Welcome back to Howdy’s Hot Seat, this week I’m bringing you a classic format hot seat with your favourite flea-ridden horror fan. The one and only (thankfully) wolfman1959. For those new to this regular editorial this is an on going feature where we interview regular joe’s and err ladies who are registered members of our forums and frequent our site on a regular basis. We are literally taking the pulse of the horror community, where others interview celebs we interview the folks that make the celebs who they are.
So on with the interrogation, I mean friendly interview.
Let’s start with an easy one. What are your 3 favourite horror films and more importantly why are they your favourites?
My favourite film of all time in the genre is “Jaws”, such a fantastic film, ok the shark looks a bit hokey. I think it is the film I have seen the most times on dvd and video and I never get tired of it. So much better than the novel, many memorable scenes. I know there are a few on the forum who share my passion for this film, that wonderful example of Feminism and the goddess of gore MovieMaven for one, god bless her cotton socks! Mwah! Anyway I digress, the second is the original Dawn Of The Dead. I saw this when it first came out in the cinema, and I saw it before I had seen ” Night Of The Living Dead” although I knew about that film of course. “Dawn ” just blew me away! I sat there stunned, I love most Romero films, nobody but nobody does zombies the way he did/ does. The third film is strangely enough the next in the zombie Trilogy, ” Day of The Dead” again I saw this in the cinema when first released and it really was a great experience on the big screen with the underground shelter setting, the zombie effects were awesome in this and the special effects at the climax were just that special. A lot of people don’t rate ” Day” but I love it, thank you George Romero for giving me so much pleasure!
What would you say is the biggest draw of horror? Why do you like horror films?
For me it’s the hardiness of the genre, by that I mean that horror has been there in some shape or form since the beginning of film history. There is no limit to the imagination of the audience, even though there is a limit to what you see on the film due to budget . In the 1930’s audiences were chilled more often than not by what they didn’t see, it was left to the imagination. This went on for decades even when “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” came out in the 70’s, a lot of people think they see loads of violence and cutting up, they don’t. Even in the graphic films of today, each of us have our own interpretations of what’s going on and how we perceive it. Horror cinema is, on the whole, not given enough credit for its durability when other genres rise and fall, horror has always been there, always been a crowd puller and always will be.
What don’t you like about the horror genre? Don’t say nothing, there’s always something that bugs even the most rabid fan.
The tendency in Horror films to milk a good idea dry, by doing not two or three sequels but any number until they have nowhere new to go and people start to turn against the films because they become stuck in a rut.It’s happening in T.V as well, very tiresome. ho hum .
What keeps you sticking around this wonderfully insane website? Is it the people? The articles? The free beer and Cheetos that are always promised for tomorrow?
For me it’s definitely the people on HMCA, this is a tightly knit community, full of people all different but with ONE very big thing in common, their love of horror. I have been a member here for over two years now, and have gained I hope good relationships with some members, I try to help them at times and they do the same for me. When someone is going through a bad time or a sad time, a loss of a loved one or pet, EVERYONE offers a kind word, if someone asks for advice, someone will give it, this is a family.We get the occasional idiots who try to disrupt things, but we have a very good ” Police Force” on here, who keep order and do a great job. There is a large portion of Beautiful women on here which also helps keep the interest, I love the banter and I’m certainly in love on here. You know who you are, girls!
Every film fan has a movie that they like but nobody else seems to have heard of. What’s yours? Why should we try and find it?
Not strictly a horror film, but it has it’s horrific moments, it’s a film I have mentioned on the site a few times, and if you look it up on IMDB a lot of the people that talk about it say when they start talking about it , nobody around them seems to have heard of it. It’s “The Ninth Configuration” (1980) starring Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller and a big supporting cast of well known actors. It’s directed and written by William Peter Blatty, and it’s a film difficult to describe and I love it, it’s funny, it’s moving, it makes you think, it uplifts, there isn’t that much violence but what there is, is memorable. It deals with insanity and faith and the human spirit. I never tire of this film. I did a post on it ages ago and as far as I know only Fred Garvin and Deadhorse knew of it and had seen it, both liked it. check it out.
I know we’re being inundated with remakes and we all have some complaints about them but if you could remake any horror movie what would it be? Who would you cast in it, direct it ,etc ? Come on let us hear about your dream remake, you’d be in complete control. Would it be a shot for shot or a reboot?
Again not strictly a horror film, but this one is more borderline and again has horror moments ” The Man With X Ray Eyes” (1963) with Ray Milland and directed by Roger Corman. I love the original film, but being Corman it was low budget and it needs a big budget. Don’t get me wrong I think it is one of Corman’s best films but I want to see what Dr Xavier’s seeing, not just hear him talking about it. this was going to be re made a few years ago with Tim Burton directing but didn’t get done for whatever reason, he would have been fine, but I’m not actually going to go for him as director. I would have David Cronenberg who would make a success of it and make it his way like he did the fly remake. The star? it may seem a strange choice but I think that of the actors around today George Clooney would be an interesting choice.
While we’re on the subject of remakes, which horror film do you think needs to be remade just because they got it wrong the first time? Why? Where did they go wrong?
You know, with Hammer on the rise again, this one may get re done ” The Lost Continent” (1968) a Hammer film based on the Dennis Wheatley novel called “Uncharted Seas ” I believe. This was a little seen, weird, haphazard movie, featuring bloodsucking seaweed, a 16th century Spanish cult, giant flesh eating crabs and other strange monsters. The film was way out of it’s depth with the budget, the monsters were badly done, the story was incomprehensible as done by the script. Most of the actors, Eric Portman, Hildegarde Kneff, Nigel Stock amongst them just looked stunned.Story involved various people on a cargo boat getting caught in a storm and ending up lost at sea near a strange island where they encounter the before mentioned people and monsters. It’s bad but it’s kind of fun, and I think it would be interesting to see this redone with a big budget this time.
Lets get to the good stuff. Your dark side. What’s your guilty secret horror movie? The one you know you shouldn’t like but just can’t help watching over and over again.
“Werewolf In A Girl’s Dormitory” (1961) it’s cheap, it’s cheesey, it’s a bit sleazy but it’s fun, I like it and it features a werewolf, so what’s not to like.
What’s the worst horror film you’ve ever seen? You can take this one how you will. Worst as in most horrific or worst as in just downright terrible.
“Boarding House” (1982) absolute terrible crap!
And finally, before I unlock the shackles and turn off the mind probe, one last question.
Who do you want to see in the hot seat next? You pick the next victim, errm interviewee.
Well, I don’t know how you are setting about this, there are lots of people I am looking forward to reading their comments, I won’t bother listing them , I’ll cut to the chase and name the person, if you’re going to do it boy, girl, boy, girl as you have at the moment, then it’s a girl’s turn. I’m not going for an obvious choice I’m going for someone who is a lovely, sexy lady and who always makes me either smile or feel sorry for her and wonder why no man will currently whisk her off her feet, the wonderful Australian lady Lilith. If she’s not available then the Welsh wonder Twisted sista or the lovely Kaci.
Thanks for taking the time to take part in this riveting installment, it’s the members of this site that make it so great. We couldn’t do this without you. Have a cookie.