Once again we delve into the darkest recesses of one of our members’ minds. This weekly feature editorial is where we interview a member of our community and find out what makes them tick. Where some sites interview celebrities we interview the people that make them famous in the first place. You the horror fans.
This week in another classic hotseat we have the depraved deviant known as deadhorse13. A “man” of many talents, if you count drooling and profanity as talents, he’s been on this site as a member and writer for quite a few years. So without further ado, let the inquisition commence.
Let’s start with an easy one. What are your 3 favourite horror films and more importantly why are they your favourites?
The Exorcist. My grandmother became a reborn Christian in my early youth and shoved religion down my throat to the point of it becoming very uncomfortable and completely unbearable. It was then and there I pledged my life to the proliferation of evil, because THAT, is something I do believe in. Losing control of one’s faculties to outside forces will get me every time if done correctly and religious and spiritual themes always fascinate me because we as humans don’t really know what lies beyond. The Exorcist hits on all these marks and is composed excellently.
Day Of The Dead. I remember being a youngster and catching Romero’s ‘Night’ on TV and even at that young age I seemed to have a sceptical mind toward the fantastic so that it didn’t really hit any nerve centers. By the time Day came along, I was able to find nuggets of truth and possibility in what Romero brought to the screen. These zombies seemed potentially real to me and it was the first film of this kind to really scare me. Zombie film enthusiast ever since.
Be afraid. Very afraid. The Fly. Cronenberg is undoubtedly king of my Horror castle. The Fly finds Cronenberg arguably at his peak, so this becomes a no-brainer. I won’t even go into detail why I believe this belongs in everyone’s favorite films list, Horror or otherwise.
What would you say is the biggest draw of horror? Why do you like horror films?
For the cathartic rush, the escapism, the titillation and the thought provocation. It’s the only genre of film that consistently affects my nerve centers time and again for whatever reason. When done correctly I believe film should be an experience and a well crafted Horror film always takes me for a thrilling ride.
What don’t you like about the horror genre? Don’t say nothing, there’s always something that bugs even the most rabid fan.
Its tendency to relive its past instead of breaking new boundaries. The young audience’s apparent resistance to discovering older films. Certain formulaic clichés absolutely drive me mental. The way the genre’s importance in the overall art of cinema is often neglected and/or not deemed worthy of critical merit. I could think of more I’m sure, but I’ll stop there.
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?
HM is the extended family I found quite by accident and would probably rather hang with than my real one. The collective has been kind enough to put up with both my thoughtless wise-cracks and my thoughtful meditations. It’s a great community of knowledgeable, helpful and very fun folk. I’d miss this place if it were to ever cease to exist. I have fun here and have met a few people I honestly consider friends, what more can you ask for?
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?
The Reflecting Skin. Still hasn’t seen proper DVD release as far as I know. Such a brilliant, quirky and unsettling piece of work.
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?
Hard question. Terror Train quite possibly. I’d want to personally direct, sticking to the same basic premise, because I think it holds great possibilities. Amplify the tension and suspense, give it a more professional treatment and maybe cast Sherilyn Fenn in the lead because I’ve pined for her ever since Twin Peaks. lol
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?
I loved, loved, loved the premise of The Hills Run Red – hated that they actually didn’t do very much with it that wasn’t predictable. That film held such potential to be truly shocking and visceral, but played it far too safe for my discerning taste.
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.
I have a lot, actually. Meridian, with the aforementioned Ms. Fenn – it’s a Charles Band production that reworks the Beauty and the Beast fable – that’s always a guilty go-to, but
I might give the absolute edge to Hard Rock Zombies. It’s so awful in all the ways I find totally endearing. Bring your favorite beer bong and let the good times roll.
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.
Of more recent offerings, I found the Friday The 13th remake completely ineffective, unintentionally funny and ultimately, entirely pointless. If you’re going to mess with a classic of that magnitude, you better bring it. It didn’t. At all. I’ve found far more inventiveness in any given Andy Milligan film, which is saying a lot to those in the know.
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.
My dear friend Maven, who actually had the idea of interviewing members way back in HM’s formative days always has something clever, funny and thoughtful to say – she’s a sure bet for an interesting discussion; Deadmanwalkin, just because he seems very insightful and knowledgeable yet is a man of relatively few words; and Fred Garvin, because there is no cooler damn cat on the planet. Once you eliminate me, of course.
Thanks for taking the time to take part in this exciting new feature, it’s the members of this site that make it so great. We couldn’t do this without you. Have a cookie.