April Barbe

The road was dark in places where no moonlight glistened off it, as the wind bellowed through the tall trees. Not a soul was in sight. Suddenly, a deer leapt from the woods, its eyes bright as if it had been startled by something. It sprinted quickly across the road into the darkness on the other side.

A loud roar pierced the night, and heavy footsteps came closer and closer! Suddenly, it appeared … it was tall and hairy and stood on two legs, its dark eyes searching anxiously for the deer. Then, just as fast as it appeared, it was gone … back into the unknown world from which it had come.

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of scary movies, but as a screenwriter, I can still write them.

Yes, I often tend to shy away from gory horror films. I just don't like really gross or scary images in my head … especially right before bed time!

But usually in October, I can be convinced to watch a few sorta scary movies.

Right now, I have a classic on my DVD shelf waiting to be watched, “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” starting the incredible Don Knotts. “Luther Heggs” aspires to be a reporter for his small town newspaper, the Rachel Courier Express. He gets his big break when the editor asks him to spend the night at the Simmons mansion that 20 years before was the site of a now famous murder-suicide. 

Yes, it's a tame one, but it's just scary enough to be entertaining!

I haven't watched it in many years, so I thought I'd buy a copy.

I also bought a DVD the other day with extra spooky episodes of “Scooby Doo.” I know, I know … not scary at all! But, it's fun!

OK, how about I watch a zombie movie? It would make my boyfriend happy … so I'll probably go with him to see “Zombieland: Double Tap,” starring Woody Harrelson. I actually watched the first one 10 years ago (HOW has it been 10 whole years ago?) and I liked it!

Well, there was one part where a zombie was eating someone laying in the highway and they referred to it as a Manwich. Needless to say, I couldn't eat Manwich for a long time after that!

Now, the actors who formed a makeshift family during the first “Zombieland” are set to face off against evolved zombies and fellow survivors as they deal with the growing pains of their new family.

It also stars Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Bill Murray. It's in theaters this weekend!

For anyone with kids, or who is chicken like me, “The Addams Family” animated movie is out now. It looks really fun, and I may go see it as well!

Want to go a little darker? Well, Disney dark? “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” also opens this weekend. It stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, “Maleficent” and her goddaughter “Aurora” begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play. 

Or you can hop on Netflix or your movie channels and watch a classic like “Night of the Living Dead,” “The Shining,” “Halloween,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Poltergeist … or “It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Obviously, I suggest the last one!

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