Welcome once more to Howdy’s Hot Seat, the quiet little corner where we have a chat and let the rest of the world find out a little bit about one of our valued site members. Where some sites interview celebrities we interview the people that make them famous in the first place. You the horror fans.
This week we rummage through the cerebral cavity of the siren of scream, the mind ripper who’ll make you pop your zipper, the one and only MovieMaven. She’s also the one who came up with the original concept for this feature so it’s only fitting that she should be on the receiving end of the probulator.
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?
- Jaws- Before anyone protests (’cause I know they will) I will say, “WRONG!” This is, in fact, one of the scariest movies ever made. It may not be designed solely as a horror pic but it’s a monster movie if ever there was one. Why else do you think so many creature features have ripped it off? Because it’s flippin’ scary. Here’s my proof: no other film has ever altered society’s behavior as much as Jaws. There are scads of people who still won’t go in the ocean, thirty five years later, after that movie. People didn’t stop being Catholic because they saw The Exorcist (maybe some did but you get the idea).
- Dawn of the Dead (1978) – No one captures the social aspects of zombism quite like Uncle George and “Dawn” is a perfect example of his craft. As with any good zombie story, they are used as more than simply gut munching ghouls. They are a grotesque portrait of Us. What the hell is more frightening than humans? Nothing.
- The Fly (1986) – Cronenberg (who is The Man, BTW) gives good body horror in his classic remake of the classic. Widely accepted as one of the few remakes that is better than the original, thereby deserving to be made, The Fly is a perfect marriage of gore and suspense. You care about the characters; I mean you actually give a damn and it’s gross as all hell. You learn a little lesson about Human Nature as well. Check!
What would you say is the biggest draw of horror? Why do you like horror films?
Simple I like to be scared. It doesn’t happen all that often but when it does, “whoo-whee!” That’s what I’m looking for. If you can’t find a movie to freak me out, jump out from behind a damned door or something. I need that rush. I wanna lie awake at night, straining to hear the slightest noise, willing my heart to be quiet, breathing so shallow you’d think I was dead, wrapped in my blanket in the safety of my bed, praying the monster doesn’t know I’m awake. Yeah, that’s the stuff.
What don’t you like about the horror genre? Don’t say nothing, there’s always something that bugs even the most rabid fan.
It pisses me off when filmmakers think that starting in horror is an easy way to get their feet wet on the way to the mainstream. It is not something to use as a stepping stone. I also hate it when people underestimate horror. Of course you can be a passive fan. You are welcome to watch things like (plug in wussie “faux-ror” here) but don’t take the genre for granted. Horror reflects society and sometimes shapes it. Treat it with respect. I’m no horror snob, mind you. I wish everyone was a horror fan but it’s an insult when people assume it’s nothing more than blood and boobs. Those are great but we can think sometimes, too. Horror fans are not dummies.
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?
The people, of course, but mostly my love for Meh as well as HM . I started writing here years ago and it will always be home for me. Whenever I feel disconnected from my creative side or I feel something is lacking, I usually realize I haven’t been here for too long. I try to be around all the time but sometimes life gets in the way. Those are the times when I have to come back for a recharge. HM reminds me why I love doing what I do. And I know that all of my old friends are just a click away. I love being a mod as well. It often gives me the opportunity to help people feel at home here when I can help them in some way. That makes me happy. That was a lot friggin’ cheesier than it should have been but stuff it. I love this place and I’m very protective. *mwah*
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?
-One Night Stand (1979) is a Canadian film based on a stage play starring Brent Carver and Chapelle Jaffe. Brent plays “Rafe,” a drifter that is picked up by “Daisy” on her lonely fortieth birthday. This proves to be a poor decision. Maybe. It depends a lot on interpretation. It might not end as planned but I guarantee that Daisy never had such an interesting evening. Many people don’t get why I love this film so much. It’s not high action or gore but it does give an interesting glimpse into the human mind. (Noticing a trend here? I like to see how people work) I lucked into a copy of this at a video store closeout sale. I don’t even know if it has ever been released on DVD. But if you think you’d dig some intimate settings and fairly brilliant acting, you’d do well to find it, I think.
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?
- I really have no answer for this. I am always interested in seeing what’s new, what’s next. If I had the power to create a film, I’d much rather use those resources to fund a project that no one has seen before. I’d wanna knock people’s socks off. And as a fan that’s what I want directors to do for me.
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?
- The Beast of Bray Road. Here is a chance to bring to life a real, American urban legend involving my favorite creatures, werewolves. And what do we get? A Henson muppet reject made with string mops. I’d like to see this story taken seriously and done with care. It could be really scary.
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 don’t feel guilty about anything I enjoy. I love watching Rosemary’s Baby and I love watching Jack-O. I will happily sit down to The Omen as well as pop in Redneck Zombies or Slashers. Like what you like. Watch what you like. Approval is neither desired nor required.
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.
- Considering I’ve waded through a fair share of crap over the years, that’s a really tough call. I would have to say it’s a movie called The Man in the Garage. This was a super indie screener that I got a few years back. Holy crap was it bad. It’s sad because I adore indie films and do what I can to promote them. But with this one I just didn’t feel like the guy gave a bit of damn, not one bit. There were no attempts at continuity or storyline. Everything about it was abyssmal and depressing in it’s lack or creativity or originality. It just didn’t feel like he cared and that is why it’s the worst film I’ve ever seen. That makes me sad first then it ticks me off. Grrr
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.
Thanks for taking the time to take part in this edition of the hot seat, it’s the members of this site that make it so great. We couldn’t do this without you. Have a cookie.
No thanks. I’d rather have a beer.