What to watch and listen to this week: Homegrown horror comedy series, Accused podcast
We know, it's Monday. The worst day for any holiday, really. Luckily, there are plenty of spooky movies and marathons that go perfectly with the sickly feeling in your stomach after one too many Reese's peanut butter cups and the realization there's only a week left until Election Day. Not to mention a juicy true crime podcast that you can easily devour this week and a locally-produced horror comedy series.
Watch this week
Homegrown horror: Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer, midnight, Amazon: Local filmmaker and Ringling College graduate Tony Ahedo created and produced a six-part limited comedy horror series in and around Tampa Bay. The titular character, Barry Baker, is a lonely office worker who takes a fortune cookie's advice to become a serial killer. And he's terrible at it. The pilot episode is available to stream Oct. 31 on Amazon.
Halloween marathon, starts at 9 a.m., AMC: What's creepier than a sinister little boy murdering his teenage sister? That same boy growing up to be Michael Myers returning to his hometown in search of more victims.
Movie: The Last House on the Left, 6:30 p.m., Spike: A remake of the 1972 film about homicidal maniacs who seek refuge at a remote cabin on a lake, home to the family of their victim.
Movie: Lego Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood, 7 p.m., Cartoon Network: Scooby, Shaggy and the gang find creepy classic movie monsters inhabiting an old film studio.
Movie: The Devil's Bride, 8 p.m., TCM: A French nobleman discovers a friend is being terrorized by a satanic cult - and only human sacrifice can save him.
Movie: Hotel Transylvania, 8 p.m., FX: An ordinary human checks into the luxurious Hotel Transylvania and falls for Dracula's daughter.
Movie: Thirteen Ghosts, 9 p.m., Spike: A family inherits a beautiful old house from an eccentric uncle, only to learn it's home to more than a dozen sadistic spirits.
SERIES PREMIERE: People of Earth, 9 p.m., TBS: Executive producers Greg Daniels and Conan O'Brien bring this absurd comedy about aliens, a welcome addition to TBS's stellar lineup of original comedies. The real laughs come from the aliens themselves, who are just like us!
SERIES PREMIERE: Stan Against Evil, 10 p.m., IFC: A small-town sheriff teams up with his replacement to fight demons and evil creatures. Kinda of sounds like Evil Dead.
SEASON PREMIERE: Salem, 9 p.m., WGN: The horror series starring the witches of Salem returns for a third season with the Devil returning to earth and Marilyn Manson guest-starring as a bloody barber.
Movie: Back To The Future, 10:30 p.m., TNT: An eccentric scientist accidentally sends a high school student back to the 1950s, where he meets his future parents.
Movie: Dark Shadows, 10 p.m., Syfy: An 18th century vampire is entombed for 200 years before returning to his mansion in 1972, which his finds in ruins and his family full of secrets.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow, 8 p.m., CW: The Legends must fight for survival during a Civil War where Confederate soldiers have been turned into zombies.
Pitch, 9 p.m., Fox: All star pitcher Ginny feels even more pressure after signing a huge deal with Nike, which leads to a wild night of celebration and rebellion.
In 1978, 23-year-old Elizabeth Andes was found stabbed and strangled to death in her Oxford, Ohio, apartment. Thirty-seven years later, two journalists at the Cincinnati Enquirer spent a year digging into the investigation of Andes' murder and the trial of boyfriend Bob Young. The journalists chronicled what they found (more, all the things police detectives in 1978 didn't find) in the podcast Accused from the Enquirer and Cincinnati.com.
Amber Hunt and Amanda Rossmann stepped in and dug deeper into the case that some of the original detectives did. They tracked down people the police couldn't or wouldn't in 1978, uncovering clues and strong leads as to what might have really happened the night Andes was slain.
The podcast lays out the case in eight chapters, from the crime and the couple, to the investigation, evidence and aftermath. Some believed Young, who was found not guilty of Andes' murder, got away with murder and that the two juries got it wrong. Others expressed outrage at the police's refusal to investigate other suspects or leads. Almost four decades later, the Andes family still doesn't have closure.
Accused is a brilliant way to lay out a true crime case that doesn't involve long-form stories or any newsprint. The episodes are digestible, and the story is as fascinating and addictive as those heard on Serial and other true-crime podcasts.
For fans of visuals and the written word, cincinnati.com lays out each chapter of Andes' case along with photos of key players, maps and diagrams explaining how this all went down and how it went so wrong.
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud and Cincinnati.com.
Contact Chelsea Tatham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @chelseatatham.