Tonight's lineup is awash in Halloween fright shows

Today's TV

October 31, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

It's the same problem every year. You've hit every house on the block, your bag's brimming with enough candy to rot every tooth in your mouth, and it's not even 8 p.m. yet.

What's a self-respecting ghoul to do for the rest of Halloween? Thought you'd never ask

On ABC: Talking furniture, monstrous carolers and termites from the other realm crash Sabrina's Halloween bash on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2).

On CBS: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) offers Linus taking up his perennial post in the pumpkin patch as he awaits the arrival of a magical jack-o'-lantern in this seasonal classic. On "Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m.), Nash (Don Johnson) and Joe (Cheech Marin) hunt for a sniper as Halloween revelers pour onto the streets of San Francisco. Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) plays the owner of an unusual social club.

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On A&E: "Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m.) chronicles the life of cinematic frightmeister Boris Karloff. For ghouls who also suffer from insomnia, there's a Halloween-themed "Law & Order" (3 a.m.-4 a.m.), in which a costumed college student claims she was raped by two acquaintances. More traditional fright-night fare follows: "The Terror" (4 a.m.-5: 30 a.m.), a 1963 film from director Roger Corman, in which a very young Jack Nicholson and a very old Karloff are trapped together in a haunted castle.

On AMC: A day-long horror movie marathon includes such winners as "Isle of the Dead" (1: 15 p.m.-2: 30 p.m.), with Boris Karloff and some nasty Greek vampires; the 1956 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (2: 30 p.m.-4 p.m.), only the creepiest movie ever made; "It" (5: 15 p.m.-7 p.m.), with Roddy McDowall telepathically controlling a stone statue; "Blacula" (1: 30 a.m.-3: 15 a.m.), the classic '70s blaxploitation horror flick, and "The Old Dark House" (3: 15 a.m.-4: 30 a.m.), with Karloff, Melvyn Douglas and Charles Laughton.

On The Learning Channel: "Real America" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-midnight) casts a critical eye on skeptics and clairvoyants. "The Real Frankenstein -- The Untold Story" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m.) chronicles Johann Conrad Dippel, a German scientist who may have been the inspiration for Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." "Unnatural Science" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m.) looks at cloning, the modern-day equivalent of Shelley's Victor von Frankenstein and his attempts to create life.

On Lifetime: "Intimate Portrait: Witches" (7 p.m.-8 p.m.) looks at sorceresses through the ages and visits with three "modern-day matriarchs of Witchcraft."

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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