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After running 5 kilometers, senior Sanil Desai finishes his cross country race at Vista Ridge. Desai will be attending Brown University in the fall to pursue an education in medicine. “The feeling of finishing a race is so rewarding,” Desai said. “Being involved in a variety of extracurriculars has taught me how to balance my time and be well rounded. These activities have also allowed me to be involved in my interests and the school.
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Mai Cachila, Reporter • May 24, 2024

His cursor hovers over the email...

Crossing her fingers tightly, senior Sophie Triche smiles proudly for her senior photo. Triche plans to attend Kilgore college and is hopeful to continue high kicking with the Rangerettes in the fall. “When I first saw the Rangerettes, I was enamored by how professional they were,” Triche said. “It made me absolutely fall in love with them and everything they do. I knew I wanted to dance after high school and the Rangerettes to me, feels like home. I could not be more excited when I made the official decision to try out and let my friends and family know that I was committed to be a hopeful for such a world renowned dance team.” Photo Courtesy of Sophie Triche
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Instructing his students, tennis coach Randy Ballenger gives feedback on the dish in front of them. Ballenger has been teaching at Cedar Park for 19 years and just took on the introduction to culinary course this school year. “For the most part its been just a unique amazing work,” Ballenger said. “It’s the community that keeps me here, the people that I work with and just the encompassing school. Its just an amazing place and Im definitely rooted here for a while.”
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Much More than a Coach
Mai Cachila, Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Standing with his guitar during Garage Band practice, senior Trevor Von Wupperfeld smiles for the camera. Von Wupperfeld was a founding member of the club, along with a long line of other activities at Cedar Park that earned him the title of Most Involved. “All of the music programs at our school are very, very dedicated, Von Wupperfeld said. Its kind of an all or nothing type of deal. And I am not a big fan of the all or nothing. So I kinda found a garage band to house all of the musicians who didnt have a place in the school or people who didnt have a traditional instrument they played. We take guitarists and basses and all kinds of stuff.  Photo Courtesy of Trevor Von Wupperfeld
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Arav Neroth, Guest Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Holding her debut novel Lorida, senior Lilly Stone poses with her self-published novel for her senior photos. Stone said that she is optimistic about what her future holds in the literary world, and is proud of how far she has come despite the odds. “It doesnt take a special skill set to write a book, and you don’t have to be anyone special to do it,” Stone said. “If you have the drive and motivation, you have to just keep pushing yourself to write even when you don’t feel like it, because, in the end, you will be proud of what you’ve accomplished.” Courtesy of Lilly Stone
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Gaby Coutts, Guest Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Waterloo swim instructor, Emler swim instructor, and Camp Hope leader are just some of the jobs available for students over the summer. Junior Clara Rabago will be working as a small group leader at Camp Hope for two weeks over the summer where she will be taking care of the children there and participating in activities such as church services, games, art, and science. “I’m excited to have my own kids this year,” Rabago said. “I like seeing how a kid will come in and be super shy, but then they come out all being friends. They’re so happy and energetic and it’s just cool to see how much these kids grow within a week.”
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Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Seven Great (and Six Not So Great) Horror Movies to Watch
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The app “Letterboxd” makes logging and reviewing movies super easy. I would be lying if I didn’t say I had fun watching them. Please, give all of these movies a watch, especially “Troll 2”. Being the worst doesn’t mean its unwatchable.

It’s that time of year again, my personal favorite time of the year, Halloween. There are a lot of reasons why I love Halloween, the costumes, the parties, the razor blades in my apples, the community aspect; it’s all wonderful. But more than all, I love the movies. Over the past three years, my tolerance for horror has grown exponentially. If I had seen “Hereditary” the year it came out, I would have cried like a child, but I’ve become fascinated with horror, to the point that it may be my favorite movie genre ever. I love finding niche short films and watching Hollywood classics, and I want to share that joy. So, here are seven great, and six not-so-great horror movies you can watch this Halloween season. None of these are in a particular order, but some are better than others, and for your reading pleasure, before each review I’ve added either a quote from the movie, a one-liner or a pun related to the movie.

  1. “Unedited Footage of a Bear” by Alan Resnick

Length: 11 minutes

How to watch: Youtube

“One time I took some ibuprofen and ended up chucking a Winnebago at my neighbor’s house, so I understand the woman’s pain in this film.”

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“Unedited Footage of a Bear” by Alan Resnick is one of the most creative and well-executed horror short films I have ever seen in my entire life. What starts out as an innocent video gets interrupted by an over-the-counter medication infomercial, which slowly turns into a terrifying story about addiction, abuse, and losing your sense of self. While only being a short 11 minutes, there is no doubt that all ideas shown were used to the fullest potential. Beyond the film, you can find yourself going down a rabbit hole by going to the website mentioned in the film and looking at behind-the-scenes footage. If you are in the mood for a short but horrifying story, this is the film for you.

