This morning I came across a video by a new Moviepilot Creator, Matt Loftus, who had been nominated by the Geek Legion of Doom to answer '10 Blood Splattered' questions. If you haven't seen the video it's a lot of fun, definitely check it out!
I thought this was a really great Idea for a horror movie challenge, so I decided to respond to Matt's call to action and answer the challenge myself.
Shall we get into it then?
1. WHAT'S THE FIRST HORROR FILM YOU SAW?
This one is a little hard for me to answer. I got into horror films at a pretty young age (thanks to my mom) and the memories all kind of mesh together. But for the sake of conversation I'm going to say that my first horror flick was The Haunting (1999), starring Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones. This film STILL haunts me today actually. You see, there's one scene where the strings on a harp are tightening on their own. The strings keep tightening until they eventually SNAP and slash the face of one of the protagonists. This freaked me out so much that I still get anxious whenever I tune a guitar to this day.
2. FAVOURITE HORROR FILM?
My favourite horror film of all time is definitely The Shining. I'm a huge Stanley Kubrick fan as well as anything Steven King has his fingerprints on. A few months back there was a Stanley Kubrick marathon running at one of our local cinemas and for two weeks straight they showed nothing but Kubrick films. They called it, 'Clockwork Kubrick'. Luckily I was able to see The Shining a as well as 2001: A Space Odyssey, most of the screenings were sold out. Each film had an introduction from guest speakers, some who had actually been close to Kubrick. It was absolutely amazing to finally see those two films on the big screen, something I'll never forget.
3. FAVOURITE SUB-GENRE?
My favourite sub-genre is definitely psychological horror. I love films that explore the darker corners of the human psyche because these are demons that actually exist in society. For me, films are always more gravitating when I'm able to relate them to my own human experience. When that happens with horror films I feel that it makes for a more authentic and deeper impacting brands of terror. As I mentioned my favourite horror flick is The Shining, which is a great example of psychological horror. Another great example that comes to mind is Misery (1990), based on Steven King's novel of the same name. Seriously, HOW terrifying was Kathy Bates!?
4. LAST HORROR FILM TO SCARE YOU?
I've few great horror films lately actually. I just watched The Canal on Netflix the other week and found it to be absolutely brilliant. I loved the story and thought the photography was just awesome. Overall it's just a really sexy horror flick. I also watched Eli Roth's Clown and loved that as well. Still, the last film that truly bothered me and made me feel uncomfortable in my seat was The Babadook. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I love absolutely everything about this film. If you haven't seen this film already stop procrastinating, there's no excuse! It's dark, eerie, well-paced includes some outstanding acting performances. The Babadook is a piece that will stand the test of time.
5. FAVOURITE SCREAM QUEEN?
This one isn't even a question - my favourite scream queen is, always has been and always will be Sigourney Weaver. Seriously, Sigourney Weaver taught ass kicking how to kick ass! Her role as Ripley in the Alien franchise is one that I believe continues to be the exemplar for tough, indestructible women in high-octane leading roles. Though, I feel like Charleze Theron might have something to say about that. If I had to choose a runner up for favourite scream queen it'd have to be Jamie Lee Curtis.
6. A NEW TYPE OF HORROR YOU'RE INTO?
I've always enjoyed exploring different brands of horror. That that is one of the funnest (yes, FUNNEST) things about the horror genre - there is so much diversity! The fact that this question even exists is great, and allows for more creativity than a lot people give the the horror name credit for. As of late though, I've really been getting indie and short-horror films. Working here at Moviepilot has allowed me to discover some incredibly talented independent producers making great films. One of the best horror shorts that I've seen recently was Law Carne Cruda (Raw Meat) from Samuel Lema and Visual Think Films. Check it out! But I have to warn you, this is definitely not one for the weak stomached. Another great film I've seen recently is A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. It's based on the graphic novel by Ana Lily Armiour, who also directed the film. If you get a chance try to to see it on the big screen, it's a real piece of horror eye candy. If you can't, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is ALSO streaming on Netflix!
7. FAVOURITE ON-SCREEN KILL/DEATH?
I know some people might not consider this a true horror film, but my favourite on-screen kill is the staircase scene from American Psycho. Christian Bale's portrayal of Patrick Batemen is one of my favourite film personalities from any genre. If you don't know which scene I'm talking about shame on you. I mean, here you go :)
8. FAVOURITE HORROR SERIES OR FRANCHISE?
When I was younger I used to wander downstairs in the middle of the night to grab a midnight snack, or something. Sometimes my mom would be down there, sitting in the living room with the lights off, watching TV. I'd walk into the hallway and all I could see was the back of her head, lights from the box would flicker on and off and cast shadows on the walls. She wouldn't notice me initially and just continued watching as if she were possessed - she was so focused. Then, she'd hear me all of a sudden and gasp like she'd just woken up from a bad dream. It was pretty creepy the first couple times I caught her. But after a while I got used to it, and eventually joined her as she watched The Twilight Zone into the wee hours of the night. Every episode was completely original, and Rod Serling was an absolute master of story telling. I want to say that this was when I first started to develop a love for the eerie and become curious about horror. If you're not familiar with this classic series you're in luck, The Twilight Zone is now available on Netflix!
9. FAVOURITE HORROR DIRECTOR?
There are dozens of amazing horror directors that I could give the credit on this one. The ones that immediately come to mind are the obvious ones - Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter, Dario Argento, you know those guys. But, I think I want to give a shout out to one of the fresh faces who I believe is really pushing the horror genre forward in a lot of ways. That man is none other than Eli Roth. At the young age of 43 Roth's filmography is already the stuff of legend, and it doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon. His recent project, Clown is one of the best horror films I've seen this year. And if you haven't heard the news his upcoming film The Green Inferno will finally get a wide release this year on September 25th!! If you watch his films you can tell that Eli Roth is at his chore a true fan of horror. He's inventive, twisted, loves gore and has a great sense of humour. This guy is great, and I can't wait to see what kinds of sick ideas he comes up with next.
10. WORST HORROR FILM YOU'VE SEEN?
Sadly I've seen quite a few horror films that I have to give a 'meh' rating. But the worst!? Ah man.. that's really hard to say. I'm not going to throw any B-Movies under the bus. There are some terrible ones out there, but that's what makes them so good! I think I'll tell you the worst horror film I've seen lately; The Woman In Black II: Angel of Death. I'm not going to bash it too much, but I will say that I left the theatre severely disappointed. Looking back on it, had it not been for the extremely comfortable chairs and perfectly salted popcorn I probably would have walked out of this one. Seriously, it was bad.
Well that's it guys, NOW IT'S YOUR TURN!
AS PROMISED, I am nominating three other creators to complete the 10 'Blood Splattered Questions'.
Accept my challenge! If you dare...
Thanks for reading everyone, and thank you Matt for sharing this great idea with us! This was super fun to do. Anyone who wants to get involved, create your own bloody posts/videos and use the tag Blood Splattered Questions.
I look forward to reading some interesting responses you guys, cheers!!!