1_ What is Your Favorite Horror Film or Which Horror Film Has Stood Out Most in Your Memory. Why?
Yikes. This one's hard. I'll stick with David Fincher's Se7en for now. I think it's a fantastic depiction of horror even if in the more real world sense of things. It's very Splatterpunk to me in it's design and execution, and the final closing moments just kind of punch you in the face the way horror really should. No happy, status quo preserving moments here, which is what I want from horror pictures.
2_ Name Your Top 15 Horror Films: (not in any particular order)
1. Takashi Miike's Audition.
2. Takashi Miike's Imprint.
3. David Fincher's Se7en.
4. George R. Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.
5. Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth.
6. Clive Barker's Hellraiser.
7. Steven Speilberg's Jaws.
8. Ridley Scott's Alien.
9. Bernard Rose's Candyman.
10. Dario Argent's Jenifer.
11. William Friedkin's the Exorcist.
12. John Carpenter's the Thing.
13. John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness.
14. Perfect Blue.
15. Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers.
3_ Favorite Horror Scores/Composers: I've never really paid much attention to composers and such. I'm a really big fan of how Rob Zombie has used music in his three pictures more so than original Scores and Composers. Although, I do have to say John Carpenter did some really nice work with the music in both Halloween and the Thing.
4_ Recent Horror In Your Life and Your Thoughts On Each:
a) Last Horror Film Seen in Theater? Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween, of which I appear to be in the minority, 'cause I thought it was fantastic from beginning to end.
b) Last Horror Film Seen at Home? Shit, I don't even remember. I think it might have been Tom Savini's 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead which I am more than just a little fond of
5_ Favorite Director(s):
a) Non-Horror Directors: Hate genre restriction, but I'll go with it: Dave Fincher is my favorite director of all time, and I consider most of his films to be horror, but I'm not sure this is accepted across the board. Ryuhei Kitamura is a favorite of mine. His Versus and Godzilla Final Wars were a hoot to watch. And James Cameron, I think. His films impacted me in my younger years.
b) Horror Directors: Much easier! Takashi Miike is my most favorite, Rob Zombie despite his apparent current infamy amongst horror and film fans alike. I honestly think that in ten to fifteen years, people will come to appreciate his Halloween a lot more. And the last one is Yoshiaki Kawajiri, an anime director. He directed Demon City Shinjuku and Wicked City (along with Ninja Scroll and the Highlander anime film from last year), and Wicked City had a pretty profound impact on me as far as horror goes.
6_ State Your Thoughts on the Horror Cinema to be Produced in the Following Countries and Name One to Three Favourite Film For Each Country:
American: Masters of Horror is the only thing that comes to mind worth a shit. I've become vehemently bored with most of the cinema that's done here, especially horror, as it's become overly similar, entirely unoriginal, and doesn't challenge the imagination or the intellect. I'm hoping this starts to change, and thinks like Ryuhei Kitamura's adapt of Barker's Midnight Meat Train is giving me some hope.
British: Neil Marshall. I don't get to pay a lot of attention to horror outside of the states, but I love Neil Marshall's films. Dog Soldiers, The Decent, and his upcoming one about the Apocalypse or whatever it is. The guy is good.
German: I've never seen a german horror films.
Asian: Takashi Miike is the fuckin' man. Audition still creeps me the fuck out, Icchi the Killer was brilliantly Splatterpunk, Imprint was just a viseral visual eyeball fuck; he's insane. I'm also big on horror anime. BIG on it. I love two-dimensional animation versus three-dimensional animation or live action, and the tricks you can play with a viewer in anime is a lot more than what you can do in live action. Like in Perfect Blue. I have to say, however, that I've avoided most of the trend-setting horror pictures to come out of Japan except the first Ring movie and Ju-On.
Italian: Not really big on Italian horror pictures. I watched all the Zombi/Zombie/Xombi pictures and was bored to tears by them. I've seen very little outside of that aside from Argento's two entries in Masters of Horror, Pelts and Jenifer. I've been meaning to search out more, but have been preoccupied with other things.
