As far as movies go, I love comedies and feel good stories, but this time of year, there’s only one choice for me. With Halloween just a few days away, I figured I would head to the theater tonight and check out a scary movie. After much debate, I had decided on “Paranormal Activity 3”. I have seen the first two, and both of them kept me awake at night. Despite this fact, I still love to see those scary movies. The scarier the better! I want to leave the movie theater freaked out and afraid of what, or who is in my back seat! I know. Strange, but apparently I am not alone.
As I told the guys in the locker room what I had planned for the evening, I quickly found my go-to people. T.J. Galiardi, Paul Stastny, and David Jones all seem to share my philosophy on scary movies. “I have a love/hate relationship with scary movies. They scare me, but I still like to see them, ” says David Jones. The scariest movie he’s ever seen? “Black Christmas. I had nightmares about that movie forever. That was so scary it was ridiculous.” I have to agree…this is definitely not a feel good movie! Our conversation quickly turned to the age-old question, which is scarier, clowns or monsters? David didn’t hesitate, “Oh clowns for sure. Like that movie Dr. Giggles?” I have never seen the movie “Dr. Giggles”, but after looking it up on the internet, I am pretty sure I will not be renting that one. If it involves clowns, I’m out.
T.J. Galiardi also loves scary movies. Although he also plans on seeing “Paranormal 3”, he already has a favorite. T.J. Is a big fan of the recent movie “Insidious,” and highly recommends it. “You have to rent that, and watch it when it’s really dark. No lights…nothing. It’s really scary.” I’m in. The scariest movie he has ever seen? “The Ring. For sure.”
Paul Stastny is also a big fan of the scary movies. He goes old school when it comes to his favorites he’s seen, “The Exorcist or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Both of those movies are true. Any movie where at the end it says, 'their whereabouts are still unknown' freaks me out the most!” Paul laughs. Apparently his love for being scared extends out of the movie theater. “My junior year we went to a haunted house. We were so scared, when we saw the guy with the chainsaw, we just screamed and went running out. We didn’t stop running for about five minutes.” Now that sounds like a good time!
I am happy to report that not everyone involved with the Avalanche is a fan of the doom, gloom, and gore. Avalanche senior director of media relations Brendan McNicholas also goes old school when it comes to favorite scary movies. Way old school. “I like the Alfred Hitchcock movies. They are not gory, the music builds up the suspense. You don’t see it, but you know its coming.” Hmmmm. May just have to rent one of those.
I promise, next time I go see a movie, I will make it a Christmas movie and get the guys recommendations on their favorites. And Black Christmas doesn’t count!