It’s a Horror to Know You: Frank Browning of The Liberal Dead! (Known Accomplices: Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors, Freddy In Space, Robocop’s Sad Side, Shit Movie Fest, Guts & Grog and Tales from the Batcave)
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
It’s funny that it wasn’t even a horror flick per se, but The Terminator (’84) used to scare the life outta me. Specifically the third act. After TerminArnold is burned up in the exploding truck, his endoskeleton is revealed. Made me flip shit when I was a kid. Especially the hallway scene when Sarah and Reese are trying to get into the factory and the stop-motion, limping Terminator is creepily moving toward them. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! Gives me Chicken-Skin (Goose Bumps) to this very day.
Honorable Mention: Child’s Play (’88) was the first actual Horror film that ever frightened me as a kid. I’m sure you get this answer quite a bit, LOL. I still remember the first time I watched it and I hate my cousin to this day for subjecting me to it. I got rid of my Teddy Ruxpin and my Cabbage Patch Doll (it was a boy one) after watching Child’s Play. But I made sure and sent them to a good home so they’d be happy and not seek revenge on me in the event they did come back to life. I guess they were pleased with my decision…
2. What is the last film that scared you?
The Fourth Kind (’09). I’ve always been a “believe it when I see it” type of person and cautiously skeptical when comes to things like Paranormal Beings and/or Aliens but this flick freaked me out. The Juxtaposition of real(?) footage to re-enacted footage really drew me in to the story. I had a terrible time deciding which side of the screen to watch most of the time. What really got me were the voice recordings where the Aliens(?) were talking. It shook me up.
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
Pontypool (’08): Love Love LOVE this movie. I never hear anyone talk about this film. Makes me sad. It just seemed so original and fresh to me. It feels very “Single Set Film” to me and I love that. I watched it for the first time at like 3AM (I must’ve been lonely) and I was captivated from the start. I think Stephen McHattie is a very talented actor and I’ve always enjoyed his films. The whole premise of the movie really fascinated me.
My Soul To Take (’10): This was the most fun I’ve had with a Wes Craven movie in a long time. I like the premise of the film a lot. I love the urban-legend-esque prologue to the movie. It’s silly but I also really like the end credit animation and music. It really stuck with me. It’s just a fun lil’ movie that I think should get a bit more recognition.
Splinter (’08): I thought this was a nice creature feature. I loved how visceral it was. I’d never heard of it before and discovered it on a day fueled by boredom and was very pleasantly surprised. I also really love the cast with Jill Wagner (of Wipeout fame) and Paul Costanzo (of Road Trip). Just a gross and fun time.
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
Feast (’05): As over the top gross and goofy this movie is, I love it. It’s good for a laugh. Surprisingly, I have a special adoration/weird fascination with many members of the cast, LOL. I recognized Balthazar Getty from Judge Dredd (’95), a personal favorite of mine, and was instantly entertained. I straight-up love Henry Rollins. No explanation necessary. Jason Mewes is a psycho (we actually danced together at the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, PA). Krista Allen was the attractive girl that Jim Carrey approaches in the elevator in Liar Liar (’97). Clu Gulager was in the homo-erotic Nightmare on Elm Street and Return of the Living Dead. ‘Nuff said.
Galaxy of Terror (’81): One of the worst ‘Alien’ Rip-Offs of all time, the nostalgia factor on this movie goes a long way. I watched it with my dad literally 25 years ago when I was just a wee lad. We struggled for years to remember the name of this movie because we both have terrible memories. Thankfully for the internet, I found the title and was again able to see this treasure once more. It’s an awful movie LOL…
Night of the Lepus (’72): The nostalgia factor is also huge with this movie. I watched this movie with my grandmother (who tried to change TV channels with her calculator) every Saturday on TBS for the first 10 years of my life (or so it seemed). There’s just something about extreme close-ups of blood covered bunnies running in slo-mo that makes me giggle. Oh! And it has Star Trek’s Bones McCoy in it… Need I say more?
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
The Liberal Dead – Of the fans, by the fans, for the fans. Myself and some very intelligent dudes, that I’m happy to call my friends, all contribute to this site. It’s great because you get so many different takes on so many subjects. Be sure to check out our podcasts!
Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horror – My Bro, Jimmy Terror, runs this site where he writes your eyes shut into the post apocalypse and prehistory of horror… He has a very fresh and informative view on new horror and a very nostalgia inducing take on classics. He’s also a connoisseur of the Giallo Film Genre. Good stuff.
Back online Back on Duty – Another Bro of mine, Eric King, runs this site. While not actually dedicated to horror films, he does cover them intermittently in a very honest and amusing way, usually implementing hilarious and sexually confusing GIFs. You just have to see it.
Freddy in Space – Yet another Bro, John Squires, runs this site where he discusses horror movies in detail. He also reminds us of all the horror related merchandise that once existed, which makes our inner children giggle…
Tales From the Batcave – A good friend of mine, Mitch Reaves, runs this site with his Double-Bacon Genius Burger. He looks at films, games and just about anything else that could interest a person. A good time will be had by all…
PLEASE NOTE: You can find my artwork and/or articles on many of the sites listed.