Yesterday in my Composition I class I had my students read a sample cause and effect essay that was written by Stephen King. In it, King discusses why we watch horror films. Since we're nearing Halloween, my students started breaking off into side discussions about scary movies. After a failed effort to redirect the conversation, I asked each student to share their favorite scary movie so that we could have the conversation and move on. My surprising results:
Three students chose "Saw" as their favorite. Really?
A student voted for "The Strangers," despite its poor reviews. Her reason? It's a totally plausible scenario.
One student chose "Quarantine." This is the only movie that was challenged, as one of her classmates had an outburst from across the room: "That movie sucks!"
Two students voted for "Jeepers Creepers."
A student said that he really likes "Signs." I know that I'm opening myself up to mockery, but I like it, too.
A student chose "The Last House On The Left." I asked if she was referring to the original or the remake, and she said that she'd only ever seen the remake.
A student cracked me up and said, "Anything with zombies." I asked if there was a particular zombie movie. Nope. All of them.
Two students said that they don't have a favorite scary movie. They don't watch them.
What about "Poltergeist"? "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"? "Alien"? "Evil Dead"? Do kids today watch horror classics? None of my students' top horror flicks would crack my top ten. I should have known that my Comp I class's scary movies would differ from mine when I introduced the article by Stephen King. Less than half of them knew who he was.
A horror-savvy colleague of mine posted this entry on her Facebook notes last year and I think it's a fairly accurate take on the younge...
Kids Today and Their Favorite Scary Movies
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