It’s a Horror to Know You: Dylan of Better Living Through Pop Culture!
(If I am lucky it gets updated every 6 months, usually it takes a year. Halley’s Comet takes 75 years to make an appearance. Ergo, my blog > Halley’s Comet.)
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
Pete’s Dragon. The foster family who “bought” Pete and chased him relentlessly terrified me.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
The Thing remake\prequel\reboot. Not so much scared, as got me to jump a couple of times.
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
Something Wicked this Way Comes. This poor little gem gets white washed by the Disney moniker, but it is kindertraumarific. I still remember our 4th grade class watching it and the teacher finally turning it off before it was over because so many of us were getting freaked.
Street Trash. Written of as a goofy comedy, this is one of those rare movies with unabashed political incorrectness, spot-on satire and wino’s melting in toilets. The F/X are some of the best at that time. A great kick back, poor a tumbler of Viper and enjoy flick.
Near Dark. Not so much underrated as ignored. A well constructed story with good (Okay, sometimes merely passable…) acting and great F/X. Plus loads and loads of Henriksen!!!
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
Friday the 13th Part 7. Don’t you judge me! My favorite of the series. Sci-Fi meets slasher with just a touch of brutal sleeping bag piñata.
Fright Night II. I almost listed this in the underrated category, but didn’t feel that I could justify it merely with the two words, “Julie Carmen.” Nowhere near the fun of its predecessor, but still… Roddy McDowell. That counts for something, right?
Waxworks. I said, don’t judge me! I just watched this one recently with my son, because he had to put up with years of me saying, “Steak Tartar? Oh yes, Steak Tartar,” completely out of context. Now he knows, and he may never forgive me.
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
None of these are horror related, they are just places I love:
Cracked. Major time vampire, but, unlike most on the internets, very well written.
Joan of Dark. The life of a knitter, roller derbyer and barista all in one. Plus she’s a friend of mine.
Sword Swallowing to the Hilt. Getcher minds out of the gutter! Great site for a nearly forgotten art.
Show History. While we’re talking side show acts, this is another great site for aficionado’s or beginners.
Sheldon Brown. He may have passed, but his site lives on. Sheldon combines my two favorite things, cycling and a passion for weirdness.