It was not your ordinary fundraising event at the Carrier Mills Municipal Building Saturday.
Crazed, psychotic killers with grasping blood-soaked hands outstretched, pursued shrieking teenage victims through the city and countryside. Evil monsters spawned in the depths of the worst nightmares tore their prey to bloody pieces while the victims fled screaming in all directions. The aromas of pizza and popcorn wafted through the room, while the melodic gurgle of soda pouring into cups sounded in the background.
The Horror Movie Night in Carrier Mills saw about 17 or 18 teenagers gathered at the village municipal building Saturday night. The event was held by Randy and Pamala Bynum to help raise funds for their son, Nathan's, trip to Europe next summer. Nathan, a freshman at Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School, has been selected to participate in the Eisenhower People to People Student Ambassador Program. Nathan and a group of students around his age will travel to Ireland, England and France in the summer of 2014.
Carrying blankets and pillows, the kids came in, selected their seats and headed for the refreshment buffet before settling down for the first of the evening's treats of terror. With plates piled with pizza, bags of fresh popcorn and cups of soda surrounding them, the teens watched "Penny Dreadful." The first trivia game was played with occasional cries of, "I never heard of that movie" or "Who?" greeting some of the questions. Samantha Johnson won the first game and selected a plaid throw as her prize.
The grimmer and still scary "Exorcist" in it's original and uncut version soon enthralled the audience and the next movie, "Silent Hill" continued the slightly more macabre tone of the films.
After a break for more snacking and a stretch around 11:15 p.m. the kids voted on the last film of the evening with "Insidious II" being the winning the selection, with Nathan Bynum proclaiming, "If it sucks after 30 minutes, I'm gonna put 'Insidious I' in."
Pamala Bynum was happy with the turnout.
"Everything helps and the kids had a fun night. I appreciate them coming out. My friends and family who helped get a big thanks too," Bynum said. "I especially want to thank the business that helped with this, Family Video, Rent-A-Center. Pizza Hut and Little Caesars. We couldn't have done it without them."
A night of blood, gore and goodies drifted to a close with the bass rumble of the sound bar's woofers shuddering through the air and the tantalizing smell of popcorn drifting like a ghost in the atmosphere.