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A hand drawn picture of the Nightmare Before Christmas important moment where Skeleton Jack meets his love interest, Sally.

A hand drawn picture of the Nightmare Before Christmas important moment where Skeleton Jack meets his love interest, Sally.

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Still in the mood to watch scary movies? Here are the Crossed Sabres staff recommendations:

Nightmare Before Christmas – This is a story about a skeleton named Jack. This movie, made by Tim Burton in 1993, compares the meaning of Christmas to Halloween when Jack finds Christmas Town. In Nightmare before Christmas, the world is separated into other smaller “worlds” centered around one specific holiday. While wandering in the woods, Jack finds a circle of trees that each hold a portal to another holiday world. For example, there is Christmas, Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Easter  and Independence Day. Jack goes to Christmas Town and becomes enchanted by how different and magical it is compared to Halloween, so he tries to bring the holiday back to the Halloween world. Twelve out of twenty W-L students polled said they had seen this movie.

Carrie – This bloody thriller was originally a book by Stephen King, turned into a movie in 1976 and then remade in 2013. The 2013 version utilizes popular young actors and new camera lenses that the 1976 version did not have access to. All versions, no matter their format, are about a highschool girl named Carrie who is bullied mercilessly by her classmates and shamed by her paranoid and religious mother who sees sin everywhere. One of the most iconic moments of the story is the senior prom, when Carrie realizes that she has telekinesis and gets revenge on her classmates for all the years of their torture. Fifteen out of twenty W-L students polled said they had seen this movie.

Corpse Bride – Another Tim Burton film about the supernatural. This 2005 movie starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter involves murder, forbidden-love, death and a diluted form of necrophilia that only Tim Burton would be able to pull off in a PG film. This story is about a young man named Victor and his fiancée, Victoria, who live in a 1800’s Victorian village. However, when Victor marries a dead corpse who happens to not be quite dead, general chaos ensues. Will Victor remain married to his blanching bride, or ditch her for the blushing and oh so much more alive fiancé above the surface? Seventeen out of twenty W-L students polled said they had seen this movie.

Donnie Darko – Wherever temporal confusion and demonic, adult-sized rabbits collide, a Halloween thrill is in store. Donnie Darko centers around a young boy by the name of, you guessed it, Donnie Darko. He narrowly avoids death in a freak accident when an airplane engine falls on his bedroom. Or does he? Watch this psychological and horror flick for an evening of questioning time and jumping at shadows. Twelve out of twenty W-L students polled said they had seen this movie.

Nightcrawler – Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this movie as Louis Bloom, a crime journalist who covers the illegal activity in Los Angeles. But much like Matt Murdock, the line between personal and work life start to blur, and Bloom becomes the very star of his own journalistic reports. This movie was directed by Dan Gilroy, and released in 2014. Ten out of twenty W-L students polled said they had seen this movie.

The Final Girls- This new spin on horror movies gives a whole new meaning to being “pulled into the fictional world,” for those interested in the plot. A young woman, who just lost her actress mother is grieving when she and her friends are pulled into the very movie that her mom starred in during the 1980s. The group of friends has to use their prior knowledge about the movie, and general horror movie “rules” in order to survive. Nine out of twenty WL students polled said they are planning on seeing this movie.

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The Diabolical– Another horror movie centered around a middle class, two child family who live in a house that is haunted by the supernatural. The Diabolical is a little bit different than the other movies with this same plot line because the family is headed by a single mother, rather than a two parent model that horror movies tend to favor. In this movie, the mother decides to enroll the help of her scientist boyfriend to help figure out a solution to their paranormal problem. Fourteen out of twenty W-L students polled said they are planning on seeing this movie.

The Last Witch Hunter- This film, directed by Breck Eisner, is set in present day with modern witches who live alongside humanity under covers and disguises. For the past twenty centuries, there have been witch hunters who battle the witches who hide in society and try to ruin mankind. One of these hunters is Kaulder, who killed the Queen Witch and decimated her followers, was cursed with immortality hundreds of years ago. Condemning him to live forever and fight endless amounts of witches over the years. Now, Kaulder is the only one of his kind left alone to try and prevent modern-day witches from spreading the Black Plague upon the world. Five out of twenty WL students polled said they are planning on seeing this movie.
Crimson Peak- The main character of this film is young Edith Cushing, who is running away from a family tragedy. She marries Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), a man she knows little about, in attempts to start a new life. She comes to live with him and his sister, Lucille Sharpe, in their secluded mansion. However, while living there Edith starts to find out that the Sharpe’s home almost has a mind of its own: producing ghosts and demons that haunt the halls and dark shadows. Seventeen out of twenty W-L students polled said they are planning on seeing this movie.

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