April 2, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 8

“Haunting” makes for a jumping good time

Contributing Writer

When I was younger it did not take much to scare me. Even movies that were not horror flicks would keep me up at night. Now that I am entering the “adult” stage in my life, scary movies just do not seem as scary anymore. I find myself watching the movies that used to scare me and thinking how dumb and pointless they are. These days when I go see a horror film I want it to scare the daylights out of me so that I can at least get my money’s worth. Well, I have found a movie that does the job.

Source: boxoffice-movie.com

Source: boxoffice-movie.com

“A Haunting in Connecticut” is one of the creepiest movies I have seen in a long time. Based on Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting” series, “A Haunting in Connecticut” is based on a true story (as every episode in the series claims to be.) Having had some similar “haunts” myself, I am fascinated by the series. This is why “A Haunting in Connecticut” pulled me in so much. The episode on TV is very different from the movie, but the majority of the plot is the same. In 1987, Sarah Campbell (Virginia Madsen) and her teenage son, Matt (Kyle Garner) rent a house in Connecticut to cut down on the driving time to a nearby hospital where Matt was receiving cancer treatment. Eventually, Sarah’s husband, other son and two nieces come to live in the house as well. Sarah neglects to tell the family that the house they are dwelling in was once a funeral parlor. Matt begins to see, hear and feel supernatural things in the house. Sarah and Matt do not know if they should blame it on the treatment he is undergoing or something else. What follows is an elaborate story of the chilling past of the house.

Matt becomes possessed by a spirit and begins to do things unlike him. This is when the family is forced to seek help and try to rid themselves of the evil entity. Creepy does not even begin to describe what the family goes through while living in this home. Yeah, so you do have all of those clichéd “pop ups” of scary figures and faces, but that is what makes it good! I jumped more in this movie than I have in forever. During a scary movie you are always expecting something to happen, but you never quite know exactly when. That is the beauty of this film.

Disturbing special effects, great make-up and ghostly flashbacks make this movie a great thriller. This is also a movie that you would not expect to be rated PG-13. My eight-year-old sister learned this the hard way when she insisted on going to see it with me. Whether or not the events in the movie are completely true or completely fabricated they are intriguing. “A Haunting in Connecticut” reminded me a lot of movies such as “Amityville Horror” and “The Strangers,” both of which were supposedly based on true events as well. Even though they were claiming to be based on actual events that did happen, the details making up the story were stretched a bit for entertainment purposes.

So, who is to say if these stories are true or not? Sometimes you have to embellish a bit to have a great story line that is going to keep viewers hooked. I thought that “A Haunting in Connecticut” was a very effective old-fashioned haunting story that kept you on the edge of your seat. For a great ghost story, or just a good scare, I recommend you check this out. And remember—some things cannot be explained.

College should face economic crisis together

Contributing Writer

Recently, my family bought a new dog—a very cute Terrier who has, well, some behavioral issues. As a result, we have been reading Cesar Millan’s book “Be the Pack Leader.” His advice not only applies to dogs, but to humans as well. One of the recommendations he has for pet owners is for the owner to be what he calls “calm assertive” when dealing with his or her dog. What is great about his advice is that people are not being passive and ignoring their problems, but at the same time they are not panicking. This could be a good way for everyone to proceed in these difficult economic times.

The recent economic hard times have highlighted the interconnectedness of the economy. Banks, businesses and the average American are not simply loners anymore. If one bank or business fails, there is not only one effect, but multiple effects. The repercussions have been felt all the way down to Georgetown College. It is easy to be driven by fear and panic. This is especially true when the stakes are so high. People are losing their jobs, homes and whole way of life. Families impacted have less money to spend on college tuition. Some are forced to choose public universities over private colleges. Alumni have less money to share with their alma mater; therefore, the college has less money to spend on programs and facilities. But fear and panic are our worst enemies; they accomplish nothing. In the words of Franklin Roosevelt during his first inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

According to the Frontline documentary “Inside the Meltdown,” one of the precipitating factors of the Bear Sterns near collapse and federal bailout was panic. When people realized the extent of that company’s debt, they sold their stock, depleting the company’s reserves and bringing it to the brink of failure. The federal government realized a bailout was necessary to save the financial system because of the interconnectedness of Bear Sterns and other banks. The Georgetown community should learn from mistakes made by the investors who panicked and set in motion the economic situation we are in now. We should work together to make progress towards a better Georgetown.

Some problems, such as the aging residence halls, are going to require massive amounts of cash. But until more money becomes available, we should do everything we can to improve the campus. That can range from picking up trash to making sure that we take extra care with the facilities. More importantly, we should take action by helping support members of our community who are hard hit by the economic situation. It really does not matter what action you take as long as you take action. It is easy to complain, but there comes a time when we have to stop voicing our disapproval and take action.

The most important thing to realize is that we are all interconnected and we are all humans. The economic problems at Georgetown affect everyone. Therefore we must band together for the common good. For those of us who subscribe to Christianity, this is one of the most important concepts that Jesus taught. He told his followers to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Yes, there are serious problems. But we must not be overwhelmed by them. Everyone needs to be calm and actively look for ways to solve them. It won’t be easy, but the harder we work to obtain this ideal, the better off we will be.


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