Sunshine? Great weather? Nah, I stay in the house... in the FUNhouse ;-)
HBOTM of June is "THE FUNHOUSE", the cool blog from Scotsman Kieran, a huge horror buff who loves to watch and write about everything horror.
His reviews are short, crisp and to the point, always written in a fun and enjoyable way, and his choice of films is just awesome as he writes mostly about older stuff.
Hop over to the funhouse and join the fun! :)
Who are you and why do you blog??
My name is Kieran, I’m 22 and I live in Scotland. I’m a Psychology student who’s secretly an aspiring writer; I like football and pro wrestling, I love dogs and I’m the world’s biggest John Hughes fan. My favourite hobby is movies though. I love all types of movies but I have a particular fondness for horror. The reason I blog is because I love watching movies and I love writing, so writing about movies is something I enjoy doing. I’ve managed to pick up a few readers by doing so too, so as long as people are reading I’ll keep writing.
Which movie made you a horror fan (and why)?
The first true horror movie I remember watching was ‘IT.’ It was when I started my first year of high school I started watching a lot of horror because it was easier to get a hold of for me. That year I saw ‘Army of Darkness’ for the first time and it just opened up a gateway to discovering lots of awesome movies and I haven’t looked back since.
Who is your favorite horror director (and why)?
John Carpenter. I can’t think of another director whose body of work I’ve found to be as consistently amazing. For me, John Carpenter has never made a bad movie – EVER. I even like the ones other people seem to dislike. He’s the godfather of horror in my eyes and his non-horror movies are just as good. He’s been kicking ass for over 30 years now and that’s the reason I love John Carpenter.
Your alltime horror movie favorites are...
This was the toughest question. I love so many horror movies so here’s a few favourites in no particular order:
-Phantasm (all of them)
-Evil Dead (all of them)
-Nightmare on Elm Street (1 & 3)
-The Lost Boys
-From Dusk Till Dawn
-Killer Klowns From Outer Space
-House of the Devil
-Race With the Devil
Slaughtered Vomit Dolls - I won’t say avoid it though because I know a lot of horror fans are into movies like this. It’s just not my cup of tea. I do like a lot of extreme horror movies, but this was just too much puking for me. Also, I just thought it was a pretty bad movie all in.
Most of my friends don't like horror films. How about your friends?
I have a few friends who love horror on the same level as me. The rest of them do enjoy horror films, but it tends to be more mainstream stuff. I have enough who love horror though to share the joys with.
The Tall Man has always been my favourite. The 'Phantasm' series is a wonderful story and The Tall Man has always been the most interesting villain for me. From the ones you mentioned in the question I’ll go with Freddy. He has the best personality.
Choose: US horror? European horror? Asian horror? Other?
I love American, European and Asian horror but my favourite is American. Most of my favourite horror movies come from America. Horror is worldwide awesome though. A couple of years ago I would have said Asian in a heartbeat but looking back throughout the existence of horror, the Americans have been the pinnacle.
Do you prefer watching horror at home or at the theater?
Unless I’m on a date with a girl I prefer watching horror at home. My favourite time to watch a horror movie is in the early hours of the morning when I have a day off the next day, especially when it’s nice and dark outside and there’s a storm. That’s the ideal conditions for a horror viewing.
What music do you like?
A few examples of my favourite bands and artists are Death Cab For Cutie, Empire of the Sun, Pendulum, Wu Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Gold Panda, Nit Grit, Chase & Status, Nero, Orbital, London Elektricity, Daft Punk, Kiss, Pantera, Refused, Pavement, Cunninlynguists, Gaslight Anthem, Against Me, Devil Sold His Soul, Bruce Springsteen, Limp Bizkit, Journey and much more. I even like Justin Bieber. I probably lose cool points for that. I grew up on metal and rock, but ever since I’ve started clubbing I find myself really listening to a lot more dance music. I also love film scores. Overall, my taste is pretty cheesy.
What do you read?
I love Chuck Palahniuk books and classic ‘Goosebumps’. My favourite book is ‘I, Lucifer’ by Glen Duncan. I’m also a massive fan of ‘Harry Potter’ and a few comic books. My favourite comics are Desperadoes, Chew and Sin City. A friend and me are actually writing a comic book just for the fun of it. It started off as an idea in university when we were bored in class but it’s getting more serious and we’re attempting it. It’s horror set in the Old West.
Tell me the first 3 things that come to your mind when you think about Austria (not Australia)
Arnie, Marko Arautovic and Austrian Death Machine.
Anything else you wanna tell us?
I want to give a give thank you for not only reading my incoherent thought ramblings, but for featuring them your blog also. I love reading your stuff and to be a part of it feels pretty awesome. Taking part has been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed sharing my horror love with fellow horror scholars.
Thank you, Kieran!