In our Read 180 R books, we have the story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. Each year, I think about showing my students the actual movie from 1960 starring Vincent Price. Well, this year, I finally did. In December, I found the DVD online for $5.25. So I ordered it and watched it. It was refreshing because there's no bad language in it. I wasn't sure how my students would respond, since the movie was made before technology came into play.
The first day the plot developed very slowly and some of my students got restless. But today, as we watched the rest of the movie, they were very involved. They were commenting and asking each other questions. When the movie ended, we discussed the similiarities and differences between the movie and the story we read. I asked them specific questions and I was impressed how well they had paid attention.
One of my colleagues came by and said he remembered watching this movie when he was in middle school. I wonder how many of my students will remember watching this movie 35 years from now.