Red: Werewolf Hunter (Saturday, 9/8c, Syfy)
Not to be confused with the Bruce Willis/Helen Mirren movie about Retired and Extremely Dangerous spies, this Halloween-ready TV-movie stars Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) as a carrot-topped descendent of Little Red Riding Hood who's mixing it up with a different sort of wolfish predator. Things get complicated when Red brings home a fiancée who get bitten by a werewolf, making him a prime target of her werewolf-hunting family. Can Red save the day?
Saturday Night Live (Saturday, 11:30/10:30c, NBC)
There's a certain type of SNL host — Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks — who just seems to inspire the writers to raise their come game. Mad Men's Jon Hamm is the latest to join that club. His first two appearances have been among the funniest and most memorable SNL shows of recent years. Will his third time be a charm? Rihanna is the musical guest.
The Price of Fear (Sunday, begins at 1:30/12:30c, MGM HD)
Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe, a cinematic marriage made in Hollywood horror heaven, presided over by fabled B-movie mogul Roger Corman. A marathon of their Poe-inspired gothic extravaganzas includes The Tomb of Ligeia (about which I once wrote a college essay), The Masque of the Red Death, The Haunted Palace, The Raven, Tales of Terror, Pit and the Pendulum and (making its world HD premiere) The Fall of the House of Usher. Ooh, creepy.
The Walking Dead (Sunday, 10/9c, AMC)
Zombies are everywhere this Halloween, but nowhere as artfully and hauntingly presented as in the premiere (directed and written by Frank Darabont) of this gruesomely compelling six-episode survival epic, based on an acclaimed series of graphic-novel comics. Andrew Lincoln is the taciturn lawman hero who wakes to a nightmare landscape of roving flesh-craving ghouls, and his journey to the big city of Atlanta leads to a harrowing climax. (More zombie fun can be had with IFC's marathon repeat at 7:30/6:30c of its black-comedy zombie miniseries, Dead Set, about a zombie outbreak targeting a Big Brother house.) And if you truly want to get under the skin of what makes zombies tick, check out National Geographic Channel Saturday night (10/9c) for The Truth Behind Zombies. Could a viral zombie pandemic ever really occur? If so, run, don't walk.
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