said, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the plants aren’t out to get you.) The cast also includes Jeff Goldblum (who also starred in The Fly) and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek’s Mr. Spock).

Invasion will air 8 pm ET on both Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26, with an additional broadcast at 5:30 pm ET on August 29.

For the latest Comet TV schedule, visit comettv.com or access it on either of two new apps: from the Roku Channel Store or the Apple TV Store.

To watch Comet online, visit comettv.com.

To see if you’re in one of the 100+ markets that can access Comet on-air, go to comettv.com and enter your zip code.

 

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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