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Freakish films for a night of terror.
The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine -
SWEATING WITH THE OLDIES
"ly Todd Weiser
Daily Arts Writer
Halloween comes around almost every year, generally near the end
of October, and with it usually appears a list of best Halloween films.
The films on this list do not need to take place on Halloween or even
fall under the "slasher flick" genre. Also, this list is in no particular
order, there is no number one or number 10, they are all great choices
for an alternative to trick-or-treating and Halloween parties that
demand that you wear a costume to get drunk (we can all do that alone,
thanks, without the stupid costumes). So, this Halloween, turn off all
your lights, make some popcorn, fetch a couple blankets and with a
few friends prepare to be shocked and disgusted or just entertained on
the scariest of all nights.
THE SHINiG: Let's just get this baby out of the way already because
you knew it was coming. Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece may
not be the scariest film of all time but it is probably the most enter-
taining horror film ever. Jack Nicholson's decent into madness accom-
panied by some very startling images (think blood getting off the ele-
tytor or costumed hotel guests orally pleasuring each other) make it a
film you can't get out of your mind.
TiE EXORCIST: Another obvious choice, but now there are 11 min-
utes of additional freaky footage thanks to the "The Version You've
Never Seen" released last year. Just sit back and pretend you cannot
see the wires hanging Linda Blair in the air. The sad fact is that this
tale of a young girl possessed by a demon has been parodied for years
but there remain many college students who have yet to witness one of
the most frightening stories ever on screen. Don't be one of the unpos-
FIRE IN TIE SKY: My most obscure pick, thank you very much. A
"true" film about alien abduction may not seem appropriate for
Halloween, but "Fire" makes the list because there is almost nothing
more terrifying than watching D.B. Sweeney cocoondd and analyzed
by space suit wearing aliens while knowing this is based on fact. No
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMs: "Hannibal" may have turned this
series into a joke, but do not forget its predecessor. The final scenes of
Clarice "Darling" Starling hunting Buffalo Bill in complete darkness
as he gazes on with his goggles will give you nightmares for about a
week. The exquisitely crafted dark mood and atmosphere, complete
with all the shocks and screams of your slasher flick, will entertain and
So I MARRIED AN AXE-MURDERER: This one is not scary, but it
does have the words "axe murderer" and the name Mike Myers in it.
Also, any excuse to watch Mike Myers' most underrated comedy clas-
sic is well merited.
ALIEN: Ridley Scott may have made a mess of "Hannibal" but he
got this one right. The confined space and odd dimensions of the
Nostromo freighter create a creepy, cold setting for the beautiful alien
creature and the fine cast it hungers for. "Alien" has inspired a gener-
ation of dreadful rip-offs from "Event Horizon" to sequel "Alien
Resurrection" but avoid these and scream so loud they can even hear
you in space.
FRIDAY THE UTH: The only time Halloween and Friday the 13th can
ver this past weekend, in a
moment of mere curiosity
meets Halloween costume des-
peration, I found myself back at home
trying on, of all things, my high school
uniform. A plaid, pleated kilt and navy
blue blazer (complete with school crest
on the breast), the ensemble looked just
like I left it, but it felt just a teensy bit
tighter in the tummy than I had remem-
bered. Had years of being boxed-up in
my basement caused the cotton-poly-
ester fabric to shrink? Or, horror of hor-
rors, had years of inactivity caused my
midriff to expand more rapidly than the
Already an eye-cream obsessed, anti-
wrinkling activist in the throws of a
quarter-life crisis, the last thing I was
looking for was another reminder of the
abominable effects of aging. And with
Hawaiian muu muus by Miu Miu
nowhere in the fashion forecast, I
- decided it was thigh time that I relocat-
ed my wayward waistline, and got
myself back on the running track.
Swapping my sandals for my sneak-
ers, I headed over to my neighborhood
gym in pursuit of some much-needed R
bands and run-
club as a guest of
my Mom's, as I
pulled up to the
E x e c u t v e
for the first time, I
found myself sud-
Meredith with pre-treadmill
Unless you con-
Kee sider prancing
around in plat-
_______oudnforms to be a
with weights, the last time I regularly
worked out was when gym class was
still a graduation requirement. And if
rows of Mercedes and BMWs in the
parking lot were at all indicative of the
exercisers inside, would my slow pick-
Courtesy of MGM
The frightening cast of "Killer Klowns from Outer Space."
occur at the same time is when you watch this fun, gory classic. Ch-
KILLER KLOwNS FROM OUTER SPACE: Best movie title ever! This
low-budget joke of a horror film was the scariest movie I saw as a
child, and it has now grown into cult classic status. If you aren't scared
of clowns yet, you will be after this B-movie classic. By the way, it is
also available at your local Kroger store, but hurry up, copies are run-
up and I be able to keep up with such a.
sleek and sporty set?
