If you’re a scary-movie buff and are craving some spine-chilling horror-flicks this Halloween season, look no further than this article. From Slasher films to psychological thrillers, horror movies are special because they poke and prod at our inner fears, spark our imagination and deliver intense adrenaline rushes. The following is a list of horror movies meant to entice spooky vibes, the first being “not-so-scary” and the last being “sleep with the lights on”. Hopefully, your creepy season will be a little more hair-raising after watching these eerie motion pictures.
1) Ghostbusters, 1984 [PG]
A staple in everyone’s childhood, Ghostbusters is a classic must-watch during the month of October. Between the screaming librarian in the beginning to the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, this film has just enough scenes to make you jump, but even more scenes that’ll make you laugh – making it the perfect movie to ease you into a horror movie marathon.
2) Jaws, 1975 [PG]
A classic, this movie shines on throughout the decades, giving each generation its share of people with shark phobias. With more jump scares than Ghostbusters, this movie is definitely a step-up into your scary-movie marathon. You’re not gonna need a bigger boat but perhaps a bigger bowl of popcorn.
3)The Silence of the Lambs, 1991 [R]
This mystery/psychological thriller movie will definitely give you
chills. While there are no “jump scares” or really gory scenes, Silence of the Lambs plays with the viewer’s mind and deep-rooted fears. What makes this movie stand out isn’t the theatrics, it’s the fact that the “bad guys” of the movie (Dr.Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter and Buffalo Bill) are based on real people and events. Most of the time when we see a scary movie, we leave the monsters on the screams, but this film shed light on the monsters in our own society, which is what really scares viewers.
4) The Shining, 1980 [R]
A classic Stephen King movie, based on the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO., The Shining isn’t exactly “horrifying” as much as it is unsettling. From the beginning to the end, you’re figuratively walking on a tight-rope of suspense waiting for something super scary to arise, but it never does. Instead, you’re left in a deep thought, thinking about the all-too-real possibility of this happening. Much like the Silence of the Lambs, The Shinning is more so a psychological thriller which provokes deep-rooted human fears of isolation, versions of reality, the concept of time, and fear of going insane.
5) IT, 2017 [R]
Yet another Stephen King movie, the newest IT graciously gifts the audience with several suspenseful scenes and jump-scares, all while including comedic relief from the kid actors starring in the film. Set in the late eighties, the story follows seven kids who try to take down a supernatural serial killer named Pennywise the Dancing Clown who only appears once every so many years to feed on the youth of Derry, Maine. This film is bound to give you goosebumps and maybe even make you jump a little.
6)The Blair Witch Project, 1999 [R]
This movie is CREEPY. All filmed as if the footage had been found ‘after the fact’, which made it one of kind when it was first released as a independent film at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. The plot is based around a documentary that a young college girl was making with the help of two other guys about the local tall tale of “the Blair Witch”. The majority of the film is set in the forest of Maryland and focuses on the groups encounter with strange happenings in the woods around them. While there isn’t any gore or deeper meaning, the whole movie is simply eerie and deeply unsettling. One thing is for sure, you’ll NEVER want to step foot into your basement after watching this.
7) A Quiet Place, 2018 [PG-13]
I would highly recommend watching this with a big fuzzy blanket to grip onto. This film defines the word suspense as there is hardly any noise or words spoken throughout the entire thing. Based on a post-apocalyptic plot, the characters have to learn to live without sound for fear of being eaten by aliens which have overrun the world.
8) Halloween, 2018 [R]
The cinematics are outstanding, the plot connected to the original 1978 Halloween and Jami Lee Curtis remained the haunted sister of Michael Myers. While die-hard Halloween fans are bummed about it not connecting to the Twentieth Anniversary movie (H20) and just to the first one, they remain content with the portrayal of Michael Myers. Without losing an ounce of his ruthless and merciless persona, filmmakers nailed the terrifying elements that this movie called for. As well as giving Jamie Lee Curtis’s character, Laurie Strode, the epic revenge she had long since been anticipating. 10/10 would recommend.
