Hi, I’m Erin aka Wednesday’s Child. I’m a stay at home mom in South Georgia. I like dancing, swimming, karaoke, singing in the church choir, thrift shopping, serving on god damn motherfucking committees, restaurants, trying new decadent recipes, drinking wine, cemeteries, cats, photography, pedicures, gossip, and making up goofy new lyrics to old pop songs. I even acted in a summer theater production of Fiddler on the Roof as Fruma Sarah, and I scared the shit out of most of the little kids (and several of the adults, including my dad who was a villager and set builder) with my Japanese horror style facial expressions as that opera singing ghost, but acting is too damn much work. I’d rather just be a film critic.
I studied English at Georgia Southern University, where I wrote for the independent student newspaper. I also watched a bunch of amazing films there because the English department used to rent 35 mm prints and show them at the student union theater. We got to see films like Blue Velvet, The Fourth Man, Tampopo, and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, years after their original theatrical runs (and let’s be honest, they may never have had theatrical runs in this part of the state). So I was very lucky in terms of that part of my education. GSU is where I started writing movie reviews, but my weird film journey began in the surprisingly diverse video stores of my hometown, and with my weird and wonderful dad, who sat me down when I was a kid and showed me stuff like Monty Python, The Toxic Avenger, Cheech and Chong, and Peter Sellers.
I spent the 90s in Athens GA, mostly working in another amazing video store. We had Hong Kong action, Fulci, Something Weird, all the great art directors with their own sections…and 5,000 porn tapes. No shit. I did not like horror films very much back then, because they scared me too much (can you believe it?!), but I was a huge fan of the 90s independent talky dramedies.
I’ve also worked as a massage therapist, a house painter, a switchboard operator, and every damn job you can do in food service. But by far my best job has been my job as the mother and personal assistant to one hilarious, handsome, intelligent, and bossy little boy. He lives for video games (especially Minecraft), science, Nickelodeon, his own little blog, and telling me that I’m wrong, and he charges me a quarter every time I swear. He already likes Twin Peaks, Hausu, Ghostbusters, and Clue, and he’s only 10. Actually, he thinks Ghostbusters 2 is the superior film, but that really was more of a kids’ film, right? So we won’t hold that against him. The family tradition of weird films continues! And now we have the miracle of high speed internet, where I can find more films to watch, and where I can share what I’ve found with you. I love talking to people I would otherwise never have met, in places I’ve never been, about the films that unite us all, and the obscurities I find on some dusty bottom shelf at the flea market.
This site consists of mostly reaction posts about horror, with some action and sci-fi thrown in to make me feel less morbid. I saw all the fun horror films that were so popular in the 80s, and I did rent some video nasty type films the minute I turned 18 after gazing longingly at the big boxes for so long on trips to the video store. Buio Omega was quite a shock to 18 year old me, as was I Spit on Your Grave, when my childhood horror experience had consisted of films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Poltergeist! But I didn’t become a horror freak until about 2007. I started watching horror in an unconscious effort to work out some aggression, and then a couple of years later I started this blog as a way of making myself feel like I was using my degree. Even though, if you asked my professors, I was only a B student when it came to writing post modern critical essays, and academia was not for me after the bachelor’s degree was done, I do love finding literary devices in trash cinema. As a bonus, you never have writer’s block when you’re blogging about films! So this has basically been one long independent study project. I’ve been working on this blog for five years now, and although I slow down at times, I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. There’s a cavalcade of crap out there all along the cinematic spectrum. I’m gonna watch it all.
P.S. My husband is also a trash cinephile so please check out his blog, Wide Weird World of Cult Films.