Beware! Here are the SCARIEST MOVIES on TV this week! (October 4 - 9)

By Price Peterson

Oct 05, 2011

October is the best. Not only does it climax with the year's coolest holiday, it's also the time of year when all the best movies air! Now that we've entered the glorious month in which the basic cable channels dust off their scariest movies, it's time to pull your TV over to the bed, turn out the lights, jump under the covers, cuddle up with a mentally sound loved one, and let your Halloween season begin! We've only just started the first week, but things are already looking scary good:


Noted Classics:

The Others

Wednesday, October 5 at 5:30pm on AMC
Are ghosts real? Nicole Kidman investigates.

The Sixth Sense

Friday, October 7 at 11:30am and Saturday, October 8 at 8am on FX
Are ghosts real? Bruce Willis learns the hard way.

The Exorcist

Friday, October 7 at 6pm and 8:30pm on BBC America
In this William Friedkin-directed classic, a troubled little girl does unspeakable things with gourmet cooking and religious iconography.

Alien

Saturday, October 8 at 2:30pm on AMC
A greasy, slimy creature makes things awkward for a crew of futuristic space friends and their robot. Is it sci-fi, is it horror, is it sci-fi, is it horror? Who cares, it is PERFECT.

The Shining

Sunday, October 9 at 5pm and 11pm on AMC
Jack Nicholson yells at Shelley Duvall a ton in this Stanley Kubrick-directed and Stephen King-disapproved classic.



New Blood:

The Skeleton Key

Friday, October 7 at 6pm and 10pm on Oxygen
Kate Hudson explores a New Orleans house, "Thinkin' she cute. She ain't cute!" —Woman in the theater when I first saw the trailer for this.

The Strangers

Saturday, October 8 at 10:30am and Sunday October 9 at 7am on FX
For my money, this is the best modern horror film of the past few years. (Hypothetical, I don't have any money.) But no joke, The Strangers is verrrrry scaaaaary!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Saturday, October 8 at 5pm and 9pm on IFC
Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes has botched a lot of remakes, but I think time looks kindly upon this one, the production company's first attempt—it's a surprisingly solid re-envisioning of the lo-fi LSD trip that is the original. (Although, obviously, the original is preferable to this one for sure.)

Hostel Part II

Sunday, October 9 at 4pm on Syfy
Weird, a violent horror film where the victims are all female. How novel! Okay, it's not novel. But this movie is slightly better than Part I (which was pretty good!).

High Tension

Sunday/Monday, October 9 at 12am on IFC
Has anybody noticed that the French have totally hijacked the horror genre? Here's the flick that put director Alexandre Aja on the map, a truly disturbing and kind of genius film that basically commits suicide with the worst plot twist in history. Still though, it's a classic up until that point.



Cult Favorites:

Ginger Snaps

Wednesday, October 5 at 5:45pm and 9:30pm on IFC
A Canadian adolescent girl becomes a werewolf in what must be the weirdest feature-length metaphor for "female problems" ever made. But it's really good, despite the wacky accents.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Thursday, October 6 at 6pm and 9pm on Palladia
All right, this isn't terribly scary, but it IS appropriate for Halloween, the one day a year everyone is allowed to explore their sexual identities IN PUBLIC. Plus the awesome music. Plus the MEAT LOAF scene! BRB, gonna go watch this right now.

Troll 2

Thursday, October 6 at 7pm and 11pm on Chiller
You'll probably enjoy this masterpiece more in the company of others. And alcohol. And maybe uncapped Sharpies.

Little Shop of Horrors

Thursday, October 6 at 9pm and Thursday/Friday, October 7 at 12am on Logo
Here's another morbid hoot for you, starring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, and Bill Murray in one of the coolest cameos in history. This movie is obviously amazing in every way, everybody knows this, but when you're done watching it be sure to check out the original ending on YouTube. It's NUTS.



Old Dead Things:

The Thing From Another World

Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on Turner Classic Movies
Here's the original Howard Hawks film that inspired John Carpenter's splatterific '80s classic The Thing.

