An Alternative for Scary Movies is Simply Looking at a Newspaper

Films of the horror genre are a dieing breed. Who needs to pay the outrageous ticket price to get scared when viewers need only look at a newspaper. Luckily, the theme of change throughout the United States has also affected the entertainment industry. This change, however, has come in the form of a record-breaking remake and a movie that looks the economy in the face and spits on it. Friday the 13th comes from a well establish franchise featuring 11 other movies, a television show, novels, comic books, and videos games. The new movie is a reboot to the series, who’s last movie’s plot involved space exploration. Although it is named “Friday the 13th,” it is not an actual remake of the original 1980 Friday the 13th, but rather a re-imagining of the first three movies of the series. Naturally, this movie features everyone’s favorite machete wielding, hockey mask wearing villain Jason. As with any re-imagining, people worry about whether or not the film makers will be able to keep the elements of the series that fans love. Some people were worried that they were going to do the same thing to the Friday series that they did with the Beethoven series by introducing Beethoven’s Big Break, which no series should ever force their fans to suffer through. Others had a different opinion, “I feel that they [film makers] will do a good job with the new Friday the 13th film because they also did the remake to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre which was awesome,” freshman Cody Brown said. He was right. The new Friday the 13th was awesome. It features Jason doing what he does best, needlessly killing people in every way imaginable with a basic gardening tools like a machete and an ax. The movie takes the standard cliches of 80’s slasher films, like creepy hicks and a large group of teenagers, but mixes in advances in technology, like better computer generated imaging, that should force people to remember this near forgotten genre. Sure, anyone can imagine a drowned camp goer that comes back to life wearing a hockey mask with a penchant to kill teenaged couples, but it takes a real freak to imagine something much more real, much more possible. Those demented creeps dreamed, nay, nightmared up Confessions of a Shopaholic. The film features Isla Fisher (Hot Rod and Wedding Crashers) as Rebecca Bloomwood, a young college graduate whose dream is to become a writer for her favorite fashion magazine, Alette, but instead gets a job in a financial magazine. This movie’s plot alone could strike fear into even Clint Eastwood’s soul. “I found it pretty scary how the world revolved around money and how emotions didn’t come to play until the last twenty minutes,” Brown said. The movie’s central theme is the main characters addiction to shopping which causes her to fall into an insane amount of debt, which conflicts with her job as being a writer to a magazine that gives out financial advise. “It takes a true hero to watch this movie,” Brown said. Shopaholic strikes fear into even the most sane people. Don’t see this film if you have heart or back problems, or if you are pregnant, because there is a risk of injury from viewing this film. So which one is scarier? “Shopaholic is way scarier because as you watch it you realize that you are wasting your time and money,” Brown said. “As they say time is money, which compounds the money spent on viewing Confessions of a Shopaholic, especially when you could be watching something better like Friday the 13th.”