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Autumn gets Gen Z excited for seasonal Starbucks drinks, Halloween and most importantly, movies.
Anything that is scary, sentimental or involves witches reminds people of the season.
Fall time movies, usually considered horror movies, date back to the 1890s. The first horror film ever made was “The House of the Devil,” a horror and silent film, directed by French actor Georges Melies.
Students who are interested in finding a new film to watch this season or a rewatch, should tune into films such as “Dead Poets Society,” “The Black Phone” and “Practical Magic.” These all together provide horror, romance, drama and a coming-of-age vibe.
“Dead Poets Society,” shapes a fall vibe. It includes Robin Williams as John Keating, a new English teacher. The main premise is how a teacher changes the way students see poetry and learning.
Watching this movie, viewers will see strong friendships form and it truly is as emotional as anything that Williams is in. The two main characters, Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) and Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) build each other up to be better and inspire each other to take risks.
Hawke continues to strive in representing fall in his characters with the movie, “The Black Phone,” recently released in 2021. Hawke plays “the Grabber,” who is the main villain in the movie, kidnapping children.
This horror film takes place in 1978. Finney (Mason Thames), (who is in middle school) lives in the suburbs of Denver, CO, where the kidnappings are going on.
His sister, Gwen Blake (Madeleine McGraw) has psychic dreams about one of the Grabber’s victims, Bruce.
Eventually, Finney is taken by the Grabber. Finney is kept in the basement, where there is a black phone, but the line is disconnected.
If viewers keep watching they’ll learn how significant the title is, and if Finney survives.
1998 film, “Practical Magic” is a romantic yet spooky movie. It’s one of those movies watchers will have to interpret what’s happening at first because of the time skip.
The movie stars Sandra Bullock as Sally Owens and Nicole Kidman as her sister, Gillian Owens. The two grow up together with their peculiar aunts who are witches.
At a young age, Sally and Gillian learn their mom died from a broken heart because their past ancestor cast a spell that went wrong. This leads to a curse where if any man falls in love with an Owens woman they die.
One night, young Gillian finds Sally casting a spell for her dream guy, thinking if she makes him sound impossible she will never die of a broken heart.
The story skips forward and Sally indeed does find her dream man. Viewers will follow along Sally’s adult life and see if the curse ever breaks.
The movie is not the stereotypical witch movie as the people in the town believe they are truly witches. It also provides that romantic comedy aspect viewers wouldn’t always expect.
This will be Soledad Lee’s first year on ECHO Staff. She also made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.