Halloween is the closest thing to an annual horror movie marathon holiday. You can’t swing a dead cat during Halloween without hitting a horror movie or a horde of people lunging to consume it. So – if you want to have your own Halloween movie marathon, what the fastest way to conjure up a 24-hour unholy vision of the gaping maw of hell?
If you are a do-it-yourselfer like myself, you probably just want a great list of horror movies to start from. I wrote a Horror Movie Marathon Where-to-Start article a while back.
However, I was surprised to find out the A.V. Club (affiliated with The Onion) are big fans of 24-hour movie marathons – and a 24-hour Halloween movie marathon is one of their annual traditions. Even better, the A.V. Club is well-connected enough to have celebrities put together Halloween movie marathon schedules for them! Check out their Halloween movie marathons from years past:
- 2007 – Director Eli Roth’s movie picks and schedule
- 2010 – Voiceover artist Brendon Small’s movie picks and schedule
- 2011 – Director Edgar Wright’s movie picks and schedule
- 2012 – Director Joe Dante’s movie picks and schedule
- 2013 – Slayer’s Kerry King’s movie picks and schedule
- 2014 – Onion’s panel of experts picks and schedule
- 2016 – Onion’s panel of experts picks and schedule
If assembling one of these schedules sounds like work, maybe channel surfing is more your style. So what’s on TV this Halloween? American Movie Classics seems to be throwing themselves most enthusiastically into the horror fray with their AMC Fearfest. But if you need more options, there are other Halloween Movie Marathons on TV too. Or you can assemble your own marathon from the list of Halloween movies on the Huffington Post. There are a lot.
If bothering to look up showtimes of horror movies on cable TV sounds like work to you, dang, are you one lazy bum! There is yet still a way to stream images of violence and depravity on-demand directly into your ocular receptors. Check out Reel Life with Jane’s 31-day Netflix Halloween Movie Marathon.
I hope one of these horrible options works well for you. Happy Halloween! Don’t turn off the light!
Update 22 July 2017: Updated list of links for mid-2017. All of the other TV schedule references are still from 2014.