Hey Unk! Just wanted to say that I love Kindertrauma…so much. What I love the most about the site, is that Kindertrauma actually gets me excited and makes me want to watch the films it talks about. As if the excitement and wonder of when you were discovering horror films as a child somehow got transferred into the site itself.
It’s a Horror to Know You: Matt Sunshine
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
That would be without a doubt, the made-for-TV movie “Ants” (1977). Also, Annie Ross being pulled into a computer and turned into a robot in “Superman III” (1983), one of the first films I experienced in a movie theater. As well as some of the moments I was able to sneak a peak at of “Carrie” (1976) and “Children Of The Corn” (1984) while on the 8 o’clock movie in the 80’s.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
“INLAND EMPIRE” (2006)
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
I doubt I’ll be introducing anyone here to anything new. I’m pretty sure my choices won’t be making me any friends either. I was going to go with “Near Dark” (1987) and “Don’t Look Now” (1973) but I figured by now, the artistic importance of these 2 films has been well documented.
1. “Poltergeist II: The Other Side” (1986) – A Vomit Creature. Braces that attack you. Freelings. Speaking to ghosts, or something else, over a toy phone. Heather O’Rourke. Jerry Goldsmith’s score. And Julian Beck as Kane – one of the most intense and frightening characters I’ve ever seen.
2. “The Mephisto Waltz” (1971) – Another great Jerry Goldsmith score. Some eerie scenes. I love that late 60’s/early 70’s look and feel. I can’t look at Alan Alda or Pamelyn Ferdin and not think of the 70’s. There will never be another film that looks like this again, it’s simply stuck in 1971.
3. (a) “Halloween II” (1981) – Has been overly criticized for its extra supply of blood and gore, as well as its so-called likeness to the countless imitations of the original film. One of my favorite things about this film is that it shows us all the things horror movies never show us. Like where the villain goes when he escapes, the reaction in the community, the news reports in progress of the earlier events on TV and radio, the victims being taken to the hospital. This sequel continues so naturally.
(b) “Halloween III: Season Of The Witch” (1982) – Hated it the first time I saw it. Should have been released as “Season Of The Witch.” Atmospheric. Terrific score. A Halloween favorite.
Honorable Mention: “Phantom of the Paradise” (1974) and “The Beguiled” (1971) Not sure they’re horrors, but the latters poster is on this site, so I’m counting it. Also, “Cujo” (1983).
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
1. “Deadly Friend” (1986)
2. “Poltergeist III” (1988)
3. “The Night Child” (1975)
Honorable Mention: “Curtains” (1983) and “Children Of The Corn” (1984).
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
If you are on Kindertrauma, then you are already on the best film site on the Internet.