Whoops! Been quite a time since we last had a HBOTM on the Diary. I blame it on my oh so stressful life ;)
Anyway, hello and welcome to the very first HBOTM of 2013:
"THE MOON IS A DEAD WORLD", the glorious blog of Ryne Barber, a nice guy from Massachusetts.
"THE MOON IS A DEAD WORLD" always reminds me a bit of Fred The Wolf's "Full Moon Reviews", because Ryne also covers a broad range of genres, not only horror, but also action movies, comics, comedies etc. You'll also find lots of book reviews and TV-related stuff here.
Ryne's writing style is simple and clear, and gives you a great insight in what he's thinking about all the stuff he watches / reads. Also, I love his banners which are always immensely eye-catching!
Hi Ryne! Who are you and why do you blog??
My name’s Ryne Barber. I studied English in college, and while I was whiling away my time (I wasn’t much of a partier back in school), it occurred to me that I might get some good experience in writing if I started my own blog.
Horror’s always been my first love, and I was pretty much watching a horror movie a night when I was done with all of my work, so I put that fascination to use and began to write reviews about what I was watching. Over time, that blossomed into a huge commitment - one forged in love, I assure you.
Which movie made you a horror fan (and why)?
That’s a good question, and I will probably have to indirectly answer it. That’s because the first horror movies I remember “watching” were actually films that intrigued me and also scared me. My dad owned a video store when I was a kid, so we always had movies playing when I got off the bus after school. He had a huge collection of horror movies with awesome VHS covers, so I was always attracted to that side of the store more than others.
I remember "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" playing in the store one day, and I always thought that it looked pretty awesome - but I never actually watched all of it, because in a way I could never get over my fears. The same is true for "Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings"; I always thought the cover art looked great, and I was a big fan of Halloween, but when my dad brought it home one day for me to watch, I couldn’t do it. The movies that really influenced my love of horror were actually ones I never watched.
Who is your favorite horror director (and why)?
I like David Cronenberg a lot; I think that the movies he directs are often so weird and different that they appeal to my tastes much more than straightforward horror does. I like movies that don’t end well, that challenge thinking, that stray from the path. I think Cronenberg often tackles difficult subjects in metaphorical and symbolic ways, and they’re movies you can watch over and over to pick out the subtleties.
What are your alltime horror favorites?
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
3. Black Christmas
I know some of those picks are blasé, but these are really the films that I can watch again and again without getting tired of. They might be cliche, but there’s a reason why they make most people’s top lists.
What's the worst horror movie you've seen so far?
I’ve seen a lot, so that’s really hard to say. But if I have to pick one, and if I limit myself to bigger movies rather than some of the indie schlock I’ve seen, I would have to say something like "Jason X". That movie is some atrocious garbage, and I’ve only been able to watch bits and pieces of it because I can’t bear to see my friend Jason Voorhees in such a waste of a film.
Most of my friends don't like horror films. How about your friends?
Nah, mine either. It’s disappointing, too, because I don’t really get to watch horror movies with other people because they dismiss them so easily. I’m a lone horror viewer, and it’s not as much fun.
Choose: Freddy? Jason? Michael? Pinhead? Other?
Freddy. I think he’d be super-fun to hang out with if I ever turned evil and wanted to kill teenagers for fun (you know, jet black hair and everything like Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3). He’s got the sense of humor, but his powers allow him to do so much in the dream world. If Freddy was for some reason averse to my presence, I’d pick Pinhead because he’s got similar cool powers.
Choose: US horror? European horror? Asian horror? Other?
I prefer Euro horror because I think it’s very stylish (plus, I like the names they think up for gialli - damn good alliteration and symbolism). Asian horror is often too formulaic, and US horror is often too lazy.
Do you prefer watching horror at home or at the theater?
That depends on who is in the theater. If there’s a good, mature crowd, then I’ll have a blast watching with them - the laughs, the shrieks, they’re all added entertainment and for a moment, it feels like you know them just a little bit better. But if they’re teenagers with bad attitudes and a penchant for ruining key moments, give me a DVD and some popcorn instead.
What music do you like?
A lot of stuff - indie, death and black metal, hardcore, grindcore... the weirdest is harsh noise and harsh noise wall
(plug for my harsh noise wall project Hearse Fetish here!).
What do you read?
I read anything I can get my hands on, but it’s mostly horror, although for my blog I’ve been reviewing a lot of new mystery fiction coming out.
Tell me the first 3 things that come to your mind when you think about Austria (not Australia):
Drew a blank there. Guess that’s what happens when you’re an American! To be honest, my first thought was, “Gee, I should look something up about Austria and then put it down as if I knew it all along!”
Anything else you wanna tell us?
Keep reading all the horror blogs out there - they’re doing such great work, and it often feels lonely!
Thank you, Ryne!