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Students give back during Halloween

We all know how the stereotypical college Halloween goes, from the skimpy costumes to the spooky parties.

However, Linfield has proven—yet again—to go beyond this typical college stereotype and instead use this holiday as an opportunity to join together and give back to the McMinnville community.

Christmas is no longer the only giving season. Linfield students give back and donate to the community on this holiday as well.

This Halloween, like the many ones before it, students went out of their way to be charitable volunteers, and it should be recognized.

For example, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Si Delta organized a haunted house on Oct. 25.

The entrance fee was either three dollars or two cans of food.

The money was donated to the Henderson House and the food donations went to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership.

This is an annual event that shows a perfect way to combine the Halloween spirit and the spirit of giving.

Another great event the school hosts annually is the trick-or-treat tour on campus, during which local children sign up to go trick-or-treating through the dorms on Oct. 31.

This is a great chance for students to interact and get involved in the community.

It is also a great chance to show the community as a whole that Linfield students care for more than just themselves.

Seeing students give back on a holiday that is primarily known for its partying and pranks shows how truly dedicated students at Linfield are.

We hope that this trend continues and the season of giving is no longer just during Christmas, but instead year round. If anyone could do this, it is Linfield students.

 

-The Review Editorial Board

Residence halls fall into the Halloween Spirit and compete for best three halls

The residence halls around campus have been decorating for the
Halloween hall competition. There are three categories: scariest, most creative and funniest. The winning halls will be chosen on Halloween night. One hall will be chosen as the grand prize winner and will win either a ping pong or air hockey table or a sound system for their lounge.

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

‘Carrie’ continues to scare on screen

Halloween weekend calls for a scary movie night. With Halloween just around the corner, there are a number of classic horror films that can make for a stomach-turning, heart-racing, thrilling movie night.

Kimberly Peirce’s remake of “Carrie” has that classic thriller feel, with a modern touch. Peirce’s “reimagining,” brings relevance to the high-school horror classic.

“Carrie” is the story of the telekinetic, misfit Carrie White, who faces torment and bullying by her schoolmates and the zeal of her religiously oppressive mother, Margret.

In this adaptation of the Stephen King novel, Peirce allows the audience to reimagine the characters. Two standout performances come from Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz, who do justice to the original Oscar-nominated actresses of the 1976 version of “Carrie.” Moore plays Margret, while Moretz takes on the role of Carrie.

Although Peirce’s adaptation downplays many of the first films ghoulish trends, it also adds one for its own.

The movie opens with a bloody birth of Carrie, a hard-to-watch performance by Moore. Margret, a religious fanatic, takes the baby as a curse from God, and frequently refers to the child as a “cancer.” Moments after the birth, she presents scissors and faces the struggle of deciding on whether or not to spare the child’s life, due to her religious motives.

“I haven’t seen very many movies with Julianne Moore, but I was impressed by her commitment to this character. Her intensity was rather shocking which greatly enhanced the movie,” senior Camille Moore commented, after seeing the film.

Sissy Spacek leaves Moretz big shoes to fill. Spacek was the original, actress to play Carrie White. Moretz takes over the role of Carrie in a way that the audience doesn’t forget the original, but allows Moretz to stand in a separate light. After the cold and chilling performance of Moretz in the locker room, Carrie not only becomes aware of what it means to be a woman but also of her telekinesis in an empowering way.

This mother-daughter relationship is nothing simple. In this adaptation more of Margret’s history is present, leaving the audience sympathizing with both Margret as well as Carrie.

The only bothersome aspect of the film is though it’s the 21st century; writers and directors are still portraying high school students as stereotypes. This doesn’t pull from the storyline, but it is distracting and tacky.

That being said, the use of cellphones was a distinctive and clever modernization of the film as it played a huge part in the torment that Carrie faced by her bullies. Although “Carrie” is a remake, it holds its own due to the strong acting of Moore and Moretz.

In addition, Peirce’s “reimagines” this classic horror with vision and efficiency with attention on bullying in the heart of this decade and social media.

Special Lovincey / Columnist

Special Lovincey can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Witches return to television

When Jessica Lange, who plays a “Supreme” witch on “American Horror Story: Coven,” butts heads with her estranged daughter (Sarah Paulson), she does what any snarky mom with mystical abilities would do: she issues a threat.

“Don’t make me drop a house on you,” she hisses. Ah, there’s nothing like a blast of wry witch humor to keep viewers spellbound.

Get used to it. This fall has become the season of the witch on television, and not just for Halloween.

