Happy Halloween, PopWatchers. If you’re like me, you’ll be observing All Hallows’ Eve this weekend in the awesomest possible way: parking your buns on the couch and settling in for a marathon of whatever horror movies your friendly neighborhood cable channels have programmed, regardless of whether I’ve seen the movies before or not. Now, I’m not a horror buff (I leave that to my colleague Clark Collis), but I do enjoy getting a fright this time of year. (Last Halloween, I watched Carrie for about the millionth time.) But the thing is, I’m lazy, so instead of taking the time to make a thoughtful, informed selection of classic horror flicks in whatever video store is still in business in my ‘hood — or even Netflix-on-demanding them — I just turn on the TV and follow orders. These networks make it so easy for us!
Judging from their schedules, I’ll be spending a lot of time over with AMC’s Fearfest. Among the channel’s many creepy offerings are 28 Days Later, Evil Dead 2 (which EW.com video guru Jason Averett has been trying to get me to see for about eight years now), Halloween (pictured), Halloween II, and Halloween III. AMC might very well be airing every single entry in the Michael Myers canon, but I don’t think I have the stamina to sit through all of ‘em — especially the 21st-century suckfests. (I once interviewed Jamie Lee Curtis, who called Halloween: Resurrection “Piece-of-Sh**-ection.”)
I’m also looking forward to Fright Night and Christine, though I was disappointed to discover that Encore has scheduled Child’s Play 2, but not Child’s Play! How can a novice like me, who has never seen any of the Chucky flicks, start with the sequel? Come on, Encore. Get with it.
What about you, my fellow Jack-o’-lantern couch potatoes? What will you be watching? And if I were to look beyond my cable box, what classic horror flick would you suggest I seek out this weekend? Horror-movie educate me, PopWatchers!