The Scariest Movies on Cable This Week: Stephen King vs. Zombies Edition! (October 11-16)

Like slithering monster creepers, we're slowly inching ever closer to Halloween. Yeah, I just called us all slithering monster creepers, what of it? Show some monster solidarity, you guys! Anyway, this week two major horror genres get their due: Stephen King and Zombies! Feast your eyes on these, plus some other spooky highlights.

Stephen King Adaptations:


Thursday, October 13 at 8pm, Saturday, October 15 at 6pm, and Sunday, October 16 at 12:30pm on AMC
Wash your car. Maintain your car. Keep the tires filled. Change the oil regularly. Just don't ever trust it to not run you down in a back alley.


Friday, October 14 at 2:15am and 5:45pm on AMC
Except for the telekinesis, religious zealotry, public menstruation, and mass murder, I think we've pretty much all lived this story, right? This Brian DePalma classic is basically just a documentary on being a teenager.

Secret Window

Friday, October 14 at 9:45am and Saturday, October 15 at 4am on AMC
John Turturro just WILL NOT get out of Johnny Depp's yard and Johnny Depp is starting to get TICKED.

Pet Sematary

Friday, October 14 at 1:45pm and Saturday, October 15 at 9am on AMC
Native American ghosts turn a dead toddler into a scalpel-wielding problem child.


Friday, October 14 at 8pm and Saturday, October 15 at 1am and 3pm on AMC
One of the most hilarious movies ever made, this thing involves butt-aliens, imaginary hideouts, and the craziest eyebrows Morgan Freeman has ever glued onto his face. Check it out, for real!


Friday, October 14 at 11pm, Saturday, October 15 at 1pm, and Sunday, October 16 at 3:30am on AMC
A gypsy woman curses a man to lose tons of weight, but he is not as thrilled about it as you might expect.

Graveyard Shift

Saturday, October 15 at 7pm on AMC
Definitely just DVR this and watch it after midnight while doing chores. Now you're involved!


Saturday, October 15 at 8pm and Sunday, October 16 at 10:30am on AMC
A rabid dog is having a really bad day and some lady and her kid have gotten on his LAST nerve.

Silver Bullet

Friday, October 14 at 12:15am and 11:45am and Sunday, October 16 at 1:30am on AMC
Corey Haim chills in a wheelchair for most of this 1985 werewolf movie.

The Shining

Saturday, October 15 at 10pm and Sunday, October 16 at 7am on AMC
This is the original Kubrick masterpiece. But do you remember that awful TV remake from the '90s? Ugh, that miniseries was like a walnut in your Trick-or-Treat bag.

The Dark Half

Sunday, October 16 at 8:30pm on IFC
A novelist starts having his life taken over by a fictional alter-ego. Hey speaking of which, it's almost NaNoWriMo! How many novels will you write this time??


Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Thursday, October 13 at 9pm and Friday, October 14 at 5:30pm on Syfy
Tune in for the stellar first ten minutes, stick around for the unnecessarily good remainder.

Dance of the Dead

Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm and 11:45pm and Sunday, October 16 at 2:45am on IFC
Here's a charming indie flick about a decidedly uncharming phenomenon: PROM. Haha, I bet you thought I meant zombies, but no, I meant prom. Anyway. Yeah. Zombies attack the prom.

The Walking Dead Season 1 Marathon and Season 2 Premiere

Sunday, October 16 at 2:30pm on AMC
Television's finest show about a zombie apocalypse returns this Sunday at 9pm, but why not get caught up with the entirety of Season 1 beforehand? God bless you, AMC.

Good Things:


Tuesday, October 11 at 10:30pm on IFC
Here's an early David Cronenberg film involving parasites that make people want to get it on with other people in their apartment complex. No offense to my neighbors, but I would NOT like that to happen.

The Wicker Man (1973)

Wednesday, October 12 at 12:30am on IFC
This is the original version (sorry, Nicolas Cage-camp fans!). In my opinion, more horror films should feature a mystical musical number halfway through.


