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Nightmare Fuel: Horror Flicks to Watch this Halloween

Before we put on our Santa hats and listen to Jose Mari Chan, let us first slip into our scary masks, grab the fake blood and hatchet, sit and relax as we watch these horror films and TV shows to provide us with nightmare fuel before Halloween.

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November is fast approaching, and everyone knows what’s coming: Halloween, the time where things horrifying and spine-tingling takes the center stage. Aside from those costume parties, spooky stories, and Pumpkin Spice Latté, it is also the perfect time for horror movies.

Before we put on our Santa hats and listen to Jose Mari Chan, let us first slip into our scary masks, grab the fake blood and hatchet, sit and relax as we watch these horror films and TV shows to provide us with nightmare fuel before Halloween.

Films

Alien by Ridley Scott

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This cult classic is a good way to start the Halloween. Set in deep space, the film revolves around the crew of the ship Nostromo as they fend off a threat in the form of a Xenomorph, an extraterrestrial described as the ‘perfect creature’. Aside from Sigourney Weaver’s performance as Ellen Ripley, you can also marvel at the eldritch special effects design of H. R. Giger in this film.

Creep by Patrick Brice

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Aaron, a videographer answers to an ad from Josef, who wants to make a movie for his unborn child Buddy. However as the day goes by, Josef’s requests became more bizarre, with him showing unsettling behavior towards Aaron. This found footage film, although darkly comedic at times, will definitely make you jump from your seats. 

Hush by Mike Flanagan

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A deaf-mute author named Maddie retreated into a house within the woods to improve her writing skills. One night, a masked killer appeared at her window, playing a cat-and-mouse game with her. Now fighting for her life in silence, Maddie is forced to exert every way possible to escape this masked threat.

1922 by Zak Hilditch

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In this film, murder is just the start of the work—the real work begins after it’s commited. Based on a novella of Stephen King, it follows the story of Nebraskan farmer Wilf after he murdered his wife Arlette. Now with the burden of guilt and a rotting psyche, Wilf is faced with a question—is it really worth it?

Gerald’s Game by Mike Flanagan 

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After a kinky game in an isolated lake house went wrong, Jessie is left handcuffed in bed with no hope of rescue. Alone and on the brink of death, Jessie started seeing hallucinations, her past and her psyche slowly unraveling. Will she escape her prison, or will she stay shackled, both from the bed and from her past?

Get Out by Jordan Peele

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Chris agrees to meet Rose’s parents in a weekend getaway despite him being anxious about it. Just like any horror movie, the getaway took a dark turn as Chris discovers the sinister truth about his girlfriend’s family. This is not only a horror film, but also a commentary on racism, cultural appropriation, and the state of black people in America.

Ravenous (Les Affamés)  by Robin Aubert

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This French-Canadian film features the aftermath of a zombie plague in a remote Quebec village. Survivors flee to the woods, trying to reach a bunker said to contain supplies. While this may look like  another zombie movie for you, this film makes you view zombies in a new light, making you wonder if there is still enough humanity left from them.

Verónica by Paco Plaza

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This Spanish horror film features Verónica, a girl from who performed a séance with her friends during a solar eclipse to contact her deceased father. Now being pursued by paranormal entities, it is up to her to protect her siblings from this demonic threat. The film is based on a true story about a Vallecas girl who died mysteriously in 1990 after using a Ouija board.

Midsommar by Ari Aster

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Does a summer trip to a remote Swedish village for a midsummer festival occurring every 90 years sounds promising? Well think again! This film by the same director of Hereditary follows the journey of Dani and Christian as their trip and their relationship spiral into a whirlwind of flowers, maypoles, and Pagan rituals. 

 

TV Series

American Horror Story by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk

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This horror anthology showcases a different type of horror trope per season, ranging from the Salem witch aesthetics of Coven to the circus vibes of Freak Show. The award-winning show also features cast such as Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, and even Lady Gaga. This is a good show to introduce people to horror, for it features horror genres we love minus the excessive reliance on scare tactics. 

Another by Yukito Ayatsuji

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After transferring to a new school, Kōichi Sakakibara meets Mei Misaki, a quiet girl that is seemed to be ignored by everyone. As gruesome accidents started happening, Kōichi is drawn closer to Mei, and he learns of the sinister history surrounding class 3-3. This anime series will surely make you afraid to use umbrellas!

