Through a Window, Darkly
Murder, mayhem, and blood by the bucketful. In any other context, our fascination with horror would get many of the genre's legions of fans locked up with keys no where to be found.
What's up with that?
In preparation for this publication, I asked several of horror's faithful this very question. Their answers were as varied as the things that go bump in the night.
Some alluded to the moment we as child conquer being afraid of the dark. We dare our-
selves to be subjected to that which scared the bejeepers out of us. For your truly, it was
Perhaps for many of us, horror is a release valve, like punching a pillow when we are angry.
Our real life fears become afterthoughts when fantastical bloodbathing burns the adrenaline
out of us. We leave the theater (or living room) happily exhausted. Somehow, everything
pales after watching chainsaws rip through someone's flesh, right?
Need proof? While interest in westerns and period films wax and wane, horror movies have never really gone out of style. Generations of movie goers have pushed their endurance to the limit with everything from the the silent version of Nosferatu to this year's Candyman. While they don't tend to be the box office champs, they usually always pull a profit. The original Halloween by John Carpenter was made for just $325K, and put $47 million worth of butts in seats.
Rubber masks and blood are cheap, and fans are happy to let that go.
And it's all in good fun. As you will see in our story about the Horrorhound convention, there was more camp than in a national KOA directory.
Nowhere is that more apparent than Chris Dettone's look back at the life and cinema of the late Midwest horror schlockmeister Mark Burchett, whose Vamps series proved heartland indie filmmakers could stab out a piece of blood pie.
I ask that you indulge me as I reminisce about my Uncle Paul Wegener's horror classic The Golem from 1920, and its influence on my own Emmy winning feature film interpretation in 2000.
And don't miss former child actor Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in the '60's TV series The Munsters, as well as several other local filmmakers talk about the horror film craze in a special interactive collage of Horrorhound!
I hope you will pull up to a screen (the bigger the better) and enjoy our horrific digital offering to all of the bloodthirsty fans of the Genre That Won't Die!