Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

1tvhalloween_tzrLess is more in John Carpenter’s original, and back in 1978 this low-budget, horror/thriller came out of nowhere to scare the wits out of moviegoers (the first time I saw it, I was a high-schooler cowering in my seat at Seattle’s wonderful Cinerama). The story of Michael Myers returning home to terrorize several baby-sitters on All Hallows Eve launched Jamie Lee Curtis’ movie career and spawned way too many sequels, imitators and remakes, but remains a scary good time. 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, on AMC.


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simp_Halloween_Horror_TABF22-Sc_3029b_hires2It’s not the annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode (that comes next week), but tonight’s episode of the long-running animated comedy looks at what happens when Lisa gets scared at the “Krustyland Halloween Horror Night” and Halloween pop-up store employees seek vengeance on Homer. D’oh! 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, on Fox.

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returnedHalloween is over, but if you’re still in the mood for something unsettling and creepy, be prepared to lose an afternoon to Season 1 of this French series about a village dealing with returning residents, long thought dead. Yes, Season 2 is currently filming — due in 2015 — and an American remake (sigh) is in the works. Marathon begins at noon Sunday, Nov. 2, on Sundance.

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The annual airing of the classic 1966 animated special seems like the perfect capper to an evening of trick-or-treating. Lucy will pull the football away at the last minute, Snoopy will fight the Red Baron and Linus will spend the night in the pumpkin patch. Some things never change. 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC.

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View from the porch

I’ve been back a couple of weeks now, but wanted to do at least a couple of posts on my recent vacation. I’d better hurry for all the details slip away.

Took a few days and headed north to Canada. Spent three days at the Creekside Cottage outside Sechelt, B.C. I’ve been there before and love the peace and quiet. Especially in late October. The trip north was relatively painless (there always seems to be so much traffic in and around Vancouver), and I do love the view at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.

Friday night while I was there the skies let loose and the wind and rain were intense. Pinecones hitting the roof. Kind of exciting and scary all at the same time. Also, watched the movie “1408” that night. A scary movie I’d never seen before. And it’s based on a Stephen King short story. Good stuff.

On Halloween I went into Sechelt (the nearby town) to use the computer at the library for a bit. I love the look of the library from the outside and the feel of the town. Basically just walked around a bit. Went down to the pier, then drove back to the cabin and hung out. Read some. No one came trick or treating. Fine by me.

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Claire Bloom, left, and Julie Harris in 1963's "The Haunting."

BWAH HA HA! Did I scare ya? No? O.K. I’m not superstitious about the number 13, just making an observation.

The murder mystery went off Friday night without too much hassle. Not a big fan of the improv.

Lots of talk at work about scary movies. Two of my favorites are (the original versions of) “Halloween” and “The Haunting.” Both pack a lot of scare without much gore. I also enjoyed “The Others” (2001) starring Nicole Kidman. Great, spooky stuff.

Halloween is coming, so is my trip to Canada. More soon.

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