Friday, October 8, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks - Halloween Edition: School

Wandering Through the Shelves hosts Thursday Movie Picks. It's a weekly series where bloggers post and share various movie picks every Thursday. 

The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.

This week's theme is Halloween Edition: School.

Jennifer's Body

An aspiring rock band blood sacrifice to a high-school hottie Jennifer (Megan Fox) goes awry, she starts feasting on guys from her school. When her nerdy friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), learns what's happening and vows to put an end to the carnage.

I haven't seen this a long time, but it was fun to rewatch again. Diablo Cody's snarky dialogue sometimes feels out of place, but I love the setting and characters. It would be great to read a YA book set around this world. Between this and Ready or Not, it's wonderful to see Adam Brody avoiding typecast after The O.C.


When Veronica (Winona Ryder) and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like.

This is more of a satire than horror or Halloween movie. But I love it anyways. It's fun to watch around the autumn season, and the script is so good. And, who can ever get enough of Winona Ryder?

Scream 2

When two college students are murdered at a sneak preview of "Stab," a movie based on the events from the first film, it's clear a copycat killer is on the loose. Sydney and the other survivors have to find out who is behind this new murder spree before they're killed.

The first film Scream would probably count for this week's theme too, but the sequel mainly takes place at Sydney's college campus. I hate to say it but I always forget about the sequels. They're not bad, but there's something about the first that just sticks out more. My sister and I started rewatching this one, and it's still a lot of fun - but the villains feels slightly far-fetched no matter how bad-ass crazy Laurie Metcalf is.

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