Surprising Lack of Imagi-Movies on TCM in April and May, 2014

Greetings Friends and Fiends!

Ye Olde Dragon here, as the bearer of bad news, unfortunately.

I was remiss in posting a timely schedule for Imagi-Movies on TCM in April, but this is mostly due to the fact that there are only 14 entries for the month, with 90% of these airing after 1 AM. What surprises me more, is that there are absolutely none for the last two weeks of April and only three for  the first week of May.

May isn’t exactly turning out to be a bed of roses either with slightly more than April had. I’m quite surprised at this trend considering the nice amount of genre films that aired in March after the expected lull of February’s annual 31 Days of Oscar Festival.

Call me Quasimodo, because I have a hunch that there may be an explanation for this strange dearth of content.

For the past few years, Guys and Ghouls, we’ve been bugging the heck out of the powers that be at TCM to bring back the very thing that brought the #TCMparty and #DriveInMob together in the first place –

The Drive-In Double Feature Festival!!!

For those of you unfamiliar with the origin of these august organizations, back in June of 2011, TCM aired 50s and 60s monster movies every Thursday evening from 8 PM till 6 AM the following morning, usually following some sort of theme. Tweet a longs were relatively new then, but they soon became a regular occurrence for both genre films as well as the more commonly shown fare on TCM.

The party atmosphere was awesome, filled with posts of behind the scenes facts, personal insights or even just riffs in the vein of MST3K. For more info, and schedules click on their respective logos at the top of the blog!

Now, don’t take this for a done deal. This is just my theory at this time. It certainly makes sense that there would be less of a showing of Imagi-Movies prior to a month of a heavy dose of them. Case in point: September is usually a light month, considering that TCM celebrates Halloween for practically the entire month of October with content. Whatever the outcome, I just hope this isn’t a new trend. TCM has been very friendly to the Imagi-Movies crowd, and I can’t really see them pulling back now.

In any event, what follows are the very brief schedules for both April and May. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Enjoy!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

5:45 PM – What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971)
3:00 AM – Soylent Green (1973)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

6:00 PM – Forbidden Planet (1956)
8:00 PM – Field of Dreams (1989)
10:00 PM – Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

4:00 PM – The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

Monday, April 7, 2014

1:30 AM – Them! (1954) special note: this was actually my first tweet along
3:15 AM – The Cosmic Monsters (1958)
4:45 AM – The Wasp Woman (1959)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

12:00 AM – the Mysterious Island (1929)
2:00 AM – Genocide (1969)
3:30 AM – The X from Outer Space (1967)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2:00 AM – Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)
3:45 AM – The Terror (1963)

TOTAL = 14

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Friday, May 2, 2014

2:00 AM – Mad Max (1979)

Monday, May 5, 2014

6:15 AM – UFO (1956)
10:45 PM – Carousel (1956)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

1:00 PM – A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

Friday, May 9, 2014

12:00 AM – The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

4:00 PM – Our Man Flint (1966)
3:45 AM – Hausu (1977) note: a Toho horror film in its original version

Thursday, May 15, 2014

3:00 AM – The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

8:00 PM – The Haunting (1963)
10:00 PM – The Legend of Hell House (1973)
11:45 PM – Poltergeist (1982)
2:00 AM – Death by Invitation (1971)
3:30 AM – Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

10:00 AM – Brigadoon (1954)

Monday, May 19, 2014

12:00 AM – The Doctor and the Devils (1985)
1:45 AM – The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
3:15 AM – Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
4:45 AM – The Haunted Palace (1963)

Friday, May 23, 2014

10:00 PM – The Plumber (1979) note – part of Australian Cinema Spotlight

Friday, May 30, 2014

6:30 AM – Metropolis (1926)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

4:30 PM – World without End (1955)
6:00 PM From the Earth to the Moon (1958)

TOTAL = 22

There you have it, Guys & Ghouls! I haven’t been able to glean much about June yet, but I DO know that we have a night of Space Operas on Tuesday, June 4 as part of The Essentials, Jr.

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6 comments

  1. I remember that June of 2011 SO well. That was the summer I met all my #TCMparty & #DriveInMob pals- which was the inspiration to the creation of these fun tweet-along, film-watching groups. We were the original alum and it was those campy fun Drive-In double features on those late Thursday nights that summer that brought us together. And here we are- still watching, still tweeting along – love it!

    • I feel the same way Kellee! I would so look forward to each Thursday night that June. It was only two or three months before that, that I’d gone to the emergency room with outlandishly high blood pressure and was just starting on my road to recovery so twitter became my window to the world and those Tweet a longs really helped keep me sane.

  2. You just didn’t recognize the titles or their significance. This month (April) TCM has been concentrating on German Expressionism, the Weimar movies from 1918-1933. These were the basis for the original Universal monster cycle, and include core “Imagi movies” like Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Metropolis and the Dr. Mabuse movies, plus a terrific documentary version of Siegfried Kracauer’s core Film History text “From Caligari to Hitler”.

      • No problem. It wasn’t a typical schedule post, and I didn’t include the year in the title, though it is used in each date of the schedule listing. I didn’t have an April schedule THIS year unfortunately, as I was unable to make it, as explained in the post about this coming May’s schedule. Thanks for commenting, though. Much appreciated!

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