My Roots, Pt. 1

Ethan Halloween 2015 (photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

Today’s post is not a work of fiction, of which I have most recently being practicing, instead I have dug a bit deeper into another topic I don’t often discuss: Me.

So who am I ?

Here it is, me on a plate (or rather, in bullet point form). You will get a multi part blog series of some of my likes, interests, and hobbies.

The below lists of movies are in no particular order, and really represent the past 30 years of ghastly, gratuitous enjoyment (praise to the countless VHS tapes and my mum for letting me have my own TV and VCR!). So sit back, read on, and enjoy.

Feel free to share, comment, and write back some of your own 🙂

FAV MOVIES (Horror)

  • NOTLD (1968 original, of course)
  • Creepshow
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Amytiville Horror (again, original)
  • Omen, Omen 2
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre (you guessed it, original, or og from now on)
  • Dawn of the Dead (og)
  • Basket Case
  • Halloween (og)
  • Psycho (Hitchcock og)
  • The Exorcist (og..)
  • The Evil Dead (og)
  • Carrie (og)
  • Susperia
  • The Fly
  • Braindead (or Dead Alive if you live in the USA)
  • Cabin Fever
  • ZOMBI (Fulci lives !!)

FAV MOVIES (non horror)

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Alien & Aliens
  • T1 & T2
  • Videodrome
  • Scanners
  • Total Recall (og)
  • The Thing
  • The Shinning
  • Irreversible
  • White Men Can’t Jump
  • Summer School
  • Groundhog Day
  • Top Gun
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Matrix
  • Toy Story
  • Goodfellas (really, anything by Scorcese)
  • One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest
  • Rocky 1 – 5
  • Bladerunner
  • The Apartment
  • Coming to America

The Horror

On the set of ‘Deathgasm‘ 2015 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

As far back as I can remember, I have always been obsessed with horror.

Movies, Books, Posters, T-Shirts, Music and Magazines. My first email address was count.orlok@houseofhorrors.com. I was desensitized from a young age, I recall watching Toby Hooper’s original Texas Chainsaw Massacre when I was 8 years old. My local video shop was my second home, and I made it my mission to rent every single horror movie on those shelves. From Amityville Horror to Zombie Holocaust, I watched them all, one tape at a time. I remember inviting my next door neighbors to come and watch the Omen with me ! It left them distraught. I genuinely loved seeing my friends’ expressions when they watched for the first time.

I later developed a passion for the craft, the cinematography, the make up and special FX, the soundtrack, the script, everything. For my 12th birthday my folks got me a Panasonic camcorder. I started filming my own horror movies with my friends after school and on weekends. I would stay up late, crudely editing my tapes. This was everything to me.

Somewhere along the way, my passion subsided. I stopped watching the films, put away my camcorder, and disposed of my merch. My love for horror got buried 6 feet under and was replaced by work, parenting, bills and laundry. Sad.

If you made it this far, I have a fun and quick exercise for you 🙂

  1. Go back to a time when you were young, free, and you felt immensely passionate about something and just for no reason at all, revisit it.
  2. Then watch what happens.

I will do the same.

“Until the next time boils and ghouls… pleasant screams !” (The Cryptkeeper)