12 comments on “My First Liebster Award

  1. Here are my responses to your Liebster questions. Again, thanks for the nom!

    1. What’s your favorite movie theater and why?: I used to live in Houston, Texas. There was a small Indie theater called River Oaks theater, complete with a bar. So, you could order a beer (or an apple martini, which was one of my favorites then) and see movies not typically shown in mainstream movie theaters. The theater had a lot of character, and it’s one of many things I miss about Houston, especially because I now live in a town that is decidedly narrow about its cinematic preferences! It was in a beautiful area of town, too.
    2. What’s the most overrated horror movie you’ve ever seen? I see merit in a lot of horror movies, but I guess I never got into the Friday the 13th movies as much as some people do. I don’t hate them, but their merit doesn’t match their hype, in my opinion. I was going to say I don’t like “slasher flicks” but the first Scream was incredibly clever and post-modern, and I think the first Halloween movie is intelligently done; I really like Jamie Lee Curtis’s character. The Friday the 13th movies always seemed a little formulaic – stereotypical deaths, characters without much depth. Though I will say, Mrs. Voorhies is a phenomenal villain. Jason interests me less.
    3. Most underrated? I think Pet Sematary gets a lot of criticism for being poorly made and less-than-scary, but I really like the movie. I admit, the acting leaves a little to be desired, but not at the expense of the movie’s intrigue. I don’t claim that it’s incredibly artistic, but I think it’s a genuinely twisted, creepy movie. The first time I saw it, I was in middle school and I was terrified, and I still get scared when Pascow’s ghost appears to warn Louis, or when Rachel has flashbacks of her vengeful, distorted dead sister, Zelda.
    4. What horror movie do you refuse to ever watch and why? I try to be open-minded, but I saw one Rob Zombie horror film and it’s really not my thing. I don’t remember it well but I remember not liking it. I don’t plan to rent another. Gore is okay with a compelling storyline, but I don’t like mindless killings with no intriguing plot. Sometimes you can just tell from a movie’s beginning.
    5. What is your favorite movie monster? Can be general or specific. Well, pulling from a few drastically different ends of the horror spectrum, I think Jaws, the colossal, killer shark, is terrifying (he counts as a monster…right?) On the other hand, The Babadook was one of the scariest movies I’ve seen; I think the Babadook was an excellent, low-special effects monster, although the movie’s conclusion admittedly detracts from his scare-factor. However, he has really creepy, sinister hands/claws, and he’s just conceptually terrifying. I also saw the 1922 Nosferatu for the first time last night. He’s one frightening looking vampire!
    6. What’s your favorite movie villain death? Jack Torrance’s death in The Shining is creepy. I love how his son tricks him in the hedge maze and how he looks in the concluding movie shot when he’s completely frozen. I also like Darth Vader’s redemptive death in Return of the Jedi. Granted, he’s not a “horror” villain, but I agree with those who think he’s one of the most intriguing bad guys in film, and who doesn’t love redemption?
    7. Who is your favorite horror author? Charles Beaumont’s short stories, those I’ve read, are fantastic. I also love Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. She may not be exclusively a horror author, but she wrote one of the most brilliant novels of all time, dealing with man’s desire for dominance over life and death and consequences of hubris. Mary Shelley took part in a challenge between friends to concoct the scariest horror story, and Frankenstein arose from that challenge.
    8. Favorite story or novel by that author? See above – Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. I haven’t read it in awhile but would like to re-visit it.
    9. What’s the best adaptation you’ve ever seen? Can but does not have to be the author from #7 (or even horror): The 1960’s film The Innocence based off Henry James’s 19th century novella, The Turn of the Screw. Interestingly, I found James’s story so-so (the content is good, but I prefer James’s storytelling in a non-horror context), but the later film rendition of the story is an exceptionally eerie, psychologically complex film.
    10. The worst? I have mixed feelings on Francis Ford Coppola’s version of Braham Stoker’s Dracula. I like the mood of the film but always get bored toward the middle. I hear it doesn’t adhere to the book. I’m actually planning on starting the book tonight or tomorrow, so I’ll find out then.
    11. How important are previews to your movie-going experience? I have to watch the previews! I rarely – probably never – get to a movie after the previews start. A good trailer is an art form in and of itself, in any genre, and I always get excited to see new horror films during horror movie trailers!