  1. “This House Has People In It” by Alan Resnick

Length: 12 minutes

How to watch: Youtube

“This short was so good, it had me floored the whole time.”

This is the weirdest film on the list, and that’s because it is HEAVILY experimental. By itself, the film takes place in a concise, yet very confusing, 12-minute time frame, and this is shown through the house’s security cameras. But much like the last short, this story is larger than what meets the eye. Hours of footage, websites, and text make this story infinitely more interesting. This ARG from Adult Swim is one of the coolest pieces of horror media I have ever seen. It may not be as violent or gory, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t depressing, unsettling, and at times, horrifying. At face value, it is about a family facing a tragic event in 12 minutes.

  1. “Cube” by Vincenzo Natali

Length: 90 minutes

How to watch: Youtube, Amazon

“Turned off halfway due to the lack of triangles. This is erasure.”

“Cube” is like if “Saw” and “Final Destination” met in geometry class. With such a simple premise, and seemingly simple set, an extravagant story unfolds as five regular people are trapped together, with death lurking for them at every corner. But unlike Saw, the horror isn’t within the traps, it’s within the people. This movie was truly ahead of its time and is a marvel in creating unrealistic characters having very realistic emotions. The film isn’t supposed to be a 1-1 representation of us as a society, but rather what happens in dire situations.

  1. “The Truman Show” by Peter Weir

Length: 103 minutes

How to watch: Amazon

“Good afternoon, good evening, and good night.”

Some say that this isn’t a horror movie, but those people are dead wrong. “The Truman Show” isn’t just a horror movie, but also a tragedy disguised as a comedy, with one of the most bone-chilling endings to ever exist in cinema. There are no words to describe how great Jim Carrey is in this film, but I wish there were. This takes the feeling of thinking you are being watched to a whole new level. By the way, you should check outside your window. Run. Run. Run.

  1. “Nope” by Jordan Peele

Length: 130 minutes

How to watch: Amazon, Apple TV

“This cured my God complex, thanks, Jordan!”

There is a reason this made it in my top three horror movies of all time, it’s very, very, good. My boss said this movie was pretentious, so I have now put my two weeks’ notice in. This movie is extremely experimental, weird, engaging, and my boss is insane for not understanding the complexity of Jordan Peele. It can be hard to follow at times, and the symbolism can be hard to pick up on, but I will always come back to this movie just to find something interesting that I missed my first watch-through. Everything is so well written, well shot, and has one of the coolest horror villains to ever exist. At its core, it’s a story about greed, regret, and narcissism. 

  1. “Midsommar” by Ari Aster

Length: 147 minutes

How to watch: Amazon, Apple TV

“This movie was unbearably fantastic.”

This movie made me cry, scream, shiver and all other scary emotions. This movie left me scared for days and I still don’t know how to recover from it. While not being the number one pick, this movie is objectively the scariest movie on this list. Being seemingly stranded in the middle of nowhere, with a cult constantly keeping an eye on you, has to be my literal worst nightmare. The dynamic between the two main characters really shows how dysfunctional their relationship is, and how they both need to come to terms with it. However, by the end of the movie, it’s too late.

  1. “Get Out” by Jordan Peele

Length: 104 minutes

How to watch: Hulu, Peacock, Amazon

“This movie makes me want to vote for Obama a third time.”

This is not just my favorite horror movie of all time, this is my favorite MOVIE of all time. I don’t think that you could make this movie any better because it is pure perfection. The writing, the acting, the effects, and the overall quality of the film is incredible. Each moment of the movie feels eerie and unsettling, filled with some of the most horrifying moments I have ever seen. Each moment slowly makes you more and more uncomfortable as the characters slowly drop their facade and you learn more about the family, the house, and what these people want. While not as gory or bloody as some of the others on this list, the tone and concept is what sends shivers down your spine. I cannot recommend this movie enough and I wish I could go into more detail, but this article has a whole other half. If you catch me in the hallway, I would be more than happy to drop everything and talk about this movie.

 

Now that we are out of the way with all that artistic, wonderful, ethereal nonsense, let’s get into that garbage!

  1. “Cube 2: Hypercube” by Andrzej Sekula

Length: 94 minutes

How to watch: Amazon

“Cubes are less scary to me now.”

“Cube 2: Hypercube” is of course the sequel to “Cube.” But this sequel completely takes everything about what made the first movie good and throws it all away. The mystery behind what the cube is, the great character interaction, and the overall aesthetic of the movie are completely gone. In the first “Cube,” there was a way to get out, color-coded rooms, math and puzzles, but this replaces it all with a “Sci-Fi” white room that never seems to change.  Basically, don’t watch this movie if you want to have fun.

