As much as I love movies, I'm woefully behind on some things. For instance, on Sunday I watched Pet Sematary (sic) for the first time. It's Halloween, after all, and my girlfriend wanted to watch a scary movie – a good one. (Turned out it wasn't that scary, or that good. But it was entertaining enough, and there was something about the art direction I found appealing.) My girlfriend was appalled to find I've never seen the movie It. (I did read the book, though, in high school. And while we're on the subject of Stephen King adaptations, if anyone has seen the new Carrie, feel free to leave a review in the comments – I'm curious if it's really as unnecessary as it seems. The original is great, and Sissy Spacek was totally awkward and believable, while Chloe Grace Moretz is clearly very pretty and perhaps not quite as plausible as a rejected outsider).
Last year I finally saw Hocus Pocus for the first time, which is huge favorite this time of year. It takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, that city most notorious for the Salem witch trials. It is the story of the Sanderson Sisters, three witches who maintain their youth by consuming the souls of children. In 1693 they are banished, trapped. Now it is 1993 and some silly kid goes in and resurrects them – and the terror starts again. But not too horrifying– it is a family movie, after all. I found it quite silly, but maybe I missed the boat; as I say, it's a favorite. And if you're one of those who loves it oh-so-much, head over to the University of Louisville tonight at 8:00 for a free screening in the multipurpose room of the Student Activities Center. There will also be free candy and popcorn and a photo booth.
For details, check out the Facebook event page.
Image: Internet Movie Database