It’s that dark and stormy time of year again when it actually rumbles at night, ravens knock, knock, knock and creepy monsters take a 10 month rent under your bed.
Of course, for the Halloween rush, television is armed with more choices than you can shake with a witch’s broom.
“The Simpsons” returned on FoxNow and Hulu with that endless tree house and its writhing limbs of terror on Treehouse of Horror XXXII, this time in five segments. One of the chapters emulates Edward Gorey’s decorative animation and describes Bart’s evil deeds over the course of the year.
On Thursday, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart will eat their way through spooky, edible architecture in a life-size “Snoop & Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween” cooking competition streamed on Peacock.
Jamie Lee Curtis is back as the relentless Laurie Strode in her vengeance against the vicious Michael Myers in the newest incarnation of the Halloween legacy, Halloween Kills, now streamed on Peacock. This time it is not only Laurie, but also her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak) who are threatened by this relentless tormentor.
Spookmaster Svengoolie will shoot “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster” on MeTV on October 30th. The nostalgia network will also show Halloween segments from meanwhile classic series such as “Leave it to Beaver”, “The Carol Burnett Show” and “M * A * S * H” throughout the creepy weekend. And it will serve up a bevy of unnerving Looney Tunes on its morning show, Toon in with Me.
Paramount + enchants with its next “Paranormal Activity” film “Next of Kin”, which will be released on October 29th. This is the haunting story of a young woman who seeks information from an Amish community only to discover that something evil might lurk underneath her flawless caps.
Even the Science Channel is becoming civilized with its search for the “Lost City of the Monkey God,” which premieres on October 31st. Stories about this mystical city have puzzled scientists and explorers for eons. Buried deep in the Honduras rainforest, the documentary “Lost City” follows the explorer Steve Elkins and a team of scientists in search of this unearthly treasure.
RL Stine’s graphic novel is the source of the Disney + series “Just Beyond”, which features eight eerie episodes. Everyone is immersed in a new story with new characters who must embark on a dark and dangerous journey of discovery complicated by aliens, ghosts and witches, oh my!
Mira Sorvino and Anna Sophia Robb are co-stars in the science fiction thriller “The Expecting”, which will be released on Roku on October 29th. And Joan Crawford is seriously awakened in TCM in the classic “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” on Sunday at 8pm ET.
This is followed by her rather “reserved” appearance in “Strait-Jacket” at 10:30 pm. “Frankenstein” on October 30th at 8pm, “Night of the Living Dead” on October 29th at 10pm, Jacques Tourneur’s 1942 classic “Cat People” at midnight on October 31st and the ultimate shocker “Psycho” on October 31st. Oct. at 8 p.m.
AMC says the 80s were full of horror films and will celebrate them with a weekend marathon starting Saturday, including “The Fly,” “Poltergeist,” “Pet Sematary” and heeeeres Johnny – “The Shining”.
USA and Syfy share this adorable doll from our past, “Chucky”, and a brand new eight-episode series in which he finds (initially) limp and harmless at a flea market. Chucky made his first appearance on Child’s Play in 1988 and has followed audiences ever since.
We’re halfway through Freeforms 31 Nights of Halloween, but don’t worry. “Halloweentown” runs on Saturday at 4 pm, Bette Midler in “Hocus Pocus” at 6:05 pm and the 2016 version of “Ghostbusters” at 8:15 pm Tim Burton’s classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is on Sunday at 3 pm: 50 o’clock
If you’re curious about the sneaky minds behind the creatures of the night, check out the weekly documentary, Behind the Monsters, which begins October 27th from Shudder. Each of the six episodes will deal with a monster, including Chucky, Michael Myers, and Freddy Kreuger, and will speak to the people who created these characters, including the actors, directors, stunt people, and special effects staff.
Oscar Wilde’s enchanting novella “The Canterville Ghost” deserves the BBC’s attention with its meticulous four-part version that premieres on October 31st at 9pm on BYUtv. This story plays Anthony Head as the troubled ghost.
