32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 22: The Black Castle!

The Black Castle (1952)

Yes, if I was being menaced by Lon Chaney Jr’s disembodied, floating head, I’d probably pull a sword on it too. But more on that in a moment.

Tonight, we begin with a lovely ballad about the end of the world from The Misfits. This is “Hunting Humans,” from their 1999 album, Famous Monsters. What side is the singer/protagonist on? Who can say?

Next, a tasty Halloween treat from Tales From the Darkside, the anthology series from the Dead duo of Richard Rubinstein and George Romero. This 1985 episode is “Halloween Candy,” and it’s a cautionary tale about what can happen if you don’t give those delightful children what they want.

Now for the feature, it’s 1952’s The Black Castle. It’s directed by Nathan Juran (the 1958 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) and stars Richard Greene (the 1972 movie of Tales From the Crypt), Rita Corday (The Body Snatcher), Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. The last there of the aforementioned afrighted head. A man in search of his missing friends may have stumbled into the same lethal trap that they did, so how will he escape alive?

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