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Halloween Television Programming 2012

Halloween Television Programming

As a kid, I loved rushing home from school to settle in for the night with a spooky horror film or Halloween TV special. This totally set the mood of the season for me. As the years went on, it seemed the quality of Halloween programming got worse each year…at least on network TV stations anyway. We may not be able to totally rely on the networks to provide us the same quality as the “good ol’ days”, but we can set that programming up for ourselves now. Hundreds of cable channels, Netflix queues, Youtube channels, DVD movies, are just some of the ways we can access great programming. In a future post I’ll be building a queue of my favorite Halloween season movies to help you rediscover. And hey, TV is not totally dead. Check out this website for all of this year’s Halloween Television Programming. Continue reading

The Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere Sunday Night!

I am eagerly awaiting Season 2 of what was my favorite show last year, The Walking Dead. The season premiere is on Sunday night so don’t forget to check your local listing for programming. Here in SoCal its on at 9pm on AMC. Need a recap of what happened last season? Go to AMC’s The Walking Dead Webisodes for that and much more, even some sneak-peek content. I know there has been worry about the quality of the show this season after Frank Darabont was fired from the production, but hopefully the studio execs will stay out of the creative process as much as possible and we’ll get what we deserve. Quality storytelling and terrifying zombies.

Don Knotts in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”

October television programming in the 80’s was always fun. The few TV networks that existed (pre-cable of course) would bring out all their Halloween and Horror movie programming and play them round the clock it seemed. I could flip on the tube on a pleasant Sunday afternoon and catch a Vincent Price film, a bizarre oldie from Elvira’s Movie Macabre, or other movie that seemed perfect for the season. One that brings back fond memories is The Ghost and Mr. Chicken starring Don Knotts. This movie came out in 1966, but the networks played it religiously every October in the 80’s…and I watched it every time. Don Knotts stars as Luther Heggs, a newspaper typesetter who is challenged to spend a night in the Simmons mansion, a supposedly haunted house. No one respects him and thinks him a goof. However, Luther demands to be paid attention to, and when he reports strange organ music coming from the old house, he gets laughed at by the local townsfolk. In order to prove what he saw and heard, Luther decides to spend the night in the mansion. But he’s not alone. Will Luther last the night and gain the respect of his town? This movie is great. It is a lighthearted comedy, with enough mystery and creaking doors to get you in a really good mood. And Don Knotts has enough scare scenes to bring out the best of his…what I call Mr. Furley face. Definitely a kid friendly movie that should not be forgotten!