Long, long ago Aaron was kind enough to interview me for his site The Death Rattle. I repaid that kindness by stealing his interview feature for my own, asking him to do an interview, and then never sending him the questions. Until now!
Aaron has a brilliant blog, The Death Rattle and has guested on the podcast. I've already checked out a few of the movies he has recommended and folks, Aaron is on point. I am proud to present: An Interview With An Aaron.
1. Tell us something about yourself. Anything.
2. What is your favorite horror film?
TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (the original, obviously)
3. Give me 5 other favorite horror films.
HELLRAISER, John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, THE DESCENT, PHENOMENA, PHANTASM. Not necessarily my absolute favorites following TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE but they're up there.
4. What 5 horror films should I watch right now?
1. Well, I just watched OCULUS and I liked it... so, OCULUS.
2. THE BOXER'S OMEN
3. The Canadian psychological horror movie THE DARK HOURS, which I watched a couple of months ago and have been recommending to people.
4. THE BABY
5. The Jim Jarmusch vampire movie ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. Not a conventional horror movie, nor is it an original take on vampires, but it's so good. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are perfect.
5. You review a lot of indie horror films. What 5 should I see?
2. DARKNESS: THE VAMPIRE VERSION
3. MIDNIGHT SON
4. POP SKULL
5. LOVELY MOLLY
6. Favorite film monster? (vampire, zombie, werewolf, Adam Sandler, etc.)
Demons and lesbian vampires.
7. Favorite giallo?
TENEBRE (or TENEBRAE if you're anal about the spelling) or THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH. It's hard to pick a single favorite. I like many for different reasons. If I'm allowed to pick unconventional Gialli, I'd put PHENOMENA and HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS at very the top of the list.
8. Put these things in order: George Romero's Martin, pizza, boot cut jeans, Fulci's The Beyond, Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse, spray cheese, John F. Kennedy Jr.
2. Fulci's THE BEYOND
3. George Romero's MARTIN
4. Spray cheese
5. John F. Kennedy Jr.
6. Boot cut jeans
7. Tobe Hooper's THE FUNHOUSE
9. 5 favorite horror film directors?
In no particular order: Lucio Fulci, John Carpenter, Don Coscarelli, Tobe Hooper (he made some stinkers but he gave me my favorite horror movie of all time), Dario Argento (up to a point). Honorable mentions: Wes Craven and Jean Rollin.
10. Where do I jump into the world of non Swarzeneggar, Stallone, Van Damme or Seagal 80's/90's action films?
To name a few....
Cannon's NINJA trilogy - REVENGE OF THE NINJA with Sho Kosugi, ENTER THE NINJA with Franco Nero, and NINJA III: THE DOMINATION with Lucinda Dickey.
STONE COLD with Brian Bosworth - one of the most amazing, over-the-top Action movies ever made in my opinion.
John Woo's HARD BOILED. He has other great films, like THE KILLER and whatnot, but HARD BOILED is far and away my favorite of his.
Ruggero Deodato's RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS.
Andy Sidaris's HARD TICKET TO HAWAII and all of his movies after that.
11. Should I buy the Andy Sedaris set?
Does a bear shit in the woods? 5 bucks for 12 movies. It's a no brainer! It's worth it for HARD TICKET TO HAWAII alone.
12. First horror film you loved?
THE MONSTER SQUAD
13. Scariest film you have seen?
As a kid, it was MAUSOLEUM and THE HOWLING, especially the former. As far as long term effectiveness, probably JAWS. As cliche as it sounds, I'm scarred to this day because of it. I live in a place surrounded by water and I'm terrified of the ocean. FML.
14. How many times have you seen Friday The 13th Part 2?
In the 5 to 10 range. It's one of those movies I've lost track of over the years as far as how many times I've seen it. Me and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 go all the way back to when I first remember watching horror movies as a kid.
15. Black gloved killer or axe wielding madman?
If that's your way of asking me "Gialli or slashers", I'll go with axe wielding madman.
