13 January 2012

Horror Blog Of The Month: LET'S GET OUT OF HERE

Yay! A new year, a new Blogger Of The Month!!!
Let's welcome our #1 Friday The 13th expert:

"LET'S GET OUT OF HERE", a highly entertaining blog about Horror, Pop Culture and other nonsense, created by a very nice North Carolinian called Craig.

It's one of these blogs that never fail to entertain me. There are numerous reviews about classic exploitation, comedies and horror stuff, cool stories and anecdotes, kick-ass movie posters, amusing photos, videos, interviews, etc. etc.

Hop over to "LET'S OUT OF GET HERE" and enjoy Craig's wonderful world of movie madness. It's fun!

Hi Craig! Who are you and why do you blog?

I am a long time film buff and lover of all things pop culture. I came along at the right time to remember 8 track tapes; horror movie hosts on local channels; Betamax; the time when TV channels used to sign off for the night; and when you could first rent a movie by picking it up off a shelf and taking it to the counter up front.

I started writing at a young age; started writing about movies in high school - had two reviews published in my hometown newspaper - but stopped giving them stuff when they wouldn't pay me; I did a hand typed movie review newsletter for my friends called "Mad Mike's Multitudinous Maniacal Movies" (or M5 for short) from 1990-1992; I was the film critic for Wilmington NC's entertainment guide Encore Magazine from 1992-2001; and I've written for Michael Weldon's Psychotronic Video magazine; and my writing has appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man, Fangoria, and Entertainment Weekly.

I started to discover a couple of blogs I really enjoyed in 2009 and was reading them regularly for about a year. At the same time I was toying with the idea of a movie review website or forum that put the spotlight on the most used line of dialogue in movies - "Let's get out of here!" - when I also realized how easy it had become to put a blog together. So, in the late summer of 2010, Let's Get Out of Here! the blog debuted! And in those 300+ posts I've touched on movies back to the silent days, up to movies not even released yet, with stops at TV, comics, cartoons, and every other pop culture signpost in between!

Which movie made you a horror fan (and why)?

As a youngster of 4, I was taken by my mom to see "Night of Dark Shadows" at the theater - and I still remember images of it - so I'm going to have to tie it all back to that one. Not very much later I discovered the joys of the Universal Studios Monsters movies with horror host Seymour on TV, and it's just become a giant bloody snowball running down a never ending hill since. I enjoyed the delicious fear I used to feel when I was a kid and a movie scared me - I don't find those moments as often now, but when they come I revel in them!

Who is your favorite horror director (and why)?

Wow, boiling it down to one - tough question.
I think I'm going to go with Roger Corman - because while he may not be the greatest horror film director in the history of film - his career has been the starting point for so many other filmmakers and actors whose work I enjoy - that I can't imagine a world that never had a Roger Corman in it.

I will also cheat and mention John Carpenter, Don Coscarelli, Wes Craven, and lately Adam Green - all have had ups and downs, but all of those guys - and Corman - have made horror movies that are incredibly entertaining and reside in my video vault for re-viewing at any time!

What are your Alltime Horror Favorites?

You get thirteen, because all horror lists should be 13 items:

Halloween (1978)
House of Frankenstein
Piranha (1978)
The Evil Dead
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Scream (1996)

What's the worst horror movie you've seen so far?

I'm going to have to cheat and double down on this one too - the twofer of Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009). I like Rob Zombie; I like Rob Zombie's music. I like "House of 1000 Corpses". I really like "The Devil's Rejects". But I HATE these two "re-imaginings" with every fiber of my being. I go on and on about it in my blog reviews, too:


Halloween II:

Most of my friends don't like horror films. How about your friends?

Thankfully, most of my friends really do - this past October I held my second Crazy Movie Weekend - an all-horror edition that started Friday night 10/28/11 and went through Sunday afternoon 10/30/11 - we watched 13 horror flicks, and had 7 of my pals dropping in to check them out with me. It was awesome!

Freddy? Jason? Leatherface? Michael? The Tall Man? Other?

They are all horror icons - but I have to give it to Jason - he showed up more consistently than the others throughout the 80's, and he had more good flicks in his series than anyone else. This past October I produced a three part blog post series honoring ol' Hockey Mask - and it even won a blog award! And since I have no shame and will toot my own horn at a moment's notice:


US horror? European horror? Asian horror? Other?

From that list up there you would probably tell me it's US horror, and that's probably right. Mainly though, that's because you could most easily get your hands on US horror growing up in the American Midwest in the 70's and 80's. Also, I knew from Fangoria and other magazines that what Euro horror did make it over here was often watered down and edited, so I skipped those editions. I'm making up for that now, renting anything European that I can get my hands on when it's letterboxed and uncut.

As for Asian horror - there are certainly some great movies from that area of the world, but the preponderance of flicks in the last few years with pale little ghouls with long black hair who pop up out of TVs and such has kind of put me off Asian horror for now.

Do you prefer watching horror at home or at the theater?

When the audience is there and with it and we're all in tune with the movie - theatrical horror is amazing. On the other hand, an audience who wants to titter through an old horror film because they are ironic and hipster makes me long to have a Blu-Ray of the movie, my super TV, and my comfortable couch. So it's both, in the end.

What music do you like?

I'm lost in the 80's, but I also have faves back to the 50's and up to the minute - but 99.99% comes from 1980-1990. I also love soundtracks, classic country, really just about anything but hiphop or rap.

What do you read?

A lot of series fiction; Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Destroyer, The Executioner. Some of my many favorite authors: Stephen King, Ian Fleming, Robert McCammon, Stephen J. Cannell, Lawrence Block, Richard Matheson, PJ Tracy. I've got 1000+ books stacked up to read, and recently realized that those books will probably last me through the rest of my life - so I'm getting a lot more picky about what I read due to the time investment.

Tell me the first 3 things that come to your mind when you think about Austria (not Australia):

The Living Daylights, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vienna sausages

Anything else you wanna tell us?

I appreciate good blogging - and Maynard is responsible for a lot of good blogging on the web. Support him in all he does. And I hope you'll drop by Let's Get Out of Here and check it out, and remember - following a blog doesn't necessarily mean you have to actually read it! ;-)

Thank you, Craig!



  1. Yay. I've been looking forward to this post and it's finally here!:)

    The interview was very entertaining to read, and Craig's blog looks awesome. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the followers gadget.

  2. Craig is the man! Great interview on one of my favorite blogs. You know, those same horror 13 films are some of my favorites as well.

  3. @Neb:
    Yeah, his blog is really cool!

    The Follower button is the 7th page element in his sidebar.

    Yes, he really is the man - and both your horror favorites are just brilliant!

  4. Maynard, you are a great guy and I think it is so cool of you to promote other bloggers. Props to you!

  5. Mr. M - I can't thank you enough for choosing my little corner of the Blogosphere to shine the spotlight on!

  6. He's so awesome! I instantly like this guy!

  7. I'm a non-horror genre guy, but I've seen a number of films mentioned here, courtesy of Craig.

    Thanks for the excellent interview!

  8. @Horror Fan:
    Thanx a lot, really appreciate that!!

    Big Thanks to YOU for the great interview!!

    Cool! He really is an extremely likable blogging mate!

    Well, thanks for visiting and reading! :)

  9. I have to say Craig seems pretty awesome from this interview!! I will pop by his blog immediately! Thanks for the great interview Maynard!!

  10. That was a pretty extensive and intensive interview. Everything we could ever know about Craig! And if the 1968 Night of the Living Dead hadn't been on your list you would have lost credibility with me.
    Good job!

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