First up, TV to curl your toes:
1. 31 Days of Halloween: Syfy (10/1-10/31)- From the network that brought us titles like Sharknado, Ghost Shark and Sharktopus, we have the first entry on our list. Now, say what you will, but I am a HUGE fan of the Syfy network. Their original movies are bananas. I think this is a fun channel for movie lovers and especially those that support original, independently made movies. Yes, it's true that some of them feel more like student films than blockbusters, but for the most part, the stories are unique, the acting is pretty top notch and the whole channel is endearingly nerdy. The lineup this year is a satisfying mix of Syfy Original Movies, independent films, and titles from Hollywood. I urge you to wade through the questionable reality programs and seek out some fun. Highlights: The Covenant, Zombie Night (10/26 starring, Darryl Hannah, Anthony Michael Hall and Shirley Jones...I die!!), and Grave Halloween
2. Fear Fest: AMC (10/14-10/31): As usual, I am super psyched for this one. AMC's annual celebration of horror begins with an all day Walking Dead marathon concluding with the Season 4 premier (aww yisss!). I cannot wait. As I've said before, this fest is known for showing big, blockbuster movies with some lesser known titles peppered throughout. You'll definitely run into a few repeats, but set your DVRs, y'all because this year is gonna be pretty spooktacular. Personally, I'll be focused on catching some titles I'm less familiar with, but will of course tune in to can't miss favorites. I suggest you do the same. Highlights: And Now the Screaming Starts (a ghost story set in the 19th Century-a new title for me!!), Candyman (I saw this for the first time at a junior high sleepover), The Cave, Return of the Living Dead, The Howling (easily one of the best werewolf films of all time!).
3. Friday Night Spooklight: TCM (Fridays in October): This year, in place of their Wednesday classic horror movie marathons, TCM will be turning their year-round feature Friday Night Spotlight into the aptly named Friday Night Spooklight (extra points for cuteness!). Hosted by Bill Hader, TCM will show 16 classic thrillers, Friday nights in October (starting at 8:00p EST). I love, love LOVE TCM and am super excited to grab some popcorn, turn off the iPad and settle in for some old school chills. Highlights: Dementia 13, A Bucket of Blood, Night of the Living Dead (the movie that started it all!), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (this is a classic thriller starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford-Fun Fact: Modern day starlet spats had nothing on these ladies. Their real-life feud propelled this movie to box office success amid swirling rumors of on set antics).
4. Star of the Month: Vincent Price- TCM (Thursdays in October): Each month, TCM chooses an actor for a month long look at their filmography. This month, the star is none other than Vincent Price. Vincent Price (1911-1993) was born into St. Louis high society and grew up to become a Yale educated Art History/English major. His posh voice and good looks may have served him well in the industry but it was his talent and magnetic charm that solidified his iconic status as a horror film star. He has starred in some of my favorite films, and TCM is showing 35 of the best. Highlights: House of Wax, Theater of Blood, Story of Mankind
There you have it, dolls! I hope this gets you thinking about hosting your own Fright Fest! Be careful out there!