Anticipating a young crowd of yup-
pies who adjusted their running incline
levels with the rise and fall of the Dow
Jones Industrial Average, as I made my
way up to the main workout room, I was
shocked to find that the fitness center
had been invaded by old people! Was
this the health club or the bridge club? I
had expected to see 30-year-old mem-
bers, not people with 30-year-old mem-
berships. A 401K plan was practically a
prerequisite to join, and the pool area
looked like a scene straight out of the
Full of fossilized fitness fanatics who
had joined the gynraround the Jurassic
Age, for a moment I was convinced that
an Australopithecus had taken over the
track, until I realized 'it was just Old
Man Johnson finishing his fourth lap.
(Apparently, when hair falls off the
head, it sticks to the back.) Setting
"ageism" aside, however, I came to the
conclusion that these cardio-loving
codgers were just what I needed to reac-
Food for Thought
Do they save or cost lives?
A former KGB agent
recently wrote in a Toronto
think the Vietnam anti-war
movement was their own.
Actually, we created it."
Gary Lillie & Assoc., Realtors
climatize myself to aerobic activity and
reinflate my exercising ego.
Pulling my waistband up past my col-
larbones in accordance with member
decorum, I hopped up on an isolated
elliptical trainer, started the machine
and started to sweat. Busting a move to
the beat of a certain Miss Spears, I was
thankful I had remembered to pack my
own motivational music, since the rest
of the gym was forced to succumb to
the swinging sounds of Big Band play-
ing overhead. Which would you prefer,
a body like Britney's or a body like
As my major muscle groups began
to awaken from their Rip Van Winkle
state of slumber, confidence was
once again pumping through my
veins. Around the half-hour point of
ning out fast.
out Tim Burton.
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the day of the performance or the Friday
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senior Sarah Nieniec thinks differently
and insists they should be required
because. "you have to be creative."~ Most
agree that part of what distinguishes a
H alloween bash from an everyday party
are the costumes. As LSA and School of
Music freshman Keewa Nurullahsaid.
"People have to act like what they're
dressed up as, so it's a diffrent feel."
Perhaps the most essential ingredient
to a packed house on H alloween is the
choice of beverages offered to the
guests. Scott Greig and Bryan Mellberg,
the owner and manager of the dance
club, Necto. on East Liberty say they are
experts in the field of partying. They
Gypsy Caravan 11: A Celebration
of Rroma Music and Dance
Following the huge success of the first Gypsy Caravan tour
in 1999, Gypsy Caravan I comes to Ann Arbor in a festival-
/2 ~m .S A10/27 :m Power Center
Theatre de la jeune Lune
The Minneapolis-based Theatre de lajeune Lune makes
its UMS debut with a reconsideration of the scandalous
17th-century play, Tartuffe.
10/30 8,m sMha. nTeate,
St. Petersburg Conservatory
Includes works of Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky,
Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Dvorak and Gershwin.
ream it. oit.Disney.
Disney is coming to campus.
Don't niss your chance to check out the buzz behind the
Walt Duney World" College Program. Paid internships
with this world-famous resort
are available to all majors and all college levels.
Visit wdwcollegeprogram.com and then attend the
presentation to find out what Disney can do for you.
Presentation attendance is required to interview.
Thursday, October 25,-2001
Schorling Auditorium, School of Education
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A Halloween night is not complete with-
urge students to be creative with their
drinks on Wednesday. saying, "Jello,
Jell, Jello, there's always room for
Jello Orange Jello shots topped with
black sprinkles or crumbled chocolate
add some color to the bar. Greig also rec-
ommends. "flaming drinks, but be care-
ful - Barcardi 1 51 is very flammable."
Party throwers could also use their
creative flare by mixing up a witch's
brew of juice. sherbet and rum, spiked
with some festive ice cubes (plastic spi-
ders or gummy worms frozen in the ice
tray) and plastic bugs stirred into the
A dash of spooky decorations here
and a pinch of candy there, add the final
touches to the perfect Iballoween party.
Go wild with skeletons. jack-o-lanterns
and bloody limbs. You can also keep it
simple with some stretched-out-cotton
ball spider webs and black and orange
crepe paper, although no Halloween
partier will be scared of your undecorat-
ed living room, no matter how many
stains are on the carpet.
Drop a big bowl of miniature
Snickers, Kit-Kats and Milky Ways on
the table and the setting is complete for a
Halloween that will beat all those years -
of circling your neighborhood in the
freezing cold, screaming "Trick or
Treat!" until your throat hurts.
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Celebrate Halloween with the screening of Bram Stoker's
1931 Dracula, with live music performed by Philip Glass
and the Philip Glass Ensemble.
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