10 Supremely Scary Movies To Get You In The Spooky Spirit Before Halloween

10 Supremely Scary Movies To Get You In The Spooky Spirit Before Halloween

Happy spooky season!

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We all know that Halloween is around the corner. If you're like me, the spooky spirit starts just about as soon as September does. To help get me in the mood for the best time of the year, a scary movie marathon is always in order. Don't miss these 10 films this year during your own marathon!

10. "Get Out"

"Get Out" is about a black man and a white woman in a relationship where the woman is taking her boyfriend back to meet her family. Although his friend is skeptical about the main guy meeting her white family, he goes anyway and things start getting weird nearly right off the bat. This was an incredible film, but wasn't quite spooky enough to make it lower on the list. Spooky or not, this is still a movie you should watch at some point.

​9. "The Babadook"

A gay icon and a stellar meme, "The Babadook" is about a widowed mother who lives with her young son who is terrified of monsters lurking around the house. She brushes him off as just a scared kid until a book called "The Babadook" starts to become all too real. I know this movie was taken as a huge joke, but for real it was actually pretty spooky. I was Babashook.

​8. "Mama"

This movie tells the story of two young sisters who were abandoned by their father when they were incredibly young in the forest. For years, they survived in the wild under the care of "mama." When they're discovered and taken in years later, it seems that their "mama" isn't quite ready to let them go just yet. This movie came out a while ago, but I remember it vividly as being so creepy. I just saw it again recently on TV and it was just as good as the first one.

7. "The Conjuring"

"The Conjuring" is about a family that moves into a new home and starts to notice some spooky things happening around the house. This was also the introduction of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator gods, into the current horror movie universe. This is like the pinnacle of recent scary movies. It was the start of an era of scary movies that's been pretty dang hard to beat. While it's not my favorite of the era, it's quite the classic and gives a good haunted house story.

​6. "It" (2017)

"It" is a movie based on a Stephen King novel that basically instilled the world's fear of clowns. 'It' is about a killer clown that lives in the sewers and feeds off fear and children. He scares the living daylights out of kids and then lures them in and eats them. This is probably the best scary clown movie I've ever seen. It was also an even better movie in the recent remake. Pennywise was a million times scarier and I was shook for a vast majority of the remake, whereas in the original, there was a lot of dead time (ba dum tss) that dragged on a little too long.

​5. The Insidious series

The Insidious movies follow various characters through their journey into realizing that they can explore a different realm that lives in the same plane as your own. It's kind of hard to explain, but worth watching. It was pretty cool as a series too because there were strange things that happened in the first movie that was clearly explained in the second movie. It was pretty cool to see the two movies come together so perfectly. It was a sequel that improved the original and that's really rare, especially in horror films.

​4. Saw movies

The Saw movies all have different individual storylines, but center around Jigsaw who sets intricate traps for people to enforce his own set of jurisdiction. This is intensely psychologically screwy and has some of the most creative traps and challenges that I've ever seen. These movies keep you on your toes and thinking and this series is definitely worth a binge watch.

​3. "Sinister 2"

This movie follows the same premise of the first, but with some new families that add a fairly gruesome element to the mix. Definitely a quality sequel.

​2. "Sinister"

"Sinister" follows the story of a family that moves into a house and finds a bin of tapes that show detailed tapings of a child in the family murdering their family before miraculously disappearing. When strange things start happening within the family that moved in, it's only a matter of time before history tries to repeat itself. This is by far my favorite newer scary movie. It has a pretty cool pattern to it and it was pretty intense once you figured out the pattern.

​1. "Hocus Pocus"

"Hocus Pocus" tells the story of the Sanderson sisters who used to rule the land by luring in children to feast on back in the day until they were vanished indefinitely to only be resurrected by a virgin lighting the black flame candle in their old house. On a particular Halloween, a few kids light the candle and set the sisters free to roam the world for a Halloween. This is THAT movie. There is no Halloween movie that will ever compare to "Hocus Pocus." It's only terribly scary if you're younger, but it's a classic for people of all ages.

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Minority Representation Was Never Just About Historical Accuracy

Gemma Chan's casting in "Mary Queen of Scots" has far more reach and impact beyond the issue of historical accuracy.

