I participated in this a bit on Facebook while it was going on, but I didn't really give it my all. This is the kind of thing that I stress over, as I'm always worried that I'm forgetting a much better choice for a particular category than the one I'm going with. The challenge is over now, but its legacy has lived on through some of the blogs I read. A couple of others have decided to tackle the challenge all in one post, but with the way I ramble on, that might take me all night. So, I'm going to break it up into two separate posts, with the first 15 days going up today, and you guessed it, the final 15 going up tomorrow. If you haven't been following along with anybody participating, basically it's a questionnaire that asks you to pick one specific horror movie for an answer, the only stipulation being you're only allowed to use a movie once. For instance, I can use "Let the Right One In" for favorite foreign film, but can't use it again later for favorite vampire flick. Got it? Good. Let's get to it...
1. Your First Horror Movie - Yeah like I can remember this, especially with a dad like mine. He loved to torture my brother and I with horror movies when we were little kids. I suppose if I really think about it, one of the first I can ever remember laying in bed at night and staring out my window frozen in terror over was Silver Bullet. My dad was a huge Stephen King fan, and he loved this movie. Add my young overactive imagination with the fact that we lived out in the woods in Alabama, and you get one effective horror flick. Still one of my favorites to this day too.
7. A Horror Movie You Think No One Has Seen - I have a huge collection of movies that hardly anybody has seen, but thanks to the internet, I've discovered that I'm not alone in my love for obscure horror movies. So it would almost be impossible to pick a movie that no one else has seen. Still looking over at my dvds, I see a few that maybe aren't as well known as the Human Centipede's of the world. I'm gonna pick Dead End for this one. I don't even remember where I first read or heard about it myself, but I'm glad I did. I loved it, and it even creeped me the fuck out the first time I watched it.
10. Horror Movie that Everyone Loves But You Don't - I've talked about this before but despite all the talk, and even mainstream attention it gets, The Human Centipede just didn't do anything for me. Yeah I get it, it's horrible, and were I ever to find myself in a similar situation I'm sure I'd be terrified, but as a movie I found it to be more humorous than anything else. The doctor guy was creepy I guess, but not any creepier than any other foreign dude with a God complex. It was a well made movie, I'll give it that but that's about as far as I go. I saw it once, doubt I'll ever watch it again.
12. Your Most Disturbing Horror Film - I have a couple of movies in mind for this one. I've been watching some fairly disturbing stuff lately, Antichrist, Martyrs, Fat Girl, etc. But they all pale in comparison to the mother of all disturbing movies, A Serbian Film. Even knowing what this movie was going to be about didn't prepare me for it. NOTHING can prepare you for this movie. It literally had me fucked up for days after I watched it. You can read more about what I thought of it here if you're so inclined.
14. Favorite Indie Movie - Been talking about it for months, no surprise here, my new favorite all-time Indie movie is the grindhouse-errific Dead Hooker in a Trunk from the Soska sisters. The dvd is set to come out soon in the UK, and hopefully a region one release isn't too far off from that. Believe me you're going to want to check out this debut from the Twisted Twins, they are going to be a big name in horror in the future.
15. Favorite Monster Movie - Almost impossible one to pick here. In fact, I love monster movies more than any other kind of horror film. I wish this category would've been broken down into subs, such as "favorite giant monster movie" or "favorite sci-fi monster movie". As is stands though, I've said it a million times, Stan Winston broke the monster mold when he designed the Predator. The movie itself completely delivers everything you could want in an 80's monster flick, lots of gore, lots and lots of testosterone, a badass creature, and Jesse "The Body" Ventura with a mini-gun.
There ya go, the first 15 days of the 30 Day Horror Movie Challenge. To anyone who actually reads all this, oh dear god thank you, as it might not look like much, but this fucker took me a looong time to do, and I'm only halfway done. Come back tomorrow for days 16 thru 30!