[09/11/06 - 12:00 AM]
Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins Inhabit ABC Family for Eighth Annual 13 Nights of Halloween

[via press release from ABC Family]


Includes ABC Family New Original Movie �The Initiation of Sarah� and The Television Premiere of Tim Burton�s �Corpse Bride�

Burbank, CA (September 11, 2006) � ABC Family will premiere frightening new programming in its eighth annual 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN tent pole programming event. The new ABC Family original movie �The Initiation of Sarah� and the television premiere of Tim Burton�s �Corpse Bride� will join other Halloween themed programming airing the 13 nights leading up to Halloween (October 19 � October 31).

Tim Burton�s hit feature film �Corpse Bride� marks the spooktacular beginning of 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN event by making its television premiere on Thursday, October 19 (8:00 � 10:00 PM ET/PT). With Burton�s unique dark vision, �Corpse Bride� follows the tale of Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp, �Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man�s Chest�) who, on the eve of marrying his true love Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson, �Life and Death of Peter Sellers�), gets dragged to the underworld where he mistakenly marries a corpse bride (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter, �Charlie and the Chocolate Factory�). This fantastical stop-animation movie brings Victor on an amazing quest to undo wrongs and let true love prevail.

ABC Family takes a look at the darker side of sororities in its new original movie �The Initiation of Sarah,� premiering Sunday, October 22 (8:00 � 10:00 PM ET/PT). The remake of the classic MGM thriller tells the story of Sarah, a young sorority girl with mysterious powers, who unwittingly becomes the focus of a centuries old battle between good and evil. The starring cast includes Mika Boorem (�Sleepover�), Summer Glau (�Serenity�), JoAnna Garcia (�Reba�), Tessa Thompson (�Veronica Mars�), Ben Ziff (�NCIS�), with Morgan Fairchild (�Falcon Crest�), who appeared in the original production of �The Initiation of Sarah,� and Jennifer Tilly (�The Haunted Mansion�).

Following is a listing of programming screams and scares taking place October 19-31 during ABC Family�s 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN.

Night One � Thursday, October 19

The underworld comes alive for the beginning of 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN and the television premiere of Tim Burton�s Corpse Bride (8:00 � 10:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Two � Friday, October 20

Spooks are all around you, but only eight-year old Cole (Haley Joel Osment, �Second Hand Lions�) can see them in M. Night Shyamalan�s The Sixth Sense (8:00 � 10:30 PM ET/PT), also starring Bruce Willis (�Sin City�).

Night Three � Saturday, October 21

The weekend is full of other-worldly apparitions beginning with an all day line-up of your favorite haunts. The terror-ific day begins with the film Tower of Terror (12:00 � 2:00 PM ET/PT) with Kirsten Dunst (�Spiderman�) stuck in a hotel where guests check in�.but never check out. The ghostly fun continues when Casper Meets Wendy airs at 2:00 � 4:00 PM ET/PT. Follow the loveable little ghost Casper as he teams up with a witch named Wendy (Hilary Duff, �Material Girls�) to thwart the plans of an evil warlock. Next take a blood-sucking break to hang out with Jonathan Lipnicki (�Jerry Maguire�) as a boy who ends up befriending a vampire in The Little Vampire (4:00 � 6:00 PM ET/PT). Then listen for the deadly wedding bells that are ringing for Victor and his undead bride in Tim Burton�s Corpse Bride (6:00 � 8:00 PM ET/PT). The evening comes to a screaming halt with back-to-back airings of Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (8:00 � 10:00 PM and 10:00PM � 12:00 AM ET/PT). The Scooby squad is back at it, this time trying to track down a masked villain who wreaks havoc at the Coolsville Museum of Criminology. The film stars Freddie Prinze Jr. (�Freddie�), Sarah Michelle Gellar (�The Grudge�), Matthew Lillard (�The Groomsmen�) and Linda Cardellini (�ER�).

