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SATURDAY'S BEST BETS

8 PM on HBO

Gothika

Fate twists cruelly for a psychologist, played with conviction by Halle Berry, in this 2003 melodrama. Accused of murdering her husband (Charles S. Dutton), she finds herself a patient in the mental institution where she has treated others; she struggles to convince one of her co-workers (Robert Downey Jr.) she didn't commit the crime. Penelope Cruz has a flashy supporting role as a supposedly insane woman. HDTV7810450

8 PM on TNT

Salem's Lot

First filmed as a TV miniseries in 1979, novelist Stephen King's thriller is revisited in this 2004 version (shown here in its entirety). Rob Lowe stars as a journalist plagued by memories of his childhood in his seemingly ideal hometown. He returns there to solve his deeply personal mystery, only to encounter fresh terror. Andre Braugher, Donald Sutherland, Samantha Mathis, Rutger Hauer and James Cromwell also star. (TV14) HDTV992740

8 PM on HISTORY

The Lost Battalion

Rick Schroder ("NYPD Blue") stars in this fact-based movie as the courageous Maj. Whittlesey, the leader of an American battalion trapped deep within German-occupied territory during World War I. With little food, water or ammunition, the soldiers hold out for five days against overwhelming odds. Directed by Russell Mulcahy. (TV14) 2712295

9 PM on HALLMARK

Quigley Down Under

"Lonesome Dove" director Simon Wincer also made this fine, panoramic 1990 Western. Tom Selleck has the title role as a skilled sharpshooter who finds the traditions of the open range are pretty much the same anywhere . . . including Australia, where he battles a genocidal villain (Alan Rickman, "Die Hard"). 8686978

9 PM on SCIFI

Gargoyles: Wings of
Darkness

If they seem like the stuff of legend and the facades of ancient buildings, gargoyles prove to be alive and well -- and as lethal as ever -- in this new science-fiction movie. Michael Pare ("Streets of Fire") and Kate Orsini play CIA operatives who are both stunned and ill-prepared to encounter some of the creatures in Bucharest, Romania. They have to figure out fast how to vanquish the monstrous enemies. 3506363

10 PM on DISCOVERY

Exorcists: The True Story

Even if you're familiar with a demonically made-up Linda Blair spitting invectives -- and pea soup -- at the actors who played priests in the 1973 horror classic "The Exorcist," you may not realize the movie was based on a true situation detailed in this new special. A 1950s teenager was exorcised in the only such case authenticated by the Roman Catholic Church, and recounted in a diary recovered in 1979. (TVPG) 324214

10 PM on CINEMAX

The Medallion

Jackie Chan gets otherworldly help for his martial-arts prowess again in this easy-to-take 2003 comedy-adventure. He plays a Hong Kong sleuth transformed into an immortal by the title medallion, making him the target of a villain (Julian Sands) who wants the magical amulet for himself. HDTV330160

10:15 PM on TCM

Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller gave Janet Leigh a lifelong fear of showers, Anthony Perkins a lifelong typecasting albatross, and the horror genre a new set of conventions. 3000653