Every Wednesday at 9 p.m. a group of students gather in a
darkened garage. They sit in rows of eight old couches and a few
lawn chairs, surrounded by horror movie posters, cardboard
character cutouts on one wall and old skateboards on the other.
Ryan Skeels, a junior forestry major, begins the night by
presenting a short speech to his peers. He then turns off all the
lights except for a strip of twinkling lights running down the
center of the garage floor. He turns on the two TVs sitting up
front and starts the first of two horror movies for the
For a little over a year, Skeels and his roommates have been
entertaining fellow horror movie fans in what they like to call The
Bloody Garage. It began in August of 2003, when Skeels and his
friends wanted a creepy place to watch horror movies. In the year
since, this group of horror movie lovers have watched over 50
movies and moved to a new house and garage.
“The old place was so creepy,” Skeels said. “Since there was no
side door you had to enter and exit through the lift-up garage
door, right when we’d get to a scary part someone would open the
door and make everyone jump.”
Last Wednesday, Skeels was wearing a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
shirt, the first movie shown in the Bloody Garage. Along with
classic horror movies like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the
Bloody Garage has screened many of Peter Jackson’s old horror
films, which Skeels describes as “fairly grotesque.”
“I’ve been coming since its inception,” said Lance Smith, a
Bloody Garage patron.
Smith was enthusiastic about the Oct. 20 movies, “Friday the
Thirteenth Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan” and “House of 1,000
Corpses.” According to Smith, Part 6 was a highlight of the Friday
the Thirteenth series because “a girl defeated Jason using
telekinesis and burned him up with gasoline.”
“We all cheer for the good deaths, we’re at ninety-something
deaths in the Jason series,” Skeels said.
No one is sure how many total movie deaths have been shown in
“We only see each other on movie night,” Skeels said of the
people who gather in the Bloody Garage on Wednesday nights. Still,
he seems to know everyone in the room on a personal level and is
excited to meet the few newcomers that are present.
After a few minutes of talking everyone in the garage quiets
down and listens attentively to Skeels’ speech before the show
Skeels starts with some trivia about the Friday the Thirteenth
“The guy who plays Jason has the word “kill” tattooed on the
back of his lower lip,” Skeels said.
Skeels is full of horror-movie trivia, and even explains to the
audience why the number thirteen is unlucky.
“It began with Christ and the twelve Apostles,” Skeels said.
“The first person who rises from a table of thirteen is supposed to
die within the year…. There is an organization existing in France
to provide a last minute party guest, so no dinner party has
After the movie starts there is constant commentary from the
audience, both cheering for and mocking the characters in the
Every time someone is killed in the movie cheers fill the
garage, the more gruesome the death, the louder the cheers. The
loudest cheer of the night went out when Jason killed a man by
pushing a searing hot sauna stone into his stomach. One movie
watcher yelled, “death with a sauna stone” and then raised his beer
and toasted with all those around him.
While horror movies are the bread and butter of the Bloody
Garage, they aren’t the only movies shown.
“Every now and then they show a strange movie, like ‘Kill Bill,’
‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ or ‘Home Alone,'” said Blake Hansen, a
Fort Collins resident.
Skeels said they do this to keep it interesting and to surprise
To make the final movie night of last semester memorable
everyone dressed as their favorite horror movie character.
“It was a lot of fun,” Skeels said.
Skeels and his roommates plan on continuing the Bloody Garage
for the rest of the year.