AMC's FearFest Returns With 700 Hours Of Horror Programming

Featuring new movies every Friday, the return of Joe Bob Briggs, and more!

By FANGORIA Staff · September 1, 2023, 8:36 AM PDT
The Shining (1980)

It's September, and you know what that means: the so-called "Spooky Season" is upon us! Summer's on its way out (unless you live in Texas, where summer lasts until roughly mid-December), Halloween's on the horizon, and it's time to start planning your annual horror movie marathons.

Not sure what to watch this year? No problem! AMC Networks and the good folks at Shudder have you covered with this year's FearFest, a massive programming event featuring over 700 hours (!!!) of killer horror content, including brand-new movies, returning faves, and more than a few classics.

Take it away, press release:

AMC Networks announced today a monster-sized return of AMC’s “FearFest,” its long-running horror and genre programming event, with over 700 hours of films, series and specials to be curated by Shudder, AMC Networks’ streamer for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, for the very first time. “FearFest, Shocked by Shudder” will expand into September and across AMC Networks’ entire portfolio of networks and streamers over the two-month event.

“Countdown to Fearfest” begins on AMC today, September 1 with Shudder’s 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time every Friday at 11:00 p.m., leading into a primetime takeover the last week of September featuring iconic horror movies every night of the week including the Scream and Halloween franchises as well as Stephen King classics like The Shining and Firestarter

October will then kick off wall-to-wall coverage, including a mix of fan-favorite horror films as well as new programming from Shudder.  AMC will continue to host new Shudder movies and series each Friday night leading up to Halloween, including a double-feature of Shudder’s V/H/S franchise on Friday, October 6, and the co-premiere of Shudder’s Creepshow Season 4, from Executive Producer Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), alongside AMC+ and Shudder on Friday October 13.

But that's not all: this year's FearFest will also include the return of some favorites:

AMC will also celebrate iconic horror classics all season, including the 45th anniversary of Halloween with a new The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs special on Tuesday, October 10 at 10:00 p.m., the 50th anniversary of The Exorcist paired with its 101 Scariest Movie Moments of All Time episode on Friday, September 29 at 8:15 p.m., and the 55th anniversary of Rosemary’s Baby followed by the Cursed Films documentary on Monday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. 

As the home of the best in horror all year round, Shudder will debut a number of highly anticipated  new movies and series every week in September and October, including Alicia Silverstone-headlined thriller Perpetrator (September 1), the next installment in the V/H/S franchise, V/H/S/85 (October 6), the highly anticipated When Evil Lurks (October 27), a new season of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, and new specials from The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs throughout the season.

Phew. AMC and Shudder have really outdone themselves this time! Why, they've practically done all the work for us; all we gotta do is tune in! Keep your eyes peeled for all of the above across every one of AMC's streaming networks and apps throughout the season! This sounds like the biggest, best FearFest ever!