You Know, I Never Really Introduced Myself

Deadly VHS Award

My sincerest gratitude to the Angry Scholar for bestowing upon me this very prestigious award. It’s nothing short of an honor. I’m truly humbled. This means even more to me knowing I am and will always be the first ever recipient of this accolade. If you will, please allow me to use this time to reveal who I am as a horror fan and to clarify what this site is about. The Deadly VHS Award is for outstanding cult, exploitation, and horror movie bloggers. To accept it, follow these steps:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Attach the award to your post.
3. Briefly explain your site.
4. List a few of the movies that shaped you and made you who you are today.
5. Select 3-5 other bloggers you want to give the award to.

1. Thanks again to the Angry Scholar. Visit his awesome page when you have the chance.

2. ✓

3. I write mostly for my own amusement. This blog is a reboot/reincarnation/extension of my previous blog, which was terribly rambling and scatterbrained. My basic goal for that blog was to find a writing style that worked for me and to learn how to better formulate my thoughts, which I feel I did to a certain extent. I was posting all kinds of stuff over there — movie reviews, movie news, my own artwork, crossword puzzles and quizzes I’d made… It was too much to keep up with.

My plan for this current site is to keep things simple. Here, I’ll continue penning love letters to forgotten-about B-and-Z-grade movies that don’t really deserve them in a way that’s both fun and relaxed for me. My free time is limited these days, so I only write about movies I genuinely enjoy. I try to be thorough, yet avoid overstaying my welcome when writing reviews. In the event that I actually own a copy of the movie I’m blathering about on DVD, I list all the features and basically state whether or not I think it’s a good disc.

In between posts, I do my best to read, like, and comment on as much of my fellow bloggers’ work as I can (check out the “What I’ve Been Reading” widget to the right).

I’ve been toying around with the idea of expanding my old blog’s horizons to include other topics like Bigfoot, conspiracy theories and wrestling. The good stuff.

4. There are many movies that shaped me and made me who I am today, not all of them horror. As a young child, however, I had free rein to watch basically whatever I wanted, so most of the time that’s the genre I went with. My mom and my grandma would let me rent movies I had no right even asking to. I’d probably seen every Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, Phantasm, and Puppet Master movie there was at least five times each by the time I was six. I even drew my own comics to accompany them.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Last House on the Left are two films from my formative years that affected me deeply. My mom, who’s never really known what she’s talking about, told me they were not only based upon true events, but had actually been banned from video stores for a number of years because victims’ families had sued to have them removed! I of course believed her.

I couldn’t even hazard a guess as to why, but one of my earliest and most ingrained memories is from Dollman vs. Demonic Toys. There’s a scene toward the start of that movie where a bearded homeless man rides a tricycle in a creepy warehouse and boxes fall on his head and he dies. A pool of his blood seeps across the floor and somehow proceeds to resurrect the demonic toys or something like that I don’t even know. As forgettable as all that sounds, the scene stuck with me for a good fifteen to twenty years until I finally saw the movie again, not even realizing it was the one from my memory. Brains are weird.

My interest in horror laid dormant for a while — how long, I’m not sure — but it re-emerged in a big way in middle school. I was twelve years old when House of 1000 Corpses hit theatres (I know, I’m probably younger than a lot of you). I asked my mom if she’d take me and was kind of surprised when she did.

Up until that point, House of 1000 Corpses was easily the most violent, most mesmeric movie I’d seen. I remember half the audience walking out in disgust.

I thought that was cool.

Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case was a major turning point in my movie-going experience. When I was eighteen, I ordered the special edition Something Weird Video DVD from a Cinema Wasteland catalogue on a whim and my life changed forever. Basket Case was the perfect gateway movie for me. It kicked the door down from standard slasher-style horror to a strange new world of obscure no-budget schlock. I’ve said it before, but after that my life became a lot like the scene in Steve Miner’s House where the main character repels through his bathroom mirror down a pitch black abyss and runs into a bat-winged skull monster thing. From there, I discovered the work of directors like H.G. Lewis, Ray Dennis Steckler, and early John Waters, and I haven’t looked back.

I guess this would symbolize good decision making. Credit: House, Shudder.com

I guess this would symbolize good decision making.
Credit: House, Shudder.com

My current obsession is shot-on-video horror, but I’ll watch anything shocking, low-quality, graphic, inartistic, unimaginative, exploitative, subversive or out-there, especially if it has a good retro 80s vibe.

Uhm, what else? Let’s see. I think George Romero is overrated.

Some movies that gave me the heebie-jeebies the first time I watched them are The Exorcist, Suspiria, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The Blair Witch Project, The Ring, Signs, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Absentia, The Innkeepers, and It Follows.

