Head in a Vice has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Since there’s some writing to do in order to accept this award, I’m gonna be lazy for a second and copypasta his description of the rules:

I know these ‘viral/chain letter’ awards are all just a bit of fun and dismissed by some people, but I feel if someone has gone to the effort to think of my site as a nomination and set some questions, the least I can do is answer them and post it up, linking back to them as a way of thanks and maybe shedding some light on myself and other bloggers in the process, which is what these awards are really all about, getting to know our community a little better.

The Rules:
1. Each person must post eleven things about themselves.
2. Answer the eleven questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Choose eleven people to award and send them a link to your post.

11 Things About Me

1. The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was Every Which Way But Loose. I especially remember the conversation my parents had with me on the way to the theater, which was about 45 minutes away. They told me what some of the bad words I might be hearing were, what they meant, and why I wasn’t allowed to repeat them. I didn’t realize how funny that conversation was until years later.

2. The first movie I ever saw on home video was also in 1978. My grandfather, who was always into the latest technology, had bought a big ol’ VCR. It was hard for me to understand why The Wizard of Oz was on at Granddaddy’s house but not at our house, which was only about a mile away.

3. The first movie my nuclear family rented when we got our own VCR about four years later was Die Laughing starring Robby Benson. We paid $25 for the membership to the video store, and I don’t remember what the actual rental cost, but I know I thought the movie was funny and the video store was magical.

4. I just realized all these movie memories so far involve movies about monkeys. I’m not aware of my family having a monkey fixation, but the evidence would point to “yes.”

5. You may have noticed I said we drove a long way to see Every Which Way But Loose; that’s because we didn’t have a walk-in theater here at the time. We had a drive-in though, and the last movie I remember seeing there before it closed was Smokey and the Bandit 2. I wore my pajamas and I fell asleep.

6. When I was thirteen we finally got a regular theater. The first movie I saw there was License to Drive. I know, I know.

7. When I was 20, my girlfriend got me some VHS movies for Christmas. I don’t remember having owned my own tapes before that, because they were still pretty expensive if you bought anything other than EP. She bought me Like Water For Chocolate, Dazed and Confused, Pulp Fiction, and Kalifornia. I still have them packed away in my closet.

8. The first movie I ever bought on DVD was Poltergeist, and I’m pretty sure it was also, 20 years before that, the first horror movie I ever saw.

9. I wrote about showing my kid Ghostbusters a few weeks ago. Since then we have shown him Ghostbusters 2, then Ghostbusters again at a morning matinee at the local theater (yep, the same one where I saw License to Drive.) The latest thing we showed him was Clue. He’s gonna be surprised when he finds out that they were still making movies after 1989.

10. The last movie I saw in the theater was Magic Mike. I took my mom to see it thinking it was gonna be a chick flick. Somehow I did not realize that Soderbergh directed it and was surprised when it turned out that what we actually went to see was a real movie. Matthew McConaughey seemed to be playing Wooderson as a stripper. I kid you not, he actually hit the stage and said “Alright, alright, alright.”

11. The trash classic I am recommending most often lately is Nightmare City. It was one of those action horror movies that made me yell at the screen in glee several times. When Hugo Stiglitz actually threw a ferchrissakes TV at a zombie in order to escape the building where he worked, that was some badassery. I would go as far as to say it is the best Italian zombie movie after Fulci’s zombie epics and Zeder. So, the fifth best Italian zombie movie of all time.

The questions I have to answer per Head in a Vice:

1. Pet kangaroo or pet polar bear? I’d rather have a kangaroo if it means I get to live in Australia.

2. Would you rather be a movie star or a singer? I already am a singer. I wish it was my job. I pretty much hate to act but I have done it.

3. Would you rather eat a dead rat or a live roach? A dead rat, but I’d have to cook it first.

4. Would you rather be a dragon or a vampire? Definitely a vampire. I was obsessed with dragons as a child, but I’d rather have one as a pet, because dragons collect money and then never spend it and I couldn’t do that. I’d rather be a vampire, going by the Anne Rice definition of vampire because then I’d be super strong and beautiful and the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s. With the worst reputation for drinking blood.

5. Would you rather die in the arms of your one true love or vice versa? I’d rather die in the arms of my one true love as in that old song “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight,” thanks.

6. Would you rather be buried alive or stabbed to death? Stabbed. I have a terrible fear of suffocating, but I once dreamed I died from having my throat slit and I handled that okay.

7. Would you rather turn invisible or travel through time? I’d like to travel through time, obviously to the day of my worst mistake, and do it differently.

8. Would you rather walk through walls or control the weather? Definitely walk through walls, but not in some monkey’s paw way where my wish is granted and I can walk through walls but now I’m dead and a ghost, or something. I’d also like to stop other people from discussing the weather, cause it’s a boring subject.

9. Always hot or always cold? Hot. I love to swim, but I hate the snow. That’s mostly because it hasn’t snowed here since 1989 and I don’t know how to drive in it.

10. Would you rather be eaten by a shark or a gorilla? I don’t care as long as I am dead. At least being eaten by a shark could mean I spent my last moments in the ocean. I’d rather be a zombie that bites a shark, actually. Do you realize that since that zombie bit a shark in Zombi, that means that in the universe of that film there probably were zombie sharks swimming around? That would be cool, huh huh.

11. Would you rather sneeze 1000 times a day or hiccup 1000 times a day? Questioner, you are sadistic! I’d rather sneeze; it feels much better.

And here are my 11 questions for those to whom I am passing on the Liebster award.

1. Why do you think cops in horror movies are always so reluctant to try to catch the killer? I’m watching Edge of the Axe right now and the sheriff is a useless ass, but it seems to be a theme in many horror movies.

2. Name a minor horror character you like, preferably one who has almost no bearing on the plot and who seems to be in the film just to entertain in a WTF way.

3. Is there a horror villain you root for? Difficulty: no Freddy Krueger.

4. Who would win in a fight between Christopher Lee as Dracula and Christopher Lee as Frankenstein’s monster?

5. What movie character do you have a crush on?

6. Is there a horror movie that you think absolutely goes too far?

7. What is your favorite song from an 80s movie?

8. What weapon would you want most in a zombie siege?

9. What movie’s ending would you rewrite?

10. What is your favorite moment in which a movie totally rips off another movie?

11. What movie did you learn the most from, and what did you learn? Either a serious answer or a facetious one will do.

And now for the winners, who are under no pressure to actually complete these stupid questions, but whose blogs I would like those of you still reading this to check out. Thanks again to Head in a Vice!

Exiled From Contentment

Franz Patrick’s Film Archive

Man VS Horror


The B-Horror Blog

Wide Weird World of Cult Films

Strictly Splatter

Tall, Dark and Handsome

Peanut Butter and Gialli

At the Mansion of Madness

The Year of Halloween