02 October, 2014

Horroeween 2014: Media Roundup Part Two

Welcome to the second half of our tribute to terror.  Yesterday, we began with FXX, AMC and the SyFy Channel.  Today, there's more festive fun is store.  

AMC’s much anticipated Fear Fest is back again this year, running from October 17-31.  Frankly, there’s a little too much Tremors, Child’s Play and Friday the 13th (Sure, I’ve seem ‘em all, I just wish I hadn’t.) for my taste, but Stephen King fans (a group to which I stalwartly belong) should be pleased.  They haven’t released the entire schedule yet, so I’m hoping more classic titles are still to come.  Right now, though, the highlights lie in rarely shown titles and a few new (to me) pictures.  Highlights: The Omen Trilogy (1976, 1978, 1981), Firestarter (1984-Really, it’s Sci-Fi, but amazing, nonetheless), Pumpkinhead (1989-cult classic, for sure!), The Howling (1981, often regarded at the best werewolf movie ever made), House on Haunted Hill, The Fog (1980), An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
New Titles: Creation of the Humanoids (1962, it’s Sci-Fi, so not really horror, but still fun), War of the Colossal Beast (1958, again Sci-Fi), Violent Midnight (1963, Super excited!!), Slaughter of the Vampires (1962, originally released as Curse of the Blood Ghouls, a sweet young couple moves in with a vampire…violence ensues!!), Corridors of Blood (1958, a Boris Karloff B-Movie)

TCM gets in on the fun again this year with Ghost Stories, the 2014 incarnation of their classic horror film fest.  This year, viewers will be treated to the best the golden age of Hollywood has to offer Thursdays in October. As the name implies, it will be ghost themed and will span horror, romance and suspense.  Brilliant.  Rest assured, Thursdays won’t be the only fun you have with TCM. Several gems will be nestled comfortably among their regularly scheduled programming.  Personally, I’ll be setting my DVR to catch 1972 blacksploitation film Blacula and its 1973 sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream! Here's the trailer for the controversial film:

Finally, for the family oriented: ABC Family will be dishing out G-rated fright with their annual 13 Nights of Halloween.  Expect classics (well, edited versions of them, anyway) like Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Beetlejuice and Tim Burton’s playful Batman and Batman Returns.  If you’re a Burton fan, you’ll get plenty of him including some of the movies that put him on the map.  I’ve owned The Nightmare Before Christmas in every format since it’s release.  It’s THAT enchanting.  The Corpse Bride (I. love.) and Coraline will not be absent from the lineup.  Don’t despair parents, ABC Family didn’t forget about the littles.  You’ll find tons geared toward them, as well. The full schedule can be found here.

That concludes our trip through cable.  I hope this gets your creative juices flowing!

Pictures belong to the studios.  The Fog video: Subscribe, if you dare! Blacula videoNightmare Before Christmas.

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