The Best scary movies to watch on Halloween!
By Tyler Lybbert
Halloween has great traditions incorporated into the holiday. From fun things like pumpkin carving and drinking cider to scaring yourself at haunted houses, there are many great things to do to keep yourself entertained. One of the best ways to celebrate Halloween in my opinion is by watching scary movies. The cheesy jump scares, adrenaline rush, and (sometimes) cuddling up to a special someone are very entertaining. Afton Walker says ¨I like scary movies because it adds excitement to my life. They may not provide happiness, but they do provide adrenaline.¨ On the other hand, Emma Carver says ¨They are horrible, terrifying, awful, the worst, thrilling, and traumatizing. Shall I go on?¨Here you can find some great Halloween Movies to watch.
#1 Halloween Town
The classic Disney Movie for kids, or people who may struggle with being scared, is a great movie. Two kids find out their grandma is a witch- and so are they! They learn of a town full of supernatural creatures. Not only does Marnie, the main character, find out these awesome secrets, but she also learns her family is involved with saving the world from evil.
#2 The Witches
This adaptation of Roald Dahl's book is terrific. A child growing up being warned witches kill kids comes across a witch convention, and must find a way to put an end to it. This movie puts you on the edge of your seat, and you won't want to stop watching.
#3 The Nightmare Before Christmas
Although it could also be a Christmas movie, this definitely puts Halloween into perspective of those who are being celebrated on Halloween. Jack Skellington discovers the "regular world" where his scary friends are praised, or at least that is what goes in on his mind. He finds out about Santa Clause, and decides he wants to take over this new discovered role and town.
#4 Monster House
Keeping you on the edge of your seat, this movie is a love story gone wrong. The neighborhood kids are suspicious of what exactly is going on in the house next door. Sneaking in, they discover something they never thought possible- the house was alive.
#5 Hocus Pocus
My personal favorite movie. Back in the 1600´s three witch sisters were hung for their misdoings, but 300 years later they are finally resurrected when an unsuspecting teenager named Max accidentally brings them back. In order to save his sister and the other kids in the town, he must do away with them once and for all.
The Boys: putting a fresh spin on the superhero genre
By Spencer Croston
In an era where superhero media is copious, many have been experiencing what's been called “superhero fatigue.” With superhero content being released constantly by companies like Marvel and DC, many are over superheroes. Vaspaan Dastoor of IGN stated, “How many different superpowers can you think of before they blur together? How many backstories before nobody really cares?”
A new series from Amazon titled The Boys has been considered to be a breath of fresh air in the superhero genre. The Boys, an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ comic book series of the same name, does something that no other piece of superhero media does. It satirizes the heroes and makes them the villains of the series.
The series follows Billy Butcher and his team called “The Boys” as they find ways to expose and take down the world's superheroes. The heroes of this world are corporate products rather than protectors and saviors. They are made to look good in the media, but in reality they are mostly evil murderers who get away with mass destruction. The show strives to show a realistic view of superheroes in the modern world. The series’ “heroes'' are for the most part dark parodies of famous heroes. For example, instead of Superman, “The Boys” has Homelander, an egotistical, psychopathic twist on the famous Man of Steel. Journalist Sergio Periera claimed, “It’s a perfect satire to everything happening at the moment, as these superhero properties become multibillion-dollar franchises that are controlled by the biggest studios in Hollywood.”
The show’s two seasons have shown to be extremely popular as the most recent season’s episodes averaged 900 million views per episode. Nellie Andreeva of Deadline stated, “In its first two weeks, Season 2 has nearly doubled the Season 1 worldwide audience (+89%), drawing millions of new viewers each week.” With this great success, The Boys was greenlit for a third season and a spinoff show set in the same universe. The immense positive response shows that the superhero genre isn’t dead. Viewers just want an original take on the superhero concept that isn’t a carbon copy of everything else out there.
The Theater Experience
By Benjamin Woodward
Science and Tech Editor
As music becomes more commercialized and accessible across the world, the viability of generating income – even a career – in the music industry is greater than ever. Burgeoning artists are using various social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram to promote their content to potentially tens-of-millions of users, and have experienced unprecedented success. For example, the Australian singer, Tones–and–I has established herself as a prominent music creator through her viral song “Dance Monkey,” which currently has over 1 Billion streams and has generated over 1 million dollars in revenue.
