Naughty blogger Billy Loves Stu "thought it might be a nifty idea, if I created a Meme for horror bloggers to complete so that the next time someone stumbles across the electronic journal of a burgeoning Pauline Kael, or Stephen King-wanna-be, the reader might get a better idea of where this bloody blogger is coming from."
I love Pauline Kael. Ditto for King. So, without further ado, here goes my meme...just in case, because you never know. You know.
In Ten Words or Less, Describe Your Blog:
It's where the cultured horror heads go.
During What Cinematic Era Where you Born?
I was born in B: The Atomic Monster/Nuclear Angst Era (the late 40's through 50's), but grew up watching all those A: The Classic Horror Era (late 30's to 40's) movies, which appeared on the various incarnations of Shock Theatre. While NetFlix is the cat's meow for cinema buffs these days, thanks to Shock Theatre, and its horror hosts presenting movies from the 30s on up, I was nurtured on movies from multiple eras.
The Carrie Compatibility Question: Sue Snell or Chris Hargensen, who would you take to the prom?
I missed my prom. I went to an all boys school and was terrible with girls. I really hate this question. I'd have gone with Sue Snell if I wasn't such a dork and couldn't get up the nerve to ask her. But if she turned me down I'd be crushed. I don't take rejection well. Damn. I still hate this question.
You have been given an ungodly amount of money, and total control of a major motion picture studio - what would your dream Horror project be?
Let's see, I've got this great movie idea: an expedition in the Antarctic, led by BP looking for oil, digs up the Blob (you know, the one from the 1950s). The Blob thaws out and devours all the BP people. BUT! That's not all. The Blob's partially devoured victims turn into zombies and go on the rampage. Much gore and mayhem ensues. Contact me.
What horror film "franchise" that others have embraced, left you cold?
SAW. The death devices have become the stars. There's something seriously wrong with that.
Is Michael Bay the Antichrist?
No; but his pandering to the lowest common commercial denominator for his movies leaves me hoping he'd move on to that job description instead of his director one.
Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Frankenstein Monster - which one of these classic villains scares you, and why?
The Wolf man, because he would want to eat me or tear me to shreds before eating me. If Dracula sucked me dry I'd still have a chance at some night life action. And Frankenstein's Monster is a pussy cat at heart.
Tell me about a scene from a NON HORROR Film that scares the crap out of you.
There's a scene in Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happyness: he's locked the door of a public restroom, it's late, and he's holding his young son in his hands. Smith is crying as an irate man bangs on the locked door. Smith holds his sleeping son closer. They're on the floor of the restroom. He's been reduced to this: no money, homeless, and his life is in shambles. He can't support himself or his son or his wife. And she's left him. During the last "mini-recession" I was out of work for seven months. The fear, the uncertainty, the demoralization Smith felt hits home. Every time I see this scene it scares me because it reminds me of how close me, you, anyone can come to a life-interruptus, a soul draining isolation, a loss of dreams. It's something to scare the crap out of anyone.
Baby Jane Hudson invites you over to her house for lunch. What do you bring?
Frankenstein's Monster: he may be a pussycat, but he's still a big pussy cat. She's a nutcase, you know.
So, between you and me, do you have any ulterior motives for blogging? Come, on you can tell me, it will be our little secret, I won't tell a soul.
I started blogging to improve my writing and my expertise on horror movies. Also on movies in general. I also wanted to meet other like-minded people and talk shop with them. Mission accomplished. I can't imagine life without blogging. Really.
What would you have brought to Rosemary Woodhouse's baby shower?
A Devil D'Little costume: the kid would be a natural.
Godzilla vs The Cloverfield Monster, who wins?
Godzilla. The Cloverfield Monster might have a lot of nasty nits falling off, but Godzilla's got allies: Anguirus II, Jet Jaguar, Rodan, and his sons, to rock CM's world. Probably Mothra, too. Mothra's cool.
If you found out that Rob Zombie was reading your blog, what would you post in hopes that he read it?
Nothing different from what I normally post.
What is your favorite NON HORROR FILM, and why?
Casablanca. Bogey, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, Lauren Bacall, Claude Rains; my God man, this movie has a script vibe, a flow of dialog and action, and a love story schmaltz that's chic-flic and dic-flic all in one. I still cry at the end.
If blogging technology did not exist, what would you be doing?