Hammer House of Horror: "Witching Time" - *Plot:* *Composer David Winter stays up late scoring a horror film, one which stars his own beautiful wife, Mary. But while he works at their home in the...
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Aaron, the main hombre over at The Death Rattle, let's us into the early video-rental days of his cinematic passion and how it fuels his current love for horror and non-genre flicks alike...
I like to write about films from various genres over at The Death Rattle. In general I don't necessarily consider myself a horror blogger, but horror is without a doubt my first love when it comes to films. My interest in horror wasn't something that happened overnight. I didn't see a particular movie that blew my mind and made me fall in love with the genre. Thanks to parents who never really monitored what I watched, combined with the fact that I was more or less raised by the television, I started watching horror movies at an age when I was too young to even realize what a horror movie was; I didn't really have a choice but to grow to love them. Jason Voorhees was as much a childhood hero to me as Luke Skywalker and Hulk Hogan, brother. My earliest memories of the genre are watching the first three Friday the 13th films repeatedly (the third was my favorite), being terrified of Mausoleum and The Howling, and laughing hysterically at Evil Dead II.
A few years ago I had a part-time job at a video store on top of having a full-time job. I didn't need the money, but the idea of getting paid to be around movies for a few hours a day sounded excellent. It was then that I started my first blog. I had access to all of these movies, and in some cases before they were released to the public, so I wanted a platform to talk about them. At first I started writing reviews on Amazon because I knew there was already a built-in audience and community there, but some of the reviews I wrote never got published for whatever reason.
Frustrated, I started a legit blog that was dedicated to horror movies, which went unread for many months until I finally figured out how to search for other horror blogs and follow them. I was amazed to discover, for once, a community of people who weren't jaded, elitist pricks, who wrote about horror movies because they genuinely loved doing it. Since then, I've made a lot of amazing likeminded friends through my blog. What a crazy thing, this internet.
The only reason I don't dedicate my time to writing strictly about horror mvoies anymore is because there are so many other great films out there from other genres that I enjoy sharing and writing about, and quite frankly it's not often these days that I come across a new horror film that interests me. There are a few North American directors out there, like James Wan, Lucky McKee, John Knautz, and Ti West, who make me hopeful of a bright future for the genre, but there hasn't been a truly original horror filmmaker to come along and shake things up in a long time.