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The past year has been regarded as a revolutionary time for Asian representation, and it seems to begin with what came to be known as "Asian August" in 2018. The momentum from "Asian August" has carried through into 2019. A recently prominent figure in Asian representation is Gemma Chan, who starred in "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Captain Marvel." Her role as Bess of Hardwick in "Mary Queen of Scots," however, drew some criticism from viewers, who questioned the casting of an Asian woman as a white historical figure. Chan has since responded to this criticism in her Allure cover story.

Chan stated in Allure, "Why are actors of color, who have fewer opportunities anyway, only allowed to play their own race? And sometimes they're not even allowed to play their own race." To this, she added, "If John Wayne can play Genghis Khan, I can play Bess of Hardwick." She makes an important point about representation here: many roles of historical figures of color have been played by white actors. Actors of color have very few opportunities, and in many cases, are even denied roles of historical figures of their race.

It's true that a major argument for better representation has been accuracy to the source material, but the actual issue of representation is not about historical accuracy. The push for better representation is a push to see more actors of color onscreen and to open up more opportunities for actors of color, especially when white actors are placed in roles of historical figures of color. Gemma Chan brings up John Wayne, who was in yellowface for his role of Genghis Khan.

The barring of actors of color, who already have fewer opportunities, from the roles of these historical figures is the true problem, not a lack of accuracy to the source material. There is a backlash when a white actor plays the role of a person of color because actors of color already have very limited opportunities.

Gemma Chan further states that "art should reflect life now" and that "If we portray a pure white past, people start to believe that's how it was, and that's not how it was." Her role in "Mary Queen of Scots" aids in fighting the whitewashing of history and of film and television as a whole. She also comments on her compound racial identity, stating that she feels both Asian and British. This is especially important to members of the Asian diaspora who are stereotyped as "perpetual foreigners."

Gemma Chan's role in a period film solidifies her British identity, helping to break down the "perpetual foreigner" stereotype and assert that her being Asian does not take away from her being British. For members of the Asian diaspora, it is important to see an Asian actress in a role where she can embrace the duality of her identity rather than having to be exclusively Chinese or British. Gemma Chan's casting in "Mary Queen of Scots" has far more reach and impact beyond the issue of historical accuracy. Seeing an Asian actor in a European or American period film is very rare, and Chan's role should be celebrated for its importance to Asian representation rather than criticized for not being historically accurate.

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How To Bloom This Spring

Embrace the season of growth

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I've always said that spring is my favorite season. Life is full of seasons. Happy seasons, sprinkled with some somber ones. Some difficult seasons, and seasons of love. But through every season of life, there is always something beautiful. Usually in the darkest of seasons, a season of light follows soon behind. And so, through every cold day, I'd feel the darkness in my bones. It would lie heavily on my spirit. I was never too worried, however. Because I knew that the world would soon allow the brightness of spring to illuminate my world and allow joy to find itself once again.

So, I'd like to talk about what spring means to me. Aside from the tangible manifestation of spring—whether it be the flowers, or the buds popping through, or perhaps longer days, and vibrant energy—it's the idea of spring that I personally associate with so greatly.

Spring is all about finding light after darkness. It's about poking your head through the earth even if there's a layer of snow covering the ground. It's about taking that first step toward of a journey of growth.

I always talk about this one particular type of day. The very first spring day. And I'm not talking about the calendar day. But it's first day where you don't have to wear a jacket, and all you want to do is be outside. It is a weight lifted from your spirit, and it is permission to feel the sunlight seep into your pores. The beautiful weather can dictate your growth. It can inspire you to change with the season, to jut out of your darkness and to bloom.

So this spring, allow the beauty of the flowers and the trees, the songs of the birds, and the long, wonderful days of sunlight to foster some growth. Choose to go outside, spend time with people you care about. Allow yourself to listen to what you need. When you take off your jacket this spring, take off any negativity from your life along with it. Free yourself of impurity and pressure in an effort to release into a state of liberation. Spring is the time for rebirth. Ask yourself this spring: What would you like to change? What would you like to do? But most of all, ask yourself what would make you happy. Take this spring to bloom into a better version of yourself. Allow yourself to fall deeply in love this season.

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