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Friday March 5th

Arts & Culture


DTH Photo Illustration. A student watches "Halloweentown." With COVID-19 forcing students to get creative with their Halloween celebrations, many are opting to stay in and watch spooky movies and TV shows.

'Halloweentown' to 'Hocus Pocus': Students revisit their favorite Halloween movies

There’s something special about watching Halloween movies and episodes that guided so many people through their childhoods. From "Hocus Pocus" to "Halloweentown," seasonal movies and TV shows take the audience for a ride through the spooky season with beloved characters on the screen. The wide variety of Halloween films across genres is a positive for the movie marathons to come this season, as some people love the Halloween spirit but cannot fathom the suspense of horror movies. 

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The poster for UNC alumnus Jake Lawler's "Good Samaritans," one of the 15 films at Film Fest 919. Photo courtesy of Film Fest 919.

UNC alumnus to make film debut in Film Fest 919

This year’s Film Fest 919 will feature 15 different films, including “Good Samaritans,” in which UNC alumnus Jake Lawler stars alongside his brother and co-writer Conor Lawler, a UNC School of the Arts student. The 12-minute-long film focuses on an interaction between two strangers who debate the topic of homelessness after witnessing a homeless man being abused.

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