It’s a Horror to Know You: Brian Solomon of The Vault of Horror!
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
It was either the Hammer film Lust for a Vampire, or the original made-for-TV Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. I watched a lot of horror on TV as a small child (big shock!) Back then there was plenty of Hammer on weekend afternoons in syndication, and Lust for a Vampire was the first one I remember watching. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a movie that, while maybe not excellent by any means, scared the living hell out of me as a kid. And for years in the pre-Internet age, I went around as an older person not even knowing whether I had really seen it, or if I had just dreamed it.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
Prometheus had some pretty terrifying moments.Visually, it’s so vast and haunting, with such unforgettable imagery. And just the concept itself is so completely unnerving.
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
1. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie. Also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue. This was a zombie flick that came out in the decade in between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, and doesn’t get the credit it deserves for helping to shape the subgenre.
2. The Last Man on Earth. Still the greatest film adaptation of Matheson’s I Am Legend, and another pioneer of the modern zombie subgenre.
3. Grapes of Death. Only the French could come up with a movie in which a zombie plague is spread by contaminated wine. Jean Rollin’s finest.
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
1. TerrorVision. A guilty pleasure from my ’80s VHS childhood.
2. Troll 2. This one almost goes without saying.
3. Saw. It catches a lot of flak, but the original film in the series is an innovative, well-shot, well written and well acted horror film. It shouldn’t be judged by the diminished returns of the sequels.
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
2. Cruella’s Crypt!
4. Proof of a Benevolent God. (my Tumblr page!)
5. Day of the Woman.