It's a Horror to Know You:: Stexe of Futurechimp!

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)

Pieces (1982)

Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

5. Send us to five places on the Internet!

Plaid Stallions

Secret Fun Blog

Laff in the Dark


My Etsy store

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.

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10 years ago


Holy sh*t! Gigglesnort Hotel! Blob! What an incredible blast from the past. Some long-dormant neurons fired up when I saw this post – I can now recall vividly BJ carving a smile out of Blob's lumpy face. Where did you get this stuff? I thought that I had pretty good recall for Chicogoland obscura but you are putting me in my place.

10 years ago

The fuzzymemoriestv channel on youtube will provide all the Chicago nostalgia you can tolerate, Chuckles. I didn't even get started on all the UHF horror shows of the seventies, like the original Svengoolie on Screaming Yellow Theater, the channel 32 Monstrous Movie, or channel 44's Monster Rally: