Kevin Heffernan

Haunting the Hilltop: Halloween on campus

Halloween cat and jack-o-lanternCelebrate the scary season with Halloween fun, SMU style:

• Create a lantern and compete for prizes at a pumpkin carving contest 4-8 p.m. Oct. 28 by The Falls, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Bring a pumpkin and any supplies you need. Carved pumpkins will be displayed at The Falls through Halloween; Dedman Center visitors can vote for their favorites through Oct. 30. Contact Lindsey Keller, 8-8816.

• Thrill to the cheesy magic of “B Movies Shot in Big D” 7-10 p.m. Oct. 29-30 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Each will be introduced by a faculty member from the Division of Cinema-Television in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Wednesday screenings include Logan’s Run and The Amazing Transparent Man (both introduced by Rick Worland). Thursday shows are Gas!, or, It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (introduced by Kevin Heffernan) and Mars Needs Women (introduced by Sean Griffin). Presented by Fondren Library Center and Friends of the SMU Libraries. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Lisa Wall, 8-4397.

Outdoor Adventures offers Midnight Cosmic Climbing, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 30, in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Come for the late-night rock climbing – stay for the lights, prizes and DJ’ed music. Costumes are encouraged (must be harness-compatible). Contact David Chambers, 8-4822.

SMU Child Care and Preschool holds its annual Halloween Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Come out to Bishop Boulevard to see the costumes and treat the tricksters.

• Wear your biggest hair and scariest sweats to ’80s-themed Group X classes all day Oct. 31 at Dedman Center – including the Cardio Bosu Booty Bounce, Heavy Metal Spinning and a “Step Into the ’80s” version of Radical Abs. All Dedman Center members and guests are invited; no Group X pass is required. Costumes are encouraged. Contact Brook Jimenez, 8-4824.

• Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the departed with Mexican food, music and hot chocolate at a Dia de los Muertos celebration 11 a.m. Oct. 31, 153 Heroy Hall.

• The Hegi Family Career Development Center invites students, faculty and staff for a Haunted Open House 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31 at their offices in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The festivities feature haunted tours, treats, contests and prizes.

Meadows Opera Theatre celebrates the spooky side with performances of eerie scenes from Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor and Fiddler on the Roof in an Opera Free For All at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

Research Spotlight: The horror, the horror

1-sheet from Night of the Living DeadIf the daily headlines aren’t scary enough – wars, fires, super germs, rising oceans – then slip into your local theater for a blood-curdling two or three hours. Horror movies and their stars, from rambling monsters to torturers to psychos, remain ever-popular, especially during the Halloween season.

“The successful horror film is similar to a nightmare,” says Rick Worland, chair of SMU’s Division of Cinema-Television and author of The Horror Film. “In The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud argued very famously that all dreams are forms of self-communication about our deepest fears and desires. So, the monsters in horror films – human or otherwise – are easily seen as symbolic of what we fear most. The horror genre is traditionally held in low regard, at least in public by arbiters of taste and morality. However, horror often achieves its greatest impact when it exposes or flouts cultural taboos.”

For those who want to get beyond such popular horror films as Jaws and The Exorcist, Kevin Heffernan, associate professor of cinema-television and author of Ghouls, Gimmicks and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, has several recommendations, which are “less familiar but which hold untold pleasures for those lucky enough to see them.” Read more from SMU News.

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