Around the Horn: What’s Your Iconic Horror Movie Villain?

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It’s that time of the year again—Halloween—my favorite season. If you have to pick one iconic horror movie villain to remember for this trick-or-treat month, who would that be? And Why? For me, it would be the Tall Man from the Phantasm series. When I first saw the Tall Man in the original Phantasm, I kept wondering what he was about. And he really scared me as a kid, “Boy!!!!!!!” The Tall Man has always been shrouded in mystery. He isn’t exactly a villain… but more of a servant of the dark… or of an alien race… almost like the Terminator… but he certainly executes the scary deeds of his anti-human boss. Who is the Tall Man???

IRIS: I love Vincent Price as a villain. His voice and persona are so distinctly memorable. I went to see him speak once while in college. He read his lines from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” which was definitely a treat to hear in person. Iconically evil, but hilarious at the same time:

Behind the Scenes Photos from Classic Horror Films

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The Taste of Cinema blog just posted “25 Awesome Behind the Scenes Photos From Famous Horror Movies” and they’re a hoot. A lot of these films are from the ’70s and ’80s and were integral to basically scaring the shit out of me when I first viewed them as a latchkey kid. I either snuck into theaters or asked my irresponsible uncle to take me to them. Some, I watched on HBO or Cinemax at weekend sleepovers at friend’s houses who were so lucky to actually have pay cable channels. To see these BTS photos now, definitely humanizes these evil, demonic, terrifying characters, but also showcases the tactile, in-camera effects that made these films so special. Nowadays, it’ll be a CGI shark or Chucky that is designed in post-production and you’ll just see a tennis ball on a stick when it comes to BTS photos for current horror films (not far from the truth).

What are some fantasy/fictional worlds that you like?  

And what are some intriguing societies that you may not like, but find very interesting?

I love fairy tales.  I don’t actually want to live inside one, though, since they seem a little superficial and there are probably a bazillion mosquitos wandering the woods.

Re: societies, I’m interested in Kowloon Walled City (in Hong Kong, demolished in 1993-94).  According to a 1987 survey, 33,000 people populated 6.5 square acres (.01 square miles).  This translates to a population density of 3,249,000 people per square mile.  WHAT????

Residents living in lower floors of the city received no sunlight.

Movies That Should Have Starred Asians: A Nightmare On Elm Street

nightmare-on-elmAnother entry in my month-long celebration of all things Halloween

In 1984, director/writer Wes Craven released what may be one of the most original horror movies ever made, A Nightmare On Elm Street. The film’s premise was brilliant—a group of teens are stalked and killed in their dreams by a supernatural killer named Freddy Krueger (a star-making turn by Robert Englund). The whole idea that the moment you fall asleep is when the monster will strike was a completely terrifying thought—there’s no other time when we’re more vulnerable and everyone has to sleep eventually so there’s no escape. But where did Craven get the idea for a killer who murders you in your sleep? From reading about the experiences of the newly arrived Hmong immigrants and the mysterious things that were happening to them in America.