Leadership in Horror

Halloween. I know I should be posting about Halloween but…anyway, it is October.

Last night I helped Clara create a trivia game for her high school Horror Club. She wanted to feature old movies. To here “old movies” are movies made from 1975 to 1995. I asked about Boris Karloff.

She said, “WHO?”

I said, “Exactly. He was Frankenstein and the Grinch.”

“Mom. Nobody will get that.”

“How about the Body Snatchers. That is one of my favorite movies.”

“What?”

For those who don’t know it, the Horror Club is a real thing. They have shirts. They are in the year book. They have a teacher advisor. It is a club for kids who are fans of horror movies and books. Pretty cool. All of the kids are pretty “normal” too. About 2/3 of the club members are girls. The reason I was told is that “boys don’t join clubs.”

I was having too much fun coming up with weird and random wild card answers to the trivia questions.

For example:

Q: What 1991 movie features a character who likes to have his friends for dinner.

Answer choices.

  • The Hunger
  • Carrie
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • The Sound of Music

Oh come on, you have to admit that Sound of Music is funny.

The X files questions were fun too. One of the answers was Mike Wazowski. Yes, that was my idea. Hey the names sort of sound alike. You know what I’m talking about. HA HA HA.

Along with the questions were fun and gory video clips and theme music.

As a triumph of motherhood I talked her into adding a final question – Who was buried in Grant’s tomb? 

  • Dracula
  • U.S. Grant
  • Dr. Frankenstein
  • Jimi Hendrix

Naturally the kids are tech savvy. They’re all 15-17 years old. It is in their genetic makeup. I mention that because the trivia game is an app on their phone. They will show the game on a computer based projector and the kids play along on their phones. The first one to buzz the right answer wins. Kids can share phones too with friends who don’t have the free app. Pretty cool huh?

But what is old is new and cool. ALL of the teens know about and love the original Twilight Zone. It is one of the few things they’ll watch in black and white. Rod we still love you. The questions about Twilight Zone were paired with the iconic theme music.

The Horror Club has become one of the most fun and successful clubs at the High School. They meet every other week to play trivia games, eat lunch and talk about the genre they love.

But no Vampire movies or books. Of course not. And Garrett (who you all know is the college kid in this blog) is more likely to see movies like Blade Runner or Enchanted April than horror.

The one thing my child and the other founder of the Horror Club are saying is that Horror Club will look great on a college application. Leadership in Horror. Happy Halloween Baby!

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

13 thoughts on “Leadership in Horror

      • Hold on…you’re saying that something paranormal on film may be real? And if so, what would you call that? If someone is actually murdered in a movie, they call that a snuff film. What would you call a movie that isn’t full of makeup effects and contains actual blood?

        • Snuff films? That is usually listed under illegal pornography and most snuff film stories are urban myths.

          And speaking of blood and gore… In my opinion and that of the teens I know Horror doesn’t have to have a lot of blood and gore. Look at the black and white classics of the 1930’s or even the great silent horror films of the 1920’s such as Nosferatu, The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. OMG there are so many silent horror films. Some are even based on true events.

          Sure a lot of horror films are based on true events: The Exorcist (1973)
          The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
          A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
          Child’s Play (1988)
          The Amityville Horror (2005)
          Psycho (1960)
          The Girl Next Door (2007)
          The Conjuring (2013)

          Horror documentries include:
          Cropsey (2009)
          Killer Legends (2014)
          Haxen (1922)
          Curse of the Balir Witch (1999)
          Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation (2007)

          TV is also full of reality paranormal stuff: Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness are both on the SyFi network. There are even more if you check out all of the other cable networks.

          The list of “true”paranormal and horror in bookstores is endless.

          So now you have your Netflix list for October. Have fun.

          • Wow… I so thought you put in ‘The Girl Next Door’ with Elisha Cuthbert and Emile Hirsch just to see if I was paying attention! I thought ‘Curse of the Blair Witch’ was terrible, by the way, and those so-called reality paranormal shows make me giggle. Have you seen the one where they find stuff with metal detectors and make up a haunting on the spot? How many homeless could you feed with that show’s budget? “This penny dated 2004 probably fell out of the pocket of an inmate here at the Sunnyvale Insane Asylum before it burned down in 1955.” Ugh.

  1. Whoever thought of a Horror Club is amazing lol! I mean I could never join because I basically jump at my own shadow, but if there was a Fantasy Club that would be pretty freaking awesome (even though that club name would lead to so many innuendos *facepalm* ) 😀

  2. So awesome! The oldies are the besties. Saturday Creature Feature was a must. Christopher Lee, Boris, Vincent Price. I do love “Halloween.”. Your questions and answers are hilarious. That’s one club I would have joined.

    • Oh my goodness YES. I can’t tell you how many nights I watched Creature Feature and all of those guys. Up here it the host was a guy named Bob Wilkins. Too much fun.

  3. Sheesh, what will be replaced next? I was on the Quiz Bowl team, and I still remember that buzzer contraption we had… it may have had a lot of wires, burned out bulbs, and was a pain to set up, but it’s sad to see it also be replaced by the smartphone!

    I am also totally digging the kids loving The Twilight Zone! No matter what strange mess The Sharknado Channel morphs into next, they have to keep Rod and the TZ marathons on the air!

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