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Fall 2005 TV and Movie Preview

by Hauntmistress - Updated 9-6-2005

So much to do, so little time! Besides visiting haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and enjoying other Halloween and fall season activities, don’t forget the television shows and movies that will be vying for your time and attention!

Quick Jump:

Fall Television Season

There are a number of new sci-fi shows coming out this fall, building on the success of such shows as Lost and The 4400 (a great show, by the way!). As a huge television fan, I will be putting my DVR to work this season! Here are a few new shows that you may want to check out!

Surface – New forms of seemingly beautiful and innocent sea life began appearing all over the world, but are these creatures more than what they seem? A team of people will find out as they try to discover what might be lurking just below the surface. Premieres Sept. 19, 2005, at 8 pm on NBC.

Invasion – From famed writer/producer/and teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy (Cold Case, American Gothic, Cover Me) comes the story of a family trying to recover from a devastating hurricane while learning about its mysterious aftermath. Are so-called natural disasters just smokescreens to mask something far more ominous? Premieres Sept. 21, 2005, at 10 pm on ABC.

Night Stalker – When a pregnant woman is snatched from her home, her Los Angeles neighbors think it’s an act of domestic violence. But crime reporter Carl Kolchak (Stuart Townsend, boyfriend of Charlize Theron) is determined to find out the real truth because his wife was recently murdered and he’s the number one suspect. This leads him to investigate other crimes that seem to have some kind of supernatural component. But the confusion just keeps growing. Who or what is committing these crimes, how are they all related, and why do some victims end up with a red mark on their hands in the shape of a snake? Premieres Sept. 29, 2005, at 9 pm on ABC.

Supernatural – Filmmakers McG (Charlie’s Angels, The OC) and Eric Kripke (Boogeyman) team for Supernatural, staring Jared Padalecki (formerly Rory Gilmore's first boyfriend on Gilmore Girls) and Jensen Ackles (formerly Lana Lane’s boyfriend on Smallville). They play Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers driving across the country to complete their father’s work in seeking out and silencing the supernatural forces responsible for their mother’s murder 20 years ago. Thursdays at 9 pm on the WB.

Ghost Whisperer – Taking a page from the wonderful NBC show Medium (a must-watch TV show), Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a young newlywed with the ability to communicate with spirits. She’s going though the typical “I have a gift but I want to lead a normal life” internal turmoil. But those dead people keep on talking to her, leading her to unusual psychic investigations. Fridays at 8 pm on CBS.

Threshold - In the middle of the ocean, a naval cargo freighter finds an extraterrestrial spacecraft. A team is put in place to prepare for contact with the ships home plant and implement Operation: Threshold, charged with finding out the purpose of the landing and the fate of the ship’s crew, and preparing for the worst-case scenario of an alien invasion. Fridays at 9 pm on CBS.

A Cemetery Special - Coming to PBS is a documentary all about cemeteries. You'll see beautiful settings filled with history and art and information etched in stone. Premiers Oct. 26 at 8 pm on your local PBS station.

Masters of Horror - For those of you with cable, Showtime's new anthology showcases 13 original one-hour movies from directors of films such as Halloween, The Howling, An American Werewolf in London, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Night of the Living Dead.  Premiers Oct. 28 at 10 pm on Showtime.

Fear Fest: 31 Nights of Horror on Encore -  Also on cable, Encore will be playing a different horror movie at 8 pm every night in October!  Encore's movies are shown uncut and commercial free and the Fear Fest features include oldies but goodies such as 1979's The Amityville Horror and 1982's The Thing, as well as more recent films like 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Freddy Vs. Jason.

Movies, Movies, Movies

Find someone to grab onto and head out to the movies for these new scares! Some scarier and better than others.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose – Sounds scary! Based on the true story of the trial of the priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of 19-year old college freshman Emily Rose, believed to be possessed. In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized Emily’s demonic possession and the movie, told in flashbacks, chronicles the story. Laura Linney plays the lawyer who defends the priest (Tom Wilkinson) who performed the controversial Exorcism of Emily Rose. In theaters Sept. 9, 2005.

Venom - Kevin Williamson (Scream creator and I Know What You Did Last Summer director) brings us this voodoo horror story set in the Louisiana swamps, where a group of teenagers fight for their lives against a mysterious evil force. In theatres Sept. 16, 2005.

Cry Wolf – When a young woman is found murdered, a group of high school students decide to further scare their classmates by spreading online rumors that a serial killer called The Wolf is on the loose. By describing The Wolf’s next victims, the students try to see how many people they can convince and if anyone will uncover the lie. But when the described victims actually do start turning up dead, suddenly no one knows where the lies end and the truth begins. Cry Wolf features Jon Bon Jovi, one of my favorite 80s rockers! Actually not a bad actor either! In theatres Sept. 16, 2005.

HellBent – A self-proclaimed gay horror movie that follows four men through a night where flamboyant costumes, drugs, music, dancing and sex are everywhere. Oh, and I guess there is a mad, HellBent killer on the loose too… In theatres Sept. 16, 2005.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride – The wonderful Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice etc.) is back with this stop-motion animation style movie (like that used in Nightmare Before Christmas) that re-teams him with the equally wonderful Johnny Depp! Corpse Bride is about a 19th century gentleman transported to the underworld and engaged to an undead bride instead of his intended betrothed! In theaters Sept. 23, 2005.

Boy Eats Girl – What a cute little play on words (hope you can hear the sarcasm in that…). See this movie and learn what you should do when your schoolmates develop a taste for human flesh.  In theatres Sept. 23, 2005.

The Dark – In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter, a couple is visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago. She also bares a striking resemblance to the couple’s dead daughter. In theatres Oct. 5, 2005.

The Wallace & Gromit Movie: Curse of the Wererabbit – One for the family! I love Wallace and Gromit, and here they are in their first feature-length movie! Wallace and Gromit are gearing up for the annual Giant Vegetable Competition when a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging beast begins terrorizing their neighborhood! Featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes. In theatres Oct. 7, 2005.

Return of the Living Dead 4: Necropolis, and 5: Rave to the Grave – Hundreds of college students who take a manufactured drug at a Halloween party and become brain hungry zombies.  Halloween costumes make it difficult to tell who is still alive and who is one of the living dead.  Both in theaters Oct. 7, 2005.

The Fog - Starring one of my favorite television actors from one of my favorite television shows – Tom Welling from Smallville! A remake of John Carpenter’s original Fog movie from 1979, where mysterious Fog rolls through a small town and people begin to die in savage ways! In theatres Oct. 14, 2005.

Doom – I am not scared by video games. Very entertained, yes, but scared, no. That was the case at least until I played Doom 3. id Software’s 3-d graphics made the game come alive for me as my marine went from room to room at the United Aerospace Corporation’s Mars Research Facility trying to stay alive and kill the scary, creepy bad guys. I’ll admit the plot of the game seems too thin to turn into a move (but so was Resident Evil and I liked that move and its sequel…in fact, the plot of Doom sounds exactly like Resident Evil…) but if it can sustain the pure suspense of the video game, it will be a success. Doom stars The Rock, one of those people I hate to admit liking! In theatres Oct. 21, 2005.

Saw II - Rushed into production after the unexpected hit that was the original Saw movie, this one sees the return of Jigsaw and his numerous traps of torture. Featuring Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, and Donnie Wahlberg. In theatres Oct. 28, 2005.


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