It's a Horror to Know You: Eric of FilmFather!
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
It's been said by several people already, and it goes for me, too: JAWS. I saw it on HBO more times than I should have as a kid. Ben Gardner's head and Quint's demise gave me nightmares. On the opposite end of quality horror, the scene in KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS of Woody Strode's lifeless head slumping out of his overturned truck scared me so much that I had visions of him creeping past my bedroom door at night. Honorable mention for scar(r)ing me deeply goes to the trailers for IT'S ALIVE, MAGIC, CARRIE, and PROPHECY.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
I don't know if you'd call it scared, but the last film to traumatize me is WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. As a parent, I felt terrified and helpless watching Tilda Swinton try in vain to bond with, control, or even love her son. The scariest part isn't even teenage Kevin; it's when he's merely 8 and already a full-blown sociopath.
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006) — Many horror remakes are rubbish, but this redux by Alexandre Aja is more brutal and agonizing than Wes Craven's original. As a parent, I can appreciate the depths Doug goes to in order to retrieve his infant child. And his killing of the mutant Pluto had me cheering; I love how he broke the big man down.
THE BLOB (1988) — Another horror remake I prefer over the original. Co-written by Frank Darabont and highly underrated. Great action, impressive effects, and certain people you think will survive…don't.
DEAD AND BURIED — A semi-forgotten flick about a town of murderous mobs and reanimated corpses, featuring dear old Jack "Grandpa from WILLY WONKA" Albertson as the town's creepy undertaker. The "you think he's dead, but he's not" and needle/eyeball scenes (both involving the same character) are forever burned in my memory.
4. Name three Horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgement.
BRIDE OF CHUCKY — When people would ask me if BRIDE OF CHUCKY is a good movie, I honestly tell them it was one of the most thoroughly entertaining movies I have ever seen. Great horror? No. But the pairing of Chucky and Tiffany, be it human or doll form, had me in stitches. Everything about this movie is outrageous: the kills, the punchlines, and yes, the hot doll-on-doll action ("Have I got a rubber? Tiff, look at me. I'm ALL rubber.").
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V — I saw this on opening weekend 1985, bailing on my family who all went to see WITNESS. My theater was fully packed. Maybe it was the crowd mentality that made seeing FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V one of the most fun experiences I've ever had in a theater. The audience ate up every creative kill, and broke out in cheers when little Reggie (Shavar Ross) busted out the bulldozer!
BASKET CASE — One of the first horror films I ever saw (back when we had to rent the VCR with the tapes!). Trashy, splatty fun featuring a man and his blob of a conjoined twin seeking bloody, gory revenge on the doctors that separated them. Ah, the stop-motion animation of little Belial… [kisses fingertips] magnifique! I'm a sucker for horror films that capture the seediness of New York / Times Square in the late '70s/early '80s, as BASKET CASE does.
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
Cinema du Meep — A great retro movie site, with focus on genres of the '70s and '80s (horror, teen comedies, etc.).
Dinner with Max Jenke — The tagline is "New Horror Opinions at '80s Prices." Here, Jeff Allard waxes poetic and nostalgic about all things horror, comic, and sci-fi – often providing insight I hadn't thought of before.
The Droid You're Looking For — A great blog featuring a mix of classic film, horror, lists, and even some TV on occasion.
Space: 1970 — A recently discovered gem. A blog dedicated to the science fiction films and television series of the 1970s — polyester, feathered hair, and all.