Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Reanimating a Monster Kid!

J. Travis Grundon and Horror Icon, Clive Barker

I was starting to lose my love of horror. Horror and I had talked about seeing other people. After a slew of crap released and called horror films I just lost interest and hope in the genre. Only a few folks helped keep that love alive and I want to thank them for reminding me why I am a Monster Kid!

I took a year off from horror cons and only stayed on the outer rim of being a horror fan by watching The Walking Dead. To me, The Walking Dead is horror and zombie fiction done right. I was hooked for the first episode, but between seasons and mid-season breaks I was out. I considered myself a zombie fan. I wasn't sure I could still call myself a horror fan, because I skipped my old favorites and everything else that came out.

Special thanks go to Director Joshua Hull. When Josh approached me about writing TERMS I hadn't even watched a horror movie in nearly a year, not even on Halloween. I wanted to write TERMS and I loved the idea enough to dive back into horror, but I needed to get myself in the right mindset. I watched a lot of crappy horror movies and I was getting more inspiration out of things like Bellflower and Girl, Interrupted.

It wasn't until I watched the Scott Glosserman film Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon that I got my head right. I owe Mr. Glosserman a big thank you for making that movie and for just being the right movie at the right time. I really hope things work out for this movie to see a sequel.

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Once I got my head right I finally watched Battle Royale, a movie I had only seen parts of. I could kick my own ass for not seeing it sooner, but it is not an easy movie to find in the area I live in. It also was never cheap when I found it at conventions, but now that I've seen it, it is already in my top 10 favorite films and I will be watching it again and again. I love it.

Now my love for horror is rejuvenated and I'm back to my old self.

Thanks also go to Brandon Bennett for feeding me movie after movie to keep me interested. He has turned me onto a lot of lower budget movies like Incest Death Squad I would have otherwise avoided, but now I love them. IDS is a must see for fans of strange horror.

I owe Brandon also because he and I also started talking about WOTLD. That made me revisit my old zombie love and charged me to go back to old favorites like 28 Days Later, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead and both versions of Night of the Living Dead.

Reconnecting with these favorites brought back my love for other greats like Lake Placid, Repo: The Genetic Opera, They Live, Monster Squad, 30 Days of Night and the original Halloween.

I'm happy to have a healthy relationship with horror again. I can enjoy newer films like Super 8, The Dead, Doghouse and other horror flicks I've missed. I'm doing a lot of catch up. I only recently watched Beverly Lane, and loved it.

The rejuvenated love timing is perfect because El Monstro Del Mar, a movie I loved over a year ago at The Dark Carnival Film Fest, is now available on DVD in the US. The timing also works well because Dead Hooker in a Trunk is also finally available in the US. I haven't seen it, but I can't wait.

So...Thanks to Joshua Hull, Brandon Bennett, Scott Glosserman and everyone who brought me back to horror, but beware: I have a few more horror stories of my own. I can't wait to get back out in the horror convention circuit and I look forward to what horrors are ahead.

Maybe one day TERMS or WOTLD will be on someones list of favorite horror films.