After hosting a successful Homecoming concert, IUP’s Student Activity Committee (STATIC) is hosting more fun events for students on campus this semester.
This week, STATIC hosted a “Netflix & Chill” double feature on Thursday. The event took place in the Hadley Union Building (HUB) Ohio room at 6 p.m. Besides watching the movie, students had the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card by participating in STATIC’s Candy Jar Guessing Game.
“We are excited to offer students opportunities to gather with friends and watch new film releases while enjoying classic movie theater snacks, beverages and activities,” Ali Walker (graduate, student affairs and higher education), STATIC’s graduate student advisor, said.
The movies chosen were both parts of the “Quiet Place” series: “A Quiet Place” (2018) and “A Quiet Place Part II” (2020).
Both movies were starred by Emily Blunt, known for her roles in “Into the Woods” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” and John Krasisinski, known for his role as Jim Halpert in “The Office.” The horror series follow the story of a family that must live in absolute silence in order to avoid a mysterious creature that hunts by sound, and even a slight noise might be what dooms them.
The series is widely acclaimed by movie critics. The first movie has a 96 percent critic approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the highest scores for horror films on the review aggregator website. It is currently placed at number four, only losing to “Us,” “Get Out” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”
The second movie, “A Quiet Place Part II,” is not considered so much of a disappointment either. It has a 91 percent critic approval score, placing it just outside of the top 100 highest ratings for horror movies.
“[A Quiet Place is] a welcome alternative to the mind-shredding din of virtually any modern action movie,” movie critic Jeanette Catsoulis said on her review for the New York Times. “In its convincing portrayal of a situation where a rusty nail is as lethal as an unexploded bomb, and the few remaining inhabitants seem more likely to die of stress than anything else, the movie rocks.”
The movie has not only pleased the critics but also the public. Outside of IUP, this translates to an impressive $350 million box office compared to a budget of only $17 million for the movie’s production. At IUP, this translates to a decent student turnout at the event.
Many students felt as though the choice was really well suited for the times as October is regarded by many as the “spooky season” due to Halloween. Many felt that a horror movie goes well with the Halloween theme.
“I think it’s nice that they are doing something for Halloween,” Milady Lagunas (sophomore, political science/pre-law) said, “especially because I love Halloween; it is one of my favorite seasons.”
Students who missed “A Quiet Place” do not need to worry. STATIC will be hosting another horror “Netflix & Chill” night before the Halloween season ends.
“On Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., we will be partnering with [the Center for Multicultural Leadership and Engagement] for [another ‘Netflix & Chill’] event and it will feature the film Candyman,” Walker said.
Students do not need to register prior to attending the event. All that is needed to do is show up and have fun.