Halloween brings with it pumpkin carving, dressing up in costume, and just maybe — if you're lucky enough — trick or treating. It's also the time that television is filled with scary movies and TV specials, ranging from family fare like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (personal fave), to classics both old and new that provide the chills no matter how old you are. Luckily, there will be Halloween movies airing every single night on TV leading up to the big day — so check back day for an update!
Bram Stoker’s Dracula — 6:30 a.m., Syfy
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From director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) comes this adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel that introduced the king of vampire, Dracula, to the world. Gary Oldman is Dracula, who finds himself surrounded by the likes of Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Released in 1992.
Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight — 9:00 a.m., AMC
A former soldier holds a key that can serve as….well, the key to usher in an apocalypse, and he travels to Mexico to combat a “Collector” who desperately wants that key. William Sadler and Billy Zane star. Released in 1995.
Silent House — 9:30 a.m., Syfy
When a woman, her father, and uncle work on renovating an old family home that doesn’t have any sort of modern utilities, she suddenly finds herself separated from the others and has to make her way through the house armed with only a battery-operated lantern. The task is made more difficult by strange happenings — of the life-threatening kind — that begin to take place. The film stars Elizabeth Olsen, who superhero fans know as Scarlet Witch in the Marvel films. Released in 2011.
The Amityville Horror — 10:30 a.m., AMC
Supposedly based on a true story (it’s not), a family moves into Long Island, New York home that was once the residence of an 18th century satanist, whose spirit is very much alive and is gradually taking over the mind of the patriarch of the family (James Brolin). There have been an incredible 18 of these films (the next one, Amityville: The Awakening, is being released on Oct. 28th). You’d think someone would read a housing report or something before they bought this place. Released in 1979.
Siren — 11:30 a.m., Syfy
Bachelor parties can definitely take a wrong direction, but none quite as wrong as this one as the groom and his groomsmen are out on the town for a wild night, which leads them to an underground club. There, they find a dancer who seems to be held captive and free her. Wouldn’t you know it, she’s actually a creature who was being imprisoned to stop her from murdering countless victims. One could ask why, then, she’s dancing...but, hey, nobody asked us for our opinion. Released in 2016.
Jennifer’s Body — 1:30 p.m., Syfy
More than one guy has probably looked at Megan Fox and said, “She would eat me alive,” but that phrase takes on new meaning in this film that sees her cast as a high school cheerleader who, possessed by a demon, chomps down on the male student body(ies). Amanda Seyfried co-stars as her nerdy friend who figures out what’s going on. Released in 2009.
Monsters, Inc. — 2:00 p.m., Disney Channel
It’s horror Pixar style as we learn the truth about things that go bump in the night as we’re introduced to monsters James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal), who find themselves involved with a human child named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs). It may not be Toy Story, but it’s still a lot of fun. Released in 2001.
I, Frankenstein — 3:30 p.m., Syfy
It’s kind of like Frankenstein’s Monster as superhero. Two centuries after his creation, Adam (played by Aaron Eckhart) still walks the Earth, and finds himself in the middle of a war between a pair of immortal races: demons and gargoyles. It is through his struggle with them that he discovers his true destiny. Released in 2014.
The Indestructible Man — 5:00 p.m., TCM
Lon Chaney, Jr. (the Wolfman in the classic Universal horror movies) plays murderer Charles “Butcher” Benton, who is put to death for his crimes. But then a scientist, supposedly seeking a cure for cancer, subjects his corpse to experiments that result in his being resurrected, hellbent on vengeance and seemingly invulnerable to anything thrown his way. Released in 1956.
From Dusk Till Dawn — 5:30 p.m., Syfy
This is, without a doubt, one of the more unique vampire films you’ll find out there. Brothers Seth and Richard Gecko (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino), following a bank robbery that resulted in the deaths of several cops, travel to Mexico by way of a kidnapped family and their RV. They decide to hide out in a topless bar, not realizing it’s home base for a gang of the undead. Awkward.
