Monday, October 30, 2006

Go To Hell, TV!

What is up with TV this week? Every year around this time, I look forward to all the cool Halloween programming that helps put me in that spooky October mood. But it seems that, this year, the only network really getting in on the action is AMC with its "Monsterfest." Most of the programming I've seen elsewhere has been "family" movies, like the Scooby Doo flicks and those animated Tim Burton joints. (Am I allowed to use "joint" in reference to any director other than Spike Lee?) But of all the scary movies that have aired in the last few days, I have yet to see one Vincent Price film. Tsk tsk tsk.

There have been a lot of those crappy screaming-people-wearing-night-vision-goggles-in-supposedly-haunted-houses shows, like Most Haunted. VH1 has even slapped a version together, starring its go-to D-listers like Gary Busey, Hal Sparks, Tracy Bingham and others. Those shows don't count. They're not scary or interesting.

What I'm really disappointed in are the channels I can usually count on: Discovery, The History Channel, TLC and the Travel Channel. One of Discovery's best shows is A Haunting. It's Halloween week...why wouldn't they air a marathon or something? Tonight it's all hot rods and motorcycles. Tomorrow it's MegaBuilders and Dirty Jobs. Oooh scary. TLC and the Travel Channel usually always have great shows about haunted destinations or Halloween's history. This year, Travel Channel is doing Most Haunted Live, which promises to be pretty boring, and TLC is airing shows about midgets, cars and tattoos. The only channel I've gotten a drop of satisfaction from is The History Channel, which aired a pretty interesting history of vampires and the legend of Dracula last night.

What the hell is Halloween without Vincent Price or some good old fashioned ghost stories?? Hell, indeed. But not the way the devil intended.


LoraLoo said...

I couldn't agree more - Halloween programming this year sucks rocks!

Les Becker said...

Yup. There should be an entire week of nothing but terrifying TV this time of year. We need a law.

Although, I can't imagine Gary Busey NOT being interesting...

Edge said...

History Chanel and Travel Chanel used to do a good "haunted houses" show, don't know if it will air again or not. Just go buy "Stir Of Echoes" from Wal-mart for $5. Plenty scary.


Writeprocrastinator said...

"Flav-or of Love" strikes me as pure horror, I won't even watch it.


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