Picks and Pans Review: National Geographic Explorer: Living Nightmares

updated 10/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

TBS (Sun., Oct. 29, 9 p.m. ET)


Halloween tends to bring out the same spooks every year: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Great Pumpkin. That's why this special edition of National Geographic Explorer is a nice, creepy addition to the scary season. Forget mummies; this documentary has maggots, slimy little things that crawl up from the ground and into humans to drink their blood.

Living Nightmares uses some startling up-close-and-personal footage to burrow into the lives of all kinds of spooky critters, from rats to piranhas to a poisonous centipede. There's even a Bug-Cam, so you can follow along with the deadliest creature profiled here, the mosquito. The segments featuring show host Boyd Matson are too forced, but when the insects are onscreen, Living Nightmares definitely raises more hair on the back of your neck than an evening's worth of werewolf movies.

(David Hiltbrand is on vacation.)

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