Opinion: The Dark Mirror offers Kraken-free horror experience

By Rachel Ambelang
Guest Contributor

Want to watch something horrifying without Krakens?

Halloween is one of those holidays that both kids and adults anticipate with the same enthusiasm. Unfortunately, dressing up in strange costumes and banging on strangers doors for candy is frowned upon after a certain age (don’t worry, I know you all do it anyway), and so we adults have to start looking for different ways to enjoy this fantastic holiday. The answer this year is The Dark Mirror.

The Dark Mirror is Waco’s horror film festival, which is free and open to anyone who loves horror movies.

This year its theme is “Horror and the Soul,” and it begins Friday, 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 with the film “Risen”. After the screening there will be a Q&A with Damon Crump, director of the film.

Two additional movies will be shown that night including “Jacob’s Ladder” at 5:30 p.m. and “The Mist” at 8 p.m. The festival continues on Saturday with the 1978 version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” at 3 p.m., “Session 9” at 5:30 p.m., and concludes with “The Exorcist” at 8 p.m.

The festival will be even more compelling for those who are interested in how horror films reflects the American culture. Matt Cardin, who is an instructor in the Writing Center at MCC, and James Kendrick, film and digital media professor at Baylor, are the co-creators of The Dark Mirror and will be sharing a brief background of the films historical contexts and cultural influences.

The Dark Mirror will be held in MCC’s indoor Lecture Hall, and concessions will be sold. What is a better way to celebrate Halloween then watching one (or six) classic horror films?

Please send comments to lariat@baylor.edu.