Monday, October 3, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: The Phantom Channel Listings for October 3, 2016


Welcome to the first day of 31 Days of Halloween here on Needless Things! We have all kinds of stuff in store for you guys this year, ranging from creepy to kooky to mysteriously spooky to gory and unforgettably disgusting. We’ll look at spooky toys, horror movies, and all manner of things that go bump in the night.

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year and I tend to dive into appropriate subject matter wholeheartedly. One of the cornerstones of the season has always been television. Once October rolled around, I would start making schedules of all of the creepy stuff that would be on – from the classic Halloween specials to horror movies to special Halloween episodes of shows like Knight Rider and Roseanne. If I missed the Halloween episode of one of my shows, it would haunt me the rest of the year (pun intended)!

As soon as I could get my hands on the Sunday paper, I would pull out the TV listings (my dad wouldn’t spring for the actual TV Guide magazine and I don’t blame him one bit) and plan out my week. I didn’t have my own VCR until I was twelve, so there were sacrifices made. If The Howling and Invaders from Mars were coming on at the same time, I was going to miss one (Invaders from Mars, but mostly because that movie scared the crap out of me).

Last year I replaced my thoughts on SyFy’s October programming with some programming of my own. If I was going to complain about SyFy all month long (though I do love the channel and admire the fact that they program a full month of spooky stuff), I should be able to produce some television schedules of my own. Thus, The Phantom Channel was born!

Once a week I will post a “page” from my own personal TV Guide that will present twenty-four hours of Halloweeny movies, cartoons, and TV shows. Rather than being goofy or providing my usual commentary, I have done my best to mimic the dry style utilized in the TV listings magazine of my youth. I’ve added an extra challenge in this year, as I am going to attempt to work a theme into each day’s programming. Today’s theme:

INVASION

Morning

6:00 – Monsters vs. Aliens – Family – Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan
The US government puts together a team of classically-inspired monsters to fight off an alien invasion.(94 min.)

8:00 –Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? “Spooky Space Kook” – Animated
Mystery Inc. encounter a UFO at an abandoned airfield. (21 min.)

8:30 – Muppet Babies “From A Galaxy Far, Far Away” – Family
An alien visitor shows up in the nursery. (25 min.)

9:00 – Shirt Tales “The Outer Space Connection/Brass Bogey” – Animated
Three of the gang are launched into space and there is a mystery surrounding a statue. (22 min.)

9:30 – Courage the Cowardly Dog “The Chicken from Outer Space" – Animated
Courage must foil an alien invader. (22 min.)

10:00 – Courage the Cowardly Dog “The Revenge of the Chicken from Outer Space" – Animated
The chicken is back – now fried and headless. (22 min.)

10:30 – The Thing from Another World – Horror – Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey
A US Air Force crew finds terror when they discover a crashed flying saucer in the Arctic. (87 min.)

Afternoon

12:00 – Critters – Sci-Fi – Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh
Murderous creatures escape from an outer space prison and invade a small Kansas town. (82 min.)

1:30 – Duck Tales “The Right Duck” – Animated
Launchpad causes a Martian invasion. (22 min.)

2:00 – Darkwing Duck “When Aliens Collide” – Animated
A seemingly harmless extraterrestrial lands in St. Canard. (22 min.)

2:30 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Zach and the Alien Invaders" – Animated
The Turtles’ friend, Zach, is sent to a military school where everything is not as it seems. (22 min.)

3:00 – Pinky and the Brain “Plan Brain from Outer Space” – Animated
Brain contacts an alien to help him take over the world, but the alien wants something else. (22 min.)

3:30 – The Real Ghostbusters “Ain’t NASA-Sarily So” – Animated
The Ghostbusters battle ghosts in outer space. (25 min.)

4:00 – GI Joe: A Real American Hero “The Invaders” – Action
GI Joe must team up with the Oktober Guard to stop COBRA from using UFOs to take over the world. (25 min.)

4:30 – The Tick “The Tick vs. The Uncommon Cold” – Animated
The Tick must battle the alien Thrakkorzog and also a cold. (22 min.)

5:00 – X-Men “The Phalanx Covenant Parts 1 & 2”- Animated
The mutants must fight off an alien race seeking to assimilate all life on Earth. (44 min.)

Evening

6:00 – Galactica 1980 “The Night the Cylons Landed Parts 1 & 2”
Cylons are loose on Earth during Halloween. (90 min.)

7:30 – The Last Halloween – Family
Aliens invade Earth in search of candy. (25 min.)

8:00 – Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space – Animated
The monster team is back to fight off a Halloween-themed invasion. (27 min.)

8:30 – The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror I” – Animated
Bart and Lisa exchange scary stories on Halloween, including the introductions of Kang and Kodos. (27 min.)

9:00 – Monsters “Parents from Space” – Horror
Cindy’s abusive foster parents have been replaced by aliens. But does she care? (22 min.)

9:30 – Monsters “Micro Minds” – Horror
An astronomer and his student make contact with an extraterrestrial being. (22 min.)

10:00 – Slither – Horror – Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks
Parasites from outer space terrorize a small town. (95 min.)

12:00 – The Thing – Horror – Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley
A terrifying creature is responsible for murder and paranoia amongst an isolated team in an Antarctic research facility . (88 min.)

Late Night

1:30 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space – Horror – Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder
The title says it all. (88 min.)

3:00 – Invaders from Mars – Sci-Fi – Karen Black, Hunter Carson
A boy must try to save his town from a Martian invasion. (82 min.)

4:00 – Amazing Stories “Fine Tuning” – Adventure
High school kids make contact with aliens who turn out to be fans of 1950s television.(25 min.)

4:30 – Amazing Stories “The Main Attraction” – Adventure
A high school student gets caught in a meteor shower that makes him magnetic.(25 min.)

That’s my first day of Halloweeny programming in the can! I hope you decide to watch a couple of these selections and maybe even put together a viewing schedule of your own. Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and share your own awesome Halloween viewing schedules. We’d love to hear from you!

Also, follow Phantom Troublemaker on Instagram for the return of #monsteraday, where I feature a different monster toy every day, all month long!

Until next time, stay creepy!



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