Saturday, July 24, 2010

The First-Ever Billy Loves Stu Meme for Horror Bloggers

From the terrific horror movie blog Billy Loves Stu comes his first horror meme, and who doesn't love a good horror meme, especially on a lazy and sweltering Saturday? Who doesn't love to use the word "meme"? Never thought I'd be thanking Richard Dawkins here!

1. Describe your blog in 10 words or less:

All horror fiction, all the time. As simple as that.

2. During which cinematic era were you born? a) Classic Horror Era (late 1930s-'40s)
b) Atomic Monster/Nuclear Angst Era (late '40s-'50s)
c) Psycho Era (early '60s)
d) Rosemary's Baby Era (mid-late '60s)
e) The Exorcist Era (early-mid '70s)
f) Halloween Era (late '70s-early '80s)
g) Slasher Era (mid-late '80s)
h) Self-Referential/Post-Modern Era ('90s)

It's The Exorcist era for me (b. 1970), although I am a much bigger fan of Rosemary's Baby.

3. The Carrie Compatibility Question: who would you take to the prom: Sue Snell or Chris Hargensen?

Easy-peasy: Chris Hargensen (Nancy Allen). That girl's serious trouble.

4. You have been given an ungodly amount of money and total control of a major motion picture studio. What would your dream horror project be?

What else could it be but a truly epic and faithful H.P. Lovecraft adaptation? I'd probably have to try to bring At the Mountains of Madness to the screen.

5. What horror film franchise that others have embraced has left you cold?

I have never been a slasher movie fanboy, so that would be Friday the 13th or Halloween. Just not my thing, although I of course recognize the brilliance of Carpenter's movie.

6. Is Michael Bay the Antichrist?

I couldn't care less about him or his shitty movies and "remakes." Just say no.

7. Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster: which of these three classic villains scares you and why?

Dracula has an undeniable power the others do not have to literally control you and make you do his bidding.

8. A scene from a non-horror film that scares the crap out of you.

Recently, from Fincher's Zodiac, when the killer comes upon a couple having a picnic, makes them tie one another up, then stabs them. It's so... prosaic and unreal it becomes all too real.

9. Baby Jane Hudson invites you over to her house for lunch. What do you bring?

Why, ratatouille, of course.

10. Between you and me, do you have any ulterior motives for blogging?

To meet chicks, right? No, what you see is what you get. I've had a lot of these books rattling in my head for over 20 years, sitting on my shelves gathering dust, so I decided to share it all.

11. What would you have brought to Rosemary's Woodhouse's baby shower?

As Stephen King noted in Danse Macabre, a custom-made Little League cap, with two little holes for horns.

12. Godzilla vs. the Cloverfield monster: who wins?

This being a horror literature blog, I'd have to say that either Cthulhu or Pennywise would smoke 'em both.

13. If you found out that Rob Zombie was reading your blog, what would you post in hopes that he read it?

I have little interest in either his music or films, really, but he seems like a really cool fan of all things horror so I'd hope he would just leave some good, insightful comments on a book he liked.

14. What is your favorite non-horror film and why?

Well, as far as I'm concerned the greatest American film ever is Taxi Driver, which isn't "horror" but sure is terrifying; so I'd say Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye with Elliott Gould and Sterling Hayden. Chandler updated and re-envisioned for the 1970s, it gets no better.

15. If blogging technology did not exist, what would you be doing?

What I did for more than two decades without it: reading horror fiction and listening to the Misfits, duh! Danzig-era only, of course.


Pax Romano said...

Excellent stuff, Will. Thanks for playing!

Joe Monster said...

Great answers, Will. I appreciate that you brought the Great Old Ones up and that shot of your bookshelf is absolutely gorgeous. Lovin' The Misfits shout out as well.

Hold Me Matt said...

Best. Meme. Ever.

I wish I had friends like that.

p.s. I went to a master's class on Lovecraft last weekend hosted by Dennis Paoli and Stuart Gordon.

Did I mention that already?

Will Errickson said...

Thanks for reading, guys. Hold Me, you did mention that - how'd it go? Sounds fascinating.

goregirl said...

This is one of the more interesting sets of meme questions I've come upon. Great answers too! A faithful epic version of Lovecraft would be the cats ass! And I couldn't agree question, Chris Hargensen would be much more fun!

Bruce said...

The Long Goodbye - probably my favorite Altman film as well as one of my top movies in general. The coke bottle scene alone is a jaw dropper for anyone new to the film. As well as a cameo by the future Governor of California

Darkeva said...

Great meme! Thanks for the spotlight FYI; also, good answers :-)