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[10/05/10 - 09:18 AM]
AMC Fearfest Kicks Off the Countdown to the World Premiere of "The Walking Dead"
The October 18-31 event will feature 300 hours of Halloween themed programming, including more than 60 films.

[via press release from AMC]

AMC FEARFEST KICKS OFF THE COUNTDOWN TO THE WORLD PREMEIRE OF "THE WALKING DEAD"

AMC FEARFEST ALSO FEATURES: The 30th Anniversary of Friday the 13th and AMC Premieres of 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and More

"Killer Conversations" with Directors Frank Darabont, West Craven and More

"New Blood" Profiling New and Influential Horror Filmmakers

NEW YORK, NY - October 5, 2010 - This month, AMC presents its annual AMC FEARFEST, the most highly anticipated horror movie marathon of the Halloween season. A celebration of the best in contemporary and classic horror genre films, this year's AMC FEARFEST will kick off a countdown to the Halloween premiere of AMC's newest original series "The Walking Dead," written and executive produced by Oscar nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile). The two-week marathon will also feature AMC premieres of such films as 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead as well as interviews with both established and upcoming horror filmmakers and actors with "Killer Conversations" and "New Blood" segments airing throughout each night's primetime film. With nearly 300 hours of Halloween themed programming, including more than 60 films, AMC FEARFEST airs Monday night, October 18 through Sunday, October 31, culminating with the 90-minute world premiere of "The Walking Dead" on Sunday, October 31 at 10pm ET.

AMC FEARFEST's programming specials include :

AMC PREMIERE EVENTS

Among a vast library of horror favorites, AMC FEARFEST will present premieres of the following:

· House of Wax and debuting October 22, 10pm ET

· Dead Silence debuting October 23, 12 :30am ET

· 28 Days Later debuting October 24, 8pm ET

· Jeepers Creepers 2 debuting October 24, 10 :30pm ET

· Evil Dead II debuting October 30, 10pm ET

· Dawn of the Dead debuting October 31, 8pm ET

· From Dusk Till Dawn debuting October 31, 8pm ET

In addition to the AMC Premieres events, AMC FEARFEST will feature horror favorites from the vintage to the contemporary including :

· Friday the 13th parts 1-9 airing together for the first time, in celebration of the franchise's 30th Anniversary airing primetime, October 18-22

· Halloween I-V airing primetime, October 25-27

· Stephen King classics Cujo, Pet Sematary, The Shining, Sleepwalkers and Graveyard Shift airing throughout the day on October 9

· Night of the Living Dead (1968), Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), The Wolf Man (1941), and many others

"KILLER CONVERSATIONS"

Throughout AMC FEARFEST, the network will feature conversations between celebrated horror filmmakers including Darabont and award-winning makeup artist Greg Nicotero ("The Walking Dead, " Inglorious Bastards); Wes Craven (A Nightmare of Elm Street, Scream 3) and Mick Garris (Batteries Not Included, Hocus Pocus) and more. Each pair will talk candidly about their experience with the genre and what it takes to make a great horror film.

"NEW BLOOD"

AMC FEARFEST will profile new and upcoming filmmakers and actors who are creating waves in and transforming the horror genre. Included are Shawnee Smith (actress, Saw), James Gunn (director/writer, Slither), and Alexandra Aja (director, The Hills Have Eyes), among others. "New Blood" segments airs throughout the primetime AMC Fearfest movies.

FANBOY IMAGE SHORTS

Airing during AMC FEARFEST, the network will feature a series of ten comedic shorts, which showcase two fanboys parodying horror film classics from Friday the 13th and Pet Sematary to The Shining and Halloween.

B-MOVIE CLASSICS ON AMCTV.COM

In anticipation of the Halloween premiere of "The Walking Dead," AMCTV.COM features five new zombie classics including King of the Zombies (1941 Oscar nominee for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture), Revolt of the Zombies (1936), Teenage Zombies (1959), White Zombie (1932) and The Last Man on Earth (1964). Additional horror B-movies being shown online include Asylum (starring Peter Cushing and Charlotte Rampling), Corridors of Blood (starring Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee), What a Carve Up (starring Donald Pleasance) and The Undead (directed by Roger Corman). Each of these films will be available on AMCtv.com until December 31st.

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy� Award for Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe� Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include the Emmy� Award-winning dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and entertaining non-scripted programming such as AMC News. AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with curated movie franchises like AMC Hollywood Icon and AMC Complete Collection. Available in more than 96 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, which includes sister networks IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and Wedding Central. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.





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