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Originally published Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM

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‘Walking Dead’ just some of the horror infesting TV

AMC, which airs the zombie show, will broadcast more than 70 scary movies this month, including the “Halloween” franchise, “Scream” and of course, Stephen King tales.

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Halloween is still more than two weeks away, but scary business will fill plenty of TV hours.

FX has already started another round of its “American Horror Story” series, this one subtitled “Coven.” And on Sunday, fans — 16.1 million of them — of “The Walking Dead” clustered around their TV sets for the fourth-season premiere of that series.

AMC, which airs “Walking Dead,” further believes that fans of its zombie show cannot get enough scary business, and used it to begin its latest Fearfest of horror movies. In its 17th year, the festival will include more than 70 movies, especially ones from famous franchises like “Friday the 13th.” The third through 10th movies in that series will air beginning Monday; there will also be showings of half a dozen movies from the “Halloween” catalog, four from the “Tremors” cycle, plenty of Chucky and the Candyman, some Stephen King and even the revisionist-horror of “Scream.” Also scary snakes, awful aliens and good and bad Omens.

Two big reasons account for all that horror on AMC. One is that horror has proven a durable attraction to young adults who cannot get enough bloodletting; the school’s-out days of summer invariably include some modestly budgeted big-screen nastiness certain to get young moviegoers, at least on the first weekend.

The other is that “The Walking Dead” has become a big hit for AMC, making it even more of a destination for audiences seeking frightening fare, The third-season finale drew a reported 12.4 million viewers, a number most TV series would envy, and was especially popular in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic that advertisers prize.

And the fourth season finds the show with plenty of creative steam. The series involves a world in which surviving humans battle for their lives against endless mobs of “walking dead” — monstrous, cannibalistic former humans who do not stop attacking even when various body parts have been sliced and diced. As the new season begins, the main group of people has found shelter inside an old prison.

But as the premiere made clear in several incidents, the perils are not over.

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