Horror-SciFi Club in Time for Halloween


By CodyPrawicka                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Are you interested in ghosts, zombies, vampires, gore, and just getting the ever loving pants scared off you? Then the Horror Sci-Fi Club is the place for you!

The Horror Sci-Fi club is run by Dr. William Burns of the English Department at the Ammerman Campus. For those of you who don’t know he is also the Writing Center Coordinator for the Ammerman Campus. However a Horror Sci-Fi club could mean a different number of things; so what exactly is the Horror Sci-Fi Club? “The Horror Sci-Fi Club is a club for all students who love horror and science fiction books, TV shows and movies, as well as comic books and graphic novels. We are also interested in the paranormal, the esoteric, the underground, and the mysterious. If it’s weird, surreal, or other-worldly, we are into it.”

Students who feel passionately about horror genre of film as well as literature might agree that this a great idea for a club. However, as you may know some club are not open to all students. There are pre-requisites to some clubs but, Dr. Burns explained this is not the case for Horror Sci-Fi, “All full and part time students at SCCC are welcome. I am co-advisor with Professor Greg Gudelinis. Occasionally past members and officers have come back to visit us.” Students will be very surprised that this club was open to all of the colleges students not just those who go to the Ammerman Campus.

If you’re a big fan of horror films like The Exorcist and Halloween because let’s face it, when you’re a young adult or teenager you love to be frightened and see things that you have never seen before. Plus if you’re a guy, you can’t resist when you take your date to a horror movie and something pops out she screams n hugs you for dear life.

However most people would be curious to what kind of films would the club be watching or have watched since there are so many to choose from. Burns said, ” We have shown lots of movies such as A Clockwork Orange, Zombie, They Live, Dead Snow, Dune, Dark City, The Evil Dead, Night of the Living Dead, The Brood. We usually show two movies per semester: one movie is chosen by the club members and one is chosen by the club officers.”
Most film critics would agree that all of these films are considered to be revolutionary and cult classics for the horror genre so horror fans will very excited and intrigued to find out what other films the club would be showing.Even if you are not a huge fan of horror, don’t overlook this gem that the college has to offer. Dr. Burns doesn’t only look at these films as a source of entertainment he sees it as an art form as well.

One thing you will learn by getting involved in this club is that watching a movie and analyzing a film are two different things. One example, A Clockwork Orange, you’ll dive into the mind of the director and understand the little sudden parts of the movie that you haven’t noticed before. In essence it’s a very different yet interesting way to look at not just a horror film but any film.

Out of all the clubs that the college has to offer only one question remains for Dr. Burns Out of all the different clubs the college has to offer like the literature club, the history club, the art club etc. what made him want to make a club that focuses on the horror sci-fi genre among anything else? He replied “I started the club because I love horror and science fiction. I have been an obsessive fan since I was a child. I was always told that these interests would warp me or turn me into a lunatic so I feel sort of vindicated that we have a club at a college with such great people that can celebrate these genres.”

It really is a good thing to see someone who’s so passionate about something and willing to share it with the college’s students. If you’re interested in joining or even attending the Horror Sci-fi Club meetings are on Wednesdays at 11am at the Ammerman Campus room 203 of the Islip Arts building. If you have any questions you can email Dr. Burns at burnsw@sunysuffolk.edu. Don’t waste time join the Horror Sci-fi Club today just in time for Halloween!

One response

  1. Great article Cody! Thanks for the exposure!

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