Itâ€™s a Horror to Know You: Wayne Goodchild of This Sentence Is Haunted!
1. What is the first film that ever scared you?
I saw (or rather tried to watch) IT when I was 13, but couldn’t quite manage it. The bit that really got me was when Pennywise is in the drain. I thought â€œNope, that’s enough thank youâ€ and didn’t watch the full thing until a few years later. I also remember getting freaked out by the posters and boxes for Critters and Ghoulies in my local video store when I was 6/7 years old. I used to think Ghoulies really did live in my toilet. It also didn’t help that my friend claimed to have seen Critters, and that they were â€œlike Gremlins, but can turn invisible and eat through wallsâ€. That really wasn’t the sort of thing I wanted to hear.
2. What is the last film that scared you?
Probably The Last Exorcism. It manages to invoke a weirdly creepy vibe, despite being a ‘documentary’.
3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.
1. Xtro. Still one of the strangest sci-fi/horrors I’ve ever seen. Just when you think it can’t get any weirder (woman gives birth to a full-grown man) it throws something else into the mix (living toys?!).
2. The Car. I think this is maybe overlooked because, when you talk about possessed cars, a certain red Plymouth Fury springs to mind. Not only is the titular ‘Car’ cool-looking, but it’s suitably menacing â€“ especially considering that I don’t think there’s an actual reason given for why it’s terrorising a small town.
3. Necronomicon. I’m a sucker for anything Lovecraft related, and this anthology film from 1993 serves up not just three of his stories (even if they’re loosely adapted) but has Jeffrey Combs playing him in the wraparound segment! I find the final part (‘Whispers’) really disturbing. And as an honourable mention: Night of the Creeps. I know it’s not obscure or anything, but a lot of my friends who are into horror (to a satisfying degree) have simply never heard of it. I know: shocking!
4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.
1. Ghost Ship. One of those films where you can see how it could be good, but is still enjoyable for what it is.
2. Man-Thing. I suppose this is technically a superhero film, but Marvel’s â€œSwamp Thing rip-offâ€ does a lot of things right, like having people get killed by trees growing out of them.
3. The Relic. I understand this didn’t do too well at either the box office or with critics, but I really like it. You can’t go wrong with giant monsters, in my book!
5. Send us to five places on the Internet! (Include the URLs!)
Dread Central â€“ the main place I like to go to for horror news and reviews.
Cafe Doom â€“ a super friendly forum for genre writers.
Eschatology Journal – a zine/blog of Lovecraftian fiction.
Big American Night – nothing horror related, just a really interesting travelogue-style blog!
My First Dictionary – fantastically dark word definitions dressed up as excerpts from a 1970’s kids’ book. I think I found Kindertrauma via this site, somehow!
Wayne G., First of all, thanks for the cool links! I’m glad that somebody else finds that “whispers” segment of Necronomicon as disturbing as I do! They really captured the eerie weirdness of Lovecraft there and it freaks me out. I have a big soft spot for THE CAR too. It’s one of those movies that brings me immediately back to my childhood. I need to watch it as a double feature with DUEL. You have also come to the exact right place to sing the praises of THE RELIC. That movie is so much fun!
Man, oh man, do I love Night of the Creeps! Not only is it an F/X bonanza, it also has all of the great inside jokes for horror junkies. Even a Dick Miller as Walter Paisley cameo. Plus, any movie that targets Frat Boys for ominous ends has my cathartic little heart.
Thank you for including my ‘interview’, Unk! After I’d sent it, I was reminded that Cameron’s Closest may actually have been the first film that scared me (I keep having a flashback to some guy with his eyes ripped out, but I don’t know how much is memory and how much is imagination).
I also forget to make The Bite an honourable mention for an underrated film – the main effect (of a guy’s hand turning into snake) is really silly, but the pay off, when he mutates into a snake-monster (with gloopy snakes falling out of his eyes!) is absolute GOLD.
You’re bang on about Creeps, Dylan – those are all the reasons I like it so much! That, plus it’s perhaps one of the most quotable films in existence…
“Well, I’ve got good news and bad news, girls. The good news is your dates’re here.”
“What’s the bad news?”