Truth or Dare — 8:00 p.m., Syfy
This is a new one, so we don’t have much intel on it beyond the fact that it deals with a college student who is tricked into playing a game of truth or dare (which, you know, is where the title of the film comes from). When she does, unfortunately she unleashes supernatural forces.
House of the Witch — 10:00 p.m., Syfy
A Halloween prank goes out of control when a group of high school kids decide to spend the evening in an abandoned house, only to be confronted by a demonic witch who has plans of her own. Seriously speaking, what is it going to take for people to realize that they should never enter an abandoned house?
Kiss of the Tarantula — 6:30 a.m., TCM
If you have an uncle you’re feeling a need for vengeance against, how would you go about it? If you’re Susan Bradley (Suzanne Ling), you’d go out and get your hands on a whole bunch of spiders, train them to do your bidding, and sic ‘em on your uncle. We’ve seen this done with rats (Willard), but spiders were a new one for us. Released in 1976.
The Babysitter — 8:00 a.m., Netflix
When young Cole stays awake past his bedtime, he wanders downstairs to discover that his hot babysitter is actually a part of a satanic cult. A cult that will insists on his silence no matter what. This one can be streamed on Netflix anytime you’d like.
Dog Soldiers — 7:00 a.m., Chiller (Repeat at 1:00 p.m.)
If you’ve heard of the movie Blackhawk Down, think of this as similar to that film — though with fur and fangs. A team of British soldiers are supposed to meet with a Special Ops Unit in the Scottish Highlands. Which they do… only the unit has been massacred, and now the squad finds itself being hunted by what killed the others: werewolves. A really effective horror thriller. Released in 2002.
The Snake Woman — 8:00 a.m., TCM
A woman whose mental illness is being controlled by her husband injecting her with snake venom (don’t try that one at home, kids) passes away shortly after giving birth to a daughter. A mob, believing the child is pure evil, kills the father and attempts to kill the infant, but the baby is rescued by a compassionate doctor. Flash forward 19 years, and there are a series of murders in which the bodies have deadly amounts of snake venom in them. Suspicion turns to the “snake woman” living among them. Released 1961.
Village of the Damned — 9:30 a.m., TCM
In movies, kids are either precocious and oh-so-cute, or they scare the crap out of us. Go with the latter when it comes to this film. In an English village, women of child-bearing age find themselves pregnant at the same time. They also all give birth at the same time, and the children rapidly age to the equivalent about three, proving themselves to be brilliant and operating as sort of a hive — or connected — mind. And then they reveal that they can read minds and force people to do their bidding. The threat continues to grow from there. Released in 1960.
Nailbiter —11:00 a.m., Chiller
To escape a tornado, a family takes refuge in the storm shelter of a seemingly abandoned house. They seem safe, until a tree collapses and traps them in there, which wouldn’t be so bad if there wasn’t something else locked in there with them. Something that isn’t human. Bitin’ your nails yet? Released in 2013.
The Nanny — 11:00 a.m., TCM
A child, who is suffering from a number of emotional issues, is absolutely terrified of his nanny, which everyone chalks up to his paranoia issues. And when a series of murders is pinned on him, he attempts to convince everyone else that the nanny is not who she pretends to be. Bette Davis stars, at the time continuing with the shot in the arm her career had gotten from 1962’s Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Released 1965.
The Cave — 11:30 a.m., Syfy
A group of miners are stupid enough to go out and explore a series of caverns that connect into a network beneath the Carpathian Mountains, which on the surface sounds like a fun adventure to have. Until...… they find themselves being hunted by bizarre creatures. This is why we prefer to sit in front of our computers — hardly any monsters here. Released in 2005.
The Innocents — 1:00 p.m., TCM
A governess becomes convinced that strange events in the Victorian home she works, coupled with the bizarre behavior of the children, is the result of ghosts exerting influence over them. Based on Henry James’ story “The Turn of the Screw.” Released in 1961.
Horns — 1:30 p.m., Syfy
In the aftermath of being blamed for the murder of his girlfriend, Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe, who you may have heard of from those little Harry Potter films) awakens one morning to discover that he has horns growing out of his head. And accompanying those are supernatural abilities, which he decides to use to discover who really did kill her. Released in 2013.