I sincerely hope you enjoy these movies, as they are art in their own special ways. Experiment and see if your personal opinions of these films match my list of “not-so-scary” to “sleeping with the lights on”. If you’re feeling even gutsier, other movies I urge you to watch are The Conjuring (1&2), The Nun, Annabelle (1&2) and The Lost Boys. With Halloween peeking around the corner, I suggest you go ahead and start that scary-movie marathon before Christmas movies blow up every T.V. channel at 12:01 on November first.
Coffee shops seem to be popping up left and right in the Sandy – Draper area of Utah. Recently, I’ve visited three very different coffee shops in Sandy and have come to several conclusions which I hope will help guide other caffeine-addicted peers and teachers to their next coffee fix.
If you’re looking for a small, intimate place to kick it for the afternoon I’d suggest going to the Honeysuckle Co. on 700 E and 8745 S. Around the time that a friend and I went, only one person was behind the counter cleaning some dishes. She was amiable yet professional upon greeting us and taking our order. We had ordered two coffees and a sandwich, they took about 15 minutes to come out which in all honesty was slightly frustrating because we were on our way to an event nearby. The sandwich (a tuna sandwich) was actually pretty good, in fact, they had a wide variety of food and pastry options (which were very difficult to resist). On the other hand, the coffee was mediocre. The decorative foam on top led me to believe I was about to sip a sweet, vanilla flavored latte, but I was struck with disappointment when it just tasted… bland and moderately bitter. Overall, the food was great, the atmosphere was cozy and chic and the coffee was OK. (Side Note: in the back was a partly secluded kid’s play area which I thought was pretty neat.) I would recommend this coffee shop to anyone who isn’t in a time crunch and wants a quiet place to get some work done.
The next place is an oldie but a goodie in the eyes of many teens and hipsters in Sandy. Sunset Coffee Company, which sets in the back of a shopping complex along 1300 E, overlooks the valley and has an amazing view of the sunset (hence the name) from the back patio/balcony area. The service is typically pretty quick, which is super helpful if you’re always in a rush like me. The staff is comprised of young adults who are the kind of people that genuinely want to know how you’re day is going. While one could make the argument that their coffee menu is limited, the only limitations are the ones that the customer sets, meaning they’re pretty flexible with any customizations you ask for including the type of milk you’d prefer. The downside to their menu is that the only food available is your choice between 2 or 3 types of muffins. My ‘usual’ at Sunset is a frozen Voldemort – a blended caramel and vanilla drink with drizzled caramel along the sides – I highly recommend it for folks who have a sweet tooth and need a pick-me-up. While the interior doesn’t scream “boho coffee shop” as the Honeysuckle does, it has an undeniable “plain jane” 90’s vibe that is a beacon to all those who are tatted-up with vapes, converse, and plaid clothing. Sunset Coffee Company will always be a solid favorite amongst the younger generations because of the coffee, atmosphere, and individuals that go there.
If one is looking for a modern yet artsy place to get work done and have their coffee, all while staying within a 5-mile radius of Jordan High School, I would highly recommend “The Bean Yard”. This new coffee shop is just right off of 700E and 9400S near the Deseret Industries Donation Center. The interior is spacious and very clean with two large rooms in the back that feature local art and large windows that look out on to the rest of the coffee shop. When my sister and I visited, we were greeted very kindly upon walking in at 7:20 in the morning. The two people working were helpful and easy-going. The first thing that caught my eye was the ‘glass slow drip cold brew coffee tower’ lingering against the wall behind the cash register. I was very impressed to see such an intricate piece of equipment behind the counter,and in all honesty, it added to the unique ambiance of the coffee shop. Now, to move on to the aspects that make or break the place: the coffee. I ordered a Dirty Chai Latte, expecting it to be bitter and overly spiced like most places, but I was pleasantly surprised when it tasted just like a Chai latte should. Not overly spiced, not too sweet, but just right. As far as food goes, they had quite a variety. I ordered a breakfast crossiant with scrambled eggs and tomatoes within the croissant. It came out beautifully, but I was disappointed when the taste didn’t deliver the same “awe” effect as the looks. The croissant was buttery, but the contents had absolutely zero flavors. All in all, I would definitely go back to The Bean Yard, especially to indulge in the slow-drip cold brew coffee, but next time I’ll be sure to pick something else to eat.
