Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Abortion Rights Season 10, Ep 16
This week... Ron DeSantis claims he doesn't wear lifts in his shoes. Main story: the fight to preserve abortion access in US states. "[...A] truly horrible thing to have to add to the list of things that pregnant women are not safe to do. So it's now officially: ride a roller coaster, eat sushi, dye your roots, and simply exist in the State of Texas." It's on Youtube (23 minutes). And Now: It Was Halloween, And Local TV Hosts Did What They Always Do. And finally, New Zealand is having a poll to decide their "Bird of the Century," and Last Week Tonight is waging an "alarmingly aggressive" campaign on behalf of the Pūteketeke, a.k.a. the Australasian crested grebe. The website of their campaign is here. [more inside]
The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. [more inside]
A year after narrowly escaping death at the hands of Michael Myers (Tyler Mane), Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) is at the breaking point, pushed to the edge by Dr. Loomis' (Malcolm McDowell) revelation that she's Michael's sister. Little does she know, the unstoppable killer is back in Haddonfield and, driven by visions of their dead mother (Sheri Moon Zombie), he is determined to bring about a bloody family reunion. [more inside]
Nearly two decades after being committed to a mental institution for killing his stepfather and older sister, Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) breaks out, intent on returning to the town of Haddonfield, Ill. He arrives in his hometown on Halloween with the indomitable purpose of hunting down his younger sister, Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton). The only thing standing between Michael and a Halloween night of bloody carnage is psychologist Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell). [more inside]
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims. [more inside]
Four years after the events of Halloween in 2018, Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can't control, once and for all. [more inside]
On Halloween 1987, a reporter and his crew from local independent television station WNUF28, accompanied by a Catholic priest and a pair of experienced paranormal investigators who are definitely not Ed and Lorraine Warren, entered the Webber House, site of a grisly occult-linked family slaying nearly twenty years prior, to conduct a seance and discover whether the infamous house truly is haunted. [more inside]
valkane had an idea: showing a horror movie in the MST Club room every night in October, AT 8 PM Eastern! We use that room for other things on Thursday and Sunday nights, but the other nights should work out! valk's doing this by the seats of his pant, and we're worried by sudden Youtube takedowns (where we're getting our films, we've been stung before), so we're not announcing movies ahead of time. Drop by if you want to! [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Homelessness Season 8, Ep 28
This week.... Facebook announces their company is now called "Meta." (MeFi). Congress is hammering out Biden's final spending plan. And Now: Once Again, Our Annual Look At What Happens When Local News And Halloween Collide. Main story: Homelessness (25 minutes), and how our institutions make a bad situation for a lot of people worse.
Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories, is trapped by a witch in her modern, magical New York City apartment. His original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping him safe as he desperately tries to find a way out of this twisted place.
Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans. [more inside]
After lying in a coma for a year, Michael Myers awakens and stalks his way back to his small hometown in Illinois, intent on killing his niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris), who has been confined to a mental institution since Michael's last attempt to slay her. Suspecting a psychic link between Michael and Jamie, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) joins forces with Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) and attempts to stop Michael's latest rampage. [more inside]
The apparently comatose Michael Myers is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie. After slaughtering his attendants, Myers sets out to find his one living relative who is, fortunately, being cared for by a kind and resourceful foster sister named Rachel. Meanwhile, the ever-cautious Dr. Loomis remains on the killer's path. [more inside]
Dr. Daniel Challis and Ellie Grimbridge stumble onto a gruesome murder scheme when Ellie's novelty-salesman father, Harry, is killed while in possession of a halloween mask made by the Silver Shamrock mask company. The company's owner, Conal Cochran, wants to return Halloween to its darker roots using his masks -- and his unspeakable scheme would unleash death and destruction across the country. [more inside]
After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she's been admitted for Myers' attempt on her life. The institution proves to be particularly suited to serial killers, however, as Myers cuts, stabs and slashes his way through hospital staff to reach his favorite victim. [more inside]
Picking up minutes after the last installment, Michael Myers manages to free himself from Laurie's trap and his ritual bloodbath resumes. Laurie inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael's first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Valloweaster Season 7, Ep 11
It's time for the annual Halloween Heist! It may or may not be on Halloween. Or Valentine's Day. Or Easter.
