Next week is an interesting stretch for movies and TV: It marks the tail-end of Halloween and the beginning of the holiday season. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are full of Halloween movies galore, including the eponymous John Carpenter classic that launched Jamie Lee Curtis’ career. But then we end the week with A Bad Moms Christmas, the seasonal sequel to Mila Kunis’ hit 2016 movie. So many seasons, so little time, am I right? Actually, let’s face it: We all have time to watch these 15 films and TV shows this week. There’s literally nothing else more important. Mark your iCalendars accordingly.
Sunday, October 29
Carrie: Everyone knows the story at this point: A teenage girl with telekinetic powers burns down her high school prom after the popular kids humiliate her. But Carrie is worth revisiting for its memorable performances by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. Sure, the supernatural elements of this film are terrifying, but the scariest bits are simply when the kids are being cruel to Carrie. Honestly, nothing’s more gut-wrenching than that. 9 P.M. ET on the Sundance Channel
Silence of the Lambs: Another creepy classic to sink your teeth into before Halloween. Both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins scooped up Oscars for this film, which centers on a rookie detective who enlists the help of a vicious cannibal to catch a serial killer. Don’t worry, though: It’s not nearly as bloody as that description makes it seem. (Well, except for the escape scene. Yeesh.) 6 P.M. ET on BBC America
Love & Hip Hop: New York The eighth season of VH1’s wildly popular reality series airs tonight. It’ll be sad to watch this chapter without Cardi B while she’s off being a chart-topping superstar. 8 P.M. ET on VH1
The Conjuring: At the end of the day, the haunted house formula still works. The Conjuring is proof of that; two paranormal investigators poke around a spooky manor they believed is possessed by a malevolent force. It’s eerie, atmospheric, and downright jaw-dropping at times. The perfect pre-Halloween treat. 7 P.M. ET on HBO Signatures