13 Nights of Halloween: A Preview/Review
As a kid I wasn't allowed to watch very much TV. Disney channel played kid-friendly movies on Friday nights, and my mom normally let my brother and I camp out in the living room for that, but not much more. At some point though, I discovered ABC Family. Much to my great pleasure, this channel played scary movies during October, and not just Halloweentown! Ever since that discovery, I have been a religious advocate of the 13 Nights of Halloween. The full line up can be found here, and if you haven't been tuning in, you're missing out. Here's a review of their prime time placement each night. Oh, and it's heavily biased. Obviously.
Saturday, October 19 – Monster's Inc.
A solid introductory movie. Boo yelling, “Mike Wazowski!” never gets any less adorable, nor does Sully's eventual unconditional love for her. Also, its a family movie and therefore caters to a large audience. Last year they played The Addams Family to start off the season. That choice is a bit more topically relevant, but has a smaller interest group. I give the choice of Monster's Inc 9/10.
Sunday, October 20 – The Addams Family
This is a much better placement of such a Halloween classic. It's topical, it's creepy, and it's on a Sunday night, so the littlest kids probably won't be up for it. Also, is it just me or is April Ludgate a modern day Wednesday? 10/10.
Monday, October 21 – Twilight
Ugh, for shame. This is a terrible choice regardless of what day its on. I am thoroughly disappointed. I can't even. At least they played it on a Monday. 2/10, but only for the horrifying audience of preteens that it draws.
Tuesday, October 22 – Pretty Little Liars Marathon
Personally, I don't watch it, but I've heard it really sucks you in. The placement is a gimme, since Tuesday is PLL's regular day. I accept, but do not embrace this. Millions of teenagers do though, so I give this 7/10.
Wednesday, October 23 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1
Yes! This is my favorite played so far. Wednesday is only an okay placement, not great. You can't beat Harry Potter around Halloween though. I only wish that they played more of the movies throughout the 13 Days. It's not like they don't have time. Hopefully we get Part 2 thrown into the mix next year. 9/10.
Thursday, October 24 – ABC Family premieres Men in Black
Another fantastic choice. Have you watched Will Smith's music video of the title track? I intend to go home and learn the dance. A perfect decision for Thursday night. It's going to draw a huge audience: '90s kids, dads, and teenage boys that don't have a football game until Friday night will all be tuning in. This is also just a great movie. Aliens, danger, and Will Smith? 10/10.
Friday, October 25 – Beetlejuice
This is a classic, but slowly loosing ground in popularity. Of course it's a good movie, but it debuted in 1988, and I'm not sure how many people are watching it anymore. The people that went to see it in theaters probably have kids in elementary school now, and those kids are most likely not going to put this as their first choice. This is the best placement possible for a movie that is quickly fading from the public eye. 7/10.
Saturday, October 26 – Hocus Pocus
Perfect. Outstanding. The only right choice. This movie speaks for itself, and the Sanderson sisters never get old. 10/10.
Sunday, October 27 – The Addams Family
Again? I get that it's Sunday, but I had hoped for something new. I'm not sure why they feel the need to play it two Sundays in a row, especially since they do have the sequel to play around with. Playing Hocus Pocus right after helps a little, but I'm not impressed. Please note, Monster House is also played a bit earlier in the day, and you should definitely check that out. But for this prime time choice? 6/10.
Monday, October 28 – Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
“What's this, what's this?” Ugh, so perfect. This movie is the perfect combination of creepy and satisfying, it really is. Jack Skeleton disgusted me so much as a child that I have only recently been able to stomach this claymation masterpiece. Why on a Monday though?! This is much more All Hollow's Eve material if you ask me. Based only on the day they chose to play it, 5/10.
Tuesday, October 29 – I Know What You Did Last Summer
This movie showcases exactly why teenagers are idiots. It's also the only truly scary movie that is played during the entire 13 Nights this season, so I'm pretty happy with the choice. It's quite a bit older than most of the other feature films, so a Tuesday is acceptable. And, Freddie Prince Jr., need I say more? 9/10.
Wednesday, October 30 – Twilight
Unacceptable. And on All Hallow's Eve? So unacceptable. 0/10.
Thursday, October 31 – The Addams Family, Addams Family Values
This is the third time they have played these movies. Yes, it's a classic, but three times? The only Halloween movies that should be played on prime time three times over the course of 13 Days is Hocus Pocus or Casper. I accept this choice only because it is actually played on Halloween. 8/10.
Overall, not their best line up. While they play Coraline twice, they never play it during prime time. They also have completely failed to put Casper in the line up, for which I will never forgive them. I appreciate that they play The Craft a couple of times, and I love that they're playing Men in Black,but there is no excuse for playing Twilight twice. They also play Hocus Pocus twice, and I am disgusted and more than a little insulted that they would dare place the two on the same playing field. It's unfortunate, but I lost a little respect for ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween after checking the line up. This year is way worse than 2012, but slightly better than 2011. Let's hope they up their game during the 25 Days of Christmas.