A Place of One’s Own — 2:45 p.m., TCM
An older couple (played by James Mason and Barbara Mullen) purchase a mansion in somewhat disrepair that has been empty for 40 years. Once they move in, they’re told that the house is haunted, which they dismiss — until a younger woman staying with them is suddenly possessed by a woman murdered there who is seeking revenge from the grave. Released in 1945.
The Bad Seed — 4:30 p.m., TCM
Oh, man, another one of those evil kid movies. This time out Patty McCormack plays the young Rhoda, who is completely self-centered, and downright sociopathic. Initially we think she’s just a brat, but when of her schoolmates unexpectedly dies, the depths of her internal darkness become apparent. Released 1956.
Severance —5:00 p.m. (repeated at 11 p.m.), Chiller
A group of workers arrive in Europe for team-building sessions, but en route a tree blocks the road and they decide to hike the rest of the way (have these people ever seen a horror film?). No surprise here, but there’s a killer in the woods that they have to cross through, and the question becomes whether or not they do. It’s a hardly a spoiler to say that not all of them will. Released in 2006.
Blade — 6:30 p.m., Syfy
The first really successful movie based on a character from Marvel Comics. Wesley Snipes is half-human/half-vampire Blade, who wages a war against the underground community of vampires that threatens the world. Spawned two big screen sequels and a television series. Released in 1998.
The Curse of the Cat People — 6:45 p.m., TCM
The daughter of the original...uh, Cat Person…. starts having visions of her late mother, particularly when she finds herself victimized by a mentally unstable woman. Directed by Robert Wise, who would go on to direct, among others, The Sound of Music. Released in 1944.
Deep in the Darkness — 7:00 p.m., Syfy
A New York doctor relocates his family to a small town in the hope of bringing them all closer together emotionally. But wouldn’t you know it, the town has a secret in the form of creatures living in the woods who are slowly taking control. He wants to get his family out of there, but that time may have already passed. Released in 2014.
Priest — 10:00 p.m., Syfy+
The setting is the future following centuries of war between humanity and vampires. Ignoring the orders of the church, a warrior priest (played by Paul Bettany) goes in pursuit of the vampire that has kidnapped his niece (Lily Collins). Released in 2011.
Altitude — 7:00 p.m., Chiller
A rookie pilot flies a small plane filled with teens to a concert destination, but along the way they start experiencing extreme turbulence. Growing fears become even more intense when they realize that there is something deadly flying nearby, intent on killing all of them. Released in 2010.
Jack Frost — 9:00 p.m., Chiller
Murderer Jack Frost is killed in an accident that sees his body dumped in genetic material. As a result, he’s resurrected, but instead of being alive in his previous form, he’s a psychopathic snowman who’s out for revenge against the people he believes responsible for his death. The theme seems a little similar to Child’s Play, only in that case the killer’s spirit was put into a Chucky doll. Don’t let the kids think they’re watching Frosty the Snowman! Released in 1997.
Cockneys vs. Zombies — 11:00 p.m., Chiller
Well-meaning bank robbers (yeah, that description sounded a little odd to us as well) plan a robbery to get enough money to stop their grandfathers’ retirement home from being demolished. Things don’t go entirely as planned as they find themselves having to fight off a zombie epidemic at the same time they’re trying to get away with the stolen cash. Released in 2012.
I Walked With a Zombie —12:30 a.m., TCM
When a nurse comes to a Caribbean sugar plantation to provide aid to a sick woman, she ends up getting romantically involved with her husband, which in turn leads to revelations regarding his family as well as the island’s devotion to voodoo. And the walking dead, long before there was ever a show called….uh...The Walking Dead. Released 1943.
The Seventh Victim — 2:00 a.m., TCM
Mary Gibson (Kim Hunter) investigates the mysterious disappearance of her sister, which brings her to New York. The deeper she digs, the more it becomes apparent that her sister has fallen victim to a mysterious cult. Released 1943.