As you, the reader, proceed with your daily “to dos” of life, be wise to remember what the Comedian Jerry Seinfeld says, “We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.” Go ahead and skip the line at Starbucks. You’ll be supporting a local business, all while getting that much-needed head-start for the day.
Valentines Day in 1985 was when Ana Maria’s feet touched American soil for the first time. “When I arrived, I saw so many hearts I thought they were for me!” chuckled Ana. “I couldn’t kiss the ground but I kissed the flag as I walked out of the plane.” She was 27 (and a half) years old when she migrated alone to the US and she’s never looked back. Reluctant to about Brazil, Ana was eager to move to the next topic of discussion: life as an American.
November 8th, 2005 was a day like no other for Ana Maria – she had become an official United States citizen. This was a big deal as she’s encountered some very profound incidences before becoming an official citizen. The first incident happened when Ana and her friend Connie went to Brazil while Ana had a student visa and was attending Salt Lake Community College. Ana describes the experience: “In 1987, I got a Christmas present that allowed me to go back and visit Brazil with my friend Connie in January. Before we went, I called a hundred million times to Immigration to ensure that I could go and return with no problems. After traveling all over Brazil, having fun, saying hello and goodbye to my family, “they” stopped me.” Ana’s voice strained as she said, “They didn’t let me go. I had to say goodbye to my friend who was in tears because she felt responsible. I went back to Immigration and they said that I could come back in 6 years to see if I could return. I was stuck in Brazil with the plane ticket that was going to expire in one month. Do you know who helped me?” She said proudly, ”Orrin Hatch. Connie’s mother was close to the Senator, who actually called Brazil several times in an effort to get me back home.” Ana was finally able to return to the US before the expiration of the plane ticket AND meet Orrin Hatch.
The second incident occurred when Ana was in the process of getting a Green Card. The lawyer that Ana and her sister, Conce were working with told them to be careful and not get caught by Immigration services, otherwise, they’d be deported back to Brazil and the Green card process would be even longer. Unfortunately, a list of illegal immigrants was sent to the Department of Immigration and Ana and Conce’s names were on it. Ana describes a hectic situation that resulted from this.”It was in the middle of the night, Conce and I called our landlord, packed up our stuff in a U-Haul and escaped.” Sadly, this crisis put a halt on a business that was just beginning to boom for Ana and her friend Connie. The business was based around Ana Maria’s artistic ability to paint incredible images on to white shoes. The success she encountered included working a booth in Fashion Place Mall for a while, traveling to San Diego and selling a line of shoes through a well-known designer (where she actually sold a pair to Sylvester Stallone’s kid!) and finally traveling nationwide to art festivals.
Art wasn’t her only passion. Music and singing played a huge role in her early years as an immigrant. She was in a band called the “The Magic Four” and together they would sing all over Salt Lake City as well as in competitions (one time placing second in the ‘Latin American Festival’). A talented keyboardist approached the “Magic Four” and began playing with them until he was offered a contract in Miami, Florida. Ana recalls him calling her privately to say, ”Listen, I have this contract, I want to go, but I need you. I can’t afford to bring your sister.” Grateful for the offer, Ana declined. She knew couldn’t leave her sister and run away to Miami with some guy. Despite the rejection, Ana continues to sing regularly and hopes to eventually start a YouTube channel of her singing with her sister. While Ana plans to revisit Brazil one day, she is hesitant because the country is currently drowning in governmental corruption and crime rates are far above what Ana ever experienced while living there. When asked what her feelings are towards Brazil’s current situation, Ana solemnly responded, ”It’s kind of sad, I feel scared for my own country because it’s different than it was before. I feel like I am a tourist there.”
All in all, Ana Maria Carvalho is more patriotic than most United State’s born Americans. Thanksgiving is her favorite American Tradition, primarily because it is the beginning of the Holidays. Her most fond memory in the United States is the moment she met Mickey Mouse. “I was like a little kid! We danced, it was like a dream.” Her most fond memory in Brazil was in 2007 when she got to travel there with her nieces. She describes her initial impression of Americans as “You guys were just like the Movies! So many ways to express yourselves, it was like I was in Hollywood in an ‘80s sitcom.”
