Above: Canterbury student Acadia Currah is mortified by the message in the mirror.
How Canterbury Students Handle Horror
By Odie Walker
It’s the beginning of October. Leaves are starting to fall from the trees, many are already preparing their Halloween costumes, and horror buffs are getting ready for a season of new movies. With Halloween creeping around the corner, many horror fans are already preparing for the onslaught of jump scares and psychological trauma associated with the holiday. However, for those who aren’t too fond of the flicks, sometimes the season can put more pressure on them than they’d like.
Duncan Shaheen, a self-proclaimed horror enthusiast, gave me his scoop. “The villains and the monsters are really cool, and just so out-of-the-box and weird,” he started, “and, like, horror movies can just get absolutely insane. It’s so bizarre, it’s so good!”
After going off on a short tangent, he shifts forwards on his chair; he’s clearly interested. “But if you don’t want to watch a horror movie, you shouldn’t feel pressured to.”
I can’t even watch (a horror movie.) I’m too superstitious."
It’s pretty well-known that the topic of liking horror movies is pretty split among the population - some people love them, and some people can’t even stomach the idea of sitting down to watch one.
One of the people who can’t is Elizabeth Tackabury, who I also spoke to on the matter. “I can’t even watch one. I’m too superstitious,” she told me, looking a little taken aback at just the mention of her watching one. “All my friends like them, but, no, I just can’t watch them.”
So, in this season of evil clowns and serial killers, what should you watch if you can’t stand the idea of letting the monsters in your closet out? If you’re looking for a movie that’s something light-hearted, but still in the Halloween spirit, try a movie like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Casper, or any of the movies I’ve listed below. Your sleep schedule will thank you.