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.”
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.
Q: What 1991 movie features a character who likes to have his friends for dinner.
- The Hunger
- 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?
- 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