06 August 2015

HOLY SHIT! HORROR MOVIE DIARY IS 6 YEARS OLD! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

I wanted to post this earlier, end of June or early July, but I've been a bit too busy with holiday or travelling, so I had to postpone the celebration.

Celebration, you may ask? Well, believe it or not, but my little HORROR MOVIE DIARY is SIX YEARS OLD!!! 

Holy shit! 6 years, more than 2.000 published reviews, about 1.180.000 pageviews and 293 followers! Wahoo, time to party!

But before I get the party started, I'm doing my annual anniversary-interview. This year, I invited my good old pal Alec from Mondo Bizarro to ask me a couple of questions. As always, I wanted to answer the questions in a video, but goddammit, my webcam is dead, so I thought 'fuck it, I write the whole thing down'. Well, without further ado...

Alec: Is there a Director you actively avoid and, if so, why?

Me: The Soska Sisters, Jen & Sylvia, because they're two untalented hacks who sold their souls to WWE Studios to get paid for shooting shitty movies, although most of the time, they prefer spending their time on every goddamn horror convention all over North America, instead of working on movies (which is obviously both good and bad).

Kevin Smith because his marijuana addiction destroyed every ounce of talent he once had.

Jack Abele because he's an obnoxious right-wing douchebag.

Bad Film leads to Good Sequel - does it ever happen?

Oh yes!

- "The Purge" (2013, shit flick) > > > "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014, badass!)
- "Exorcist 2: The Heretic" (1977, garbage) > > > "The Exorcist III" (1990, masterpiece!)
- "Mission: Impossible II" (2000, terrible) > > > "Mission: Impossible III" (2006, brilliant!)
- "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011, pure crap) > > > "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (2014, immensely enjoyable!)



Better Zombie Films - America or Italy?

As much as I love Italo-zombie-flicks, there are actually only a handful of them that can be considered great, such as "Zombi 2", "Nightmare City", "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" or "Dellamorte Dellamore". Nearly all of the others range from okay to god-awful.

The problem with Italian filmmakers back then was that they didn't put much though into their works, while American filmmakers kept the genre alive and kicking by constantly re-inventing it, be it George A. Romero who used the zombies as metaphors for everything that went wrong in America, Dan O'Bannon who basically invented the zombie comedy and was also one of the very first filmmakers who allowed zombies to run, or Victor Halperin whose "White Zombie" was the very first feature length zombie film ever.

'Murica, fuck yeah! ;-)

What is the dumbest Movie Monster you've ever seen?

That's a tough question because I've seen sooo many dumb Movie Monsters over the years. Off the top of my head, I'd say these are the dumbest ones...

-The ping-pong-eyed sea creature in "Creature from the Haunted Sea" (1961)
-The Half-Man-Half-Jellyfish in "Sting of Death" (1965)
-The space-helmet wearing Gorilla from outer space in "Robot Monster" (1953)
-The half-man-half-Turkey in "Blood Freak" (1972)
-The telephone-cord-wearing carpet monster from outer space in "The Creeping Terror" (1964)
-The dorky tentacle-freak in "Octaman" (1971)
-The murderous tree stump in "From Hell It Came" (1957)
-The cuddly idiot-ape in "The Mighty Gorga" (1969)
-The retarded giant Turkey in "The Giant Claw" (1957)


Best Female Horror/Sci-Fi Director?

Undoubtedly: Marina De Van, an unbelievable French director who has made only a couple of films / short films over the last 25 years, but the ones I saw are all fucking great, most notably her three excellent features "In My Skin" (2002, starring De Van herself), "Don't Look Back" (2009, starring Sophie Marceau and Mnica Bellucci) and "Dark Touch" (2013). All three are dark, intriguing, unsettling and absolutely fascinating. A fantastic filmmaker who still hasn't got the attention that she deserves.


Massimiliano Cerchi - Great Director or Greatest Director?

