Thinking about the month of October conjures up all kinds of images into the holiday lover’s head. One of them probably doesn’t involve sitting around watching the Lifetime Movie Network, but what the hell? It’s blatantly obvious that they are in full spirit with a week of fun thrillers running all the way through to the 31st. My favorite network plans to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve … Lifetime-style. Don’t go in expecting the conventional horror film marathons - think high drama with a little suspense and you’ll do just fine. So, just sit back and let Lifetime take you away. It’s kind of like Calgon except its got people in it, which makes it kind of like Soylent Green! Oh, I’m so confused!
You can check out their full schedule here, but I thought I'd list some of the highlights (all listings are Eastern Standard Time):
*Please note LMN blocks their days as starting at 10 am going through until 8 am the next day and it’s confusing, so please double check the site when setting your timers!
October 24th, 2008
6 am - Haunting of Sorority Row – Fitting in might turn deadly in this supernatural tale of a sorority with something sinister to hide.
8 am - Carrie - Doy, this is total horror for women.
October 25th, 2008
10 am - The Rage: Carrie II - Double doy. This is an underrated late 90s horror outing, that isn't nearly as much of a sequel as it is a terrifying excursion into teen angst. If you haven't seen this, now is a good time to catch it.
8 pm - Nightmare at the End of the Hall – Suicide, reincarnation, nasty pranks and then some! (playing again 10/25/08 at midnight)
October 26th, 2008
10 am - Soul Survivor - Troubled teens, summer vacations, workaholic moms and cute boys, oh my!
2 pm - Secrets of the Summer House - A haunted house and Lindsey Price from 90210. Umm, what more could you ask for?
8 pm - In Her Mother’s Footsteps - OK, so who actually inherits a house when a relative dies? I know I certainly haven’t. So do I mind if someone gets a house and it’s cursed? Nah, they probably deserved it, those greedy bastards! Here, a woman not only inherits a house but also starts having visions! Well, some people get everything they want, I guess! (playing again 10/26/08 at midnight & 10/27/08 at noon)
2 am - Past Tense - More visions abound but here’s the twist – A woman is having a vision of her daughter’s death… in a past life! I’m sorry, that just sounds awesome! (Playing again 10/26/08 at 8 am EST)
3:50 am - Imaginary Playmate - It might be getting a little late into the evening, but this thriller is directed by legendary horror filmmaker William Fruet (Killer Party, Death Weekend), and he apparently goes all Lifetime in this tale of a little girl’s ‘pretend’ friend. Thank the Lord for Tivo!
October 27th, 2008
2 pm - Disappearance - A ghost town that is really a ghost town! I know, but it’s the only potentially interesting thriller playing this day! (also playing 10/26/08 at 10pm)
October 28th, 2008
10 pm - Night of Terror - Oh my, a scary assailant stalks a family on a boating trip. And there’s a storm! Neat! (playing again 10/29/08 at 2pm)
3:50 am - Wishcraft - It’s like The Wishmaster meets The Craft meets Friday the 13th meets Teen Witch (dude, it even features Zelda Rubenstein!)! Wishcraft is actually a bit of a cult item and considered an underrated thriller. Now is a good time to see what all the cool Lifetime kids are talking about! Like I said, YAY for Tivo!
October 29th, 2008
2 am - Lost in the Dark - A blind woman has to fend for herself in an isolated cabin against some mean ol’ escaped convicts.
3:50 am - Visitors of the Night - I have one word – Aliens. Oh and here’s two more: See it.
October 30th, 2008
10 am - The Unsaid - More of a drama than a thriller, The Unsaid has a few shockingly brutal moments and a really strong story about a man trying to find redemption after his son commits suicide with an unstable, potentially murderous teenager.
6 pm - Awake to Danger - Tori Spelling and Michael Gross star as daughter/father on the opposite sides after the brutal murder of Tori’s mom. Tori witnesses the murder, gets hit on the head and forgets who the culprit is. Could it be dear old dad? Of course this stars Tori Spelling, so it’s a must see, but it isn’t quite as good as the film that follows afterwards:
8 pm - Co-ed Call Girl - So. Good. Tori plays a hapless college student lured into the world of high class prostitution. Three words: Best. Movie. Ever. (both movies playing again starting at 10 am on 10/31/08)
3:50 am - Destination: Infestation – What is it with 3:50 am? All of the best is being shown at this weird hour… OK, deadly ants swarm an airplane. I can’t vouch for this movie, but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m taking a shot on it!
October 31st, 2008 – The All Hallows' Eve (aka The Money Shot)
4 pm - A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle - This chick Donielle sees violent crimes before they happen! That might be OK and all, but she’s the next victim of a sadistic serial killer!
8 pm - A Deadly Vision – Psychic waitress? It could happen…
10 pm - Hush Little Baby – A mother’s dead child possesses the new child and it ain’t happy!