If you like your Halloween television programming during this time of year, I thought I’d toss out a few nuggets of programming info for your edification for the following networks: AMC, El Rey, Sundance TV, Travel Channel, EPIX, & Syfy:
Via several press releases::
My favorite is the AMC Fearfest 2014, which starts Friday, October 17 and runs through to Friday, October 31 (all times ET/PT)
The annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, kicks off on Friday, October 17. The virtual film festival, celebrating its 18th year, will feature scare-themed programming and 65 films, including Halloween, The Omen, Friday the 13th and Tremors.
“AMC Fearfest”’programming specials include:
Stephen King Marathon – Friday, 10/17 beginning at 9a and featuring: Thinner, Silver Bullet, Cujo, Dreamcatcher and the 30th anniversaries of Firestarter at 8p and Children of the Corn at 10:30p
“Tremors” Marathon – Saturday, 10/18 beginning at 10a and featuring: Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
Chucky-thon – Sunday, 10/19 beginning at 12p and featuring: Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky
“Friday the 13th” Marathon – Monday, 10/20 beginning at 9a and continuing through Tuesday, 10/21. Featuring: Friday the 13th, Friday the
13th Part II, Friday the 13th Part III, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Jason X, Friday the 13th (2009)
“The Omen” Marathon – Friday, 10/24 beginning at 4p and featuring: The Omen, Damien: Omen II, Omen III: The Final Conflict
Chucky-thon – Saturday, 10/25 beginning at 2p and featuring: Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky
“Tremors” Marathon – Sunday, 10/26 beginning at 7:45a and featuring: Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
“Halloween” Marathon – Monday, 10/27-Wednesday, 10/29 beginning at 7p every night. Continues all day Thursday, 10/30 and Friday, 10/31 beginning at 9a. Featuring: Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
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EL REY NETWORK
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” – Marathon
Season One Marathon airing Friday, October 31 beginning at 2:00PM ET/PT
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
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SUNDANCE TV’s “Day of the Dead”: Beginning Saturday, November 1 (all times ET/PT). “Day of the Dead” programming includes:
“Dead Zone”- Saturday, 11/1 at 12:00AM and 2:15AM
The Dead Zone is a 1983 American horror thriller film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Directed by David Cronenberg, the film stars Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, and Tom Skerritt. The plot revolves around a schoolteacher, Johnny Smith (Walken), who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers.
“The Returned”- Sunday, 11/2 at 12:00PM – Season One Marathon
Based on the feature film “Les Revenants” by Robin Campillo, “The Returned,” an eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights created by Fabrice Gobert was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The Independent proclaimed the drama “one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to…TV screens in 2013.” In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. The series is produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta from Haut et Court. “The Returned” season two will air in 2015 on SundanceTV.
“Halloween” – Sunday, 11/2 at 10:00PM
Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first installment in what became the Halloween franchise. The plot is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael’s psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael’s intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing.