Ash vs Evil Dead by Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi, and Tom Spezialy

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This TV reboot of a cult classic follows the story of  Ash, a chainsaw-wielding man who once again unleashed an army of Deadites, entities capable of possessing a body. After 30 years since the events of Evil Dead, Ash tries to put a stop on the Deadites once and for all. With dark humor and rock music on its side, this reboot will introduce you to the universe of a cult classic in a modern way.

The Haunting of Hill House by Mike Flanagan

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Hugh and Olivia Crane, together with their children stays in a mansion called Hill House to renovate and sell it. With their stay prolonged due to unforeseen circumstances, the Crane family began experiencing supernatural phenomena. Years later, the Crane children returns to Hill house to confront their past and the secrets lurking inside.

Haunted by Jan Pavlacky

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In this docuseries, people open up about horrifying life events to those who are close to them, explaining the effects of the said events in their life. Coupled with creative reenactments, Haunted immerse the viewers to real-life horror events. The docuseries features events from hauntings, which spans for decades, to alien abductions.

Kingdom by Kim Seong-Hun

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This piece set during the Joseon period puts a political twist to the zombie genre. With the king struck with a mysterious illness and conspiracies flying around, the crown prince Yi-Chang decides to take matters into his own hands. Faced with the living dead and conspirators, Yi-Chang must defend the kingdom from inside and outside threats.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes by Joe Berlinger

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If you’re tired from the fictional threat of ghouls and ghosts, a documentary about a serial killer will cleanse your palate. The docuseries delves into the life of serial killer Ted Bundy, who is charged with more than 30 counts of murder and necrophilia. Tapes from Bundy himself and interviews from people involved in his case will paint you a clearer picture of Bundy’s mind as well as the horrifying acts he committed in the 70’s.

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Fighting Back, One ‘OK, Boomer’ at a Time

Just like the statement “men are trash,” the phrase “OK, boomer” is attacking a system rather than an individual. It challenges the mindset of the boomers that refuses to embrace change; ones who still cling to discriminatory remarks and outdated ideologies.

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It started as a TikTok meme. Then, a New Zealand lawmaker used it to address a rude comment in parliament.

The youth has often been the subject of judgment because of their tendency to be politically-correct and woke, especially from elders who view them as “overly-sensitive snowflakes.” 

What’s the youth’s response? “Ok, boomer.”

Recently, the phrase “OK, boomer” has been circulating around the internet, and has become the rallying cry of the youth against the older folks and the system they perpetuated over the years. 

The said phrase mocks baby boomers; the generation born between 1946 and 1964. The generation got its name from the huge increase in birth rate after World War II, and is considered as a prosperous time.

The popular use of the phrase circulates in TikTok where it is used to mock elders and their prejudices towards the youth. 

It became more popular when media outlets highlighted the term after Chlöe Swarbrick, a 25-year-old lawmaker from New Zealand was discussing the Zero Carbon Bill, which aims to cut the carbon emissions of New Zealand. In the video, a heckler commented about her age, in which she went off-script to retort “OK, Boomer.”

Netizens also used the phrase to call out the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. after cursing out a journalist on Twitter.

“OK, boomer,” later on became a perfect response to the generation on being problematic. An old, rich man complaining about millennials destroying everything? OK, boomer. An aunt of yours mocking your liberal arts degree, commenting on how easy it is? OK, boomer. Some random professor accusing you of being a “dilawan” and red-tagging you because of your Facebook posts? OK, boomer.

However, critics are crying foul over this phrase, with complaints mostly coming from older people. Some even compared the phrase to a racial slur, saying that it promotes ageism and discrimination. Critics think that it’s a below-the-belt attack against the boomers, a foul remark akin to bullying and racism. Well, sorry to say but it’s not.

To set the record straight, the boomers also fought for peace, racial equality and women’s empowerment at their time. What “OK, Boomer” addresses is not the people itself but their outdated way of thinking that is harming our society. 

Just like the statement “men are trash,” the phrase “OK, boomer” is attacking a system rather than an individual. It challenges the mindset of the boomers that refuses to embrace change; ones who still cling to discriminatory remarks and outdated ideologies. It wants boomers to  acknowledge that they have collectively done actions that contributed to societal issues such as climate change and worsening economy. It attempts to shake the narrative, making an older generation acknowledge the voice of the youth, making them act because they have the power and experience to do so.

This meme-worthy clapback is not just a collective sigh towards the problematic views of the old or a funny catchphrase hurled towards killjoy boomers—it is a statement, a call for action, a protest against problematic beliefs and actions.

It is a warning to the older that the kids aren’t alright and they are fighting back, one “OK, Boomer” at a time.