Into the Dark: Uncanny Annie Season 2, Ep 1
On Halloween night, a group of college students get trapped in a mysterious board game that brings their darkest secrets and fears to life. [more inside]
Strange Angel: The Sage Season 1, Ep 4
Jack's expert witness testimony at a high profile trial thrusts the rocketry team into the spotlight and helps land them a coveted invitation to The Athenaeum. Meanwhile, Virgil drops off Patty, Susan's rebellious teenage sister, for a trying weekend stay, and Ernest's wife, Maggie, makes a surprise return. When Jack's evening at The Athenaeum doesn't go as planned, Jack seeks out Ernest to blow off some steam and ends up on a detour into a darker part of Los Angeles on Hallween.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Opioids Again Season 6, Ep 8
The main subject was a return to the opioid crisis, and the role of big pharmaceutical companies in causing it. Specifically one Richard Sackler, who pushed Purdue Pharma into heavily marketing Oxycontin. LWT created the website Sackler Gallery, which features a number of actors reading transcripts of court appearances by Sackler. On YouTube (21m). Other topics: Brexit gets pushed back to Halloween, and Julian Assange was thrown out of Ecuadorian embassy and brought into police custody for extradition.
It's Halloween afternoon. An everyday boring sort of person finds a random invitation to a "murder party" occurring that night. It's in Brooklyn, and he doesn't even have a costume. Surely our hero wouldn't attend? Find out the shocking answer in Murder Party, a low budget comedy horror movie from writer-director Jeremy Saulnier (who would go on to write-direct Blue Ruin and Green Room). [more inside]
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. With segments by Lucky McKee (The Woman), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-IV), and Neil Marshall (The Descent), among others.
Bob's Burgers: Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street Season 9, Ep 4
The Belcher kids set out to find the culprit who's snatching everyone's candy bags on Halloween night; Teddy gets carried away when he decorates the restaurant to compete with another handyman on the street.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: I Am Ashamed Season 4, Ep 2
Rebecca convinces Paula, Heather and Valencia to participate in a séance after making a spooky discovery; Darryl takes his parenting duties to an extreme; Nathaniel is determined to prove to his father that he can run the law firm.
Drunk History: Halloween Season 5, Ep 13
History is made, with the first ever Halloween Special aired in July. Derek Waters has Allan McLeod telling the story of the Curse of Giles Corey (Rich Fulcher), accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, Tess Lynch follows with Elizabeth Krebs (Allison Tolman), the founder of modern Halloween, and Greg Tuculescu closes the season with Vlad the Impaler (Seth Rogen). [more inside]
The Mayor: City Hall-oween Season 1, Ep 4
As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the night. At a press conference, Mayor Rose announces the community's first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall, surprising Chief Fox and his own team. [more inside]
Fresh Off the Boat: It's a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang Season 4, Ep 4
On Halloween, Louis is disappointed that Evan doesn't take his childish delight in the holiday; Eddie and the gang plot to crash a cool older girl's party; Jessica and Emery are spooked when they hear a strange man's voice emanating from Grandma's room, and things get even creepier when a mysterious group of costumed strangers whisk Grandma away, making them suspect the supernatural worst.
Gen3 is creeping down the stairs in Pokemon GO! Several ghost types from Gen3 are being released with PoGo's Halloween event. Come on inside and tell us what you found! [more inside]
Some jokes about Trump. A little crowd work. And then jokes related to his heartbreaking loss. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Multilevel Marketing Season 3, Ep 29
This week (11/7):
- The final pre-Election 2016 segment! Contains a couple of old Daily Show clips, of John Oliver 1. begging Donald Trump to run for the comedy potential, and 2. claiming the Cubs will never win.
