One of the best things about October is that all of the old scary Halloween movies come out on television. You never know what creepy film is going to jump out at you while you’re channel surfing. From the old classics like “Halloween” and “Carrie” to some of the newer flicks like “The Eye”, Halloween is a good time to sit down and get scared! This article details the top five Halloween movie marathons available for your viewing pleasure.
One. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) You can always depend on TCM for a creep-fest and this year is no different. Starting out at 3:45 a.m. on Halloween with “Swamp Thing”, they go right through twenty-four hours of creepy Halloween fun, ending with “The Son of Dr. Jekyll.” This is a Halloween marathon for a classics lover, with “The Body Snatchers”, “The Haunting”, and others. Go to www.tcm.com for more details.
Two. The Movie Channel. (TMC). TMC has a great Halloween movie lineup, starting with “1408” (Stephen King’s story about haunted hotel rooms) at 5:10 p.m., then “Beowulf”, and “Halloween” (the 2016 remake, not the original), “Day of the Dead”, and “Midnight Movie”. Go to www.sho.com/site/tmc for more details. TMC also offers a couple teaser mini Halloween marathons on Sunday, October 25 (“Day of the Dead”, “From Dusk till Dawn” and “Mr. Brooks” (deranged serial killer, anyone?)) starting at 8 p.m. and on Monday, October 26 (“1408” at 8 p.m. and “Beowulf” at 10 p.m.)
Three. Showtime. The Showtime channels offer up their Halloween marathon on September 26th, an early preview for the season. It begins at 8 p.m. and runs through midnight with “The Mist”, another good spooky Stephen King story, followed by the 2016 remake of “Halloween” (this was directed by Rob Zombie and is quite scary). “Scream” on Sho 2 rounds out the marathon at 11 p.m., for those of you who aren’t hooked by the “Halloween” remake. While not showing as part of a marathon, the Showtime channels are also playing “The Eye”, a good remake of the creepy Japanese classic horror film, throughout the month of October. For more details see www.sho.com/site/schedules.
Four. Encore. Encore starts out more “thriller” before turning “chiller” on Halloween, with “Final Destination” at 4 p.m. and “Twilight Zone: The Movie” at 6:15. We get to the good Halloween stuff with the original “Carrie” at 8 p.m. (so gross!), “Scream” at 9:40 p.m., “Hellraiser” at 11:35 p.m. and “Prom Night” at 1:40 a.m. (now go to bed, Halloween’s over!) Encore Mystery also starts out more suspenseful than scary on Halloween with “Dead Calm” at 8 p.m. and “Flatliners” at 9:40 p.m. but goes full horror at 11:40 p.m. with “Psycho III”. For more information go to http://www.starz.com/channels/encore.
Five. Starz Kids and Family. Halloween is for children, too, remember? In between trick-or-treating or while counting their candy, your children can tune in and watch this mini marathon. “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” is on at 6:40 p.m. (might be a little too scary for very small children) and then “The Little Vampire” at 8 p.m. For more details see www.starz.com/schedule. This ends at 9:40, when you can hopefully get them off to bed if they haven’t had too much candy. And don’t forget to brush their teeth!