Spanish, Mexican: Guirellmo del Toro! His name plays tricks with my finger tips, but other than that, both Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth are goddamned brilliant and unsettling. The guy is fantastic.
Anywhere Else: Eh, honestly, I prefer prose fiction, comics and video games to film when it comes to horror.
7_ Which Era is Your Favourite For Horror and Which Era do You Believe Generated the Best of Horror? Discuss: On film, I suppose I'm naturally a slasher nut. I know that, for the most part, they're shitty films. I can't even stomach to watch the original Nightmare or the original Halloween without bursting into full on laughter, and the same goes for the entire entries in all the series across the board, but I think that's why they're my favorites. I laugh so hard when I watch them. I'm also big on zombie pictures, so called "thrillers" and other such "genre"s that are used primarily to disguise the fact that they are, indeed, horror movies. In prose, I love the Splatterpunk era although I don't believe it is at all over. It's just changed. Splat has found it's way into more mainstream fiction and I'm not sure how it relates to horror as horror today. It's what I write though.
8_ First Horror Movie You Remember Seeing?
A very early Friday the 13th picture.
9_ Five Favorite Non-Horror Movies? Discuss Each.
AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo. It's brilliant. It's a nice science fiction story that turns into a metaphysical mindfuck towards the end. I didn't understand the ending for years and years until they re-released it with a new translation from the original script in subtitles.
Also a very huge fan of Yoshiaki Kawajiri's Ninja Scroll, even though it does have some very horrific moments, I think it's probably considered to be fantasy moreso than horror.
Reservoir Dogs because it's crime fiction brilliance.
Sin City 'cause I'm a huge fan of Frank Miller's comics, and this is comics made live action and sticks to the roots and source material religiously. It was such a thrill to see scenes that I'd read for fifteen years (I've read all the Sin City books a lot) on the big screen.
Enter the Dragon. It's Bruce Lee, yo. At his finest moment.
10_Three Favorite Guilty Pleasure Horror Movies, The Ones You Know Are Terrible But Love Anyway:
Huh. Never really thought of it. Uhm. Friday the 13th Part 7, the one with the telekenetic chick. It was like Jason vs. Phoenix from the X-Men, and I got a kick out of it. Hatchet! Oh man, Hatchet is so intentionally bad that I can't help but love it. Plus it has a more satisfying ending than any slasher movie I can ever remember seeing as a child. Silent Night, Deadly Night. One word: PUNISH!.
11_Favorite Genre Actors/Actresses:
I don't particularly have many. Tony Todd is the absolute man. Bill Mosely, how can you not like the guy that played Chop Top, Johnny and Otis? Actresses is harder to say because most of the ones I see are really ridiculous people in roles that are amazingly unbelievable for them. I do like the lead actress from Savini's NotLD remake, and Virginia Madsen in Candyman. The girl from Audition, too. She was fantastic.
12_ The Worst of The Worst.
a) Name and Discuss in Detail the Three Horror Films You Consider to be Most Over Rated:
Well, huh. Anything that was adapted from another film done in another country. I think that notion is ridiculous and is almost always pointless as the original effort is usually superior than the American adapt effort. The Grudge is the first. I laughed through the entire thing. The Exorcism of Emily Rose was an absolute joke. It didn't blend the idea of whether or not it was real, didn't blur that line enough for me, and it was trying too hard to be two movies at once, as well as restricting itself to a family friendly rating. I found Saw to be quite ridiculous as well. It was almost as though the filmmakers were trying to out Fincher David Fincher by emulating Se7en as best as they could, and they failed. Miserably. I don't know why people keep flocking to the theatres to see this one, although I suppose the same could be said for me, 'cause I see any slasher film from any series opening night.
b) Name and Discuss in Detail the Three Horror Films Which You Consider to be the Absolute Direst Z Grade Junk:
I can't think of anything, really. I can find entertainment in the worst horror films made.