It’s a Horror to Know You: Stexe of Futurechimp
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
The Fly (1958), which I saw on UHF at the age of seven or eight. Specifically the spiderweb scene. I’d never witnessed anything so horrific. After the movie was over and I lay in bed that night, I stared up into the opposite corner of the room, where it was pitch dark, and projected a vivid image of a giant web. The spider descended towards me as I believed I was increasingly tangled in a constricting cocoon of bedsheets. I was scared, but at the same time it was thrilling.
This enjoyable, life-affirming kind of scared was very different from the disturbing-scary elements of 70’s TV wasteland that tormented my developing mind. To wit, the Fig Newton Guy:
And Blob, a character on a local Chicago kiddie show called “Gigglesnort Hotel”. Oh Blob, why did you ever have to exist?
And you, Spotmaker, get out of my dreams.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
The Innkeepers (2011)
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
Witchfinder General (1968)
The Burning (1981)
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
Sure I’m acting in my own interest, but where else can you find a Glow-CHUD? Or an Incredible Melting Man that actually melts? Or a Cthulhu bobblehead? Or a pig that spits air freshener if you get too close to it? All sorts of exclusive products I create in my garage that you won’t find anywhere else, yo.
Thanks for everything Kindertrauma, you’ve been an invaluable companion ever since you helped crack the case of my Name That Trauma long ago. I’ve been checking your site nearly every day since, and I hope you’ll keep on traumatizing for many years to come.