It’s a Horror to Know You: Jay from Hallowaltz blog!
Hey guys. Happy 5th birthday! Keep up the great work.
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
Definitely Cujo. There was a time when I was a kid when I wanted to see every movie based on a Stephen King book. I was too young to read his books and understand what they were about, and honestly I didn’t even really understand who Stephen King was.. just that movies that had his name in them were cool. My dad had a bunch taped off tv and as long as he was around I was able to watch them with him. Of course there were some like The Shining or Dead Zone that had to wait til I was older to understand, but for the most part I had sat through almost all the late 70s and 80s King flicks. I actually loved Maximum Overdrive so much that I had my dad paint red spots on the front of my Matchbox trucks. I loved the troll from Cat’s Eye, the werewolf in Silver Bullet, everything in Creepshow, Running Man, Firestarter, hell even Mr. Barlow and the Glick boys in Salem’s Lot didn’t scare me (and they do now).. and then we watched Cujo. I made it about halfway through and then the dog goes apeshit crazy. I had never seen anything so scary in a movie before.. a filthy, drooling, blood covered, rabid, insane, St. Bernard who barks at telephones, slams its head into a car, and attacks a mother and her son. I think it was the scene when Dee Wallace gets bit in the leg when my dad had to turn it off.. at that point I had run out of the room. For a long time.. probably til I saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it was the scariest movie I had ever seen.
There were two other random scenes of childhood trauma that I thought were worth mentioning. First was the coat room scene in Lady in White where the boy sees the murder of the little girl ghost.. that creeped me out. The second came to me when I was thinking of what to write about.. I remember being really freaked out from a scene in The Funhouse. its when the kid brother is headed to the fair and some random guy in a van pulls up, asks the kid if he wants a ride, and then pulls a gun out on him and starts laughing. I think at the time that tapped into that childhood fear of “strangers” and that there are people out there that are going to kidnap you and kill you.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
Inland Empire and The Poughkeepsie Tapes definitely disturbed me, but Paranormal Activity 2 left me feeling spooked.. enough that it was still in my head when I went to bed. Open Water was another one in recent years that scared me good.. for whatever reason I was nervous to walk to my local bar after watching it.. and I don’t even live anywhere near water.
3. Name three horror movies that you believe are underrated.
Eaten Alive – I love this movie.. everything.. the lighting, the insane characters, the insane music, the hotel set.. and that bleak, strange feeling of madness that I get while watching it. I watch it once a year and it never grows old. I’ll never understand why some fans of Texas Chainsaw Massacre don’t enjoy this movie.
Deranged - Probably the most accurate in the retelling of the Ed Gein murders. Roberts Blossom is fantastic in this one.
Pigs (AKA Daddy’s Deadly Darling) – A strange movie about a woman who escapes a mental institution and begins killing men that remind her of her father who raped her. She takes refuge at a farm where a man feeds her victims to his pigs. The only dvd I’ve seen is from Troma.. and the print they transferred it from is really rough.. but Grindhouse Releasing is working on giving it a solid release.
Some underrated Halloween flicks..
Lightning Bug – Since its October I wanted to try to include some Halloween themed movies.. this one is a must see. I’m surprised it really doesn’t get mentioned much.. and I’ve never seen it on a Halloween movie list. Buy, rent, or download this movie this October. You will not be disappointed.. Laura Prepon’s character “Angevin” is a horror nerd’s wet dream.
The Roost – Ti West’s killer bat/zombie flick. Sure its no House of the Devil, but if you can manage the slower pace I think this one delivers the goods. Love the grainy film and creepy atmosphere.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween 2 – Not necessarily underrated as much as they are both hated. John Carpenter’s Halloween is my favorite movie, and Rob’s two are right up there with it. Love em both.
Murder Party - A funny, weird, horror/comedy flick about a guy who goes to the wrong party on Halloween.
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
Halloween 5 – It sucks.. it sucks bad, but it always manages to find its way into my dvd player ever October.
Frogs – I’m not ashamed of this one.. always takes me back to being a kid and thinking reptiles and amphibians were the shit.. and they still are.. especially when they’re killing people.
Any Herschell Gordon Lewis gore film – Blood, guts, blood and more blood. Story or plot? Who cares?
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
VHS Wasteland – Always fun looking at old worn vhs cover scans.
Countdown to Halloween – Starts every October 1st with links to tons of Halloween related blogs.
Hallowaltz – My blog of Halloween pictures that I’ve taken
Pumpkinrot – Daily updated blog of all things Halloween. And he makes some amazing creations.
Judith – A short fan film shot at the Myers House In North Carolina.. and you can watch it for free!