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Fright night: Friday the 13th

July 13, 2012


Would it kill somebody to air “Friday the 13th” on Friday the 13th?

The closest we get to see that 1980 shocker in prime time tonight is “Can You Survive a Horror Movie?” (9 p.m., Chiller).

‘‘Survive” stars a panel of horror movie “experts,” including Anthony Marks (“Remains”), Annie Unnold (“Celebrity Ghost Stories”) and Morgan West (“Dead Souls”). They introduce a tsunami of clips from every genre of shocking movie and discuss the best ways to avoid death, dismemberment and other grim fates at the hands (or teeth) of zombies, vampires, werewolves and the like.

For our amusement, they also submit to various thematic indignities, including being buried alive.

In a nod to horror movie history, the show’s setting is none other than the fictional Camp Crystal Lake in Blairstown, N.J., where the original 1980 version of “Friday the 13th” was filmed.

• On a related note, the Spike Network celebrates the return on Sunday of its most popular original series, “1000 Ways to Die,” with a weekend marathon of Stephen King movies, beginning today with “Creepshow 2” (11 a.m.) and concluding with “Creepshow” (11:30 p.m.). Saturday’s salute to the King of Horror kicks off with “Stephen King’s It” (11:30 a.m.) and Sunday’s truncated Kingfest consists of a single airing of “The Shining” (11 a.m.).

I’m not sure whether it’s interesting or sad that Spike, cable’s most guy-centric network, should find its greatest success with “1000 Ways to Die,” a tongue-in-cheek reality series dedicated to re-enactments of remarkable and unwise choices that resulted in death. It’s a strange answer to that age-old question, “What do men really want?” At least some of them want to watch other men die. As comedy.

Tonight’s other highlights

• A rookie learns something the hard way on “Deadliest Catch” (7 p.m., Discovery).

• Dangerous waters on “Whale Wars” (8 p.m., Animal Planet).

• The gang explores the outskirts of London on “Ghost Adventures” (8 p.m., Travel).

• Our host addresses a woman’s wedding dress phobias on “Randy to the Rescue” (9 p.m., TLC).

• “Chasing UFOs” (9 p.m., National Geographic) explores Roswell, N.M.

Cult Choice

A reporter infiltrates a mental institution to solve a murder in director Sam Fuller’s 1963 drama “Shock Corridor” (10 p.m., TCM), one of four Fuller films airing tonight.


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