During my freshman year, I met a sophomore at a rush party and asked her out. Our second date was going on opening day to see Hannibal. It was her idea, which I thought was pretty badass. The whole movie I was trying to decide when to make a move. Hannibal didn’t help. Mason Verger is a mood killer. We didn’t have a third date.
The Others (2001)
Jeepers Creepers (2001)/Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Until I found out about the filmmaker behind it, I was a huge fan of the original Jeepers Creepers. It’s such a bummer that I can’t watch it anymore without feeling enormous guilt. I saw the original at the College Mall Cinema (which was second-run) and was blown away, especially by the ending. I went to see Jeepers Creepers 2 with my roommate Tim a couple of years later during its first-run. We went to a 9:30 pm show on a weekday and were the only two people in the theater. I thought this was weird because it was on two screens with another show...also at 9:30pm! Halfway through the movie, Tim and I were bored, and I asked him “Do you think anyone is in the other theater?” The rest of the screening(s) consisted of us going back and forth from theater to theater as we watched both screenings of Jeepers Creepers 2 simultaneously and usually alone. I’m constantly tempted to buy the Scream Factory Blu-ray of Jeepers Creepers, but I feel like it’s a test of my integrity and I don’t.
The Ring (2002)
I saw The Ring with my college girlfriend who liked mainstream PG-13 horror, but not much of the grislier stuff. She really wanted to see The Ring. We both liked it at the time (it doesn’t work on repeat viewings, imho). I remember she left her car running in the parking lot the entire movie and somehow neither of us noticed until we got back afterwards. I’m surprised her battery didn’t die. I also remember my ex used to taunt me by making her wet hair cover her face like Samara from The Ring. I didn’t like it.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Cabin Fever (2003)
I saw Cabin Fever alone on a beautiful fall afternoon during its opening weekend. Within five minutes, I regretted that decision. Cabin Fever needed to be seen with friends. I sat there loving the movie, but also dying inside knowing that nobody would understand Deputy Winston without seeing him for themselves. I dragged my friend Tim (of Jeepers Creepers 2 fame) to see Cabin Fever with me a second time. Tim and I still talked for years post-graduation. Fifty percent of our conversation was usually one of us talking about the Party Man being top priority and how the people up in Wambusau don’t know what we’re all about.
Van Helsing (2004)
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