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“Ghost Adventures” Halloween Special- Ireland’s Celtic Demons
Two-Hour Special Premieres Friday, October 31 at 9:00PM ET/PT
The roots of Halloween date back to 500 B.C. in the world’s Celtic region. Known as Samhain, it signaled a time when the veil between the world of the living and the dead was at its thinnest, where ghosts and demons were capable of crossing into the living world. To appease the dead, the Celts offered cakes and food and held celebrations where they dressed in costumes, starting a tradition that is still alive today. Still, entities managed to escape into our world. Ireland abounds with ancient legends and haunted locales infested by vengeful ghosts, banshees and satanic elements. Leap Castle in County Offaly is a building ridden with paranormal activity and a bloody history of battles, massacres, murders and a dungeon of death few dare to enter. Hell Fire Club in Dublin has a long history of debauchery and satanic activities. There are even recent reports of black masses at which animal sacrifices were made. Loftus Hall in Wexford is said to be home to the devil himself, and haunted by the Loftus daughter whose unsettled ghost still roams the property. [Two-hour special]
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Airing Friday, October 31 at 8:00 pm ET Until Sunday, November 2 at 8:00 pm ET;
The Halloween Weekend Scares Include the 1976 Classic The Town That Dreaded Sundown and the World Television Premiere of the Newest Version of This Cult Favorite. The Fear Continues with World War Z, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and Other Chill-Inducing Hits
The complete “DreadFest” schedule is:
Friday, October 31st
8:00 pm - The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
9:30 pm – The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) – EPIX WORLD TV PREMIERE
11:00 pm – Carrie (2013)
12:45 am – You’re Next
2:30 am – Paranormal Activity 4
4:00 am – The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
5:30 am – The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
Saturday, November 1st
7:00 am – The Cabin in the Woods
8:40 am – The Blair Witch Project
10:05 am – Carrie (2013)
11:50 am – You’re Next
1:30 pm – The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
3:05 pm – The Cabin in the Woods
4:45 pm – Paranormal Activity 4
6:15 pm – Carrie (2013)
8:00 pm – I, Frankenstein
9:45 pm – World War Z
11:45 pm – Paranormal Activity 4
Saturday, November 1st con’t
1:10 am – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Daylight Savings Time)
1:40 am – Texas Chainsaw (2012)
3:15 am – The Cabin in the Woods
4:50 am – Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Sunday, November 2nd
6:15 am – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
8:15 am – I, Frankenstein
9:50 am – World War Z
11:50 am – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
1:20 pm – Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
2:50 pm – I, Frankenstein
4:30 pm – World War Z
6:30 pm – The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
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On Syfy, their Halloween programming already began on October 1st… it’s their seventh annual 31 Days of Halloween comes with around 600 hours of terrifying shows, including Original Movies Dark Haul and Finders Keepers, and a wide array of spine-tingling theatricals including Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake) and The Reaping.
DARK HAUL (ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE)
Premiered October 4th (watch for the repeats) — A team of secretive guardians transport a deadly creature and its half-human sister to a secure location, but the beast escapes and threatens to fulfill a prophecy – by destroying the world. Dark Haul stars Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down), Rick Ravanello (The Cave, Hart’s War) and Evalena Marie (Remains, Serena and the Ratts). A production of Synthetic Cinema International.
DEAD STILL – Original Movie Premiered Monday, October 6th (watch for the repeats) — Wedding photographer Brandon Davis (Ben Browder/SG-1, Farscape) inherits an antique camera famous for taking Victorian death photography. When he uses it, the subjects die, then reappear as eerie death portraits, leading Davis into a terrifying journey to uncover the haunting mystery behind the cursed camera. Dead Still also stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Jeepers Creepers) and Gavin Casalengo (Noah, When The Game Stands Tall). A Booth Brothers Film, Dead Still is a production of Plus Entertainment, Hollywood Media Bride, Twintalk Entertainment and Spooked Productions.
FINDERS KEEPERS (ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE)
Premieres October 18th — A child becomes obsessed with an evil doll left behind by the previous occupants of her new home. Finders Keepers stars Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl, Two and a Half Men). A production of ARO Entertainment.
While we’re chatting about Original Movies…
MUTANT WORLD (ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE)
Premieres in November — A group of ‘Doomsday Preppers’ emerge from their bunker 10 years after an apocalyptic meteor strike, only to discover the world is overrun with crazed mutants. The movie stars Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy, Resident Evil: Afterlife), Holly Deveaux (Hannibal, The Phantoms) and singer Ashanti (song Foolish). A production of Nomadic Pictures.
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That’s the wrap on what I have for any Halloween programming from these networks. I’ve always enjoyed this time of year and the AMC programming, peppered with some Syfy. This year looks like EPIX is pitching a good fight for your viewing attention too. Either way, it’s a nice change of pace from the usual programming.
Have fun watching TV this Halloween season.