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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Not Another Horror Blog!

.....'Fraid so. And yes, while I'm sure that there are many who would roll their eyes at me and scoff "Ah, just what we need. Another chump who thinks they are a beautiful and unique snowflake whose unparalleled insight and wit on a variety of topics related to the horror industry is the best thing since Wonderbread!" Well, to those people I would say.....I don't eat Wonderbread because I'm allergic to wheat. So yes, I do consider myself to be better than Wonderbread because as far as I know I don't cause anyone stomach discomfort. As far as I know anyway.

So who in the world AM I? Ah, that's the great puzzle....I'm just another twentysomething female horror fan who's unemployed and single and looking for a platform in which to babble incessantly about the things that are most important to me. Namely classic horror films made in glorious B&W. I'm a firm believer that the world can sometimes look more beautiful in black-and-white, and certainly more scary. It's much easier for dark things to lurk in the shadows when everything's in grayscale.

I grew up on Vincent Price and old episodes of "Alfred Hitchock Presents". I used to think that in the 1940's and 1950's the world was actually IN black and white. Perhaps not my most intelligent childhood belief- second only to the idea that thunder actually the sound of angels bowling (I do however have my grandmother to blame for that gem!) I think the scream queens of the 30's and 40's were far classier than any of the final girls we have today. I think William Castle was a marketing genius who understood something that so many current producers of horror films don't seem to understand (ahem, Michael Bay)- that horror movies were supposed to be FUN. Being scared is a huge adrenaline rush akin to going on a roller coaster. If it wasn't fun, would any of us go to see them? Masochists aside.

And yet, I find myself going to horror film after horror film that ISN'T fun. I haven't had fun at a Saw movie since the first one came out. "Martyrs" is a great film but it sure as heck wasn't fun. Neither was "Inside". I can't imagine that "A Serbian Film" will be either. I had high hopes for "The Human Centipede" because I couldn't imagine that a movie with such a ridiculous concept could be anything other than a fun ride, but I'm told it's very disappointing. Even boring.

"Birdemic: Shock and Terror"? Now THAT was fun. Terrible, terrible movie but the enthused audience reaction to such an awful film made me wonder if perhaps the terrible B movie creature feature is back. Granted, it would be difficult to ever even try to make a film as terrible as "Birdemic: Shock and Terror". And perhaps I would like the special effects to be SLIGHTLY better in my B movies. Heck, I think the special effects in "Plan 9 From Outer Space" might have been better. And that's saying something. "Paranormal Activity" was another flick that I had an absolute blast at. I know people who didn't really get it, and I think it might have to do with the circumstances under which they watched it. I saw it in a packed theater of people who couldn't wait to get the crap scared out of them.The marketing campaign was truly inspired- I think William Castle would have been proud.

William Castle is the dead person I'd most like to have dinner with!
I'd prefer if severed head wasn't on the menu though.

I'm always going to go see the latest horror releases because I support the industry and want to see more horror movies getting produced. That being said, this blog will be focusing almost exclusively on the classic horror films that are so often getting overlooked by current horror fans. Many of them have been treated to terrible remakes because supposedly the kids won't watch something in B&W. This makes no sense to me- I was born in the 80's and grew up in the 90's and I had no qualms about watching anything in B&W as a kid. I lived for "The Twilight Zone" marathon and I attribute an early viewing of "Psycho" to the reason I took baths until I was in high school. I bleed black-and-white, and I hope there are some other horror fans out there who feel the same way.

So here we go. Thanks to the many bloggers who have inspired me to stop dreaming about blogging and just friggin' write something. Stacie Ponder, Brittney-Jade Colangelo, Andre Dumas and Heidi Martinuzzi- I'm a longtime reader/lurker of all of your blogs/sites. I think all of you ladies are wonderfully talented and you've given this unemployed horror fangirl a great deal of reading pleasure.

Review of "A Bucket Of Blood" directed by Roger Corman will be up tomorrow! It makes fun of pretentious hipsters (which I LOVE) and features a dead cat (which I HATE).

My cat was not a big fan of this scene either.


  1. Hey thanks for the kind words! You've made my day. I already dig your writing style and viewpoint--I thought the world used to be in black and white back then too! Thank god I'm not alone. I look forward to hearing more from you : )

  2. And now it's your turn to have made MY day! Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I love The Horror Digest- I laugh out loud at least once per entry, usually more. Just ask my cat.

  3. Andre sent me, she raved about your new blog, and she was right. I worship anyone who mentions William Castle, and then feminizes one of his classic villains as the title of her blog!

    Can't wait to read about "A Bucket of Blood", I first saw the film in college on a double bill with the original "Little Shop of Horrors".

    Good luck, and welcome to the wonderful world of horror blogs!

  4. Pax- Thank you very much for the warm welcome! I'm already obsessed with your blog title and theme (sheer brilliance!) and can't wait to catch up on your posts.

  5. Anyone who holds Vincent Price and Alfred Hitchcock (not to mention William Castle) close to their heart is a friend of mine! Welcome to the crazed world of horror blogging, and I very much look forward to future posts!

  6. Andre is pointing everyone here, I think! :D Welcome to the horrorsiverse-o-blogosphere...nice niche you've got here. And thanks for the shout-out!

  7. I'm so touched by the warm welcome I've received! Can't thank Andre enough for sending you my way- I'll try not to crack under the pressure of knowing that people might actually be reading this thing!