Night Four � Sunday, October 22

To combat Sunday despair ABC Family has a line up that will eerily delight you. The day begins with some magical humor with a special Halloween themed block of Sabrina The Teenage Witch episodes (12:00 � 2:00 PM ET/PT). From 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET/PT Freddie Prinze Jr. (�Freddie�) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (�The Grudge�) star in Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, where the gang hunts down a mad scientist. Then true love is doomed in Tim Burton�s Corpse Bride (4:00 � 6:00 PM ET/PT) when Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp, �Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man�s Chest�) finds himself mistakenly married to a corpse bride (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter, �Charlie and the Chocolate Factory�). The bewitching fun continues with Satan�s School for Girls (6:00 � 8:00 PM ET/PT), where a young woman (Shannen Doherty, �Beverly Hills 90210�) enrolls at an all-girls college to investigate her sister�s suicide. But once there, she is lured into a witchcraft cult who wants to make her part of their evil circle. The sinister school stories don�t end there. At 8:00 � 10:00 PM (ET/PT) the new ABC Family original movie The Initiation of Sarah premieres, where one sorority girl with mysterious powers unwittingly becomes the focus of a centuries old battle between good and evil. If you missed all the alter sacrifices and evil sorority hijinks, you can catch a repeat airing of The Initiation of Sarah (10:00 PM � 12:00 AM ET/PT) starring Jennifer Tilly (�Bride of Chucky�) and Morgan Fairchild (�Falcon Crest�).

Night Five � Monday, October 23

At 8:00 � 10:00 PM (ET/PT), the haunting sounds of swarming bugs can be heard in Locusts and only Dr. Maddy Rierdon (Lucy Lawless, �Xena: Warrior Princess�) can save America from these deadly creatures.

Night Six � Tuesday, October 24

Back by popular demand, the ABC Family original film The Initiation of Sarah explores the darker side of sororities at 8:00 � 10:00 PM (ET/PT).

Night Seven � Wednesday, October 25

Shannen Doherty (�Beverly Hills, 90210�) dabbles in the world of witchcraft at a New England all-girls college in the film Satan�s School for Girls (8:00 � 10:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Eight � Thursday, October 26

All the Scooby snacks in the world won�t be able to help the gang as they track down a mad scientist wreaking havoc in Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (8:00 � 10:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Nine � Friday, October 27

Author Paul Sheldon�s blood-curdling screams can be heard from a cabin up in the woods in the hit film Misery (8:00 � 10:00 PM ET/PT) starring James Caan (�Las Vegas�) and Kathy Bates (�Failure to Launch�).

Night Ten � Saturday, October 28

Frights and terror are aplenty today with an all-day line up of truly haunting tales. Starting off the day with a hair-raising story is The Initiation of Sarah (12:00 � 2:00 PM ET/PT) about one girl�s struggle between good and evil in her college campus sorority system. The grizzly screams resonate from the college campus to a super fan�s creepy cabin in Misery (2:00 � 4:00 PM ET/PT) where one over exuberant fan (Kathy Bates, �Failure to Launch�) takes special care of her favorite author (James Caan, �Las Vegas�). The sinister fun continues at 4:00 � 8:00 PM (ET/PT) with an airing of Stephen King�s It, starring Tim Curry (�Kinsey�), Annette O�Toole (�Smallville�) and John Ritter (�8 Simple Rules�). When a demonic creature dressed as a clown terrorizes their quiet town, seven youths must defeat it. The evening comes to a bone-chilling end with encore performances of The Sixth Sense (8:00 � 10:30 PM and 10:30 PM -1 AM ET/PT).

Night Eleven � Sunday, October 29

At 12:00 PM � 12:00 AM, the screams and scares begin with a marathon of fan favorite Scariest Places on Earth. Each eerie episode follows one brave family as they are challenged to spend the night in some of the world�s scariest places. Capping off the frightening marathon, ABC Family will unveil two all new episodes of Scariest Places on Earth. The first episode unleashes the terror at 8:00 � 9:00 PM ET/PT as we take a look at America�s most gruesome institutions, including Moundsville, WV prison and Dixmont, PA mental institution. The second all new episode (9:00 � 10:00 PM ET/PT) follows one unlucky family who gets the unfortunate task to tackle Bathory Castle, home of the infamous Blood Countess. The second hauntingly new episode of Scariest Places on Earth is hosted by Linda Blair (�The Exorcist�). The premiere of Scariest Places: Fear Force (10:00 � 11:00 PM ET/PT) eerily follows international ghost hunters Gail Porter and Chris Flemming as they search for paranormal activity at the infamous prison Alcatraz.

Night Twelve � Sunday, October 30

On the eve of the night of haunts ABC Family brings you an encore of Tim Burton�s Corpse Bride (8:00 � 10:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Thirteen � Monday, October 31

The petrifying thrills come to a frightening end on the most haunted night of the year. To celebrate this ominous night, ABC Family will air M. Night Shyamalan�s hit The Sixth Sense (8:00 � 10:30 PM ET/PT).

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