Monday, October 17, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: The Phantom Channel Listings for October 17, 2016

Welcome to the third week of 31 Days of Halloween here on Needless Things! We have all kinds of stuff in store for you guys this year, ranging from creepy to kooky to mysteriously spooky to gory and unforgettably disgusting. We’ll look at spooky toys, horror movies, and all manner of things that go bump in the night.

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year and I tend to dive into appropriate subject matter wholeheartedly. One of the cornerstones of the season has always been television. Once October rolled around, I would start making schedules of all of the creepy stuff that would be on – from the classic Halloween specials to horror movies to special Halloween episodes of shows like Knight Rider and Roseanne. If I missed the Halloween episode of one of my shows, it would haunt me the rest of the year (pun intended)!

As soon as I could get my hands on the Sunday paper, I would pull out the TV listings (my dad wouldn’t spring for the actual TV Guide magazine and I don’t blame him one bit) and plan out my week. I didn’t have my own VCR until I was twelve, so there were sacrifices made. If The Howling and Invaders from Mars were coming on at the same time, I was going to miss one (Invaders from Mars, but mostly because that movie scared the crap out of me).

Last year I replaced my thoughts on SyFy’s October programming with some programming of my own. If I was going to complain about SyFy all month long (though I do love the channel and admire the fact that they program a full month of spooky stuff), I should be able to produce some television schedules of my own. Thus, The Phantom Channel was born!
Once a week I will post a “page” from my own personal TV Guide that will present twenty-four hours of Halloweeny movies, cartoons, and TV shows. Rather than being goofy or providing my usual commentary, I have done my best to mimic the dry style utilized in the TV listings magazine of my youth. I’ve added an extra challenge in this year, as I am going to attempt to work a theme into each day’s programming. Today’s theme:



6:00 – Frankenweenie - Animated – Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short
A young boy brings his dog back to life and plunges a town into chaos. (87 min.)

7:30 – Groovie Goolies – Animated
Drac, Frankie, and Wolfie hang out at Horrible Hall. (22 min.)

8:00 – Aaahh!!! Real Monsters “Monster Hunter”– Animated
Simon tries to prove to the world that monsters are real. (24 min.)

8:30 – Toonsylvania – Animated
Wacky adventures with animated monsters. (22 min.)

9:00 – The Superhero Squad Show “This Man-Thing, This Monster!" – Animated
Iron Man finds himself in a world of monsters alongside Jack Russel, the Werewolf By Night! (22 min.)

9:30 – He-Man and the Masters of the Universe “Reign of the Monster” – Animated
Skeletor summons a terrifying monster called Molkrom. (23 min.)

10:00 – THEM! – Sci-Fi – James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn
Giant radioactive ants terrorize New Mexico. (94 min.)


12:00 – Destroy All Monsters – Sci-Fi –    Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki
It’s an all-out kaiju attack starring Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and more! (88 min.)

1:30 – Inhumanoids “The Evil that Lies Within Parts 1-5" – Animated
A team of scientists defend the Earth against monstrous invaders from deep beneath the planet’s surface. (120 min.)

3:30 – The Batman “Grundy’s Night” – Animated
On Halloween night, Solomon Grundy returns to have his revenge. (24 min.)

4:00 – Justice League “The Terror Beyond Parts 1-2” – Animated
The heroes battle an ancient god from another dimension. (25 min.)

5:00 – Goosebumps “How to Kill A Monster”- Horror
Gretchen and Clark must deal with a monster in their grandparents’ home. (24 min.)

5:30 – Are You Afraid of the Dark? “The Tale of the Full Moon”- Horror
Neighborhood cats are going missing and Jed and Hughie are investigating. (25 min.)


6:00 – Buff the Vampire Slayer “Wild at Heart” - Drama
The gang discover a new werewolf on campus, but what does this mean for Willow? (44 min.)

7:00 – King Kong (1933) – Horror – Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong
A special 3D presentation. 3D Glasses available at your local 7-Eleven®. (104 min.)

9:00 – Monsters “Sleeping Dragon” – Horror
Two men bring a hungry reptile into the world. (22 min.)

9:30 – Tales from the Crypt “Korman’s Kalamity” – Horror
A cartoonist is continually set upon by monsters. (24 min.)

10:00 – Dog Soldiers – Horror – Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd
British soldiers on a training mission encounter horrors in the woods. (109 min.)

12:00 – Alien – Horror – Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt
In space, no one can hear you scream. (117 min.)

Late Night

2:00 – Pumpkinhead – Horror – Lance Henriksen, John D’Aquino
Irresponsible youths incur the wrath of a demon. (86  min.)

3:30 – Rawhead Rex – Horror – David Dukes, Kelly Piper
A demon from the underworld terrorizes a small town.(89 min.)

5:00 – Angel - "Expecting" – Drama
Cordelia is expecting – but what, the gang doesn’t know… (44 min.)

That’s another day of Halloweeny programming in the can! I hope you decide to watch a couple of these selections and maybe even put together a viewing schedule of your own. Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and share your own awesome Halloween viewing schedules. We’d love to hear from you!

Also, follow PhantomTroublemaker on Instagram for the return of #monsteraday, where I feature a different monster toy every day, all month long!

Until next time, stay creepy!

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