Classic Horror Movies

By Sam Bryer

I’ve watched  many horror movies during my lifetime and when it comes to the numerous new movies that have been released, I’ve come to the conclusion that the classic horror movies win hands down. Take the classic movie “Halloween” for example:

My experience when I watched the film for the first time left me absolutely terrified.  As the movie continued I experienced even more fear because of  the suspense.  The movie also included solid jump scares – defined as the moment when a character thinks they’re safe, only to have a demon appear suddenly behind them.    “Halloween” allows the viewer to immerse themselves into the  story-line of the movie.

According to film critic and screenwriter. C. Robert Cargill if you look at the best horror films,  “the common thread is almost all of them have amazing characters.” From the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Poltergeist, the characters pull the audience in, and the more you care, the more anxious you’ll be that something bad’s going to happen to them.”

Another example of the perfect classic horror movie is the 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead.”

Night of the Living Dead” is an excellent movie that contains a perfect setting of how a real zombie apocalypse could cause chaos in a decade like the 1960s. The movie was about people being under attack, catching the spirit of paranoia.  Also, the film creates a lot of fear and tension, which are the perfect ingredients for an audience to enjoy. Another reason why this movie works is because “Night of the Living Dead” creates a solid story-line of ordinary people going through many challenges of surviving the zombie ordeal.

These are just two great examples of classic horror movies and what I would consider so much better than today’s horror films.  Other classics include “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,”  “The Shining” and “Scream.”  What are some of your all-time favorite horror movies?

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Netflix is Taking Over the World

 

netflix-logoBy Jessica Samson

For the past couple months, my life has been consumed with great television, all thanks to Netflix.   I know I’m not the only one spoiled by on-demand streaming. Netflix has changed the way we watch television. It has created binge-watching.  a marathon of endless programming.  With instant streaming, you can catch the plot in the middle of a show or start new shows, anytime you want.

Personally, Netflix has changed my life. Not just in viewing habits or lack of social interactions, but it has started a new habit in my daily life. I find myself becoming more of a homebody, spending more time watching and discussing their high quality programming.

Just recently, I was with my family and without hesitation our conversation gravitated to the topic of television. Instantly, Netflix’s programming became the most important piece of our conversation. Comments like…”did you catch this show?”…to… “what do you think about “House of Cards” or “Orange is the New Black?” made up the conversation.

Netflix is changing our world. It’s instant gratification, no longer do we have to wait for the next installment of our favorite shows. It’s easy to come home from a long day and plop right down and turn on Mad Men.

Netflix’s programming provides a sense of fantasy that one can escape to whenever you want. It’s easy access to entertainment. Netflix updates new content about every month, in with the new and out with the old.  http://whats-on-netflix.com/ allows viewers to see the new additions to Netflix. It’s all just another way to add to the binge watching experience.

By the way here the ultimate dream job at Netflix:   http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-netflix-hiring-serial-watcher-20140709,0,394390.story

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I wrote down my goals down and you should too

They say it’s important to write your goals down.  I don’t know goals-list-286x300exactly who they are, but I’m going to take their advice especially since graduation is right around the corner. Writing down your goals is the first step towards achieving them so here is my wish list.

1)        Morning Radio Show Host: When I was a little kid, my dad would listen to B96 every morning while he drove me to school. Eddie and Jobo were the morning jocks on 96.3FM and they always knew how to make me laugh. Whether it was the wacky games and pranks they’d play or the silly voices they’d do, listening to B96 in the morning became my favorite part of the day. I found that the days where I didn’t get to listen in, were also the days where I wasn’t a positive person. I pretty much knew since then that eventually I was going to grow up and do the same for some other little kid.

2)       Stand-up Comedian: Again, this has been a dream of mine since I was a young boy. I’m almost positive that the first comedy special I ever saw was Eddie Murphy’s Raw. I must have been 8 or 9 when my older sisters turned it on, but it didn’t take long to see that this form of entertainment was the most honest and visceral. It was indeed raw. Flash forward to 6th grade. I was one of those lucky kids (or unlucky kids depending on how you look at it) that had a TV with a cable connection in their bedroom. On one particular school night, at around 2am, I saw George Carlin for the first time. Obviously, most of his subject matter flew right over my head, but I definitely understood more of the jokes than when I saw Raw. Since then I’ve seen EVERY one of Carlin’s HBO specials. In my opinion, he is the greatest of all time and I’d be satisfied with 1/1,000,000th of his success.

3)      Voice Actor: Like most kids, I loved to watch animated television shows. Parents of the 90’s loved to get a break from their little ones by plopping them down in front of some Looney Tunes or Animaniac episode for a few minutes of peace.  My mother who wasn’t born in this country, didn’t know that The Simpsons was really a show for mature audiences. Similarly with stand-up, a lot of the jokes aren’t crafted for viewers of my age group, but still, I fell in love with the characters. When I was 18, I checked out every season of the Simpsons that was available at the library and I binge watched every single episode. I fell in love with the program all over again. I wanted to learn more about the show and about the  characters which ultimately led me to the voice actors that brought the animated characters to life. I was shocked when I saw that most of my favorite characters were voiced by one man. Hank Azaria is responsible for the voices of Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy and so many more, including HUNDREDS of non-reoccurring characters. I couldn’t believe that one man could have so much range with his voice. This inspired me to start playing around with my voice and I haven’t stopped since.

 

Feel free to use this list against me in a few years to make sure I’m on track. Actually, I think I’d prefer it  if you did just that. I’ll be more than happy to do the same for you after you compile your own list.   For those of you who are graduating…Congratulations.

 

 

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