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Relive the terror -- and lust! -- of the drive-ins

Some not-insignificant portion of fortysomething Americans was conceived to the soundtrack of burning Masque witches and shrieking banshees that played in the background of American International Pictures' series of cheapie Edgar Allen Poe movies. Those flicks -- usually starring Vincent Price and directed by Roger Corman -- ran constantly at drive-in theaters in the early 1960s, not that anyone was actually watching them.

So if you went to see The Masque of the Red Deatha dozen times without ever actually laying eyes on it, here's your chance to catch up on what you missed. The MGM HD channel is running seven of the Poe adaptations in a marathon on Halloween. It kicks off with The Tomb of Ligeia at 1:30 p.m. and ends with The Fall of the House of Usher at midnight. In between are The Masque of The Red Death, The Haunted Palace, The Raven (that one's got Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and a very young Jack Nicholson along with Price), Tales of Terror, and Pit and the Pendulum. MGM HD says it's not responsible for any broken bra straps.

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