I never understood peoples' attraction to horror movies but, as a writer-turned-filmmaker who just spent three days totally immersed in the genre (courtesy of Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles), I have a newly-developed appreciation for the films.
1) If someone offers to sell you a beautiful house in the country for an unbelievably low price, do not make the purchase. As nice as it sounds, the house is evil and you and your family will be dead within a month.
For starters, I have no interest in the supernatural and paranormal -- mostly because I don't believe in it. (Of course, that's the perfect set-up for a horror story.) I've never had a paranormal experience, though I'm sure there are people who believe they have.
My child scares me. I don't mean I'm concerned about him. My child is sweet and funny and entertaining. He's perfect in his own way. Well, as perfect as a 2-year-old can be. No, my child actually, unintentionally, scares the crap out of me.
To be absolutely fair to the horror genre, when debating the scariest film ever made, one would need to take into account some of the twisted foreign horror films out there -- films like The Eye (Chinese version) and Ju-On (the grudge).
A few months ago, filmmakers came to my workplace and interviewed me at length about four contemporary legends for a new documentary. That documentary promises to be an entertaining, informative and slightly creepy look at fear, crime and storytelling in the 20th century.
Ironically, my new film is definitely creeptastic, but NOT gory. No blood, no guts but lots of spooks and jump scares. So, wait for dark, turn off the lights, grab some popcorn and be prepared for the chills!
From A Nightmare on Elm Street to Killer Klowns From Outer Space, I'm a huge fan of horror movies, so I've put together a list of 10 horror-movie moments that made me gasp, including bad wigs, bad acting, and a gingerbread penis.