TCM Underground

"TCM Underground" is a weekly late-night cult film showcase airing on Turner Classic Movies. 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". [cite web|url=http://www.tcm.com/movienews/index/?cid=143975|title=TCM Welcomes Auteur Filmmaker and Music Artist Rob Zombie as Host Of New Cult Movie Showcase on TCM|date=2006-11-25|work=TCM Movie News|accessdate=2006-11-25] 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 summer-long "Summer Under the Stars". [cite web|url=http://www.tcm.com/movienews/index/?cid=148290|title=TCM 2006-2007 Programming Slate|date=2006-12-01|work=TCM Movie News|accessdate=2006-12-09] When it does not conflict with a special theme, "TCM Underground" airs in its usual slot at 2:00 AM (EST). Promotional bumper material and opening credit sequences were created by [http://www.raygun.com/ Raygun] . [cite web|url=http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/061212/20061212005125.html?.v=1|title=Raygun Goes Underground With Turner Classic Movies (TCM)|date=2006-12-12|work=Yahoo! Finance|accessdate=2006-12-13]

The series was launched in an attempt to attract more young viewers to Turner's older-skewing audience. [Dempsey, John. [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117931462.html?categoryid=1009&cs=1 "TCM digs deep for database"] . "Variety". 2005-10-23. URL retrieved 2006-12-02.]

Host

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 [Rotten, Ryan. [http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=2748 Rob Zombie’s TCM UNDERGROUND schedule] . "Fangoria". 2006-9-14. URL retrieved 2007-1-22.] , Zombie's hosting format was the same as Osborne's. Both introduce the proceeding 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 end of the film, where he discusses the reasons behind the film's box office failure.

Currently "TCM Underground" is without a host. Rob Zombie is promoting his latest film, "Halloween", which will be released by Dimension Films in theaters August 31, 2007. At this time, it is unknown whether or not Zombie will return to host "TCM Underground", as there has been no official announcement from Zombie himself or Turner Classic Movies. According to an online post by a Rue Morgue Radio host, [Feedback. [http://www.rue-morgue.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17299 Does Rob Zombie still host TCM Underground?] . "Rue Morgue" Forums, 2007-8-23. URL retrieved 2007-9-28.] Zombie has unofficially indicated that he will not be returning.

List of films

References

ee also

*Midnight movie
*B movie

External links

*imdb title|id=0885042|title="TCM Underground" (2006)
* [http://www.tcm.com/underground/index.jsp TCM Underground official website]
* [http://media.tv.ign.com/media/859/859473/vids_1.html IGN: "TCM Underground" Trailer, Videos and Movies]


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