Do you like scary movies?
Posted Oct. 31, 2008
Erin Brockman
While shopping Monday, ULV student Michael Cadenas takes time to talk about his favorite scary movies. Some of the more popular scary movies that customers will be walking away with on Halloween will be “The Shining,” “Lake Placid” and “Saw.”

Pumpkins are carved, candy bowls are filled and everyone is dressed in her favorite costume. That is right, it is Halloween again, and one of the best parts about this holiday is curling up on the couch and watching a good old fashioned horror movie.

“I hate the holiday, but I love the movies,” Rhiannon Mim, a senior photo-journalism major, said.

Although many people are deathly afraid of some of the gruesome flicks, it is a tradition to visit a local movie rental store and pick up a few hair-raising flicks.

“There is definitely an increase in horror movie rentals,” Taryll Sumler, an employee at Blockbuster Video in La Verne, said.

Some popular choices this year include “The Strangers,” “Saw IV” and “Friday the 13th.”

“The Strangers” is about a couple staying at a secluded vacation house. They are awakened in the middle of the night by a knock at the door and attacked by three strangers in masks.

As in all scary movies, their cell phones do not work, and the couple must fight for their lives.

Like every other “Saw” movie, “Saw IV” is full of blood, guts and the fight to stay alive.

This time around, Jigsaw and his accomplice, Amanda, are finally dead, but during Jigsaw’s autopsy, a wax covered cassette is found in his stomach promising that “the games have just begun.”

Innocent people are placed in life threatening situations and must find a way to survive before the time is up, and the game is over.

The original “Friday the 13th” is a classic horror movie that has been a Halloween favorite since 1980.

Many years ago, a young boy drowned at Camp Crystal Lake, and two camp counselors were mysteriously murdered. A few years later, the camp opens under new ownership, which sparks a series of murders.

Some other popular horror movies this Halloween season include “30 Days of Night,” “1408,” “The Amityville Horror” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

“My favorite horror movie is ‘Halloween’ by Rob Zombie,” Sumler said. “It’s the best ‘Halloween’ I’ve seen. There are a lot of surprises, killings and danger.”

“I like ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ the ‘Saw’ movies and ‘Halloween’,” Katie Herman, a junior liberal studies major, said.

If horror movies keep you up at night, but you would still like to participate in the tradition, do not be ashamed to go out and rent a lighthearted Halloween comedy.

Some favorites include “The Haunted Mansion,” “Hocus Pocus” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

If you have no plans for the big night, stay in and enjoy a night of relaxation on the couch with your favorite Halloween treats.

“I always eat popcorn when I watch Halloween movies,” Herman said. “Or chocolate.”

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Erin Brockman
Tracy Sarenana, an employee at Hollywood Video in La Verne, said she does not enjoy horror films. “I have watched scary movies, but I hate them because I can never fall asleep at night,” Sarenana said.

Erin Brockman
La Verne Hollywood Video employee Brian Dambrosio said his favorite scary movie is “The Happening” by M. Night Shyamalan. “The Happening” is the hot new release this month for October and especially keen for Halloween night.

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