Off the Wall: Pre-Halloween frightfest

Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones

Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock in HBO's "The Girl." Photo Credit: HBO

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Off the Wall gets seriously spooky.

HALLOWEEN SCENES Continuing through the week are ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween, AMC's FearFest and Turner Classic Movies' spooky stuff. Other options include The Kids in the Hall's frightcom miniseries "Death Comes to Town" (tomorrow noon-4 p.m., IFC). Also, the new "Curiosity" episode "I Was Mummified" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Discovery), in which a man with a terminal disease offers his body to re-create the ancient practice, plus "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Monday at 9 p.m., Travel), visiting a Haitian cemetery and a Halloween party in Transylvania. Our favorite midnight movie is Brian DePalma's "Phantom of the Paradise" (late Thursday at midnight, Sundance), his ingenious 1974 musical mashup of "The Phantom of the Opera," "Faust" and other terror touchstones. "X-Men" maven Bryan Singer directs the hour pilot of "Mockingbird Lane" (Friday at 8 p.m., NBC/4), a darker take on TV fave "The Munsters," with Jerry O'Connell, Portia de Rossi and Eddie Izzard. And it's Halloween on "Haven" (Friday at 10 p.m., Syfy). But first, grab tomorrow's FanFare section for in-depth coverage of TV's top Halloween screams.

THE BIRDS AND THE BABE Hollywood suspense director Alfred Hitchcock had a thing for cool blondes. And he really had a thing for Tippi Hedren. Their uneasy relationship is dramatized by Toby Jones and Sienna Miller in the new movie "The Girl" (Saturday night at 9, HBO). The real-life result gets another run in Hitchcock's enduring 1963 chillfest, "The Birds" (next Saturday at 11:30a.m. and 11:35 p.m., Encore Suspense), which also unreels on the big screen at Astoria's Museum of the Moving Image (next Saturday at 4:30 p.m.). More at movingimage.us/visit/calendar/2012/10/27/detail/the-birds.

GOOD DEED OF THE WEEK Jon Stewart oversees the autism fundraiser "Night of Too Many Stars" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Comedy Central), featuring Tina Fey, Katy Perry, Amy Poehler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Seth Rogen and more. Jerry Seinfeld helps man the phone bank alongside Anderson Cooper, Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Cohen, Meredith Vieira and other big names. Video at comedy central.com.

RARE ANIMATION It's a full night of everything from the Fleischer brothers' 1939 feature, "Gulliver's Travels" (Sunday at 8 p.m.), to '50s UPA cartoons like "Gerald McBoing Boing" (11 p.m.), to silent shorts (midnight) and pioneering feature "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1:15 a.m., all Sunday night on TCM). Read more at tcm.com/this-month.

CREEPOUTS FROM WILLIAM CASTLE The old-time producer-director actually wired theater seats to vibrate to promote his 1959 film "The Tingler" (Monday at 5 a.m., early Tuesday at 3 a.m., Thursday at 9a.m., Antenna TV). Home re-creation at your own risk. More Castle comes in his 1959 chiller "House on Haunted Hill" (Thursday at 6 p.m., AMC). Plus there's the career portrait "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story," followed by 1958's "Macabre" (early Saturday morning at 3:15 and 4:45 a.m., Turner Classic Movies). From the grave (!), Castle blogs at williamcastle.com.

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UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES Hidden cameras focus on folks who are "Totally Clueless" (Monday at 7 p.m., MTV). Follow Whitney's family in "The Houstons: On Our Own" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., Lifetime) and the title officials in "Health Inspectors" (Friday at 10:30 p.m., Food). The dangerous far reaches of Ghana are the setting for "Jungle Gold" (Friday at 10p.m., Discovery) and its two American treasure-seekers. More at dsc.discovery.com/show-news.

LOCAL ANGLE They're from L.I., so you know they can talk -- "Sopranos" sister Jamie Lynn Sigler on "Watch What Happens Live" (Monday at 11 p.m., Bravo), and Commack kid Rosie O'Donnell on "Dr. Oz" (Thursday at 4 p.m., WNYW/5), discussing her heart attack. "WWHL" clips at bravotv.com/watch-what-happens-live.

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