Unlike John Carpenter’s “Halloween” two years earlier, which kept much of its violence suggested rather than graphic, this 1980 slasher flick really let it rip with its depiction of the gory fates handed out to a group of sexually adventurous young counselors at a summer camp where a young man drowned years earlier. Kevin Bacon is among the unlucky victims, while Betsy Palmer — best known as a daytime TV and stage musical performer at the time — is cast against type, to put it mildly. A 2009 remake immediately follows on BBC America.
Host Dean Cain counts down some of the scariest thrillers ever made in this one-hour special, which considers such topics as what exactly it is that makes these movies scary. Guests include Elizabeth Stanton, Garrett Clayton, Darrin Butters & Ezra Weiss, Jackie Fabulous, Brandon Rogers, Noah Matthews, Katherine Murray, Ron Pearson, Mikalah Gordon and Neel Ghosh & Sheridan Pierce.
In this new seasonal two-hour special, Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne — known to some fans as The First Family of Darkness — embark on their first paranormal investigation together inside Los Angeles’ historic Heritage Square. The location features several reputedly haunted houses, making it one of the most active paranormal hotspots in the United States. As siblings Kelly and Jack make up the front line of the investigation, searching for uncanny phenomena, their parents monitor their efforts via equipment back at their base camp.
On the eve of All Hallows’ Eve, PBS catches the Halloween spirit with this new one-hour special hosted by Dr. Emily Zarka, who also writes and hosts “Monstrum,” a popular PBS digital series. This documentary takes audiences deep inside the lore of the zombie throughout American history, incorporating relevant legends to share what these undead creatures reveal about cultural shifts in our society’s deepest anxiety. Zarka interviews experts, spiritual practitioners and academics to reveal the historical roots of zombie folklore in African spiritual practices and Haitian voodoo beliefs.