Bedlam — 3:30 a.m., TCM
When Nell Bowen (Anna Lee) finds things are amiss at the St. Mary’s of Bethlehem Asylum (which has been given the nickname “Bedlam”), she suddenly finds herself committed against her will thanks to the manipulation of the man in charge, George Sims (Boris Karloff). What he doesn’t expect is that Nell will lead the other patients in revolt. Released 1946.
The Leopard Man — 5:00 a.m., TCM
A series of murders begin to take place in a small town, believed to be the work of a large black panther that had escaped from a nightclub where it was forced to serve as window dressing to a singer who has begun losing popularity to a Latin dancer. The question is whether or not it’s the panther or its Native American owner that’s responsible. Released 1943.
The Ghost Ship — 6:15 a.m., TCM
When a man boards a freighter ship, it isn’t long before he begins to suspect that the captain could very well be insane, and any hope he has of proving it is thwarted by the extremely loyal crew — despite the fact people are being murdered. Released 1943.
Isle of the Dead — 7:30 a.m., TCM
Boris Karloff plays General Nikolas Pherides, who, in 1912, takes a leave from the Balkan War and travels to a small Greece island. Shortly after his arrival, there are a number of deaths, which are attributed to a spreading plague, but then a woman is accused of being a vampire. Released 1945.
Donnie Darko — 8:00 a.m., Netflix
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the title role, a guy who manages to survive a mysterious accident and comes out of it with a desire to discover what it really means to exist and, offers the official description, “he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.” Released 2001.
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare — 5:30 p.m., Syfy
Having murdered all of the children from his hometown, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) goes out seeking new victims, encountering his long lost daughter, Maggie (played by Lisa Zane). This is perfect to him, Freddy believing he and his daughter will work together to torment others, but she wants nothing more than to destroy her father — and could very well do it. Released in 1991.
The Sixth Sense — 7:30 p.m., Syfy+
He sees dead people! The "he" in question is Haley Joel Osment as troubled kid Cole Sear, who has been reached out to by child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), who is attempting to help him with his little problem.... You know, in case you haven't seen the movie we can't say anything else. Just make sure you check it out — it's perfect for Halloween. Released 1999.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master — 4 p.m., Syfy
Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), the creature born from nightmares, returns, targeting the last of the original kids from the first film in the series, Kirsten Parker (Tuesday Knight), who has the power to draw people into her dreams. It's an ability she passes on to new series heroine Alice Johnson (Lisa Wilcox). Released in 1988.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child — 6 p.m., Syfy
The story continues with Alice going up against Freddy with the help of her friends. But when Alice becomes pregnant, Freddy is able to tap into her dream power through the unborn baby, and use it to slay those friends one by one. Released in 1989.
Cat People — 8 p.m., TCM
A woman from Serbia, Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon), who has become a fashion designer in New York, falls in love with marine engineer Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). Eventually she reveals her fear that if they’re intimate, it could trigger a curse that would transform her into large killing feline. At first he doesn’t believe her, but….. Released in 1942 and remade forty years later.
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare — 8 p.m., Syfy
Having murdered all of the children from his hometown, Freddy Krueger goes out seeking new victims, encountering his long lost daughter, Maggie (played by Lisa Zane). This is perfect to him, Freddy believing he and his daughter will work together to torment others, but she wants nothing more than to destroy her father — and could very well do it. Released in 1991.
The Body Snatcher — 9:30 p.m., TCM
Pretty gruesome stuff as Dr. Toddy McFarlane (Henry Daniel) conducts experiments on dead bodies all in the hopes of helping a young disabled girl. To do so he hires Joseph (Bela Lugosi, the first actor to play Dracula) and John Gray (Boris Karloff, the first Frankenstein’s Monster of the movies) to unearth bodies from a nearby cemetery. The truth behind the bodies being used threatens everything he’s doing. Released in 1945.
Trick ‘r Treat — 10 p.m., Syfy
Taking place on Halloween night, this film consists of five stories that are all tied together, including tales of a high school principal who also happens to be a serial killer, and a nasty older man who goes toe to toe against a demon coming to his door as a trick-or-treater.
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