It! The Terror From Beyond Space

Wednesday, October 5 at 9:45pm on Turner Classic Movies
Whoops! The first manned expedition to Mars accidentally brings back an evil alien! A chilling cautionary tale.

The Curse of Frankenstein

Wednesday, October 5 at 11pm on Turner Classic Movies
That Frankenstein really had a mouth on him!

House of Wax

Saturday, October 8 at 9:30am on Turner Classic Movies
This is not the one with Paris Hilton. Sorry!



Not Classics, But Can't Stop Watching

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm and 10:30pm on AMC
Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter gets all jerky and shouts at everyone in this surprisingly subdued thriller that also features Laura Linney as a Laura Linney type.

Thir13en Ghosts

Thursday, October 6 at 9pm and Friday, October 7 at 6pm on Syfy
Monk's Tony Shalhoub should try and limit his ghost friends to, like, ten. Ten seems alright. Or maybe eleven ghosts at most. But anymore than, say, twelve ghosts, and he's just asking for trouble.

The Amityville Horror

Friday, October 7 at 11:30am and 2pm on Oxygen
Remember that time Platinum Dunes made a horror remake and it was really just a sizzle reel for Ryan Reynolds' personal trainer?

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

Saturday, October 8 at 7pm and 11pm on IFC
This movie is seriously garbage, but it's filmed well and the cast is awesome (R. Lee Ermey! White Collar's Matthew Bomer! Jordana Brewster! Oliver from The O.C.!) But yeah, hurry up and watch it before the garbage man comes.

Saw Marathon (II, III, and IV)

Sunday, October 9 at noon on Syfy
Of all the Saw movies, parts II, III, and IV are definitely three of them. Why not watch them all in a row and get super nostalgic for early-'00s jumpy white-flash video editing!



What scary movies are YOU going to watch this week?

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  • Catmagick Oct 13, 2011

    If you want creepy sci-fi/horror not quite as good as Alien, but still pretty scary, you must try Event Horizon, with Laurence Fishburn and Sam Neill. OMG! One of the scariest movies I have ever seen. Lots of ghosts, guaranteed.

  • Left4Ed Oct 09, 2011

    I would find watching the October TV schedule of horror movies much more enjoyable if the majority weren't shown on channels with commercials and editing. Poor IFC destroyed themselves by including advertising and while TCM doesn't censor or advertise, old classics rarely need it in the first place... unless it's Blazing Saddles. As for the other cable networks that do both? Nothing is worse than watching a movie with bad dubbing over curses, cut scenes from the gory bits and the ruining of thrilling suspense by loud, obnoxious commercials. I might tune in for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, since it was kinda awesome, but I'll steer clear of FX when The Strangers is on, because that was the most boring "scary" movie ever. Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives was more riveting than THAT hot mess. All in all, not much worth watching for the seasonal programming.

  • bkyle2429 Oct 09, 2011

    TOO many shows to watch, to watch scary movies, besides I'm not a fan of scary movies I have only watched a very small percent

  • jawsthecabbie Oct 07, 2011

    Aside from a few major flaws (a chemical rocket like the Nostromo returning to Earth from Zeta 2 Reticulum would take a million and a half years to get back to earth) Alien was one of the all time geats in the sci-fi horror department and the perfect counter balance to the cute little aliens in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' which was also popular in the late seventies.

  • JanetCastle Oct 07, 2011

    Don't understand how people found The Exercist remotely scary, gross yes scary no way. As for The Shining, the build up was really good, the actors were excellent, but as with everything by Stephen King he always disappoints with weak endings.

  • bothcats Oct 07, 2011

    October is the BEST month of the year!!!

  • NoveriansyahR Oct 06, 2011

    quickly to the box office

  • lucianoabc Oct 06, 2011

    The Shinning Forever.

  • telvisnostic Oct 06, 2011

    I'd like to see them put the OLD OLD version the Little Shop Of Horrors. I'll most likely forget any of these are on, unless I stumble upon them.

  • myaddow Oct 06, 2011

    The Strangers is a terrible movie. I didn't find one moment of it to be even remotely scary. The original is a crap fest too.

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