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SATURDAY October 26

Host: Mary Ito

0700 Hey---fans of CBC Radio's "The Debaters"! You can be in the audience when the show comes to Toronto. "The Debaters" will record new episodes at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio on November 5th and 6th. All the deets are at The Debaters' website.

0730 Hallowe'en is almost here. Film critic Thom Ernst unveiled his THREE lists of scary flicks for pre-October 31st viewing.
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Thom's recommendations:

1/ Top Five Horror Films You've Probably Never Heard of:

Dead of Night (1945) Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer.
This multi-directed chiller gathers several people in a house swapping scary stories - each one played out for the camera.

You're Next (2012) Adam Wingard
An entertaining and sometimes gruesome twist on the home-invasion/whodunit genre.

Lady In White - (1988) Frank LaLoggia
Genuinely spooky story about a young boy (Lukas Has) who is visited by the ghost of a little girl murdered years before. Okay for older kids. Might be too intense for anyone under 10.

The Spiral Staircase (1945) Robert Siodmak
In an old Victorian home, during a night-time thunderstorm, a young mute woman begins to feel threatened by a serial killer who's been targeting women with afflictions.
Theatre of Blood (1973) Douglas Hickox
This is it. This is the granddaddy of Vincent Price films. A campy, gruesome, outrageous horror film about a spurned actor killing off theatre critics in the style of Shakespearean tragedies.

2/ Top Five Horror Movies Made in Canada

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973) Bob Clark
Be warned: this is likely the lowest budget film you will ever see. No stars. No money. No special effects. AND the acting is terrible. Yet this still can creep me out. Directed by the man who gave us Porky's, A Christmas Story, and Black Christmas.

Ginger Snaps (2000) John Fawcett
A smart horror drama about two outcast sisters and the possibility that one of them might be a werewolf. It's a coming-of-age story like no other.

Black Christmas (1974) Bob Clark.
The late Bob Clark made more hits for Canada than I think anyone has given him credit for. This 1974 thriller was a massive hit when first released. An unseen killer (and heavy breather) is stalking the left-behind students at a university sorority house during the Christmas Holidays.

The Changeling (1980) Peter Medak
George C. Scott plays a man mourning the loss of his family moves into a secluded old house and begins to experience strange and unsettling sounds.

Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Zack Snyder
A remake of the George Romero classic that in some ways improves on the original. The opening ten minutes of this film is one of the most frightening moments on film. Stars Sarah Polley.

3/ Top Five Monster Movies You Can Watch With Your Kids

Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Charles Barton
Abbot & Costello met a lot of monsters in their career: The Invisible Man, The Killer, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mummy - but they're at their best when the meet Frankenstein. The movie also includes The Werewolf played by Lon Chaney Jr., and Dracula played by Bela Lugosi

The Invisible Man (1933) James Whale
This is the classic H.G. Wells story told with a surprisingly amount of humour. Preston Sturges fans will be pleased to know that he had a hand in writing the script.

Ghostbusters (1984) Ivan Reitman
Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis are at the height of their career as scientist who set up a ghost-hunting business. Because of some frightening (albeit comic) scenes and some adult situations - best to keep this one for the 12 and ups.

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) Alan Rafkin
Don Knotts plays a small town reporter is sent by his editor to spend one night in the local haunted mansion. Enough said?

Beetlejuice (1988) Tim Burton
Another one best left to those 10 and up. This is director Tim Burton's breakout film, and a major performance from Michael Keaton as malicious, wise-cracking ghost who befriends the introverted goth teenager who just moved in.

Check out Thom's Reel Thom Ernst website for more on all manner of movies.

0800 Recent surveys show that many Canadians don't have money put aside for health emergencies. Personal finance columnist Nisha Patel told us why it's important to save up in case you face a health emergency...and how to do it.
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Nisha covers the business beat for CBC---learn more at the
CBC Business News website.

0830 Singer/songwriter David Leask came to Canada from Scotland 20 years ago. That's when he made the decisionto give up a career in financial planning to become a professional musician. David has just released his fourth album. It's called "Underneath".
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David will officially launch "Underneath" with two concerts on November the 3rd and the 17th at Toronto's C'est What.
Learn more at David's website.