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Networks scare up plenty of monstrous malevolence

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Plenty of networks are jumping on the Halloween bandwagon with both horrifyingly frightening and horrifyingly ugly programming. Check program guides for information on Fox Family Channel's 13 Days of Halloween, which got under way Friday and runs through the Big Night.


American Movie Classics presents the classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (8 p.m.). Aliens take over human bodies in this, the original 1956 film starring Kevin McCarthy, who also appeared in the 1978 remake.


It could be argued that The WB's "Charmed" is always related in some form or fashion to Halloween, but Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series) makes an appearance in this week's episode (9 p.m.).


What would Halloween be without revisiting one of our favorite villains? AMC's Monsterfest 2001 starts Friday with "Young Frankenstein" (10 a.m.) and "Frankenstein" (12 a.m.), but the cable network nicknamed Oct. 30 Devil's Night and the new documentary "The Omen Legacy" kicks off the evening at 8. It's followed by "The Omen" (10 p.m.), "Damien: Omen II" (12 a.m.) and "Omen III: The Final Conflict" (2 a.m.). Monsterfest continues through Halloween, a day complete with Dracula-related programming from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


"The Sleeper" (8 p.m. on BBC America) is set in a reality where nightmares and dark secrets return to haunt a family gathering in an isolated farmhouse.


UPN injected the Halloween spirit into its Monday night comedy block. At 8 p.m., Gary Coleman guest stars on "The Hughleys." Flex's old nemesis moves into the neighborhood and puts on a sizzling Halloween party on "One on One" at 8:30 p.m. Nikki saves Professor Oglevee from an evil woman who turns out to be Cleopatra on "The Parkers." And at 9:30 p.m. on "Girlfriends," Toni's life hits a new low when she finds that she's been excluded from Joan's Halloween party.

Next Tuesday

For some, Charlie Brown is as much a part of Halloween as trick-or-treating. "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (8 p.m. on ABC), created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, features the Peanuts crew.

Oct. 31

Halloween provides a timely chance for Women's Entertainment to break out its Hitchcock collection, and the result is "The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched," a festival of films from the master of suspense. The Hitchcock blondes -- "Psycho's" Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren from "The Birds," and "North by Northwest's" Eva Marie Saint -- will help host the day, which gets started at 9 a.m. with "The Trouble With Harry." Favorites such as "Rear Window," "Psycho" and "The Birds" will be shown, and the events go into the wee hours of the following morning for the hardcore Hitch enthusiasts -- "Marnie," which also stars Hedren, airs at 12:10 a.m.

E! is examining the entertainment industry's horrors -- of which there are many. "Haunted Hollywood" (7 p.m.) looks at the industry's scariest true-to-life stories. Brooke Burke hosts "Rank: 13 Scariest Movies" (8 p.m.), which unveils E!'s top 13 horror films, and the hourlong " 'Scream:' The E! True Hollywood Story" follows immediately.

-- Ricardo Baca, Scripps Howard News Service

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