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[Exclusive] AMC FearFest 2017 Start Date and Films List; ‘Cult of Chucky’ Included!

The good news? AMC FearFest is back this year. The bad? It’s shorter than ever.

An annual staple of every Halloween season is AMC’s FearFest marathon, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. It was way back in 1996 that the network first began celebrating Halloween with a marathon of horror movies, originally under the banner MonsterFest, and today we’ve got the first details on the 2017 block.

We reached out to AMC this week and just heard back that FearFest is only going to be a week long this year, running from October 23 through October 31.

Why is FearFest 2017 only running for a week, as opposed to the usual two weeks? Well, that’d be because AMC is devoting the prior week (October 16 through October 22) to airing the first 99 episodes of “The Walking Dead.” The marathon will serve to countdown to Season 8’s premiere, the show’s landmark 100th episode.

Movies featured inside AMC FearFest this year include the following and more…

  • Halloween (78)
  • Halloween 4
  • Halloween 5
  • Halloween 6
  • Halloween H2O
  • Halloween II (09)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street (10)
  • Freddy vs. Jason
  • Friday the 13th Part IX: Jason Goes to Hell
  • Jason X
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  • Child’s Play
  • Curse of Chucky
  • Cult of Chucky
  • Annabelle
  • Thinner
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Dawn of the Dead (04)
  • Land of the Dead (05)
  • House of the Dead 1&2
  • House on Haunted Hill (99)
  • Return to House on Haunted Hill
  • House of Wax (05)
  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • Army of Darkness
  • Van Helsing
  • Lake Placid
  • Slither
  • the Leprechaun franchise

Yes, AMC has told us that this year’s Cult of Chucky will be playing as part of FearFest, which is certainly a surprise given it arrives on home video just a few weeks prior.

Again, AMC FearFest 2017 runs October 23-31.




  • llcc1103

    not bad. Halloween 3 gets the shaft again. Lake Placid meh… Nightmare on Elm Street remake? Um why? Thinner sucked.

  • The Night King

    The big question is “Why do we want to watch these movies edited for tv and with commercials when most of them (the good ones) are already sitting on our shelves in dvd form?” I personally would rather superglue my peehole shut and then drink ten bottles of water than watch another WD marathon, or a Child’s Play or Leprechaun movie.

    • The chicken man

      So true!

    • Court

      It’s for the kids, the up and coming generations. AMC Fear Fest was the reason I got into horror films. I grew up watching it edited on TV, of course later I bought the DVDs.

      • The Night King

        Ever see the edited for tv version of Goodfellas with joe pesci calling everyone a balloon head? Or the too butchered to even watch Friday the 13th remake? But flip over to CSI and see a creepy crawly covered human head being dissected. Makes no sense.

        • Forca84

          “Thanks man! I give a wicked Snowjob too!”
          “Well. Alright! I’ll be sure to try that put later.”

  • Kaijudude

    Eh, maybe they’ll leave Cult of Chucky unedited?

    • Dave

      lol. nah

  • Frank Bautista

    Only good news, they aren’t fuckin’ spamming Pinata: Survival Island. I swear, for years that movie was played on heavy rotation for the Halloween season. You’d think the president of AMC or someone big in the network was either fucking one of the actresses, or had his kid starring in that piece of shit.

    Still, year after year this gets worse and worse. Monster Fest > Fear Fest. They need to invest in better horror movies than Return to House on Haunted Hill, House of the Dead movies, the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot and Dreamcatcher. The fact they are skipping the ORIGINAL Halloween 2 for Rob Zombie’s Halloween II and just forgetting Halloween 3 is pretty bad.

    • kerinda

      they stop showing that movie 10 years ago!!!!

    • MarsupialRebellion

      Agreed. Most of this is a suck fest for sure. What can you expect from TV though?

    • bluepurplechips

      Monsterfest was way better than Fearfest. 2007 was the last great year, after that it went downhill when it changed to Fearfest in 2008. The schedule lineup and promos got weaker and uncreative.

      And yesssss to that Pinata crap. I remember they aired that movie for years for a long time during the Halloween season. Glad they finally stopped airing that garbage.

  • Winston Sims

    any news on when syfy 31 days of Halloween lineup will be announced?

  • They’re already airing Cult of Chucky on television? Not even a month after its release?

    • lonestarr357

      WTF, right? Do they just assume that some parts of the world don’t have Redbox?

    • John Connor

      Its a direct to video affair.
      Just like when SciFi Channel would premiere Return Of The Living Dead 4 & 5 while it would have its unrated or R rated version on video.
      This is just unusual to us because we know the Chucky films are high quality works of art made on a low budget that deserve a theatrical release.

      I’m surprised there isn’t a Fathom event or something theatrical.

      • I assumed they would hold off at least a year, given that it is still fresh off of its home video release when it airs on TV.

        • John Connor

          AMC must’ve made them a nice deal for it.

  • John Connor

    90 minutes of commercials with 30 minutes of the heavily edited film sped up.

