By Shawna Leader/The AS Review
If scary movies are your favorite way to celebrate Halloween, “Cloverfield,” “The Orphanage” and “28 Days Later” will be shown on campus this week by AS Productions Films. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” co-sponsored by the AS Resource and Outreach Programs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance, will also be shown. “Cloverfield,” “The Orphanage” and “28 Days Later” will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. on Oct. 27, 28 and 29, respectively, in Viking Union 552. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be shown at midnight on Oct. 30 in Fraser 4.
Halloween lends itself well to movies, ASP Films Coordinator Matt Blair said. When selecting which movies to show for Horrorfest, he decided to choose modern horror films. There are modern horror films that are comparable to those done in the ’70s and ’80s, a time period Blair referred to as “the golden age of horror.”
“Horror certainly isn’t dead,” Blair said. He said the movies are “the epitome of modern horror.”
“Cloverfield,” directed by Matt Reeves, depicts a monster attacking New York City. The film was shot with handheld cameras and has a hectic, action-packed pace, Blair said. The movie is reminiscent of 9/11 and the citizen media that resulted from that catastrophe, he said.
“The reason why I chose to show it mainly, in addition to it being scary, is [it is] very reflective of our modern times and the way the media works and the way technology is so pervasive now,” he said.
“28 Days Later” is, according to Blair, the movie that “redefined the zombie genre.” It was original at the time but several imitations have appeared since, he said.
“The Orphanage,” a Spanish film (it will be subtitled), tells the story of a woman who returns to live at the orphanage where she grew up and starts seeing the ghosts of her former classmates. The film has a slower pace than “Cloverfield” and “28 Days Later” and is more character-based, Blair said. But although the movie doesn’t feature a giant monster or zombie hordes, there are still some creepy scenes, Blair said.
In one scene, a psychic visits what was formerly a room for the diseased children. As she walks through the room, she describes what she hears: the moaning and coughing of the sick. But all the audience hears is silence.
“You don’t see it but of course what your mind imagines is far more terrifying than what she’s actually seeing,” Blair said.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is traditionally shown every year on Halloween. When a newly married couple, Brad and Janet, make an unplanned visit to Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s mansion, a night of Transylvanian transsexual song and dance ensues.
The midnight showing is a great opportunity for students to show off their Halloween costumes a day early, Blair said. For those who want to uphold the spirit of the movie, dressing in drag is also an option.
Blair will use Horrorfest to determine if students want to see more horror films on campus, he said. If Horrorfest has a good turnout, he will consider showing more horror films in the future.
For people who may be less inclined to see horror movies, Blair recommended “The Orphanage,” and advised skipping “28 Days Later” and “Cloverfield.”
“If you’re not really into horror, come see ‘The Orphanage’ because at least you’ll be getting a great story out of it,” Blair said. “There’s not a lot of resolution at the end, but at the same time you feel kind of satisfied with what you’ve seen.”
Blair offered some advice for the faint of heart.
“Have fun, don’t let the fact that it’s a scary movie deter you, because in the end it is just a movie,” he said.
“Half the fun of films is that they make you feel things that you didn’t expect to feel, and being terrified is one of the great ways that movies can affect us.”