Alibi V.28 No.43 • Oct 24-30, 2019 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 24

“Daybreak” (Netflix streaming anytime) This post-apocalyptic comedy-drama (based on the comic book by Brian Ralph) follows the adventures of a 17-year-old high schooler braving a bunch of Mad Max-style teenage gangs to locate his missing girlfriend in the ruins of Glendale, Calif. It’s actually shot right here in Albuquerque—which I guess means we look like post-apocalyptic Glendale.

“Mind Field: What’s the Scariest Thing?” (YouTube Premium streaming anytime) Educator/entertainer Michael Stevens (of the popular YouTube Channel Vsauce) hosts his own documentary-style series, which uses psychology, sociology and brain science to explain human behavior. In honor of Halloween, he hosts a one-off special digging into the science of fear.

Friday 25

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Halloween Special” (Amazon streaming anytime) Given the amount of snowballing chaos that erupts when you give a mouse a cookie, I can’t imagine what happens if you give him a plastic pumpkin full of fun-sized Snickers bars.

Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix streaming anytime) Comedian Eddie Murphy stars as comedian Rudy Ray Moore, famous in the 1970s for his blaxploitation film alter ego “Dolemite.” Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) directs. Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, Big Eyes) are in charge of the screenplay.

“Prank Encounters” (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix, determined to cover every TV genre under the sun, jumps into the “Candid Camera”/“Punk’d” genre of hidden camera prank shows. Gaten Matarazzo (“Stranger Things”) stand in for Allen Funt/Ashton Kutcher.

“Zomboat!” (Hulu streaming anytime) Four mismatched Brits escape a sitcom-style zombie apocalypse by slowly drifting out of Birmingham on a canal boat.

Sweet Mountain Christmas (Lifetime 6pm) Lifetime isn’t even waiting until Halloween to unleash its annual blizzard of Christmas-themed rom-coms. … Your move, Hallmark.

A Merry Christmas Match (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 7pm) Oh! That didn’t take long.

Saturday 26

“Svengoolie” (KRTN-39 7pm) MeTV’s “Svengoolie” movie show gets into the spirit of the season with a screening of 1944’s The Mummy’s Ghost. Which doesn’t even make any sense. Is he a mummy or a ghost? Make up your mind, dude.

Sunday 27

A Christmas Movie Christmas (UpTV 5pm) Hey, who invited UpTV to the Christmas rom-com party?

“Mrs. Fletcher” (HBO 8:30pm) Kathryn Hahn (“Crossing Jordan,” “Transparent”) stars as a single mom looking to start a new life after her son moves away for college.

The Living Skeleton/Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (TCM midnight, 1:30am) TCM unearths a couple trippy Japanese horror films. First up, a chiller about a young woman haunted by the ghosts of a ship’s crew murdered by pirates. Then, a sci-fi thriller about a blob-like alien that turns people into blood-hungry vampires. Both of these cult oddities came out in 1968 and were written by Kyuzo Kobayashi.

Monday 28

“The Deuce” (HBO 7pm) The pimps, hookers and porn films of HBO’s gritty Times Square drama are fading away as the show moves into the 1980s and the NYC landmark fills up with family-friendly tourist traps like M&M’s World and Disney Store. So the series says farewell to the birthplace of Taxi Driver with a 75-minute series finale.

Tuesday 29

“The Curse of Oak Island: The Top 25 Moments You Never Saw” (History 7pm) You’ve been digging up this damn island for six seasons without finding the mythical Oak Island treasure, and now you’re gonna show off 25 moments that weren’t even good enough to make it on the air the first time around? Unless the moment in which Marty and Rick Lagina discovered billions of dollars in gold accidentally ended up on the editing room floor in season 3, you’re kinda wasting our time, History.

Wednesday 30

“World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt: Pennhurst Asylum” (A&E 6pm) It just wouldn’t be Halloween without A&E locking some ghosthunters and their videocameras in a creepy old asylum somewhere. Here’s a fun drinking game for you: Every time someone whisper-screams “What the hell was that?” take a shot. I guarantee you’ll be seeing all kinds of spirits by the end of the show.