Students gather for food, friends and horror

By Keanu Camacho - Staff Reporter

If you are passionate about the heebie-jeebies, Highline has a group of people ready to share all things creepy with you.

The Horror Movie Club meets twice weekly to explore, experience and learn about the horror community. And two years of blood, guts and suspense have done nothing to frighten away its members.

Horror Movie Club has been growing over the past year. Members are focused on creating an environment for people to have a good time and a place to get away from the Student Union and classes.

It's a place to kick back, watch movies, talk to friends and revel in the macabre.

And the club is looking to increase its body count.

Members want more students to attend the events to experience the different genres of horror films and learn about the horror industry. 

The inspiration for creating Horror Movie Club came from the founder's experience with Cinema Movie Club. 

Horror Movie Club founder Jonathan Williams was watching Scary Movie 4 at a Cinema Movie Club meeting when the inspiration hit him: Why not conjure up a Horror Movie Club? 

The idea came because he was specifically into horror films and wanted to create a community of fellow devotees. Cinema in general was fine. He was looking for something more specific.

The club began with around 25-30 members and continues to grow, he said.

For Williams, it is more than just watching horror movies. It's a place where devotees can hang out with friends and meet new people. 

It's also a place for people to just sit back, relax and enjoy a community devoted to all things scary. 

Williams said the key component of Horror Movie Club is its people. The group strives to make everyone feel welcome. Members treat you like family. And the positive outcome within the club makes people want to stay and participate.

People make connections with others to develop more friendships and bond with each other, he said. 

"We try our best to be a family that is inclusive of everybody," Williams said. 

And despite the on-edge nature of the genre, the purpose of the club is to take away stress. 

"Horror movies take your mind away from a lot because you're trying to focus on the jump-scares," Williams said. 

Meeting days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. in Building 10, room 201.

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