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Films to watch in Cinema One Originals 2019

Returning to cinemas and theaters on its 15th year, Cinema One Originals has launched its roster of films ranging from the genres of thriller, romance, and more! The film festival showcases various stories that will surely make the viewers’ minds wonder what lies beyond the trailers.

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Over the past decade, Cinema One Originals has given rise to a number of films that marked the hearts and minds of the Filipino. Through the artistry and expertise of Filipino filmmakers in cinematography and production, it has already showcased great films which became hit to the public like Imburnal (2008) by Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Violator (2014) by Eduardo Dayao, That Thing Called Tadhana (2014) by Antoinette Jadaone and Paki (2016) by Gian Carlo Abraham. These films have been lauded for its excellence, exception plots, and its appeal to viewers alike. 

Returning to cinemas and theaters on its 15th year, Cinema One Originals has launched its roster of films ranging from the genres of thriller, romance, and more! The film festival showcases various stories that will surely make the viewers’ minds wonder what lies beyond the trailers. So, Hurry up! Gather your friends now and buy your popcorn as Cinema One Originals proudly presents the following films for this year’s festival!

Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo by Denise O’Hara

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Relevant to the relationship which the generation engages today, Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo portrays the relationship of two individuals who share sensual experiences and romantic gestures with each other. However, both of the characters in the film do not share the same sentiment when it comes to commitment. In the end, they both part ways in the realization that such intimacy cannot just be shared with just anyone.

Yours Truly, Shirley by Nigel Santos

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After hearing a song by popstar Jhameson, Shirley is convinced that the popstar is a reincarnation of her late husband, Ronaldo. In the film, Shirley is seen to invest time and effort as she obsessively admires the popstar in the event of coping up with the pains and struggles of losing her beloved husband. 

Metamorphosis by J.E. Tiglao

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Metamorphosis reveals not a lot but says so much in its trailer. As it depicts the metamorphosis of a butterfly, there is a teenager in the background showing its life on a daily basis. It tackles the life of an individual born with male and female genitals.  

Utopia by Dustin Celestino

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Set in the dingy and dark parts of the city, Utopia depicts the meeting of a rookie police officer, vlogger, and an undercover agent as they try to uncover the delivery of dangerous and illegal substances. Utopia is about crime, thrill, wit and reality all in a perfect sandwich ready to keep you at the edge of your seat. 

O by Kevin Dayrit

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Pleasant in the forms of the soft sweet piano songs, sleek sofas and white linens, O talks about the story of a beguiled morgue intern Maria who is forced by the vampire Matilda to be a blood pusher and sell blood to other vampires. Twisted and unconventional, Maria is driven to do vile actions to accumulate blood in exchange for knowledge about the creatures roaming in the dark. 

Tia Madre by Eve Baswel

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Tia Madre takes in the form of a middle-aged woman who ardently loves her daughter. However, Emilia, the mother of a 10-year old girl, is a harboring alcoholic who abhors to be called a mother. Her daughter tries to compensate with her mother in the hopes that things will turn back to normal, as it should be.

Lucid by Natts Jadaone, Victor Villanueva, and Dan Villegas

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Ann Cruz is a typical individual who leads a monotonous life. She works a nine to five job, goes home, and the cycle repeats. However, when she sleeps, she is not just the Ann Cruz in her waking life. At night, she is a lucid dreamer who goes on dates and engages in scenarios that favours her. She later on meets a man who challenges her to dream more than she does.

Sila-Sila by Gian Carlo Abraham

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Sila-Sila is a coming-of-age film that tells a story of a 30-year old man who attempts to reconnect with his past friends and ex lovers in a class reunion. 

The screening of the eight films will run from November 7-17, 2019. Indeed, November is another exciting month for cineastes out there!

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For the full list of screening schedules and further details, visit the Cinema One Originals Facebook page or their website regarding the event.

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Binge-watch worthy movies and TV shows this break!

If you are reading this, congratulations for surviving the past few months filled with academic workload to fulfill and conquer! To reward yourself, here’s a list of movies and TV shows that you can watch this school break.

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If you are reading this, congratulations for surviving the past few months filled with academic workload to fulfill and conquer! To reward yourself, here’s a list of movies and TV shows that you can watch this school break.

1. Skins | 40-50 minutes per episode

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Genre: Teen-drama, Comedy

Creator: Bryan Elsley, Jamie Brittain

Synopsis: The British teen drama-comedy centers on the tense lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England as they go through the their last two years in secondary school.