I guess most of my readers don't know about my, erm, relation to this hack... um, Italian lowest-budget director I had a little, um, FB conversation with back in December 2013 after I posted my negative review of his trashfest "Santa Claus" (1996).

In case you're interested, you can check out the entire conversation here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/Me_and_Massimiliano

Massimiliano Cerchi is obviously the greatest director of all time, and I think you will agree with me after flipping through the entire conversation which is really, really hilarious :D



Okay, BIG thanks to Alec for the questions, and big thanks to everyone who visited my site, or supported me over the years.

Special thanks to EMMA, YVONNE, CRAIG EDWARDS, CHRISTIAN, LENA, FLO, JUDITH, CINDY PRASCIK, KARINA BAMBER, KAIJINU, CAT LA BELLE, DANIEL HERNANDEZ, REBECCA QUENNEVILLE HUDEC, ANNIE WALLS, MITCH REAVES, BRAD JONES, TAMARA, MARKUS K., THOMAS V., LENA P., ANDREA S., KWEENY.

VERY special thanks to LILLY. And my MOM.



21 comments:

  1. A great Sixth to you , good Sir....!!!
    we (at my "Crypt") will have our Fourth Saturday...

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    1. Mucho thanks, Doc! A great Fourth to you, good Sir ;)

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  2. I Know that the "Monster" is a Pathetic "carpet-thing"... But since early childhood we still enjoy the "Creeping Terror"....

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    1. It's pretty pathetic indeed, but... yeah, it's still fun :)

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  3. Happy birthday Horror Movie Diary. This is the best movie blog on the internet. Whenever I want to see a movie I'll come here to see what you have to say about it and if the review is good I'll watch it. Love this blog. It's an essential guide for many a horror fan

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    1. Dito! Personal taste sometimes differ, but I also often use Maynard's Horror Movie Diary as a point of reference whenever about to purchase / watch / review / recommend a film.

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    2. "This is the best movie blog on the internet (...) an essential guide"

      *blushes* THANK YOU, KIERAN!!!

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    3. and THANK YOU, ESTÉE! Makes me very happy :)

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  4. Happy Birthday/Anniversary!!

    Hope you continue to educate me in horror movies.....didn't realise that Italian zombie flicks were even a thing until today!

    K :-)

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    1. THANK YOU, KARINA!

      Oh yeah, Italian zombie flicks were quite a thing, and they are still pretty popular. Need any recommendations? ;)

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    2. I always need recommendations!

      I found REC4 in the bargain bin the other day and felt very pleased with myself!

      K :-)

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  5. WOOT! Six years! Time to celebrate the only way I can!
    BRING OUT THE DANCING BABY RACCOONS!!!!!!

    Congratulations, bro!!! Here's to more genre flicks to come!!!!

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    1. No better way to celebrate than with dancing bay raccoons ;)))
      THANK YOU, KAI!!!!

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  6. Happy birthday to Horror Movie Diary! Here's to another 6 years!

    Cheers! *raises glass of blood* (strawberry cordial)

    Thank you for keeping us up-to-date on all the must (not) see films. Thank you for the mention, too. Your blog is awesome!

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    1. MASSIVE THANKS, QUEEN OF WALES! =)

      Cheers! *raises glass of... erm, water - I'm boring, I know ;)))*

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  7. Woohoo! Happy Blog Birthday!!!! 6 years!!! That's such a massive achievement for Blogland, where so many blogs come and go.

    ❤ ❤ ❤ (That's a heart each for you, Lilly and your Mom! :D )

    xo

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    1. MASSIVE THANKS, EMMA!
      Yeah, 6 years is a really long time here in the blogosphere. I'm surprises that I'm still doing this :)

      And thanks for the hearts *blushes*

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  8. HAPPIEST OF ANNIVERSARIES! 6 AND COUNTING! HERE'S TO THE NEXT 6, 60, AND 600! (Thanks for the shout out too!)

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    1. BIG THANKS, CRAIG! I may do the next 6, but the next 60...? I doubt that ;) let alone 600 :D

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