- And Now: The Inevitable, Sad Consequences of Morning Shows Celebrating Halloween
- Main story: Multilevel marketing companies like Herbalife, Kyäni and "Nu Skin," and their suspecious similarity to pyramid schemes. With LWT's own pyramid scheme at the end -- money isn't involved, but passing a video around to five of your friends is. Because MLM companies are now targeting the Latino community, the segment is offered on YouTube with Spanish subtitles. English - Spanish subs (both about 32m))
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Halloween IV Season 4, Ep 5
"Heists are dumb."
Farscape: Kansas Rewatch Season 4, Ep 12
Crichton and his friends find themselves on Earth in late October 1985. Unfortunately, Crichton discovers that in this alternate timeline, his father Jack is set to command the space shuttle Challenger on its final mission, which ended in the deaths of all seven crew members.[via]
Fresh Off the Boat: Miracle on Dead Street Season 2, Ep 5
The family has big plans for Halloween: Louis wants to turn the "dead zone" cul-de-sac into a prime stop for trick-or-treaters; and Louis, Eddie, Emery, Evan and Grandma Huang go all-out with their costumes. Jessica, meanwhile, finds herself in an escalating situation with a group of teenage boys, ending in a Halloween showdown. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Halloween III Season 3, Ep 5
Capt. Holt returns to the precinct, just in time for this year's Halloween (HALLO-WEEEEEEN!) heist. This will be a decisive year, since Holt and Jake are currently tied at 1-1 over the past two seasons, and there's a new twist: Instead of Jake stealing something of Holt's, they're each putting together a team to go after the same prize -- a golden crown that will anoint the winner as King of the Nine-Nine. [more inside]
Bob's Burgers: Hauntening Season 6, Ep 3
Louise claims to have never been scared before, so the Belcher family conspires to scare her once and for all with the scariest haunted house of all time. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Edward Mordrake, Pt. 2 Season 4, Ep 4
The second part of the AHS Halloween episode. [more inside]
Marry Me: Scary Me Season 1, Ep 3
Annie and Jake decide to stay home on Halloween, and contrary to the recommendation from Annie's nemesis, Julie, they set up a haunted house in their apartment. Dennah returns to the group's usual invite-only party. Gil and Kay go trick-or-treating, which Gil uses it as an excuse to spy on his ex-wife.
Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea Season 40, Ep 4
Jim Carrey returns to host a frightfully uneven Halloween episode.
American Horror Story: Edward Mordrake, Pt. 1 Season 4, Ep 3
Time for the traditional two-part AHS Halloween episode! In Part 1, we get a new addition to the show, in the form of the mysterious Edward Mordrake. [more inside]
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXV Season 26, Ep 4
The 25th annual Simpsons Halloween special brings three more spine-chilling tales. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Halloween II Season 2, Ep 4
It's the sequel to last year's "Halloween": To win a bet with Capt. Holt, Jake orchestrates a daring wristwatch heist with the help of an expert pickpocket (guest star Apollo Robbins), but quickly discovers that he's been had. Meanwhile, Gina's dance troupe doubts in her commitment to
Sparkle Motion Floorgasm. [more inside]
In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. [more inside]
Every Monday for the month of October we'll be discussing a film that incorporates fear, paranoia, or panic - or all three! It's trick-or-treats for adults, come join in. [more inside]
In honor of Halloween, MeFi Horror Club is going to double up, with extra picks every Friday in October. By design, these picks will primarily be the kind of widely-seen movies that a hefty chunk of horror fans will have already seen. This will allow us to maybe lure in some people with big titles, cover some movies we'd normally skip for being too overexposed, and present the opportunity for people to comment on films they may know well enough they needn't rewatch them to join in. List after the jump... [more inside]
We moved some things around to add in the Crossover category, with the first selection One Hour Photo honoring the recently-passed Robin Williams. Not only do we need to put the rotation back on track, but we also need to come up with a plan for the extra picks for October. [more inside]