Hotels inspire the horrific and macabre, and with Halloween almost upon us it's time to celebrate haunted rooms, menacing presences, poltergeists, and even the occasional Log Lady lurking in the lobby.
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).