And for the kids, the Muppets star in their very first Halloween special, Muppets Haunted Mansion, streamed on Disney +. With a slew of brightly colored Muppet characters (and some cameos), the story finds Gonzo and his buddy Pepe the Prawn doomed to spend the night in the fabled – you guessed it – haunted mansion.
Veterans break their silence
Sometimes cheered, sometimes mocked, the military in this country goes back to our beginnings. The men and women who have served the nation often go about their business quietly when they are at home.
To make up for this silence, PBS is offering a four-part documentary, “American Veteran,” which premieres on October 26th, in which every voice of a veteran can be heard.
JR Martinez is one of those voices. Martinez, a US Army Infantry Vet, says, “I was actually first generation born in the United States. My mother is from Central America in a small country called El Salvador. It was so powerful for me to return to El Salvador as a little boy during my childhood.
“I began to discover and understand that what I perceived as poverty in the United States was very different from poverty in other countries, especially in a third world country. And I just had this deeper appreciation and gratitude and gratitude for what the United States has offered me and my family, ”he says.
“When 9/11 happened and I was kind of in limbo, not exactly sure what my next step would be, I heard from the military and … someone said to me, ‘What about the military?’ And I thought, ‘I think. Let me explore. ‘ It was just the perfect opportunity to give something back to this country that I was so attached to and grateful to. At the same time, it was an opportunity as a small child to see the world, to grow and develop. “
Another voice on the series is that of Maj. General Angela Salinas – the first Hispanic woman to serve as officer general in the Marine Corps. She retired as the highest ranking woman in the corps. Military service gave her more than just a sense of duty, she says. “I think when I think back to 39 years… I think for me it’s probably pretty consistent, feeling grateful in so many ways. Because even though I felt like I was serving something bigger than myself, it really is a feeling to come home and realize how blessed we are to live in a country where people who look like me grow up and essentially reach for the stars, “she says.
“I think this is, at least for me, the strongest experience I’ve come home with. It was an opportunity where I came from, with parents who had no education, that I could rise because of this nation and the people in it who gave us the opportunity.
“I think that was really gratitude to me and just the fact that I felt so blessed to have served in everyday life with so many incredible Americans who also chose the same way of life because it’s a way of life. Whether you did it for four years or 39 years, it became a way of life. And what is powerful is that each of us, I want to believe, will return to our communities as better citizens. “
Poetry popping detective returns
PD James’ cryptic detective Adam Dalgliesh arrives on Acorn TV on October 26th in a brand new series, “Dalgliesh”. Most people wouldn’t remember Roy Marsden actually making the character his own in 10 such TV episodes in the ’80s. Martin Shaw later starred in two other TV adaptations.
Now Bertie Carvel takes on the role of the poetry-writing cop. Carvel, who has appeared in shows like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Hidden, and Babylon, says, “I wasn’t one of those people who always thought they were going to be actors. I did acting in school and I would have told you I basically never acted until I went to drama school in university. But the truth is, I’ve been role-playing all of my teenage years, which is kind of fun. It acts without an audience. You make up characters and tell stories for your own fun, a bit like kids do when they dress up. So this is the best acting education you can have. “
Actress shares emotions with character
Actress Skyler Samuels says it was a profound change for her as Olivia Crawford in the life drama Switched Before Birth, which premiered on Saturday.
“And I loved these parts. You are wonderful. But I think when you prepare as an actor to play a role that feels like you, I think there are things that Olivia Crawford says when I read the script that I think, ‘Oh god, that is right out of my mouth. ‘ Or just the way she moves around the room, it felt like mine. And I think what was both challenging and liberating about the experience was that I had to process my own grief in real time to make this movie …
“The barrier between Olivia Crawford and Skyler Samuels was paper thin. And I’m not used to being that close to the character, ”she says.
“Everything emotional that happens in the film is as real as possible. I really had to be okay to bring in my own grief and experience, struggles and triumphs and publish everything in a way that I haven’t had before. “
(Luaine Lee is a California-based correspondent who covers entertainment for the Tribune News Service.)
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