Wednesday, October 12 at 9:30pm on IFC
Not officially a horror film, but scarier than most horror films? Dang, Zodiac is scary, you guys!


Friday, October 14 at 12am on TBS
Again, not a horror film, but this movie has some of the most terrifying scares in cinema. Too bad about the ending. And the director's follow-up films. But still, that videotaped birthday party scene! So good.

Sweeney Todd

Saturday, October 15 at 5pm & 9:15pm and Sunday, October 16 at 12:15am on IFC
What's Halloween without a big-budget Tim Burtonstravaganza?

The Last House on the Left (2009)

Sunday, October 16 at 10pm on Spike
I agree with people who bemoan the state of modern horror and how it's been mostly ruined by remakes, but I don't object to this film. I actually might prefer it to the essentially unwatchable Wes Craven original (it's so unpleasant, you guys). Plus, hey look, it's Jesse Pinkman!

Bad Fun Things:


Tuesday, October 11 at 11am on AMC
Do you remember this movie? A space virus from hell infects an ocean vessel, incorporates the body parts of corpses, and then fires a shotgun at Jamie Lee Curtis. Merchant-Ivory did some truly remarkable work in the '90s.

Clive Barker's Book of Blood

Wednesday, October 12 at 3am on Syfy
It's no Hellraiser, but, you know, what is?

Freddy vs. Jason

Sunday, October 16 at 9am on Spike
Director Ronnie Yu took an insanely obvious premise and managed to make it pretty dang fun. The best scene is definitely when Kelly Rowland tells Freddy Krueger off (see photo above). MORE movies should have that scene.

The Unborn

Sunday, October 16 at 8pm on Spike
Finally, practitioners of the Jewish faith got their own Exorcist! Unfortunately it was this thing. On the upside: Cam Gigandet! Or is that a downside? Not sure anymore.

What scary movies are YOU going to watch this week?

Comments (15)
Sort: Latest | Popular
Oct 16, 2011
No Salems Lot? WTH?
Oct 15, 2011
I'll be watching The Changeling (George C. Scott) and Constantine this weekend. Either are way better than anything (well, except maybe for Zodiak) than anything listed here. You want good scary movies this Halloween? Do yourself a favour and hit the top 100 horror movies
Oct 15, 2011
Will enjoy the Stephen King and zombie films. I was hoping to see Midnight Meat Train from Clive Barker make the list, still Book of Blood is a decent one too. My only complaint, are these movies just as good with the tv editing? I think I'll just dust off my dvd collection and watch that way...
Oct 14, 2011
All the Stephen King movies, of course!
Oct 13, 2011
Attention Criminal Minds fans; catch Joe Mantegna as mobster Richie Ginellie in the Steven King movie 'Thinner'!
Oct 13, 2011
it's a Stephen King movie -so there !
Oct 13, 2011
Your movie list will be my guide for the next few weeks (I'm a Dreamcatcher fan), but in addition, this review is great ... I love it!
Oct 13, 2011
I may watch the Walking Dead marathon.

And I have to agree with the Signs blurb. That birthday party scene is one of favourite scenes from a 'horror' movie.
Oct 12, 2011
I'll try watching lots--especially Carrie! But my hands will be over my
Oct 12, 2011
Shivers is good but I'll take Cronenberg's Scanners over's so hard on the mind to watch...;)
Oct 12, 2011
The Walking Dead. thank you Amc!
Oct 12, 2011
Dreamcatcher is great because of the cast. However, I am looking forward to watching The Last House on the Left... mainly because I want to check out Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul)!
Oct 12, 2011
I love horror movies and there are some great ones on this list. I am looking forward to watching a bunch of these. Stephen King movies never really live up to his books, but they are usually pretty good anyway. :)
Oct 12, 2011
I agree, they never live up to the books. However, there's always some good adaptions like Carrie, Cujo and Christine. The Shining, while it is a classic horror film and it's great is really different from the book.... I actually liked the film better
Oct 12, 2011
You've just named my favorite Stephen King movies :-) Other favorites are Stand by Me and The Shawnshank Redemption but those aren't horror films... :-D

Like on Facebook