Scary Movies: Embracing Fears

In honor of the spooky season, I interviewed two Oceana students about their fears and favorite scary movies. People watch scary movies based on what they are most afraid of!

Exorcisms, Possession, Spirits!

Movie Recommendation:  Hereditary

Taylor Milholin, a junior at Oceana, explained, “My biggest fear has to be spiritual things like being possessed.”

Since Taylor loves to be scared, she recommends a scary movie called Hereditary. Hereditary is newly released horror movie, which follows the events after the death of the matriarch of the Graham family.  Her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and truly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited. Taylor explained, “It really sank in with me and scared me good.”

Taylor thinks a good scary movie requires an interesting plot and suspenseful elements.  Since scary movies have changed dramatically over time, Taylor liked this movie because it made her truly afraid.  She states that this surprised her because most new scary movies are not really that horrifying.  She praises the director, Ari Aster, and categorized her as a genius for creating a movie that included details that can truly make a person afraid. Taylor recommends this film, explaining that if you want to be really scared (and confused!) you should watch hereditary.

Fear: Realistic Fears

Movie Recommendation: Halloween

Ezekiel Gonzalez, another Oceana junior, explains “My fear is realistic things that can actually happen to me.”  In one of the most classic horror movies, Halloween, young Michael Myers brutally murders his 17-year-old sister, Judith.  After escaping from prison, after 15 years, he returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims. Ezekiel states, “This movie is a classic and tells a really great story.”  He likes this movie because it shows the different perspectives of various characters in the movie, it has a lot of suspense, a good story line, and it is eerie.  Perfect for Halloween time. Ezekiel says “I think scary movies are all about really knowing someone’s fear and turning it into a reality.” Ezekiel recommends this movie if you like classic scary movies and or if you’re planing to see the new 2018 Halloween movie.


Overall, people have different perspectives on scary movies.  these are just two.  Taylor recommends, “Whether it’s old or new, people should watch a variety of scary movies this Halloween.”  Scary movies are a way to face our fears and see into a different reality.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.