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  2. Thanks for the nomination! Here are my answers.

    1. What’s your favourite movie theatre and why? La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin in Paris, where I saw Elia Kazan’s East of Eden (1955) for the first time. That little theatre felt like the Platonic ideal of snobby movie watching.

    2. What’s the most overrated horror movie you’ve ever seen? As much as I like William Friedkin, The Exorcist (1973) has never done anything for me.

    3. Most underrated? Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones (2009) has a generally good reputation in horror circles, but should be known much more widely as a contemporary horror gem.

    4. What horror movie do you refuse to watch ever and why? I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of the Nightmare on Elm Street films and have no interest in any of them. Freddy just looks too silly.

    5. What is your favourite movie monster? Can be general or specific. It’s hard to come up with a better design than the Gill-man. Those dead, beady eyes; those long webbed, clawed hands; the plated body; the iridescence of its skin – it’s an utterly perfect design.

    6.What’s your favourite movie villain death? There are probably ones that I like more, but I can’t bring any to mind ahead of Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Robert Zemeckis, 1988). I remember seeing that in the theatre when I was a kid and being blown away.

    7. Who is your favourite horror author? When I was 18 or 19, I read everything by H. P. Lovecraft. I’ve never revisited those stories, but they’ve always stuck with me.

    8. Favourite story or novel by that author? The Shadow over Innsmouth.

    9. What’s the best adaptation you’ve ever seen? Can but does not have to be the author from #7 (or even horror). Probably the most difficult question asked. I do love Michael Winterbottom’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005).

    10. The worst? Stephen Norrington’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) butchers Alan Moore’s source material at Zack Snyder-levels. I keep watching it though, imagining what could have been, and I will say that it does have a good Mr. Hyde.

    11. How important are previews to your movie-going experience? Previews more often disqualifies a film from viewing, rather than inspiring interest (although that occasionally happens too). I tend to rely more on print reviews and knowledge of the film’s contributors.

    Cheers!

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  3. Thank you so much! This was so unexpected, not least because it was the first time I’ve heard of the Liebser award. Great idea though. So here’s my answers.

    Answers to Blogferatu’s questions:
    1—My favorite theater is Roxy Stadium 14 in Santa Rosa, simply because that’s the one I went and watched Ghost Rider (the first one) three times in after classes.
    2—Most overrated horror move…that’s a hard one, mostly because I don’t much bother to remember popular opinion of movies, just whether or not I liked it. I’d have to say Van Helsing, which I actually liked, I was expecting more from it after the SciFi Channel (that’s how they spelled it then) preview/backstage look I watched. I’m currently more excited than scared about the planned reboot.
    3—Most underrated horror movie: Son of Dracula from 1943. I don’t actually know what original reception the film received (wikipedia doesn’t say) but the ending seems wrong. Mostly because there’s no indication the hero will kill his now-undead love before he does it—I blame the movie moral codes for that. I’d love to see a remake that ends properly, with the two together in vampiredom.
    4—I refuse to watch any and all torture-porn movies. I’m a storyteller. I want a story. Not a vague excuse-plot for tons of pointless carnage.
    5—My favorite movie monster is still vampires, even after so much sparkle-fication. I have faith we’ll get good vampire monsters again.
    6—Favorite movie villain death: David, from The Lost Boys. All the other vampire deaths were so over-the-top but David’s had this tragic beauty—Kiefer Sutherland’s performance, great lighting, and the vocal refrain of the movie’s theme song all came together perfectly. Even Michael’s reaction to killing him. Max’s death runs a close second just for being the most over-the-top death—fence-post through the chest. Thanks, Grandpa!
    7—My favorite horror author is Rob Thurman. I love her Cal Leandros series and will be checking out the Trickster books soon.
    8—My favorite book of Ms Thurman’s so far is Downfall. I wrote a post about is for the full reason why, but the short answer is because I get three great endings. Also, we get to read from Robin’s POV for the first time.
    9—Best movie adaption: Legally Blonde. They improved upon the book, the book was kind of meh.
    10—Worst movie adaption: Blood Rein. Adapted from a video game, I went to see a vampire munching on Nazis. Instead it was a boring-as-hell origin story.
    11—Previews…mostly, just don’t spoil your own ending. While previews can intrigue me, I mostly rely on word-of-mouth these days. Trailers can be fun though.

