The Hot Seat Featured Member: alien25

Cap Howdy

Welcome 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.Today's lucky sucker I mean member is our favourite Xenogenic Xenomorph, Alien25. Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions, we know that those colonists aren't going to infect themselves with your parasitic offspring. Please try not to drool too much slime on the seat it's awfully tricky to clean off. 

And let the probing begin.

Let's start with an easy one. What are your 3 favourite horror films and more importantly why are they your favourites? 

First, I have to say thanks to Daph for suggesting that I be the next victim, I mean member, to sit in the hot seat.  smile   First on my list would be Alien, my favorite movie of any genre.  It is gothic horror horror in space done to perfection.  It is amazing how well the film still stands up today after more than 30 years!  Somewhere, I still have the sound track on vinyl believe it or not!  Second, would be the original Night of the Living Dead.  

This is the movie that probably most inspired my love of horror movies.  After watching it as a kid, through my fingers, unable to watch but also afraid not to watch, I was hooked.  And finally, there is Cloverfield.  I know I will probably get some flak for that choice, but I absolutely love the movie.  I am a fan of cinema verite, and Chris Reeves does a masterful job using it to tell a love story set against the backdrop of giant monster movie.

What would you say is the biggest draw of horror? Why do you like horror films? 

I think it was Stephen King who said, watching horror movies allows us to indulge in those taboos, those dark corners of our minds, that we can't allow ourselves to experience in reality.  It is a release if you will.  It is like slowing at an accident scene, that morbid sense of curiosity that we all posses.  Plus there is the ebb and flow of emotions they can elicit, much like a roller coaster.  And once you experience it, you are constantly looking for the next fix.

What don't you like about the horror genre? Don't say nothing, there's always something that bugs even the most rabid fan. 

I dislike the seeming total lack of creativity and originality in mainstream American horror movies, the remakes of classics, and the remakes of foreign films before the originals are even released here stateside.  

I mean I appreciate that talented people might want to take a stab at putting their mark on someone else's successful idea, their own vision, but why not apply that energy and money to creating  something new and original instead.  I mean look at Paranormal Activity.  It almost never saw the light of day, but when it did, look at what happened.

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?

I gave up on the beer and Cheetos long ago.  I do however have some cool schwag that I have won from the site.  Seriously though, this is a great site.  The best one I have found.  

Besides being able to  keep up on all of the latest horror news, finding great suggestions for the next flick to watch, and contributing to the site when I can, most of all, I really enjoy the members here and being able to talk horror with all of them.  It really is a community, and I am happy to be a part of it.

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?

I love me some indies, and probably one of my favorites is Dead Birds.  But that one is pretty well know, especially around here.  One that I don't think I've ever heard anyone else mention is Pop Skull.  It is not your average horror fare, and likely will not appeal to everyone, but I thought it was original and very well done for a low budget indie.  It has a great atmosphere and sense of foreboding that builds through the course of the movie, not to mention a very convincing performance by the lead.

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?

Some would consider it heresy, but I would love to see a remake of The Car.   I would cast Josh Brolin to reprise his father's role.  To direct, someone who could up the ante, say Robert Rodriguez or  Jaume Balagueró.  Someone who would really take it and run with it, make it their own, rather than a shot for shot remake.

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 can't really think of one that I think they did wrong, but sometimes I wonder what could have been had the director been able to present their vision in the film's theatrical release, like The Keep.  From what I understand, the theatrical release does not represent Michael Mann's vision.  So in that sense, I think it would be cool if the director could go back and remake the film exactly the way they had  initially intended.

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.

That's funny, I don't really watch movies over and over again, the one exception being Alien.  I could never tire of watching that one.  But that is not a guilty pleasure.   For the most part, like with music, too much repetition wears things out for me.  Plus there is so much out there yet to be experienced, and unfortunately, not enough time to experience it.  However there are those silly movies that I probably shouldn't like but do.  A good example would be Murder Party, a silly little indie that I throughly enjoy, and will likely get around to watching again at some point.

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.

If we are talking worst as in terrible, then I would have to say Poultrygeist.  Sorry fans of Troma, but it just didn't do it for me, terrible all the way around.  Not being a fan of musicals anyways, and the fact that it had some of the worst musical numbers ever, I just couldn't find any redeeming qualities in this one. 

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 Cap!  I would love to see your next victim be the one and only Misstress of Horror, and if she can't be dragged kicking and screaming into the hot seat, then perhaps Deadhorse.

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. Visit Alien25's Morguespace to see his Top 10 Horror Movies which includes the fantastic indie horror film SPLINTER.  

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