5. My nominees for the Deadly VHS Award:
Dr. Humpp’s Curious Collection
Horror Binge
Parlor of Horror
Direct 2 Video Dungeon (do you still exist?)

There you have it. I hope you now have a better understanding of where I’m coming from as a horror fan. Have something to say? Leave a comment — it’s more fun that way!

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7 comments on “You Know, I Never Really Introduced Myself

  1. drhumpp says:

    Where ever you choose to write, I’m always looking forward to your stuff. I used to love those crosswords! There’s only a handful of blogs that I’ll read every post from, yours is definitely one of them.

    I think I was 14 or 15 when Dollman vs Demonic Toys came out. My dad used to take me to rent movies about once a week or so. Sometimes he would just stop on his way home from work and pick one out for me. It’s crazy, but he must’ve picked this one out 3 times while it was on the new release wall. All those Full Moon titles must have been so interchangeable to him. I also bought the Quiet Riot release of Terrified from Moonstone Records. I still like the cd quite a bit.

    Basket Case is a perfect gateway movie. It holds its own in the weirdness department but is more accessible than a lot of other sleazy stuff.

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    • Pfff, parents. They rarely know what’s going on. But it’s cute when they try. And now I’m one of them. I can’t wait to mispronounce my daughter’s favorite things and buy her the wrong stuff.

      Thank you for the kind words as always. I don’t think I’ve missed one post of yours since you started here. Our brains seem to function in similar ways and your writing’s relatable and fun to read.

      I’m actually working on some crosswords right now, but there’s no telling when I’ll get around to finishing them and making them into image files.

      Unrelated: Have you used Shudder(.com)?

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      • drhumpp says:

        When my son talks about Geometry Dash and Terraria I feel like I’m having a stroke. It sounds like he’s slipped into some other tongue.

        I haven’t tried Shudder. I don’t use streaming as much as I probably should. I looked through their content before and I think I own most of the stuff I really like.

        Growing up renting movies, I get overwhelmed by all the stuff available now. I kind of liked the fact that I was stuck with my choices for a whole weekend.

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        • Yeah, it was always a gamble. One of the fun parts of video stores was settling for something I’d never seen before cos my trusty standbys were out of stock and being pleasantly surprised by what I took home. I was known to spend up to an hour just weighing my options. There’s actually a chain that’s survived in my area called Family Video. I’ve seen at least 10 of them.

          Shudder has a good enough selection, but it’s also missing a ton of stuff for something presenting itself as the Netflix of horror. I’m thinking of switching to Full Moon Streaming or Vinegar Syndrome’s Exploitation.tv. I can’t bring myself to subscribe to more than one service when I’m already subscribing to the WWE Network for the low, low price of just $9.99/month.

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          • drhumpp says:

            I’m usually pretty confident about who I am, but I feel like I should confront the possibility that we were separated at birth.

            I’ve looked through the Full Moon stuff. I think I’d like to try them out for a short period where I have time to gorge. There’s a ton of quality stuff there.

            Vinegar Syndrome’s crowd funding project is the only one I’ve ever supported. It came with a year of exploitation.tv. There’s some incredible/odd stuff there that is definitely worth a look. One of my favorites is a rape/revenge porn that liberally uses the score from Psycho. I have to admit though, I didn’t check it out much over the past few months.

            Part of me feels like I should collect as much physical media as I can over the next few years. The streaming stuff is more likely to be around in the future.

            My son and I enjoy the WWE Network as well. I know what you mean – how many monthly bills do you really want before things get out of hand?

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  2. Well first and foremost thanks for nominating me I’m extremely humbled. If anything this is going to motivate me to get back in the ring and go another round. I’ll be returning in a few days to start up the third annual Direct To Video Dungeon’s Schlocktoberfest and am looking forward to the month ahead. Still trying to find a way to evenly balance life and get the better of my procrastination. Funny thing is I saved all the old reviews on the blog they’re all in draft formats I’ve been thinking about going through them and trimming a few down a little and re-posting them as Reviews from the Archives or something like that. Sometimes I’m my own worst critic when it comes to writing and know exactly how you feel about trying to find who you are as a blogger/writer. I’m still exploring so maybe one day I’ll finally be an expert at my craft.

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    • I was hoping you’d return for the Halloween season. I’m looking forward to another Schlocktoberfest!

      I’m also my own worst critic. It’s frustrating. I’ve been trying to step away from that with this new blog and have more fun with the process. The way I see it, if at least a few people are reading your work, and it resonates with them on some level, you’re an expert.

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