Dolls

This story is the first-place winner in the Front Page’s first ever Halloween Writing Contest. 

This story is the first-place winner in the Front Page’s first ever Halloween Writing Contest.     

By Deanna Costar

        I love dolls. I have a playhouse for them and a bunch of clothes. Sometimes I think I have so many dolls they might take over my room. I have girl dolls and boy dolls, short dolls and tall dolls, mommy dolls, daddy dolls, and baby dolls. I have other toys, but dolls are my favorite.

       My mommy gave me a new doll today. She said it was to say sorry for last night. I don’t know what happened last night. I heard mommy and daddy yelling, but I don’t know why. I think mommy was mad about a “Lucy.”  I don’t know a “Lucy.” Maybe she’s one of daddy’s friends. Daddy has a lot of friends who come over when mommy is away on work. Sometimes they even stay the night in Mommy and Daddy’s room.

       But either way, I got a new doll, and Mommy slept in my room last night too, because all the yelling was scary, and I couldn’t stop crying. I love when she comes and sleeps in my room. We cuddle all night long, and she plays with my hair and tells me she loves me.

       But Mommy seems tired today. Daddy isn’t home yet, and she hasn’t started making dinner. Usually she has dinner ready by the time Daddy gets home, but she’s just staring at the picture of us on the wall. I don’t remember when the picture was taken since I was a baby. Mommy told me that her and Daddy took me to the pumpkin patch for my first Halloween, and that Grandma was there too. I tripped and fell into a pumpkin and Mommy thought I broke my nose, but Daddy just laughed. Grandma took a picture of it, and Mommy liked the look on Daddy’s face so much she got the picture printed. His smile was huge.

       I look down at my dolls. I’m about to start playing house when I hear a crash. I look up. The picture is on the ground. Mommy’s hands are red, dripping from the boo-boo onto the floor. Mommy is crying, I think she’s hurt.

       “Mommy?”

       She doesn’t respond.

       “Mommy?”

       Nothing.

       “Mommy?” I yell.

       “Yes, baby?”

       “Mommy’s hurt?”

       “No, baby.” She’s still crying but smiles at me. “Mommy is okay. How about you go get your dolls while Mommy cleans this up?”

       “Okay, Mommy.” I go back to my dolls. Mommy is still crying, but I try to just play. I hear her pick up the picture and put it in the trash. Daddy walks in as she’s washing her hands.

       I can’t understand what they’re saying. Mommy goes to hug him but stops. She mentions lipstick on daddy’s white shirt. I like playing with Mommy’s lipstick, and she always smiles when I do, but she doesn’t seem to like Daddy’s lipstick.

       Mommy starts yelling, rubbing her boo-boo down Daddy’s shirt. It leaves red all over it. Daddy starts yelling too, and Mommy is crying harder again. Both aren’t looking at me, so I run up to my room, but the yelling is so loud I can still hear it. I close the door, and I can still hear the yelling, but I don’t understand the words.

       Until I hear Daddy yell, “I’m leaving!”

       Mommy didn’t sleep with me that night, and Daddy wasn’t there the next morning. Mommy didn’t come to wake me up, so I went to go find her. She was downstairs and didn’t look good. Her eyes were red, and there was an empty bottle beside her.

       “Hi baby.” She didn’t sound normal.

       “Mommy? What’s wrong?”

       “Nothing baby.” She stood up and almost fell over. “Nothing at all. Want ice cream? Let Mommy get you some ice cream.”

        “Are you sure?”

       “Yeah, baby. Go grab a doll, and Mommy will take you out to get some ice cream.”

       I get a doll and follow Mommy to the car. She picks me up and puts me in my seat. She puts me down a bit hard, and my back starts to hurt. She doesn’t put the belt over me either.

       Mommy starts the car, and I start to play with my doll. I realize that I’m missing the Mommy doll. Baby doll can’t do anything without Mommy doll. Mommy doll always takes care of her.

       “Mommy! I need to get the Mommy doll.”

       “No, you don’t, baby.” I can feel the car start going faster.

