It’s a Horror to Know You: Bleck!
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
I could make a lengthy list of films, TV shows, etc… that scared me as a kid since I was afraid of EVERYTHING! However, there are two things that scarred me for life that make the top of the list. First was an appearance by Shields and Yarnell on The Muppet Show. For those of you unfamiliar with them, they were a husband/wife mime team who did a routine where they were eating breakfast. This, for some reason, scared me s***less.
The next was a television movie based on the disappearance if Adam Walsh called, you guessed it, Adam. I saw just a few minutes of the movie where he is in Sears with his Mother and he is watching some older kids play a store-demo video game and he was never seen again. Most people know the story and that Adam’s disappearance, and subsequent murder, prompted his Father, John, to create the long running TV show America’s Most Wanted and countless other resources for missing children. My sadistic parents used this as a scare tactic whenever I would stray away from them while out shopping. Thanks, Mom and Dad…LOL
2. What is the last film that scared you?
Haters are going to hate, but I really enjoy the “found footage” sub-genre. All three of the Paranormal Activity films spooked me and more recently Grave Encounters and Apartment 143 did a great job of giving me a jolt.
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
1) Satan’s Little Helper – I have no idea why I enjoy this movie, directed by Jeff Lieberman, there is just something very darkly menacing and funny about it.
2) Poltergeist II – One name says it all…Henry Kane. He is literally MY boogeyman. Of course it is a sequel to a classic so it was never going to live up to its predecessor, but it creeped me out and still does.
3) Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me – I was around 12 or 13 when Twin Peaks premiered on TV. I remember the hype and some disturbing images, but it wasn’t until I was in high school that I watched the series. Sadly, I watched the “prequel” prior to that, so I knew who killed Laura Palmer. Nevertheless, Killer Bob, a disappearing David Bowie, a backwards talking dwarf, and a flat out haunting score makes this a favorite of mine but I know a LOT of people despise it.
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
1) Amityville II: The Possession – This one is corny as hell with some bad make-up and effects, but I watch it whenever I see it on TV. This was supposed to be sort of a “prequel” to the original Amityville Horror but it is just so over the top it is ridiculous. For instance, why and how does the sister take her top off for the “possessed” brother? Amazing!
2) Creepshow 2 – I saw this before I saw Creepshow and I have to tell you, I like it better. The hitchhiker and the wooden Indian coming to life? Classic canned corn!
3) Macabre – Jesus…what a whacky ass movie. The chick is banging the disembodied head of her lover. Sign me up. So very bad and wrong but I can’t look away.
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
1) Dread Central– An awesome horror site that many other horror sites get their news from.
2) Mutter Museum – This is a museum in Philadelphia (where I live) that has everything from deformed skeletons to a gigantic colon. Skip the liberty bell and head to this place if you plan to visit.
3) Shadowlands – I have spent many an hour on this site reading the real life ghost stories submitted by, well, anyone who wants to.
4) Sporcle – Need to waste time? Look no further. Games and quizzes that will keep you busy when you really aren’t.
5) Laff in the Dark – This is a website dedicated to those haunted/fun houses that were, in their heyday, all over the country. Sitting in a cart, going along the track, surprises and frights abound. Fun stuff.