Oct 272004
Authors: Andrew Nuth

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

the garage.

“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

thirteen people.”

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

their guests.

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.

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