It would seem that the older we get, the more trouble we have deciding what to do with our friends. Often times we get caught in a conversation that sounds similar to this, “What do you wanna do?”, “I don’t know man, what do you wanna do?”, “Beats me, what sounds fun?”. This game can go on for hours and we all know it. Lucky for you all, I might just have the answer to you and your friends’ dilemma.
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about social groups in high school, it’s that each group of friends has their own unified personalities. There are those groups who enjoy sitting around a campfire or coffee shop just talking, while there are others who like to get out and do group activities. Perhaps for you and your friends, It simply depends on the day. Either way, I’ve put together a small list of fun activities to help avoid the inevitable conversation mentioned above.
Now, for those friend groups who enjoy more relaxed activities, I highly suggest setting your alarm clocks for 6 am to take a drive. Specifically a “sunrise” drive. I recently did this activity last Saturday with a friend and we witnessed the most amazing sunrise, which was even more amazing due to the freshly fallen snow along the Wasatch Front. To watch the golden hue of the sun’s rays slowly illuminate the valley and create intense contrasting colors along the curves of Kennecott Mine was breathtaking. The route that I took was really an adventurous “loop drive” which began in emigration canyon, included a gorgeous view of Little Dell Resivour and ended with a beautiful drive down Parleys Canyon. The drive itself takes about an hour and a half, especially if y’all park in the overlook area that’s above the Little Dell Resivour. After exiting Parley’s Canyon, we took the I-215 exit, then the Union Park Avenue exit and made our way to Sunset Coffee Company for a warm ‘cup of joe’. The simplicity of this outing is so perfect, especially if it’s accompanied with PJs and a good playlist.
The next thing that I recommend as a large group activity is paintballing. I went recently on a Sunday and had a blast. We went to Utah Xtreme Paintball on 7050 400 W. The “arena” was really gross and slippery, but I feel like that added to the fun. The one thing I disliked was the silence in the facility while the tournament was in session, it would’ve been more intense had there been rock n’ roll music playing. I would recommend going with a large group of people, otherwise, the procession of the games is very slow and not as exciting. It’s important to note that getting hit hurts a whole lot less than if you’re wearing full-body clothing such as pants, a long-sleeve shirt, and shoes with a good grip. Lastly, It’s a little pricey and you have to be very conscious of the number of paintballs you purchased because they get used very quickly. Other than that, I highly recommend trying it out!
Hopefully, these two activities will be of use to you and your friends the next time the conversation of “what should we do now” comes up.
For those who love art, regardless of one’s “artistic ability”, the art club is for you. Meeting every Tuesday, after school in room F115 (Mrs.Baddley’s room), the Jordan High Art Club does different artistically inspired activities in order to motivate fellow students to think beyond the four grey walls of their other classes and get creative. Some of these “activities” include making Tie-dye shirts and decorating gingerbread houses.
With Brooklyn Castillo as the Club’s president, there’s never a dull moment and everyone who attends is welcomed on their first day to Art Club with a warm smile and a kind word. Castillo describes the “point” of Art Club as a way to help her peers, “…make friends who have similar interests and just have fun!”
Lucky for any interested folks, there aren’t any pre-requisite requirements other than obtaining a club permission slip and paying a $5 fee to the office. Also worth mentioning is the fact that all club members are invited to go on a field trip to the Springville Museum of Art in late March/early April to support the artwork of Jordan Students and marvel at the artwork of others from schools around the state.
Further into the year, the Club participates in creating a grand mural which YOU could be apart of! To see what the club is up to throughout the year, I highly suggest following their Instagram page @jhs_artclub.
Other info: The Club was founded by Blythe Harmon in 2017 and currently there are about 30 members.
Hopefully, as a student of Jordan High School, you give this club an opportunity to allow you to participate in some fun, student-driven events. Because while sitting at home and watching Netflix is great, socializing with some of the most creative minds at Jordan is even better.