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Edelstein on the Joy of Subbing at Turner Classic Movies This Week

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Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula. Photo: Warner Bros.

In August, the folks at Turner Classic Movies, my favorite cable station, asked if I’d fill in a week as host for Robert Osborne, who’s out until December 1. It took about .000000001 seconds to hit “reply” and say, “Yes!” I was going to be a V.J. for movie geeks! I didn’t get to pick my own films, but they offered me three possible weeks and I opted for the one that opened with four horror movies that shaped my life: Horror of Dracula (still high on my all-time favorites list), The House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, and Curse of the Demon. They all air tonight!

I wrote my own 29 intros for the films, which was harder than I expected, but satisfying. I hope it comes off okay, but even if it doesn’t, I think about that 9-year-old in front of the TV at 2 a.m. Could he ever have envisioned himself staring back, saying, “Here, from 1958, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in the Hammer Classic, Horror of Dracula”?

Edelstein on the Joy of Subbing at Turner Classic Movies This Week