The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and more Halloween Wars: What to Watch this Weekend

A collage of horror movies highlights some of the best spooky movies to watch on Philo!

Are you ready for the Halloweekend? 

Throughout October, we’ve been helping you fill your weekends with our Philo Phrightful Phridays recommendations, as we countdown to everyone’s favorite annual day of mayhem. This Phriday, we’re getting you into the Halloween spirit with a few marathons, some classic horror movies, and some spooky TV shows. So kick back, and get ready for some tricks and treats!

What to Watch on Friday, October 26

AMC’s Fear Fest continues this weekend with a variety of movie marathons with a trio of picks to feed you some jump scares to go along with some early Halloween candy. On Friday, jump into The Possession, The People Under the Stairs, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, An American Werewolf in London, and The Lost Boys


A new episode of the anthology horror series based on the 1982 movie features vignettes that explore terror, murder, the supernatural, and the unexplainable.

AMC, 10 pm ET

What to Watch on Saturday, October 27

AMC keeps the marathon train rolling, with Creature Features on Saturday! Beginning at 9:30 AM ET and the movie Anaconda, creatures are at the forefront with a list that includes Leprechaun, The Thing, Christine, Tremors and Jeepers Creepers. 

What to Watch on Sunday, October 28

Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror 

The finale of Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror is here! After years of watching Jack hunt for ghosts from a distance, Sharon Osbourne decides to see what the fuss is about at a century-old inn. When Sharon lands in the crosshairs of a volatile spirit, she grapples with an all-too-real medical emergency.

Travel Channel, 10 pm ET

Halloween Wars 

On the finale of Halloween Wars, Jonathan Bennett invites nine teams of pumpkin carvers, cake decorators and sugar artists to brave the house at 13 Cemetery Lane and create epic Halloween displays. The teams must impress judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeria to win the crown and $25,000.

Food Network, 9 pm ET

Halloween Marathon

AMC is dishing out yet another marathon, this time featuring our favorite mask-wearing, knife-wielding psycho, Michael Myers. The Halloween marathon begins at 11 am ET with Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and features Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, and Halloween: Resurrection

Prefer watching Halloween in (somewhat) chronological order? Save these shows to your DVR, and watch them as you please, or check for their VOD availability! 

The Exorcist (1973)

Dive deep into the chilling narrative of The Exorcist, where faith and fear intertwine, challenging our deepest beliefs. As young Regan starts to exhibit unsettling behaviors, her desperate mother seeks both medical and spiritual solutions, culminating in a dramatic confrontation with the supernatural.

SundanceTv, 10 pm ET

Five More Movies to Watch On Demand This Weekend

My Friend Dahmer (2017)

My Friend Dahmer is a compelling movie because it delves into Jeffrey Dahmer’s teenage years without sensationalism. It offers a humanizing look at the making of a serial killer, focusing on the complexities of his adolescence. Ross Lynch’s performance is a thought-provoking and chilling yet nuanced portrayal. The movie shows both the humanity and darkness behind the notorious figure, providing the uncomfortable realization that even those who commit the most depraved acts can live amongst us. 

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby remains a classic and unsettling even 50 years later. The themes of demonic possession and the perversion of religious symbols still evoke a sense of fear today. The movie explores a woman’s fears and suspicions that her unborn child may be the product of a satanic ritual. 

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Don’t Breathe is a 2016 horror-thriller film directed by Fede Álvarez. The story revolves around a group of young burglars who break into the home of a blind man, thinking it will be easy, only to discover that the blind man is a dangerous and highly-skilled adversary. What makes Don’t Breathe particularly worth watching is the relentless tension and unpredictable plot twists. The film skillfully combines elements of suspense and a psychological thriller, while subverting expectations within the genre itself. 

Psycho (1960)

How could we have a horror movie list without Alfred Hitchcock? Psycho is a classic horror movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock that remains a landmark in the horror genre. Released in 1960 and coupled with Bernard Herrmann’s iconic score, the movie creates an atmosphere of unease that still resonates today. 

Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist is a creepy classic that is a must-watch for any fans of the horror genre. The movie blends both the supernatural and family, tapping into universal fears related to the safety and sanctity of the home. However, we can’t discuss the scariness of poltergeist without giving credence the “Poltergeist Curse.” It’s the sad and untimely deaths of some cast members that have added a real-life creepiness surrounding the film. 

Still not scared? Check out our Oh My Gourd! and Eat, Drink and Be Scary! collections for even more Spooky Season recommendations! Or, if you want to sit back and let us be your guide, tune into the Spooky Season channel! 

What will you be watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.


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