If you have been meaning to catch-up on AMC’s hit series ‘The Walking Dead,’ or need to relive some of the best films in the horror-thriller genre, set a reminder for AMC’s Fearfest.
This year AMC is celebrating the 20th anniversary of FearFest, one of TV’s longest-running annual thematic programming celebrations, and the network will offer the largest collection of horror and genre film titles in its history.
AMC FearFest, which provided a launching pad for “The Walking Dead” when the show premiered in 2010, this year will feature more than 400 hours of horror and genre programming, including a full 88-hour six-season catch-up marathon of every episode of “The Walking Dead,” an all-new two-hour retrospective special and the highly anticipated season seven premiere on October 23.
AMC Fearfest runs on AMC for 19 days, from Thursday, October 13 through Halloween night on October 31.
“Movies have always been at the core of AMC, and for 20 years AMC FearFest has given us the opportunity to serve some of the most passionate and engaged movie fans of all – fans of the horror genre,” said Tom Halleen, executive vice president of programming and scheduling for AMC and SundanceTV. “This year’s AMC FearFest is the largest in our history, more than 400 hours of programming including 11 iconic horror franchises, a full 88-hour marathon of ‘The Walking Dead,’ which premiered as part of the annual celebration in 2010, an all-new two-hour catch-up special and the highly anticipated season seven premiere.”
This year’s exclusive television franchises include The original Halloween 1-5 (1978-1989), Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009). A Nightmare on Elm Street collection will include The original A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-5 (1984-1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (#6, 1991), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).
The Friday the 13th collection will screen the original Friday the 13th Parts I-VIII (1980-1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (Part 9, 1993), Jason X (Part 10, 2001), and Friday the 13th (2009). You can also catch The Amityville Horror franchise with the original The Amityville Horror (1979), Amityville II: The Possession (1982), Amityville 3 (1983), and The Amityville Horror (2005).
That’s not all, you can watch The Exorcist franchise with the original The Exorcist (1973) and Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and The Omen franchise with the original The Omen (1976), Damien: Omen II (1978), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Omen IV: The Awakening (1991).
Capping things off, catch Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Chucky, Child’s Play 2 (1990), Child’s Play 3 (1991), Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004).
The Tremors franchise will include Tremors (1990), Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996), Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001), Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) and Underworld will inclide Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006) and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009).
The Master of horror Stephen King will feature Cujo (1983), Carrie (1976, 40th anniversary), Silver Bullet (1985), The Graveyard Shift (1990), Dreamcatcher (2003), Thinner (1996, 20th anniversary), 1408 (2007), Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992), Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995).
The 20th anniversary AMC FearFest celebration includes 417 hours of thematic programming, up nearly 30 percent from last year’s 294 hours, and 85 movies, up from 61 last year.