       “But Mommy! I need it.” I think I’m going to cry.

       “Stop yelling, baby.” She doesn’t sound good.

       “Mommy!”

       “You know you’re just like your father! You always want something from me that I can’t give you!” She looks at me in the mirror. “Stop asking me for more-”

       I don’t really understand what happens next. There’s a loud crash, Mommy is screaming, I feel like I’m flying. I hold onto my baby doll harder, wondering if she feels like she’s flying too. Then, there’s a splash. My head hurts and I start to see red. I try to touch my boo-boo, but my arms feel trapped by my side as water starts to fill up the car. I look up at Mommy one last time, her body folded over.

“Mommy?”

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Halloween (2018) Review

1978’s Halloween was produced for a mere 325,000 dollars. Yet, it has become one of the most iconic films, with one of the most recognizable villains, ever made. The film starred Jaime Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, and Tony Moran.

By Matt Cunningham

The art of film-making has the capability of changing pop culture for decades to come. Many films have accomplished this goal. Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and many others have had lasting impacts on our culture. However, there have been few films that have reached the iconic status of 1978’s slasher film, Halloween.

The film was a simple premise, as six-year old Michael Myers murders his 17 year old sister. Myers is sent to a mental institution for 15 years. On October 30, 1978, Myers was being transported to court, when he stole a car and escaped.

1978’s Halloween was produced for a mere $325,000. Yet, it has become one of the most iconic films with one of the most recognizable villains ever made. This is due to excellent directing and composing from John Carpenter. The film starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, and Tony Moran.

On October 19, 2018, Halloween fans finally got to sink their teeth into a direct sequel to the classic original film. After years of vastly disappointing sequels, 2018’s Halloween is an exceptional film. Luckily, it pretends that the other sequels never happened. The film features the acting talents of Jamie Lee Curtis (reprising her role of Laurie Strode), Judy Greer (Archer and Jurassic World) as Karen Strode (Laurie’s daughter), and Nick Castle as Michael Myers.

The plot of the movie mainly centers around Laurie, as she has been planning for Myers’ return for 40 years. She has isolated herself and has been trying to warn her family about his inevitable return. When Myers’ prison bus crashes, he is set free and will once again wreak havoc on Halloween night.  

This film is everything I want to see in a horror film. From start to finish, this is a terrifying, white-knuckle experience that had me on the edge of my seat. This is all because of stellar directing from David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down). As soon as John Carpenter’s famous score crept into the film, it had me hooked. As the echoes of the audience cheering were going around the theatre when Myers put on his mask, the fun had only just begun.

Some truly touching character moments are sprinkled in throughout the film, as I found myself genuinely caring whether or not these characters lived or died. Laurie is the most developed character of the film, as she is one of the best female characters I have seen in recent memory. This is in large part due to an excellent performance from Jamie Lee Curtis. As Laurie desperately tries to warn her family that Michael Myers has escaped, we get to see some suspenseful, heart-pounding sequences.

The second act of the film is when Halloween (2018), becomes the most fun I’ve had in a theatre this year.  There is an exhilarating sequence involving a babysitter in a close-quartered house. The music drains out, as you begin to wonder where Myers could be hiding. David Gordon Green directs suspense so excellently, as I could feel my body tense up during these sequences. The film does not give the audience the relief of a jumpscare, as it builds more and more tension by not showing Michael Myers very much.

In terms of satisfaction in movies, there have been few films in recent memory that have given me as much as watching Myers complete his kills. They are not over the top, as they feel realistically violent.

The last 30 minutes of the film were some of the most thrilling and terrifying moments one can get out of a horror film. An unpredictable, unrelentingly suspenseful sequence makes the way this film wraps up extremely satisfying, even if it is somewhat abrupt.

Halloween (2018) was the most fun I’ve had at the movies this year. It’s a fast-paced thrill ride from beginning to end that all film lovers should experience. There have been a lot of memorable films this year, and this is no different. Halloween will scare the pants off you, and it’s worth it in the end. It is worth the full price of a ticket because I’m going to give 2018’s Halloween an A.  

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