Introducing: ‘The Ludovico Files’ Page

OK. I admit it. I’m a horror junkie. I wear the scarlet letter. It’s always seemed like something you should be ashamed to admit, like eating Oreos with mayonnaise. Which is why a movie like Juno is such bullshit! Nobody who owns a Hershell Gordon Lewis collection (heck, no one who’s even heard of H.G. Lewis) is going to land a babe like Jennifer Garner and you’d be hard-pressed to find any 15-year-old impressed by it!

Horror has always been treated like the bastard child of cinema. I admit, no one is going to confuse Barn of the Naked Dead for high art and, let’s be honest, 90% of what’s readily available is of the amateur, borrowed daddy’s camcorder variety or the watered down dreck churned out and regurgitated by bean counters in Hollywood.

She's as shocked as you are that Barn of the Naked Dead is mentioned here!

So why do I keep going back to the well after reels and reels of disappointment? They’re out there… that 10%, the diamonds in the rough that restore my faith in the genre. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a film snob looking to bring legitimacy to the genre. I love me some trash! Grindhouse, splatter films, zombies, cannibals, giallos, exploitation, ghost stories, serial killers, aliens, gothic, creature features and more all hold a special place in my ruptured heart. And this special page on The Lantern was created to honor them all. You might very well read something and think, “How the hell can he like that piece of crap?” I can’t explain why a no-budget, schlock fest like Night Train to Terror is one of my sentimental favorites, but I’ll do my best to at least give some insight as to why that film, and others like it, strike a chord.

Finally, a disclaimer: Although the main focus of the Ludovico Files page is to highlight, comment and review horror, fantasy and sci-fi films, I plan to expand it into other topics as well including television, music, mainstream cinema, video games and general opinions and observations.

Thanks for joining me on my cyber-journey. I welcome all comments and healthy debate.

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3 Responses to Introducing: ‘The Ludovico Files’ Page

  1. Horror is the only genre I forgive for a crappy plot as long as there is at least one good kill scene or over the top gore. I will give just about anything a shot. Very rarely have I seen a horror flick that I would only rate one star. I too have my list of randomly odd flicks such as Machine Girl or Run! Bitch Run! You cant help but watch and hope nobody knows that you like it.

  2. John says:

    I’ve been toying with the idea of writing something very similar to this… about how horror is the only genre you can forgive for giant gaping plot holes and crappy f/x and bad writing as long as it’s either scary, or so crappy that it’s funny. It’s simply not fair to compare horror movies to, say, The King’s Speech; or There Will be Blood; or Citizen Kane.

    The rush of finding the diamond in the rough in the horror genre is exhilarating.

    • Phil Carbo says:

      I totally agree, John. It’s the exhilaration of discovering the rare examples of unique and thrilling films that elevate the genre. The unfortunate part is those are few and far between.

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