Welcome to my blog, BA_Harrison's Horror Rants, where I intend to discuss the wonderful world of horror movies, along with any other weird stuff I deem worthy of posting. Enjoy!

Friday, 25 June 2010

Feeling malicious.

I wish Mary Whitehouse could return to life so that she could see how her lifelong campaign for censorship was a total waste of time and effort. Then I'd show her a contemporary mainstream horror film, chock full of sex and violence, and she'd keel over dead again.

Monday, 21 June 2010

We're everywhere.

It's amazing quite how many horror fans there are out there, masquerading as normal people. I grew up sharing my obsession with the genre with a few select friends, mostly oddballs or social outcasts like myself (I think they would agree), but never realising that fans of the depraved and immoral are everywhere, simply pretending to be respectable members of the community.

At my current place of work—which consists of less than ten employees—two are hardcore horror freaks, no strangers to the most extreme of Japanese gorefests, and three others are more than occasional horror fans. Two of my children's friend's fathers are also into the genre, enough to be able to hold a decent conversation on the subject.

So the next time you are stuck in a room full of seemingly dull individuals, don't be too surprised if you wind up having an in-depth discussion on Fulci's splatter classics, underground German gore flicks, or the top ten exploding heads in cinema.

So much horror!

I just hate it when people claim that they've seen virtually every horror film in existence: with film-makers spitting out scary flicks faster than any other genre, it's an impossibility to keep up with the new ones, let alone be able to check out the classics of yesteryear.

Being such a devoted fan of the genre, at times it's hard for me to accept that I won't live long enough to see many of the great (or even not-so-great) films that are out there, but I have decided that my best approach is to set myself some achievable targets.

I intend to watch all of the important films from the genre: the Universal films of the 30s and 40s, Hammer's influential titles, the best of Italian horror, the grindhouse classics of the 70s, the entire official DPP Video Nasties list, the goriest films of the 80s, and if time permits, the more original contemporary titles. I also plan on reviewing at least 1000 horror films for IMDb.

So far, it's going OK: I've seen the more famous of Universal's monster films, checked out quite a few Hammers, seen loads of giallos and Italian gore flicks, ticked off the big hitters of the 70s and 80s, done a fair amount of splatter pics, and at least two thirds of the nasties. But still, the list of horror films I want to see looms large in front of me.

Which begs the question, 'When will I be able to fit in the tons of exploitation, martial arts, fantasy, action, and sci-fi DVDs that I have waiting?'.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

My first post


I'm giving this blogging malarkey a go in the hope that like-minded individuals will stray upon my musings and share their opinions on all things horror-movie related. Not sure exactly how this all works yet, so be patient...