It’s a Horror to Know You: P. William Pinto of Bizarre Noir Theater!
My partner and I own and operate the Bizarre Noir Theatre Company. Specializing in little-known musicals, plays, and absurdity in the New York area.
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
To this day I still get a chill from one particular scene in Superman 3 (1983). It’s my earliest memory of running and hiding under the kitchen table with my fingers in my ears (even the sound of the scene scared me.) It’s the scene where Annie Ross’ character gets sucked into Robert Vaughn’s super computer and gets assimilated into a Robot/Annie Ross Thing. I still get the shudders when I watch it.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
I really don’t get all that scared any longer. I will get exhilarated or super-excited about a scene or a particularly well-executed special effect but my most recent true scare was more or less a severely disturbing. The scene in Ghost Ship (2002) where the dancing couples get sliced in half was burned into my corneas for all eternity. I will never NEVER watch that film again for that scene only, and I can never not have seen it.
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
Haxan (1922) Swedish silent horror documentary about witchcraft. Cleaned up by Criterion, the re-enactment scenes are beautiful to watch.
Sisters (1973) A Brian De Palma film that NO ONE knows. It’s super bloody and has some amazing music by Bernard Herrmann writing his first synth score.
Theatre of Blood (1973) So many people don’t know this film. And I absolutely believe it is some of Vincent Price’s best work.
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
The Watcher in the Woods (1980) I don’t care what anyone says!! I actually thoroughly enjoy it. Whether with the original ending, the second ending, or the ending Disney eventually used… if it’s a dark and stormy night it’s a great film to have playing.
The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) Stylish, sexy… kind of like a romance novel cover. A John Carpenter script paired with Faye Dunaway playing a role written for Barbra Streisand. Good times.
Rose Red (2002) Seriously against my better judgment! Plot holes everywhere! Shoddy special effects! But I REALLY dug the puppetry used to animate some of the corpses. I will still put it on if I have a spare 4 hours to kill!
5. Send us to five places on the Internet!
I really don’t go to any other horror site but Kindertrauma, so here are five links to some scary scenes from my childhood that I cherish.
Return to Oz (1985) Mombi’s Heads wake up.
Bride of Boogedy (1987) Corwin and Ari discover Mr. Boogedy.
Raggedy Ann and Andy (1977) The Greedy.
Vertigo (1958) The Dream Sequence. Enough said.
All That Jazz (1979) The Finale. Absolutely frightening and gorgeous… and then it punches you in the stomach. Brilliant.