Magical sorceresses and she-devils are everywhere, from the latest version of Ryan Murphy’s “AHS” scarefest on FX, to the new Lifetime series, “Witches of East End.”

Witches also play prominent roles on “The Originals,” where they’re waging war with vampires. There’s a Salem-era witch on the breakout hit, “Sleepy Hollow,” and this weekend, Catherine Bell brings her charm to the latest installment of Hallmark’s “The Good Witch” movie series.

There’s even a new “Sabrina” cartoon for the kiddies on the Hub network.

So why the sudden uptick of toil and trouble? These days, viewers are obsessed with supernatural shenanigans in general, explains Julie D. O’Reilly, author of “Bewitched Again: Supernaturally Powerful Women on Television, 1996-2011.” And it just makes sense that witches get their moment in the spotlight.

“The genre goes through cycles,” she says. “We’ve obviously gone through an extensive vampire cycle and we’re not out of it yet.

We’ve had some werewolves and zombies, and some reinvention with those characters. Now we’re finally getting back around to witches.”

Tim Minear, an executive producer for “Coven,” believes audiences are drawn to witches in much the same way they’re attracted to superheroes.

“On some level, we wish we had super powers,” he says. “And like with, say, ‘The X-Men,’ everyone can relate to feeling like an outsider and we all have a longing for a family or a tribe.

Add some special power into that mix and you’ve got something.”

Witches on the small screen are nothing new, of course.

Ever since Samantha Stephens began twitching her nose and making life difficult for a couple of mortal Darrins, numerous female spell-casters have come and gone, from the quirky Sabrina Spellman (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), to the increasingly dark and powerful Willow (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), and the Halliwell sisters of “Charmed,” right up through the witches who haunt “True Blood,” “The Vampire Diaries” and other shows.

For O’Reilly, Elizabeth Montgomery’s Samantha of “Bewitched” fame is still the leader of the pack.

“She was TV’s first featured female character with powers and she remains the archetype for all the witches who have followed,” she says. “Even though the show was campy and corny, it was ahead of its time in that it depicted her as the strong one and Darrin as the bumbling one.

She was the backbone of the family in a lot of ways. She had the power in the relationship and was the one who made things happen.”

With casts dominated by women of various ages, “Coven” and “East End” continue that feminist bent, but do so in dramatically different ways. “Coven” is intense, scary and occasionally disturbing.

“East End,” based on a best-selling novel by Melissa de la Cruz, is relatively light and romantic, with some occasional shudders tossed in.

Chuck Barney / Contra Cosa Times

 

DIY can help you save money during Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, why spend money on manufactured costumes when you could do it yourself?

College students by nature, do not have a lot of extra money.

So why would you spend 30-60 dollars on an outfit you might wear two times in a year?

Halloween is a fun time of the year, but try not to go broke this season, and make your own costume.

Do-it-Yourself or DIY is not a new idea, but it really comes in handy when you’re strapped for cash.

You can easily make a costume out of clothing you already have.

For example, I am going to be a Hogwarts student.

The costume is made up of a skirt, shoes, blouse and sweater I already own.

All I had to pay for is transfer paper to make the school crest, a tie and a dowel to make a wand. All of this cost me under $15.

See, keep it simple.

For the ladies, if you want to be a fairy or witch, it is easy to use things from your closet to make up an outfit for these roles and then only require accessories from Dollar Tree or the Halloween store.

For the guys who want to do something easy, grab a suit—if you own one—put on some sunglasses and grab a Nerf gun from your room or Goodwill, and go as one of the “Men in Black.”

Another easy costume for guys that takes even less work, is to take that superhero logo shirt you wear all the time, and throw a piece of fabric on your back that matches accordingly.

Make a small strip mask out the same fabric as your cape and you have a superhero.

These costumes- given you own a few essential pieces of clothing- will cost you close to nothing.

The benefit of DIY costumes is that there are so many possibilities. By Googling the term “DIY Costumes,” endless options arise.

Some costumes don’t even have to originate from actual clothing, but from crafting supplies.

It is as easy as taking one color of balloons and taping them to a similar colored shirt, and going as a bunch of grapes.

If you are unsure what you want to be for Halloween, look to your favorites to decide.

Many of the movies, shows and books we find ourselves absorbed in, are focused around regular human beings— or at least people that resemble human beings.

This then just comes down to finding clothing to match theirs.

Some of the best and funniest costumes I have ever seen are the ones made by hand. By being original and creative, you are sure to have one of the best costumes on Halloween.

Halloween does not have to be expensive to be a blast, so save your pocket change for what really matters and make your own costume this year, I challenge you that.

Kaylyn Peterson /  Managing editor

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.