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Spooky season is now two months, thanks to AMC's Fearfest 2023

The season of horror programming starts September 1 on AMC and Shudder

The Exorcist
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The nights are getting darker, the weather is getting cooler (finally)… it’s almost getting to be that time of year. Although we’re still almost two months away from Halloween proper, AMC Networks is starting spooky season early with the launch of an extra-sized FearFest block of programming, running from September 1 through the end of October.

According to AMC Networks, FearFest 2023 will contain more than 700 hours of programming curated by horror channel Shudder, including movies, documentaries and series, beginning with the weekly 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time, launching September 1 at 11pm on AMC, and running weekly until the last week of the month, when the network will feature horror movies every night including The Shining, Firestarter, and installments from both the Scream and Halloween franchises.

New Shudder movies and series will continue on AMC every Friday through October, including the premiere of the fourth season of Creepshow on October 13. Additionally, the network will air some horror classics in October, including Halloween, The Exorcist, and Rosemary’s Baby.

Meanwhile, Shudder is — of course — going all out across the next two months, including a new season of The Boulet Brothers’ Dracula, a new V/H/S/ movie (V/H/S/85 on October 6), and new horror features weekly, including Perpetrator (September 1), Blood Flower (September 8), Elevator Game (September 15), and The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (September 22).

As if that wasn’t enough, all of AMC Networks’ channels and services will offer some form of horror programming across the next two months as part of an extended FearFest roll-out, with highlights including IFC adding a new horror programming block under the banner “Fear on Friday,” Acorn TV debuting a horror anthology The Terror on September 25 — it’ll also air on Shudder — and WE tv unveiling Fear After Dark, a programming block about Black horror stories to run every Thursday in October.

Is this enough chills for the run up to Halloween? Maybe not, but it’s a good start while we wait for October to arrive…

Enjoy this chat with horror host Cassandra Peterson from NYCC 2022.

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