It's a Horror to Know You: Hud of Vegan Voorhees!
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
Poltergiest. I saw about ten minutes of it on TV when I was about 8 or 9 and had a nightmare I can still remember 25 years later. Ghost films are (usually) the only films that still creep me out.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
I'd lean towards Insidious as I went in blind and some parts of it just made my entire skeleton shiver, although I watched The Sleeper the other week, by myself, after midnight, and I had to watch an episode of Friends afterwards because I didn't want to go to bed and think about someone lurking in the corner brandishing a hammer.
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
Urban Legend: It just has everything I want in a slasher movie – ludicrous premise, completely unconvincing killer with apparent psychic abilities, enough bitchy dialogue to make the cast of Mean Girls blush, and Alicia Witt.
Children of the Corn: I can't explain what I like about this movie, as not that much happens but something draws me back to it repeatedly. I once knew someone who looked the spit of evil child preacher Isaac – maybe that gives it an extra boost of eerieness. And Malichai rocks too.
Jaws 2: For a while, I preferred this to the original due to a bizarre fascination with the waterskiing scene, but it's still way better than almost every other killer fish film around. All those gorky teenagers on boats, the 'sympathy death' of the girl who saves Sean Brody, and a Phantom of the Opera shark.
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1983): Even Wes Craven hates this one, but for reasons to be explored with my psychotherapist in a future session, it's like disco fabness. And a dog has a flashback. And Kevin Blair is in it. And the final girl is blind and 'senses' things. And Sherry Palmer from 24 rocks a headband in it.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: We all know it's the gayest film ever, but that doesn't mean much of this film is anything but awesome 80s nutrition. The bus nightmare IS creepy and Kim Myers' Tiffany-meets-Meryl Streep schtick only cranks the camp-o-meter even more. More films should embrace their inner diva.
The Car: is it wrong to like this one? That opening scene is incredibly good and the film had the balls to off the nominal heroine halfway through.
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
Anchorwoman in Peril – when Ross writes, 'tis poetry. About horror.
A Slash Above… – a place to learn about all the slasher movies you've never heard of.
A Nightmare on Samityville Street – nightmares from Oz.
Sticky Red – this guy has seen everything.
Hysteria Lives! – where would we all be without Hysteria?