  1. “The Call” by Brad Anderson

Length: 94 minutes

How to watch: Amazon

“AITA for going out of my jurisdiction as a police dispatcher because of a mistake I made two years ago?”

I found this movie through a TikTok movie clips account, and this movie is THE main reason I don’t trust those accounts. The first two acts are pretty decent, as every moment feels tense and quick, but the third act feels like an ending of a generic prime-time television series that follows a group of police officers your mother found on the Freeform channel. The actor does a pretty good job at playing a creep, as there were multiple times I felt uncomfortable while he stared down the barrel of the camera. However, this does not excuse the writing of the character, as he seems to get away with almost every murder he commits. Most of these kills are played off like it’s “American Psycho,” but if “American Psycho” got rid of the satire and if the question of “was any of it was real” was eliminated from the movie. This man makes the most incomprehensible choices in a matter of milliseconds. This movie is probably the “best” of the bad movies, but that doesn’t mean it was enjoyable overall.

  1. “The VelociPastor” by Brandon Steere

Length: 75 minutes

How to watch: Youtube, Amazon

“They used a T-rex costume for the entire movie.”

From this point on, all of these movies are in a ‘so bad it’s good’ category, but do be warned that these are still horrible. “The VelociPastor” is exactly what it sounds like. A pastor goes through a Peter Parker-esk story, where both of his parents die and he gets the power to turn into a velociraptor. This movie was made as a joke, but I’m still putting it on the list because it was too silly not to.

  1. “Twisted Pair” by Neil Breen

Length: 89 minutes

How to watch: Youtube

“Programmable. Virtual. Reality. The corrupt version…”

If you have ever wondered what a Sci-Fi action horror movie would be like if it was on a budget of 7000 dollars, I have the movie for you. Since 2007, Neil Breen has been directing, editing, producing, and acting in all of his films. And if you aren’t picking up on these hints, Neil Breen’s movies are bad. This movie is almost unwatchable, but it is gut-bustlingly hilarious with its “amazing” special effects. Give this one a watch and turn your brain off, it’s worth it.

  1. “American Psycho II: All American Girl” by Morgan J. Freeman

Length: 88 minutes

How to watch: Apple TV

“I just killed the world’s greatest serial killer, I couldn’t wait to grow up!”

No, not that Morgan Freeman, this is a different guy. If you liked “American Psycho,” you should know that this movie was not meant to be a sequel to “American Psycho.” In fact, nothing about the movie is mentioned outside of the first three minutes. It disregards everything the first film sets up, and goes from a satire on Wall Street and businessmen into a movie about a snarky teen who is just good at killing people. If this was a parody of the first movie, it would have been brilliant satire. But we don’t live in that world, we live in this world.

  1. “Troll 2” by Claudio Fragasso

Length: 95 minutes

How to watch: Apple TV

“They’re eating her! And then they’re going to eat me! OH MY GOOOOD”

Before I start this review, I want to let you know that this movie does not mention a troll a single time. This movie is about a much scarier creature, goblins. For those who don’t know, this is claimed by many to be the worst movie ever made. Now yes, “The Room” and “Birdemic: Shock and Terror” are horrible, but this movie is one of the funniest things I have ever seen, and I promise, that you will feel exactly the same. Much like “American Psycho 2,” this movie was meant to be its own film, until the studio decided to make it a tie-in sequel, with nothing relating to the original. The acting is one of the worst things I have ever seen, with some of the worst dialogue I have ever heard. I wholeheartedly mean it when I say that this movie is the BEST bad movie of all time, and is a must-watch cinematic dumpster fire. There is also an amazing documentary about the movie that the main character made for the 20th anniversary, and it is a perfect “where are they now” type reunion.

 

Well, folks, that is the end of this list!  Even though half of the movies on this list are terrible, I would be lying if I didn’t say I had fun watching them. Please, give all of these movies a watch, especially “Troll 2.” Being the worst doesn’t mean it’s unwatchable. That role goes to “Cube 2: Hypercube.” That movie doesn’t deserve any praise. Happy Halloween and I hope to do another list like this in the future!

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Mia Morneault
Mia Morneault, Reporter
Mia is a sophomore and its her first year as a reporter for The Wolfpack, and second year on The Wolfcast staff. She enjoys creative writing and making scripts for video essays, skits and screenplays. Mia primarily enjoys writing opinion or review articles. She loves learning new things and applying it to her work, such as animation, music and VFX work. While she has a long way ahead of her before she goes to college, she hopes to attend the University of Southern California. She has many other interests such as movies, video games and reading comic books. She is always trying to improve her skills and brighten peoples day with laughs.

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