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Halloween: The Time of Fear


Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration remembering the dead. Over time, it has formed many different traditions. People of all ages dress up in many types of costumes and are able to be whomever they want. If you’d like to be a gladiator for the day, then go for it. A person can be a clown, a famous celebrity, a firefighter, a ghost, or a combination of sell three; the possibilities are endless. You can hear the sounds of children going house to house collecting candy from their neighbors with the shrieks of “trick or treat!”. Many college students use this holiday as an excuse to dress up in revealing costumes and to drink copious amount of alcoholic beverages. Another normative tradition during this time is the viewing of horror and thriller films. Some people really enjoy the feeling of fright and being terrified. They usually watch these films in the dark which enhance the feelings of terror and suspense. There are people who enjoy watching these films in a comedic sense to see what the characters will do, often with those so-bad-it’s-good movies. Others watch it with the goal of being spooked and having lingering paranoia and series of nightmares days. One dictionary defines fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that some person or thing is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. These type of movies use the different fears that people have to power their films. For example, the new film entitled Lights Out, uses the fear of the dark for their premise.

Here is a list of horror and thriller films that you can watch to get in the Halloween mood:


The psychological/horror film Real Killers is about two brothers, who killed their parents in cold blood, that are taken them in after escaping death row. The film is available on DVD courtesy of World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation.