When I was younger, I loved them and remember happily being scared senseless by ‘The Amityville Horror’ and ‘The Ring’. However, I found that they would then play on mind whenever I was alone – hiding under the duvet isn’t a good look at 35 years old.
1. What is the first horror movie you remember watching?
My dad is a huge fan of classic horror films. He had a vast video collection so when he was asleep one night, I decided to watch ‘The Video With The Clown On’, without really realising what it was – IT by Stephen King. I must have been about 10 years old I think. I don’t remember feeling particularly scared, just confused about why this clown had such a vendetta against kids!
2. What is your favourite horror movie?
I do love the cheesy, traditional slasher movies such a the ‘Scream’ ones, although I have actually never seen ‘Scream 4’. I was about 13 when the first one was released and I found myself drawn to the teenage angst of Sidney Prescott. I suppose she did have a good reason to be so miserable though and thankfully, my own expedition through adolescence was void of vengeful killers murdering my loved ones every other day – poor Sid.
3. What is your favourite horror movie genre?
I feel like I’m cheating with this one but I prefer ‘Comedy Horror’ such as ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ or ‘Tucker and Dale vs Evil’ and ‘Earnest Scared Stupid’. A bit of light-hearted horror is much more palatable for a scaredy cat like me!
4. What genre scares you the most?
Anything that is almost relatable or could actually happen in ‘real life’ scares me to death. Supernatural stuff like ghosts or aliens don’t really make an impact on me but documentary style ones – Blair Witch Project, I’m looking at you – or those based on real-life stories really do. Witnessing (fictional) human beings trying to kill other human beings really freaks me out.
5. What is the last horror movie you watched that actually scared you?
I saw ‘The Shining’ for the very first time earlier this year and it haunted me for a good while afterwards. See above for the reason why! Creepy AF.
6. Who is your ultimate scream queen?
It has to be Jaime Lee Curtis for me, although in my eyes, she’s more of a kick-ass role model than the usual hapless victim of a classic horror movie.
7. What’s a concept that you’d like to see in horror?
A decent plot line. Lots of them seem to substitute the storyline for gore or unnecessary suspense. If the storyline is believable, I’m much more invested.
8. What is your favourite on-screen kill?
Can’t say I have a favourite kill but ‘that’ Drew Barrymore opening scene from ‘Scream’ is iconic. Ooh and that one with the logs flying through the car window in ‘Final Destination 2’ is to thank for me purposely not driving behind trucks, even years later!
9. What’s your favourite horror franchise?
I adore the American Horror Story television series. I know it’s not a movie franchise but I’ve watched every single season and loved them all. The self-contained miniseries means that viewers get to see the same familiar cast members in a brand new light every time.
10. Who’s your favourite horror director?
Ryan Murphy and the team behind AHS. From ‘Coven’ to ‘Freak Show’, the cinematography and plots are always so original and gripping.
I’m a bit rubbish and left this post until the last minute (welcome to my life) so I won’t tag anyone in particular, however, if you’d like to join in, feel free and let me know so I can check out your answers.