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  4. Here’s my responses to those questions:
    What’s your favorite movie theater and why? I’m really a fan of drive-ins, and there’s quite a nice one fairly near to my house. I really love the ambiance of a drive-in, and the pseudo-1950’s atmosphere of it all, it really changes the way you watch a film.

    What’s the most overrated horror movie you’ve ever seen? Well, I suppose I could count the first Friday the 13th. It’s often considered to be the best in its franchise, even though its one of the worst.

    Most underrated? Cliched answer, but Halloween III: Season of the Witch. It’s gained some appraisal in recent years, but many still hold it in low regard. It’s an insane fever dream of a movie, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s one of my few annual rewatches. Great seasonal film.

    What horror movie do you refuse to ever watch and why? The Human Centipede films. They’re tasteless gross-out schlocky horror films that get more and more ridiculous as they go on, and I don’t need to get sick from a film.

    What is your favorite movie monster? Can be general or specific. I absolutely ADORE Michael Myers in the first Halloween.

    What’s your favorite movie villain death? Dr. Kananga the Balloon in Live and Let Die.

    Who is your favorite horror author? I don’t read a lot of horror, but I guess Stephen King.

    Favorite story or novel by that author? I actually really like the short story “Strawberry Spring.”

    What’s the best adaptation you’ve ever seen? Can but does not have to be the author from #7 (or even horror) This is a non-horror film: Casino Royale (the 2006 version) expands upon its source material to create the best Bond film to date, a film that humanizes Bond and which establishes Daniel Craig in a way which none of his other films were able to follow up on.

    The worst? Moonraker. Great book, bad movie. Hilariously camp, but pretty much naff. Takes nothing from the incredible book (actually, IMO the best in the Fleming series) to create the most bizarre Star Wars rip-off of all time, and one of, if not the first “Franchise Character IN SPACE!” films. Without it, would we even have Jason X, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Hellraiser IV: Bloodline, etc.?

    How important are previews to your movie-going experience? Meh. Sometimes I find out about something new (for example, I didn’t know about The Nice Guys until I went to see Hail, Caesar!), but it’s usually just the same old formulaic trailers with “epic” music.

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  6. Sorry for posting so late! I didn’t forget! Thanks again for the shoutout.

    1. What’s your favorite movie theater and why? There’s one in my hometown that’s been around for ages that I have lots of good memories of. The popcorn smell was intoxicating to me as a kid and the retro movie posters in the lobby were a hoot (Captain Ron!).
    2. What’s the most overrated horror movie you’ve ever seen? The Ring. I can’t believe so many of my schoolmates believed they were going to die in 7 days after watching it. Puh-leeze.
    3. Most underrated? Beyond the Black Rainbow. It’s more sci-fi than anything but the visuals are horror-tastic at times.
    4. What horror movie do you refuse to ever watch and why? Does Salo (or the 120 Days of Sodom) count? The expected imagery seems like a nightmare to see.
    5. What is your favorite movie monster? Can be general or specific. Nosferatu, the king of vampires!
    6. What’s your favorite movie villain death? Alan Rickman’s fall in Die Hard is classic. After reading the story behind the filming of the scene, I like it even more so.
    7. Who is your favorite horror author? Edgar Allen Poe?
    8. Favorite story or novel by that author? The Cask of Amontillado
    9. What’s the best adaptation you’ve ever seen? Can but does not have to be the author from #7 (or even horror) Gone With The Wind (very faithful)
    10. The worst? Cat in the Hat
    11. How important are previews to your movie-going experience? I’m pretty indifferent to them but a few can build excitement, which I’m all for.

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