    • gjk2012 .

      One of the reasons why I don’t watch cable TV anymore. Also makes The Walking Dead filler episodes unbearable to watch. I’ll just wait a year later until a whole season comes on Netflix for now on. I guess I have to force myself to mute the commercials after every 5 min of a movie to go on the internet or play on my Nintendo Switch or something during the 10 – 15 min commercials with this AMC Fear Fest. It use to not be that bad for how long the commercials are during the early years of AMC or for any channel for that matter.

      The lack of the other Friday the 13th movies boggles my mind especially Friday the 13th lands on October this year unless they are doing a Friday the 13th movie marathon on the 13th which they should definitely do. No worries I’ll just watch the complete tin box set Blu-ray on that day.

      And also no Halloween III Season of the Witch this year? One of my favorites.

    • Brandon williams

      where the hell are you getting your info? none of the movies have ever been sped up you would notice if they where, because they would be moving so fast that you woujldn’t be able to follow anything or hear anything. but to each their own i’m excited to see cult of chucky is going to be on tv this year. of course i’m going to be watching the digital version cause it’s uncut and unrated first but come on man chucky

  • Hopefully IFC has a solid line up this October! Uncut Movies, woo!

    • TheMostInterestingManintheMidw

      Stan Vs Evil too

  • Kyle Cole

    Wow. Only one week this year? Not good, hopefully they have some other good lineups this year. I mostly will end up watching my Halloween, nightmare on elm street and Friday the 13th blu ray sets and alot of my other 70s and 80s films from my collection. I’m surprised fear fest isn’t showing alot of the good stephen king flicks either.

    • gjk2012 .

      The reason probably being they had to pay off everyone to show Cult of Chucky this early on cable TV. Yea cable TV use to be good for October Halloween movies and now barely any channels show jack shit for horror films during October.

      • WondrousPoop


  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m surprised you allowed Jeepers Creepers to be on this list since you guys don’t even cover the movies anymore.

    • WondrousPoop

      It’s not and get over it

      • ThunderDragoon

        It actually was on the list. He removed it after he saw my comment lol.

        • WondrousPoop


  • Uhhmerica

    Wow, this is really bad. I mean, they always reserved the first week of Fear Fest for The Walking Dead anyway, which I hated, figured why couldn’t they do that the first two weeks of October? But still, it was AMC Fear Fest. At least it was happening.

    But sheesh, looks like there isn’t even a Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street marathon. This just looks so shoddy.

    Glad I’m taking a job as a scare actor at a local haunt to occupy my October nights this year than depend on this to get my Halloween on each night.

  • octob3r14

    A couple of things here: (1) AMC reducing FearFest to one week is indicative of the direction cable TV has been going for years…i.e. tone-deaf shoveling of crap to an increasingly dwindling audience. What I don’t understand is this is a chance to inundate a niche audience with everything they want and keep them glued to their channel. Yet they don’t seem to care. Why even have it at all? Swing and a miss by AMC.

    (2) I’m over TWD. I understand the build-up to their new season so I really can’t complain that they’re running a marathon for a week straight but I won’t be watching it. Zombies, post-apocalypse world, I get it. I’ve gotten it for 99 episodes. I’m not saying it’s a bad franchise but there are other, more interesting elements of horror. TWD has done to zombies what Twilight did to vampires. And I get it, TWD was never really about the zombies. I don’t care. Next.

    (3) The movie lineup is OK, it’s pretty much what we’ve come to expect from AMC. Personally I would love the inclusion of the full Halloween, Friday the 13th (OK, not all of them), and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises (the originals) but it’s not really feasible. Lake Placid and Van Helsing? Really? How about the first Child’s Play…the original Last House on the Left…the original The Fog…The original The Omen…The Hitcher…Rosemary’s Baby… I understand buying the television rights for these movies makes that nearly impossible but those are the movies that need to be celebrated. And in that same spirit, how about classics such as Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979), The Wolfman (1941), House of Usher (1960), The Innocents (1961). Not exactly modern-day blockbusters but these films are what horror was built on. As I said before, the crappy lineup of movies that AMC is pushing out for a week won’t break any viewing records. Why not celebrate the season and the horror genre by airing some of these classics? I remember even five years ago, I could turn on AMC at 5am in late October and find Vincent Price or Boris Karloff. Now we either get infomercials or Lake Placid. :/

    • Batcat

      I have no idea why this site doesn’t carry the KILLER TCM lineup that includes most of the classics you mentioned, including most of the essential Universals and Hammer films.

      AMC’s original MonsterFest was incredible. They would run the masterpiece titles from the golden age and then all those wonderful b-films from the 50s, 60s and 70s. This stuff they play nowadays is just generic crap, mostly, that you can see anywhere. It’s not special and plus, it’s not uncut.