Review: Skins is a nice coming-of-age series tackling different challenges teenagers face, from sex and gender fluidity issues, to drug use and mental illnesses. The series, with its seven seasons, will surely send your time down the drain if you choose to do so.

2. Money Heist | 40 minutes – 1 hour per episode

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Telenovela

Director/Producer: Álex Pina

Synopsis: The “Professor” executes a grand heist that makes a first in history as he targets the Royal Mint of Spain alongside eight criminals.

Review: The story progresses slowly but surely as it shows how the characters grow on each episode. The story is intelligently well-written and delivers unpredictable to make the viewers on the edge of their seats! 

3. The Twilight Saga | 607 Minutes (Combination of all 5 movies)

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Director: Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Chris Weitz (New Moon), David Slade (Eclipse), and Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2)

Synopsis: Based on the series written by Stephanie Meyer, Twilight focuses on the relationship amongst the three main characters: Bella Swan, whose life changes drastically upon meeting Edward Cullen, who is a vampire, and Jacob Black, who is a werewolf.

Review: With Halloween coming around the corner, Twilight is the perfect film to binge-watch and relive major fangirling and fanboying feels. With themes revolving around love, vampires, and werewolves, are you #TeamEdward, or #TeamJacob?

4. The Hunger Games: Trilogy | 548 Minutes (Combination of all 4 films)

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance

Director: Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), Francis Lawrence (Catching Fire – Mockingjay Part 2)

Synopsis: Based on the series written by Suzanne Collins, the trilogy centers around the life of Katniss Everdeen as she volunteers for her sister, Prim, for the Games. As she continuously challenges the system that cease to exist in each district, Everdeen realizes that there is so much worse games to play.

Review: The films faithfully adapted the dystopian trilogy, never failing to allow its viewers to feel emotions as it depicts Katniss’s journey as the “Girl on Fire” and her quest as a tribute. With its outstanding cinematography and action-packed sequences, Hunger Games will definitely let you experience how it feels to be in the games.

5. Vagabond | 1 hour per episode

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Genre: Action, Thriller, Romance

Director: Yoo In Shik

Synopsis: After a mysterious plane crash that killed more than 200 civilians, Cha Dal-geun, together with covert operative, Go Hae-ri, initiates to find answers to uncover the truth behind the plane crash.

Review: The action-thrilled Korean series delivers suspenseful scenes and narratives that would make you stay at the edge of your seat.

6. Bojack Horseman | 25 minutes per episode

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Genre: Animated Sitcom, Black Comedy, Satire

Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Synopsis: The animated series focuses with Bojack, a well known actor who once starred in a popular 90s sitcom, who is struggling to make a comeback due to his growing self-deprecation and his exposure to the materialistic world.

Review: Despite the dark humor and the reference to vices and worldly desires present in each episode, the animated series will make you reflect and sympathize with Bojack and his experiences.

7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba | 23 minutes per episode

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Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Haruo Sotozaki

Synopsis: When Tanjiro Kamado’s family was attacked by demons, Tanjiro embarks on a journey as he becomes a demon slayer in order to help his sister, Nezuko, who turned into a demon, become human again. 

Review: This animated series applauds Tanjiro and Nezuko for their determination to prevent the same tragedy to happen. With its top-tier animation and storyline, Demon Slayer has plenty of scenes to offer for its viewers especially on what is bound to happen between the siblings.

8. Kaguya-Sama: Love is War | 23 minutes per episode

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Genre: Romantic Comedy

Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama

Synopsis: Both afraid to initiate who will confess first due to their pride and status, Student Council President Miyuki Shirogane and Student Council Vice President Kaguya Shinomiya, strategize on how they will make their move so that one concedes and confesses their feelings.

Review: The story build-up is slow, however, it allows the viewers to fully know the quirks and the real personality behind their icy and intimidating figures.

9. Terrace House | 40 minutes per episode

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Genre: Reality

Producer: ‎Masato Maeda

Synopsis: Six strangers live under the same roof in order to get to know each other.

Review: Terrace House takes unscripted reality shows to a different level as it makes the audience enjoy and relax on their seats as they get to know their real stories and conflicts.

10. The Good Place | 22 minutes per episode

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Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Created by: Michael Schur

Synopsis: Eleanor Shellstop tries to change for the better as she realizes that she is sent to “the Good Place” by mistake.

Review: Aside from the good laughs shared by watching this series, The Good Place makes you reflect on your actions through its philosophical themes about the afterlife.

 

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