Thursday, September 8, 2011

Frightfully Fantastic Terror Television


   Just in time for Halloween season comes some great horror themed programs! Let's start off with what is currently on the Boo Tube:

   MTV offers this little nugget of evil. Think of it as COPS meets TRUE BLOOD with a dash of RENO 911 for flavor. 
“A year ago, vampires, werewolves and zombies mysteriously descended upon the streets of California’s San Fernando Valley. Death Valley is the dark comedy that follows the cops that capture the monsters, and the camera crew that captures the cops.

Follow the horrific yet comedic exploits of the newly formed Undead Task Force (UTF), a division of the LAPD created to combat the emergence of monsters in the San Fernando Valley. Death Valley showcases the outrageous and courageous men and women working the toughest beat in the US: Death Valley."

   Cast members include :  Bryan Callen (Hangover II), Caity Lotz (Mad Men), Tania Raymonde (LOST) and Texas Battle (Final Destination 3).  
   It's a fun little show to watch and with the supernatural theme, it's like icing on the cake. The humor is campy and the effects are fairly good and the acting is... well 2 out of 3 aint bad!. If you're into raunchy reality with a horrifically humorous twist, then this is right up your alley. 
   Death Valley airs on MTV, Monday nights at 10:30 Eastern. 

   SyFy's newest paranormal program offers professional reenactments of documented paranormal cases. 
"From Raw TV, the acclaimed creative team behind "Locked Up Abroad" and "Gold Rush Alaska", this tense, filmic and high-octane drama-documentary series brings to life the stories of people who have lived through paranormal experiences that defy explanation. Using the mixture of intimate first-hand testimony and grittily realistic drama that Raw TV is known for, "Paranormal Witness" will transport the audience into a world turned upside down by extraordinary and terrifying events. "Paranormal Witness" is produced by Raw TV. Executive producers: Dimitri Doganis and Bart Layton."
   Not a bad first showing. Reminds me of a supernatural themed "Unsolved Mysteries" with no host. It's good for a couple of chills.
   Paranormal Witness airs on Syfy, Wednesdays at 10 Eastern.

Moving on to upcoming shows for the Halloween minded viewer :

   Spike TV unleashes another epic battle with Deadliest Warriors : Vampires vs Zombies. If you are a DW fan then you already know what a treat it is to tune in each week and watch two historic figures go head to head to the death. Now throw in two of the greatest undead figures of all time and you have a combination for great  TV.
In “Vampires vs. Zombies,” the “Deadliest Warrior” franchise takes on its first-ever fantasy matchup to determine once and for all, which of these mythical creatures would come out on top in this battle of the undead. Vampires and Zombies have terrorized and tantalized their way through pop culture for decades – from “Dracula” to the “Twilight Saga” to “Walking Dead.” The unprecedented television event features an array of icons of film and fiction who are authorities on the topic, including George Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”), Max Brooks (World War Z)¸Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Scott Bowen (Vampire Survival Guide) and Matt Mogk (founder of the Zombie Research Society). Through these expert interviews, scientific tests and careful analysis, it will be determined who would win in a battle to the death between these two iconic groups.

   This will be airing on SPIKE TV September 14th at 9pm. It is a 2.5 hour LIVE season finale event. I kinda hoped for a Vampire vs Werewolf show, but this promises to be one heck of a ride!

Last but not least I have a super sweet tidbit from Food Network. We all know that Food Network always has some great Halloween specials showing us how to decorate and cook up Halloween goodness. This year they have raised the bar....really high! Coming October 2nd at 9pm, Food Network will air :

The following is a press release from Food Network :
Food Network puts viewers in the Halloween spirit, serving up a deliciously scary new primetime series, "Halloween Wars", premiering Sunday, October 2nd, at 9pm ET/PT. The four-episode competition series places five teams, comprised of cake decorators, candy makers and pumpkin carvers, working in unison to create the ultimate Halloween themed display. One team is eliminated each week, with the winner taking home $50,000. Hosted by Justin Willman ("Cupcake Wars"), and including renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and Hollywood conceptual artist Miles Teves on the judging panel, the competitors must battle it out to prove who is the best, all the while scaring viewers' pants off with some of the most amazing horror tales through their cake, candy and pumpkins. Each episode will see a celebrity guest judge join the panel including Rob Zombie (musician/film director, Halloween), Jaime King (actress, Sin City), Scout Taylor-Compton (actress, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement), and R.L. Stine (author, Goosebumps).Episodes include:
Premiering Sunday, October 2nd at 9pm ET/PT - SEASON PREMIERE!
"Witches and Scary Places"
Five teams go to battle to create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays of a creepy witch and a scary haunted house. At the end of the battle, one team's creation won't be enough to impress the judges forcing them to go home with tricks and no treats.
Premiering Sunday, October 9th at 9pm ET/PT
"Scary Tales"
The four remaining teams battle to create Halloween-themed displays of a twisted version of a fairy tale.
Premiering Sunday, October 16th at 9pm ET/PT
"Zombies vs. Vampires"
Three remaining teams create an epic, sugary sweet battle between zombies and vampires.
Premiering Sunday, October 23rd at 9pm ET/PT
In the finale, the last teams standing create mind-blowing displays of the unknown underworld. In the end, one team creates the scariest and most impressive display and wins the title of Halloween Wars champion and a $50,000 grand prize.
   So we have Cupcake Wars meets Rob Zombie for an all out Halloween treat feat. Sounds good to me... pass the beer.

Since there is no trailer or even pictures out there of "Halloween Wars" (I had to make my own Rob with a cupcake!), I will leave you with a clip of Rob Zombie's  "Dragula".


  1. I have to watch Halloween Wars, I love Rob Zombie. I didn't care for the new SYFY show. Death Valley sounds good.

  2. Halloween Wars is going to be good for sure! Paranormal Witness was a real let down for me. The way they hyped it, I thought it was going to be actual footage (hence the Witness part).

  3. I always liked that Dragula video. Thanks for posting it. And puhleze! Vampires vs Zombies. The bloodsuckers would win. No contest.

  4. So true....where are the werewolves? The mummies?


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