While Tones-and-I is an excellent representation of artists who have thrived through social media, various less-known, yet just as successful artists have exploited less traditional methods to break through the glass ceiling of the music industry. At 13,000 hours, the channel “Chilled Cow” manages one of the longest YouTube live streams in history by the name of “lofi hip hop radio – beats to study and relax to”. For the past two years, this live stream has had over 20 thousand listeners at any given time, however, what has recently brought it into mainstream attention is not its unprecedented number of viewers, but the channels multi-million dollar yearly income. In an interview between the creator of Chilled Cows parent company, Chillhop, and Cherie Hu from Hot Pod News CEO Bas van Leeuwen, discloses that “Chillhop’s label catalog generated over 1.1 billion streams on YouTube in 2019, implying between $5 million and $8 million in annual revenue from that platform alone”.
Previously thought to be a non-profit due to a lack of advertisements, the channel’s evidently successful, yet abnormal business plan has surprised many. With its unusually large audience – particularly when considering its niche genre – the livestream provides LoFi artists with an excellent method of generating exposure to their songs, albeit at a price dependent on how many plays the song receives during a 24-hour period.
As technology and society continue to entangle, channels like Chilled Cow are providing artists with new methods of gaining exposure apart from traditional – and often unfair – contracts with record label companies and are experiencing enormous success in this previously untouched niche.
Hoops to hip-hop: Three basketball legends who had rap careers
It Ain't Easy by lebron James ft. Kevin Durant
K.o.b.e by kobe Bryant ft. tyra banks
What's up doc? by Shaquille o'neal ft. fu-schnikens
By Spencer Croston
Music and Books Editor
When people think of legendary basketball players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal, the last thing they picture is a rapper. What many people don’t know is that these players are just 3 of many basketball stars who have had both successful and unsuccessful rap careers. James, Bryant, and O'Neal are good examples of players who have had good success in the rap industry.
James, currently considered to be the best basketball player in the NBA has released a few songs, with his most popular being "It Ain’t Easy." While his appearances as a rapper are limited, James has been having success as a producer. He most recently produced the album Rap or Go to the League for the famous rapper 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz stated that James was the “perfect” person to produce his album. While his music career is fairly new, James is becoming successful in the rap industry.
Late basketball legend Kobe Bryant had a short lived rap career in the late 90s and early 2000s. While Bryant was dominating the NBA on the court, off the court he landed an album deal with Sony Records. His debut album "K.O.B.E" was met with mixed reviews, without much success. New York Times Editor Dexter Thomas wrote about Bryant’s song "K.O.B.E", stating, “It’s embarrassing. That cheap-sounding beat, the uninspired hook, the awkward chorus — this is more off-target than those three airballs he threw in 1997 against the Utah Jazz.” While his career as a rapper was short lived, Bryant continued to stay involved in music behind the scenes.
The basketball player with the most successful rap career is none other than Bryant’s 7’2” teammate, Shaquille O'Neal. In the 90s, O’Neal did it all. He starred in movies, had his own video game, and rapped. His first album, "Shaq Diesel," was a hit, making it to 25 on the Billboard’s Top 200 albums list. His later albums aren't as successful, but he still had some success. Zak Willis of Cheatsheet.com stated, “O’Neal sold records, featured with some legendary performers, and sprung a career that still lasts to this day.” In his free time, O’Neal still tours around the country, keeping his 30 year-old career alive.
Kanye For president:
Does he stand a chance against Trump and Biden?
Music and Books Editor
“I’m not here to win. I care that there are homeless people in front of the Gucci store.”
-Kanye West, 2020
When world famous rap star Kanye West announced in 2015 that he’d be running for president in 2020, most people didn't think he was being serious. However, on July 4, 2020, West proclaimed over twitter that he would be following through with the promise he made 5 years prior stating, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!” He announced later that he would be running with his own party entitled "The Birthday Party" and that his running mate would be Michelle Tidball, a Wyoming based pastor.
Many were still uncertain if West was seriously planning on running for President, but he eliminated all doubts when he held a campaign rally in North Carolina on July 19, 2020. In this rally, West made many false and outrageous statements, claiming that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed” a slave and that he “don’t give a f--k” if he wins the presidency.
Even though West has gained a lot of media coverage and support for his presidential run, many agree that he does not stand a chance of winning on election day. Neil Sroka, the Communications Director of the political action group "Democracy For America" stated, “The odds of being able to win as an Independent candidate for president are very long even under the best of circumstances, for a variety of reasons. The idea of trying to launch something in July of an election year is beyond absurd.”
West’s chances of becoming president have also been significantly lowered by the lack of ballots his name will actually appear on. Since he started his campaign so late into the race, he has only qualified to be on the ballots of nine states: Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Vermont, Utah, Idaho, Minnesota, and Tennessee. Although West doesn’t have a good shot of winning the presidency, he is bound to make it a very interesting election season.