Thank you for signing up for my experiment. I hope you’ll find the accommodations comfortable and invite you to take a seat in the center of the room. Pay no attention to that man with the needle. I assure you you’ll feel no pain as we dim the lights and become one with the flickering images on the screen.
What’s that? Too dark, you say? But that’s the point. An exploration into the darker side of cinema requires us to embrace the shadows, give in to the mystical and revel in the fantastic.
Are you ready? I’ll get the eye-drops.
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.
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 blog 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 this blog 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. The Ludovico Files is written by Phil Carbo.