I was tagged by the awesome Julian Gerdes to answer these 10 Blood Splattered Questions about my love of horror. If you're a frequent reader of mine, you know that it's all I talk about. If you haven't read my stuff before, all I talk about is horror. It's become sort of a lifestyle for me, and I love every second of it!
1. What's the first horror film you saw?
I don't really know if I'd consider it a horror, but it's definitely on the creepy/weird side.
I saw Beetlejuice for the first time when I was about 4 years old, and that's where the love of all things weird began. I started asking if I could paint my nails black like Lydia, and one of my favorite things to tell people was "I, myself, am strange and unusual,"...not much has changed there!
2. Favorite horror film?
This is one of the hardest questions for me to answer! I love so many for different reasons. If we're looking for a classic, Hellraiser is definitely my favorite. If we're looking for something that scared me out of my mind, Sinister is my go-to.
Hellraiser is one of my favorites because of the Cenobites (see above). I love their way of seeming like they'll absolve you of your sins, always letting you reason with them...and then they let you know that while they appreciate your contribution, your reasoning just isn't enough for them not to drag you to hell.
Sinister is my other favorite because it gave me that awfully uneasy feeling the entire time. I watched it for the first time at a friend's house and was frequently checking behind me on the couch to make sure Bughuul wasn't staring at me. Plus the music and creepy kids ruined my sleep for a while.
3. Favorite sub-genre?
I'm a big, big fan of gore, but I'm also a big fan of paranormal. I think gore is fun because I'm not bothered by blood, but paranormal is usually what freaks me out (I don't do well with possession films...shhh, that's a secret).
4. Last horror film to scare you?
SINISTER. Easiest question to answer so far. There isn't one thing about the film that didn't disturb me; from the dead ghost children to Bughuul to the awful, graphic death scenes, Sinister left my heart racing, my stomach queasy, and my mind playing tricks on me. It scared me so much that I had a Bughuul doll made for me by MoodyVoodies. Makes sense, right? (See above, "I, myself, am strange and unusual")
5. Favorite scream queen?
JAMIE LEE CURTIS!!!!!!! -does happy dance- This lady taught me how to read and I loved her for that (my first book that I ever read on my own was Today I Feel Silly by Ms. Curtis), and when I grew up, I ran into her again in the Halloween series where she outsmarted Michael Myers and was a total badass. So, Ms. Curtis, I love you.
6. A new type of horror you're into?
It's definitely not a new type of horror, but it's a new one that I've found myself loving as of recently...creepy kids. They're incredibly unsettling and we have to interact in everyday society with them, so why not make it a little more entertaining and put them into horror films as deranged possessed killers? I'm referring to The Damned there.
7. Favorite on-screen kill/death?
Sinister wins again! The pool scene is the most horrifying thing I've ever seen in my life. The music makes me nauseous, the visuals enhance it tenfold. Nothing (so far) has disturbed me more than watching a family strapped to pool chairs be dragged into the water so you can watch their feet twitch as they die. -shudder-
8. Favorite horror series or franchise?
I have two for different reasons: Hellraiser because it's one of my favorite horror films of all time and the Cenobites are enough to keep me coming back through all of the films (minus the last one where Doug Bradley was replaced by a Pinhead wannabe).
The second is the Puppet Master series because I love creepy dolls almost as much as I love killer clowns. Those are two of my favorite themes in horror films. Puppet Master isn't exactly the most impressive film series in the world (in fact, I don't enjoy most of them), but I adore the first three, and even more so, I adore Blade, Jester, Leech Woman, Pinhead (the other Pinhead), Torch, and Six Shooter!
9. Favorite horror director?
I think I'm going to have to say Adam Green. Besides the fact that he's incredibly charitable and an all-around awesome guy, he's directed films like Digging Up the Marrow which I loved, the Hatchet series, as well as a handful of others. I haven't seen any work by Mr. Green that I didn't enjoy.
And the final question!
10. Worst horror film you've seen?
Surprisingly, this is a tough one. There are plenty of horror films I haven't enjoyed because I consider myself really picky, but one at the top of my "this was terrible and I'll never watch it again" list is Roman. Starring Kristen Bell and Lucky McKee (he's directed All Cheerleaders Die, May, and many others), I thought this one sounded interesting when I came home from a trip to New Hampshire. I won't give anything away, just read the synopsis and give it a shot. I popped in the DVD and watched. When the film ended, my first reaction was: "well, that's two hours of my life I'll never get back". It was just not entertaining in the slightest. I'm so, so sorry Lucky.
Well, guys, those are my answers to the 10 #bloodsplatteredquestions! I'm tagging another 3 fabulous horror creators below...
and Sam Warrington!
Happy haunting, ghouls. I can't wait to hear your answers!