16. Argento or Fulci?
Overall, definitely Fulci.
17. What horror film sub genre could you do without going forward?
Zombies. There are enough great zombie movies out there. I don't think we need any more.
18. What was the best horror film of 2013?
This will make some eyes roll, but I have to go with ABCs OF DEATH. "Best" is subjective, but it's my favorite of 2013. Some of the segments are garbage, but it covers a lot of bases in terms of sub-genres, and a lot of the segments are creative and entertaining. It also opened my eyes to some up-and-coming directors I should keep an eye on. If we're talking horror movies that follow a narrative, probably THE CONJURING. 2013 kinda sucked for horror in my opinion.
19. What's the best horror film you have seen this year (regardless of release date)?
"Best" would be a toss-up between SORUM and BEDEVILLED - both from South Korea. SORUM is a very atmospheric psychological horror movie and BEDEVILLED is essentially a revenge movie with a pretty amazing pay-off.
20. Is Halloween the best slasher film?
21. What's the worst three horror remakes you have seen?
1. PROM NIGHT is the fucking woooooooooorst.
2. WHEN A STRANGER CALLS
3. THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2
There are so many bad ones.
22. Is there a remake that worked for you?
23. Is there a horror film you'd like to see remade?
24. 5 guilty pleasure horror films?
1. FREDDY VS. JASON
2. TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D
3. BLADE: TRINITY
4. HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION
5. BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH
25. If (God forbid) your residence was in danger of sliding into the 5th dimension, what dvd/blurays would you save?
My CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE box set.
26. You are on the record as a fan of masks, what is your favorite?
Outside of movies: There was a WWF tag team in the 80s called Demolition. They wore Hockey masks covered in black leather with spikes sticking out.
Horror: The silver mask from Lamberto Bava's DEMONS.
Non-horror movies: The Five Deadly Venoms. Chinese opera masks are so fucking cool.
27. Franco or Rollin?
28. What is the last horror film you watched at the theater?
I dread going to the movies. The last one I saw on the big screen was THE CONJURING last summer. I've only been to the movies twice this year so far and neither were horror.
29. What is in your dvd/bluray player right now?
WWF Survivor Series 1987
30. The Lords Of Salem: Rob Zombie's best film?
31. Looking over directors that are considered masters (in one way or another) such as Carpenter, Craven, Romero, Hooper, who directing today could join that group? Does James Wan belong?
My controversial pick would be Rob Zombie. Love or hate his films, he has a unique cinematic voice and an enthusiasm for the genre, which is what made guys like Carpenter and Craven special. Aside from him, I can't think of anyone. If Ti West lived up the promise he showed with HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and INNKEEPERS, I'd include him. If Eli Roth was more prolific, he'd definitely be there. James Wan is good but not "master" good.
32. If you could make me watch 5 films of any genre what would they be?
1. COME AND SEE
2. THE SWIMMER
3. SCORPIO RISING
4. UPSTREAM COLOR
5. THE RAID
33. List a favorite film that might surprise us?
THE SINFUL DWARF
34. What film would you like to sit down and watch with the director?
WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS with Michael Levesque.
35. What do you make of The House Of The Devil?
I've seen it three times so far and I haven't gotten tired of it yet. I love the atmosphere of it - not just the horror atmosphere but the 80s feel of it (despite it being a tad forced on occasion). The slow burn is a little TOO slow at times but the pay-off makes it all worth it. I'd feel comfortable recommending it to people who aren't as nerdy about movies as I am.
36. What is the best album of the 90's?
Faith No More "Angel Dust"
37. 5 desert island albums?
Faith No More "Angel Dust"
The Smiths "Hatful of Hollow"
Finch "What it is to Burn"
Deftones "White Pony"
Ministry "The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste"
38. What is your favorite film of all time? (Or top 5)
SCORPIO RISING (short) and TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (feature length)
39. Dr. Pepper, Pibb, or neither?