Tuesday, October 26, 1999
Scary stuff, huh kids?
Halloween specials to make your blood curdle
Good Halloween TV scares you spitless or makes you laugh yourself witless. Great Halloween TV does both. Here are this year's highlights:
Competing Cranes: William H. Macy is the voice of Ichabod Crane in the cartoon, The Night Of The Headless Horseman, airing at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox. Brent Carver plays Crane in the Canadian-made live-action movie The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, on CTV Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror X: Teen horror movies get spoofed, Homer triggers a Y2K nightmare, the Simpsons kill neighbour Ned Flanders, and Lucy Lawless, Tom Arnold and Dick Clark are guest voices. 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox and Global.
Monster Mash: Disney cartoon inspired by Bobby "Boris" Pickett's novelty tune. 5 p.m. Sunday on CBC.
South Park Halloween: With pirate ghosts and Korn. Midnight Friday on Global.
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: CBS 8 p.m. Friday; YTV Sunday at 5 p.m.
Garfield's Halloween: CBS 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Drive-in double-bill: The Blob and Creature From The Black Lagoon, 8 p.m. Saturday on TVO.
TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS
Casper: Sunday night at 7 on ABC.
Family channel Scary Movie Marathon: Saturday, with kid-friendly frights, including Bedknobs And Broomsticks (noon); Beetlejuice (11:30 p.m.); and The Witches, starring Anjelica Huston, Rowan Atkinson and Jane Horrocks in the adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel (8 p.m; also on YTV Saturday at 3).
Don't Look Under The Bed: Bogeyman bothers teen girl in new Disney movie. 8 p.m. Friday on Family.
Home is where the mutant heart is in this notorious 1996 X-Files, the only episode Fox has never rerun -- until this Sunday night at 9 on Fox and Global. Baseball bat bludgeoning, incest, infanticide, genetic mutations and the gentle song stylings of Johnny Mathis. What's not to like?
SMART AND SCARY
Buried Alive: Does it really happen and why you want to avoid it. Discovery Channel 8 p.m. Sunday.
Movie Monsters Revealed: Clips of Hollywood monsters, plus the "real" thing: People covered in hair (apparently besides Robin Williams), modern witches and vampires and voodoo practitioners. The Learning Channel, 9 p.m. Thursday.
Ghost Waters: A Native American princess drowned on the eve of her wedding to a white explorer are among historically-based scare stories. TLC 9 p.m. Friday.
Great Books: Dracula, TLC 10 p.m. Friday.
The History And Evolution Of Halloween: 5 p.m. Sunday on History Television.
Haunted History marathon: Six examples of ghosts made mad enough to hang around, including executed Mary Queen of Scots. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday on History TV
Houdini -- Believe: U.S. pay-cable movie starring Jonathon Schaech as the legendary escape artist. ONtv Sunday at 9 p.m.
TMN: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Friday at 11 p.m. and Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, Sunday night at 9.
Moviepix: Marathon of Canadian, U.S. and British chillers Friday to Sunday. Included is a young Jodie Foster as pretty poison in The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (Friday at 9 p.m.), Poltergeist (Saturday at 9 p.m.), and The Omen (overnight Saturday at 3 a.m.). And from the U.K., Scream And Scream Again (Sunday at 5 p.m.) and Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in Dracula A.D. (Sunday night at 9).
Most series have new Halloween themed episodes this week. Best bets include:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Fear Itself, in which the Scooby gang is trapped in a haunted frat house. 8 p.m. tomorrow on VR and WPIX; 7 p.m. Saturday on YTV.
Freaks And Geeks: Tricks And Treats, 8 p.m. Saturday NBC and ONtv. Halloween 1980.
Pinky And The Brain: Pinky Halloween, in which Pinky sells his soul to win the Brain world domination. 5:30 Friday on YTV.
Dharma & Greg: The Very Grateful Dead: D&G meet their dead former neighbour. 9 p.m. Tuesday ABC and Global.
That '70s Show: Eric and the gang watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 8:30 p.m. tomorrow on Fox and Global.