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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box Sunday 29 October

Today’s Number One Film:

The Shining, 5.59pm HBO Plus BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws or Don’t Look Now. Stanley Kubrick’s interpretation of Stephen King’s best book about the man descending into madness at the haunted hotel is far better than the travesty King himself perpetrated 17 years later. The movie is ram-crammed with scares of all kinds – creepy-under-the-skin/ set-your-heart-racing/ jump-out-of-your-seat – and, as lanyap, Jack Nicholson’s greatest performance. This is BC on TV’s unquestionably favourite horror, with real chilling scenes that get to and stay with you instead of the modern special effects bloodbaths that are forgotten even as they’re watched. A masterpiece from one of the great American – and anywhere else – filmmakers of all time. When it’s done, console yourself with a stiff red rum! Directed by Stanley Kubrick/ 1980/ UK-USA/ Horror/ 146 mins/ Rated R.

Also watch:

The Exorcist, 8pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked The Omen, The Shining or the original Wes Craven A Nightmare on Elm Street. Though gore and special effects have been greatly improved in modern movies, The Exorcist, at 44 years old, is far, far scarier than most of today’s rubbish. Before excess replaced finesse, this movie had people running screaming out of cinemas all over the world. Watch the scene with the crucifix – far, far more upsetting than the book version – and you’ll see why. The opening music alone, the first minutes of Mike Oldfield’s 25-minute long, ‘Tubular Bells’ is by itself terrifying. This, the “version you’ve never seen”, includes three seconds of footage – the stairs descent – that adds years to the viewers’ life through sheer creepiness. A masterpiece of unease, distress and fright. Directed by William Friedkin/ 1973/ USA / Horror/ 122 mins/ R for strong language and disturbing images.

Poltergeist 4.03pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked A Nightmare on Elm Street, Phantasm or The Shining. The man who made one of the most imitated horror movies of all time – the early American slasher movie, 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – does for the supernatural horror what he does for the splatter one. The screenplay, by one Steven Spielberg, is wonderfully spooky, starting off in haunted house realms but wandering into dream/space territory towards the end (and even then it’s gripping). This is the template from which the makers of Paranormal Activity and all the modern, far less scary, versions are cut. Directed by Tobe Hooper/ 1982/ USA/ Horror / 114 mins/ Rated PG.

Just Nosed Out:

North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock Suspense Thriller), 11.32am TCM; *Nobody Walks (Indy Drama), 12.45 midday FoxCin; Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (Documentary-Music), 9pm Sund; **Man on Fire (Action-Thriller), 2.55pm FoxAct; Zoolander, 2.25pm FoxCom; *The Matrix (Sci-fi-Thriller), 7.31pm TCM; Meek’s Cutoff (Indy Western), 12.25 midday Sund; *25th Hour (Spike Lee Drama), 2.06pm TCM; *Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood inner-city drama), 6.35pm MaxP;

Also Ran:

Action/Adventure: Armageddon, 12.26 midday Max.

Animated/Family: *The Jungle Book, 8.10pm HBOF.

Arthouse/Independent: Moonrise Kingdom (Dark Comedy-Drama), 10.15pm ISat.

Biography/Documentary: Abortion: Stories Women Tell, 9.10am HBO; MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (Sports), 8.40am Max.

Comedy: *Death at a Funeral (Black version), 8.37pm Edge.

Drama: A Late Quartet (Classical Music), 10.55am FoxCin.

Foreign: *Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Chinese Kung Fu), 11.50am Max.

Horror: *Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt I, 11.18am HBO2.

Sci-fi/Fantasy: **Chappie, 12.25 midday MaxP.

Thriller: *Star Wars VII (Adventure-Sci-fi), 5.50pm HBOF.

War: Pearl Harbour, 8.42am Spac.

Western: Gunfight at the OK Corral, 9pm FoxClas.

*Starred films have been picked before. **Double-starred films have been picked in the last two months. ***Triple-starred films were picked last week.

Particularly strong Also Ran films are bolded.

Please verify times. Advance Internet scheduled times can be wrong, especially at month-end.

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It seems to go against the very marrow of Trinidadian-ness.

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