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  1. Will you bring your to the park? I want to make a video.
  2. He was in a few popular movies in the 1990s.
  3. I can't find my keys and it's me up at night.
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477 Horror Movies
Ruth and Akane talk about scary movies.

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horror movies

I'm really scared of horror movies, so I never watch them.

'Horror movies' are scary movies that usually include a lot of blood and killing. Notice the following:

  1. Every Halloween my friends and I get together and watch horror movies.
  2. He love horror movies.

keep me up at night

Those horror movies used to keep me up at night and I couldn't sleep.

In this case, something that 'keeps you up at night' is something that makes you so scared that you can't sleep.  This can also be used to talk about something that you worry about so much that you can't sleep. Notice the following:

  1. You probably shouldn't watch this, because it will keep you up at night.
  2. It was an image that kept me up at night for weeks.

stupid movie

A lot of people think it's a pretty stupid movie, but it really made me feel scared.

A 'stupid movie' is one that is dumb and maybe doesn't make any sense. Notice the following:

  1. What a stupid movie.  I can't believe the actors agreed to be in it.
  2. I'm not surprised you haven't seen this.  It's a really stupid movie.


The whole thing was done with a hand-held camcorder, and a lot of it was in black and white.

'Camcorder' is another way to say 'video camera.' Notice the following:

  1. My parents were always holding a camcorder when we were children.
  2. People with children usually have their camcorders with them.

made a lot of money

The movie didn't take a lot of money to film it, but it made a lot of money.

Something or someone that 'makes a lot of money' generates income.  Used like this, it means that many people paid to see the movie, so the producer got a lot of money for making the film. Notice the following:

  1. Many people have made a lot of money with only one successful invention.
  2. He made a lot of money in his first job, but he spent all of it.