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Venom Movie Review

Hannah Bartels

    Imagine this: a giant reptile looking man with nonhuman abilities from outer space has an evil, diabolical plan to overthrow planet Earth and all of its people. The idea and type of villain sound pretty familiar. Venom is just like most hero/villian stories with a small twist.

    Venom takes place in San Francisco, California. Actor, Tom Hardy, plays Eddie Brock in the movie. Eddie is a journalist, famous for digging up dirt on public figures. He is engaged to a very skilled lawyer named Anne Weying, played by Michelle Williams.

    Everything in Eddie’s life seems to be going smooth until he makes a big slip up that leads him towards losing his job and his “soon to be” bride. Eddie’s life falls to pieces and he is swept off his feet.

    This mistake doesn’t stop Eddie from ending his personal investigation over an evil scientist by the name of Carlton Drake who does not let anything stop him from pursuing his goals. When Drake discovers an alien-like symbiote, he is determined to discover what possibilities the symbiotic can achieve.

       Eddie ends up getting so invested into his investigation, that he accidently lets a symbiote take over his body which gives him nonhuman powers and invincibility. The symbiote is Venom. Venom threatens Eddie with his life and tells him to do things that Eddie does not want to do so he can achieve his mission of overthrowing Earth.

    Drake quickly finds out what Eddie is up to and discovers that Eddie broke into his lab and stole his symbiote. Throughout the movie, he tries to get it back from him.

    Later on in the movie, Venom becomes convinced that Earth is a good place and decides that he wants to live on it with Eddie. Another evil and more powerful symbiote tries to kill Venom but Venom needs Eddie’s body to stop him from taking over Earth.

    Eddie finds out that Venom is slowly rotting his organs over the short period of time he spends in his body but is determined to stop the evil symbiote along with Venom.

    Some of the humor in Venom was somewhat corny at some points in the movie. However, the overall quality of the movie was fun, exciting and was mainly directed towards Venom and emphasizing his cool abilities.

    Venom is a great action-packed thriller for anyone who loves a twist to any superhero movie. And let’s face it, who would not want to see a movie about two giant, supernatural creatures fighting each other over planet Earth?


Top 5 Halloween Movies

Suzie Lee

    Every October people celebrate the visiting of fall; people carve up pumpkin or go trick-or-treating or bake a pumpkin pie, but mostly, watching spooky movies with friends and family is the most favorite activities to do in halloween.

    Just from the title, the “Halloween” (1978) by director John Carpenter is the most famous halloween movie to start the movie night. The horror film’s storyline follows by Michael Myers, the leading role, who killed his sister on halloween night 1963.

    “The Silence of Lamb” (1991) directed by Jonathan Demme is also notorious among critics for being strange and hair-rising throughout the movie. Movie creates a question among the human’s limitations and topic of cannibalism.

    If thriller, horror movies are not the typical go-to during halloween, “Hocus Pocus” will be a great film to watch with a family and friends who does not enjoy scary movies. “Hocus Pocus” (1993) is comedy, fantasy, family movie directed by Kenny Ortega. Three witches try to earn energy from Max, the protagonist, so they can live forever. The film gives a good laugh in between but still follows spooky atmosphere.

    Similar to “Hocus Pocus”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) by director Henry Selick is a great family halloween movie. The movie’s age rate is PG, and exquisite animations gives endless imagination to children.

    “The Addams Family” (1991) directed by Barry Sonnenfeld is also a cult-favorite classic movie among halloween fans; the Addams family is Halloween itself.

    Halloween is coming around the corner closely, and these Halloween movies will raise up the spirit of spooky and mysterious atmosphere.


School Blood Drive

Lauren Rayman

    Student Council is currently preparing for the first blood drive of the year.

    The blood drive is being held on Monday, October 29 from 8-2. Students could sign up during their lunch period this past week and can still sign up at

    Junior Abbey Staats is the chair of the committee this year. It is her first year being the chair of the committee, and she is very excited for the event.

    “This is my first year in the committee and I’m lucky to get to lead it. I love being in a committee where my committee members and I get to see all of the hard work we’ve put into that event,” Staats said.

    In previous years, American Red Cross has been the company they have used, but the committee decided to use Vitalant for the blood drive.

    “We actually went with a company called Vitalant this year because they offered us more support and easier communication and free T-shirts for every donor,” Staats explained.

    In order to promote the event, Student Council has been doing things like making posters and fliers, which can be found in the commons and throughout the school.

    Staats’s goal for the event was to have 50 donors signed up and there are currently 60. Vitalant was hoping for around 80 donors.

    The purpose of this event is to simply save lives, and each donation saves three lives. So many people want to donate blood simply because of this reason.

    Sophomore Jordan Lyle is donating blood for the first time on Monday. Lyle just turned 16 this year, so this is the first time she’s been eligible to do so.

    “I wanted to give blood because if I needed a type of blood and they didn’t have it because there was an issue I’d be a little upset,” Lyle said.

    Lyle is a little nervous to donate for the first time but is mostly excited and happy she has the opportunity.

    “I’m giving blood because I’ve always been interested in anything medical and I figured that this would be a good opportunity to try something new,” Lyle said.

    Running an event like the blood drive comes with many responsibilities. Staats had to take on many responsibilities to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

    “There are a lot of responsibilities with running any club, especially blood drive. If you left out one piece or detail, the whole event could flop. My main responsibility was staying in contact with Katy Neff, the Vitalant coordinator,” Staats said.

    Originally, the inspiration behind the event came from other schools and businesses. Many of these places do blood drives, and Stow Student Council saw how much of a difference it can make.

    Another main point of inspiration came from students just wanting to give back and help in any way possible, according to Staats.

    “Most students are so lucky to be healthy and it’s always good to help people who aren’t so healthy,” Staats said.

    Once the blood drive is over, Vitalant will deliver it to blood centers to test the blood to make sure it is safe to use. Students can learn what their blood type is once it goes through the blood centers. It is then transported to hospitals or wherever it may be needed.

    The next blood drive January 25, so be sure to look out for sign up dates.