I am so excited to welcome you to the 5th annual installment of Horrorween. While we are working with a truncated time table this year, I think you’ll like what I have planned. As always, I like to start with the best of TV and (new this year) streaming services. So hunker down, clutch your wooden stake and take a look below!
AMC Fear Fest: 10/18-31
A long been a favorite of mine. Admittedly, it’s been disappointingly King/Tremors heavy in recent years and you’ll still find a few of these films this year. Overall, the 2015 lineup is a much needed improvement. Fear Fest is a great place to see contemporary horror (think 1975 and newer) and you’ll get a lot of mainstream, blockbuster titles. Set your DVR to catch a few of the late night cult classics, though. They’re worth it.
Highlights: Re-Animator (1985, this is one of my faves, guys. It’s smart, funny and the premise is really quite inventive), Corridors of Blood (1958, Boris Karloff, an experiment gone wrong and Christopher Lee. A great film from the b-movie horror golden age), Violent Midnight (1963, this low budget film featuring mild nudity shook up the censors upon its release), War of the Colossal Beast (1958, you might recognize this one from Mystery Science Theater 3000, it’s not great, but it’s fun!)
SyFy 31 Days of Halloween: all month long
The weirdest (and one of the most wonderful) channel on cable is back with its 8th installment of 31 Days of Halloween. It’s well underway and viewers are more than satisfied. The thing I love about this one is the addition of original films every year. If you know SyFy at all, then you know what I’m talking about. As for this year’s lineup, my highlights are: Insidious (2010), Blade II (2002, one of my favorite sequels, mostly because Guillermo del Toro), The Conjuring (2013, this is one of the few movies that ACTUALLY kind of freaks me out…so…). Enjoy this one, kids. It’s a solid offering from a truly delightful channel.
ABC Family: 13 Nights of Halloween
One for the kids, folks (or really anyone who might be a bit…terror-averse…). The nice thing about 13 Nights, though, is that even total, insufferable horror snobs can find something that reminds us of our humble movie going origins. The chance to tune in to Hocus Pocus (albeit, somewhat overly edited as are most things, understandably) is worth it. You’ll find a TON of Burton here, too, so that’s not the worst thing. Just take my advice and skip Sleepy Hollow. If you love that film, you probably already own it and it’s literally unbearable on ABC Family. Sorry.
Highlights: Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Hocus Pocus, Casper, The Addams Family
TCM Horror: Fridays in October
Fridays just got a little spookier with TCM. Guys, this is my favorite channel on Cable and home to some of the best film ever made. October is no exception. Tune in for genre-defining films (from 1938-1970ish). Highlights: The Bad Seed (1956), Village of the Damned (1961), Children of the Damned (1963), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Crescendo (1972)…pretty much all of them…
Yours in fright,