To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know Fearnet, the cable horror channel, was going away. One day, it showed up on my program listing as “Movie”. Nothing more, just “movie”. So I went and looked it up, thinking maybe Verizon had dropped it, only to find that it had been bought out by NBC and shut down, half of its programming going to Chiller and the rest going to Syfy.
I also found that many horror fans were lamenting the death of the channel because, according to them, it was so much better than Chiller. That may be so, but it wasn’t really too impressive. So let’s look at Fearnet and the unfortunate reality of niche cable programming today.