  • Blake Good

    Here’s how I would do it:

    Child’s Play
    Child’s Play 2
    Bride of Chucky
    Curse of Chucky
    Cult of Chucky

    I would skip 3 and Seed because those were everyone’s least favorite installments, especially Seed. I mean 3 wasn’t as bad as Seed but it was rushed and didn’t have enough production time, to turn out a good 3rd installment.

  • Susan Sarkisian

    Disappointed to say the least. Lame “scary” movies. How about the original Carrie? Jason movies. I can only watch so many doll movies. Moving on from AMC this year.

  • Mister B

    I love AMC, but cable tv horror movie marathons aren’t what they used to be. Instead, I plan on re-watching the TNT Monstervision Friday the 13th marathon from 1998.

  • Crystal Ramos

    I don’t understand. The Walking Dead is already on fucking Netflix. What the fuck???

  • Mike Klein

    Look at the lists from years past and try saying you aren’t disappointed:
    Many remember the “good old days” of monster fest…packed with vintage horror. I used to fake sick to stay home from school and watch monster fest, and it’s definitely where I got my love of horror movies. So in years past, fear fest has trended toward perhaps more conventional franchises: Halloween, tremors, Friday 13th, Chucky, Stephen king (ya not a franchise but you get it), and then lesser known/popular ones. But, most of these movies have been entertaining, campy, and are classics….I could count on leaving AMC on and walking in on something good for two weeks. This year’s lineup brings almost nothing to the table…perhaps that’s the landscape of cable these days, but I don’t see another source that has a concentration of these movies or the classics that filled monster fest-not Netflix, Hulu, anything. Here’s to hoping SyFy picks it up.

  • kel

    its a shame its only a week. i feel like there is such a love of horror that they would do well to keep with the old programming format. if you are a fan of walking dead you have already seen the eps!

  • Greg Roeper

    Wow, that is a pretty weak lineup. And only one week? Just so they can show TWD nonstop? I’m sorry I’m so over that show. And the Friday the 13th movies they’re showing are the worst of the franchise. I know back in the beginning when it was Monsterfest the marathon was only a few days. At least they were showing movies that people wanted to see, mainly a lot of the old Universal films. When it comes to horror, those are the core films. They would also mix in some Hammer, Godzilla, 1950s sci-fi,etc. I see TCM has a great lineup of flicks throughout the month(commercial-free I might add). Looks like I’ll be spending a lot of my time tuned in there. I’ll be watching movies from my own collection too. And AMC will be left out in the cold.

    • Perry

      I know what you mean. I want them to do a full 2 weeks. I really don’t give a flying F about TWD anymore. I gave up on it mid-way through season 5 and haven’t looked back. I would rather have Halloween II (81) over H20 and the RZ one. I do like H20 better than the RZ one but that ain’t saying much. I like Jason goes to hell and jason x. Freddy vs jason sucks. So does the remake. The 1st two NLC did are the best. Jason lives is my fav and the best of the series. 4 and 5 suck also

      • Greg Roeper

        Totally agree on not watching any of the RZ Halloween remakes. To be honest I would even rather watch Halloween: Resurrection. And showing the Nightmare on Elm St. remake and not the original? I do admit that I do enjoy the New Nightmare though. It added a different twist to the series.

  • Taylor Frady

    I know my opinion doesn’t make a hill of beans’ difference, but Fearfest on AMC is something I look forward to every year in October. It was where my love for 80’s slasher films was fostered, and I have some really great memories associated with those few weeks around Halloween. I am disappointed that they have been giving it less and less love over the years. It seems like they always cut it back by a day or two each year, but taking away a whole week this year just for a Walking Dead marathon is such a buzzkill. I am a huge TWD fan but considering they have these marathons every few months is a disappointment. I guess it’s time to find other film marathons or have my own. I just felt really strongly and had to share my thoughts.

  • Marcus_Halberstram

    No Friday the 13th?!?!!! I love those classics!!!

  • Joe Smith

    El Rey and/or IFC need to do a Horror Movie marathon. They would blow away AMC since they are uncensored.

    • L.T. Quinn

      IFC, when it was still “The Independent Film Channel,” used to have an annual event called Indie Screams. The first year was in 2000 and they showcased movies from George Romero, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper and so on. Maybe they still do it, but the last time I watched, they were playing mainstream horror flicks.

  • Jon Murdock

    Twd used to be good but now it’s trash so that week will be horrible.they picked some good movies but c’mon make it 2 weeks and add more than just the franchise flicks horror has soooooo many good ones.

  • Dayna Gomez

    Stephen king gets his own day! This Saturday!

  • A. Dent

    I miss those old MonsterFest days.

    Oh well – all good things…

  • Hephastion

    AMC’s sucked since they started airing movies with commercials. The same management ruined IFC and Sundance Channels to the point they’re unwatchable and now they gut their beloved Monsterfest (Sorry, I’m NEVER calling it Fear Fest-that’s lame) for another TWD marathon? I swear it’s like these channels are now some rich dude’s tax writeoff and they go out of their way to get people not to watch.

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