For the latest edition of Horror Through My Eyes, we are joined by author Lou Yardley to discover the horror films that have shaped her career so far.
The Horror Film That Makes You Sick –
Gore doesn’t really bother me (in fact, I love it), but there’s a scene in “Planet Terror” where someone bursts a boil and it gets me EVERY TIME. It doesn’t matter that I know it’s coming, it still makes me want to hurl.
The horror film that scares you the most –
“Incident in a Ghostland” stayed with me for a really long time. The home invasion scenes felt horrifically real and the feeling of hopelessness was devastating. The real mixed with the surreal made for uneasy viewing. With that said, I love that film. It’s one I’ll watch again and again.
The Horror film you can only watch alone –
Probably “The VVitch”, mainly because I don’t know anyone who would be up for watching it with me. Also, it’s the kind of film that demands your undivided attention, so I’d have to watch it with someone who ate their popcorn silently and didn’t ask questions until it was over.
That horror film you own but secretly hate –
None. I find some joy in most things. And, if I didn’t like a film I’d bought, I’d just give it away/sell it on.
Your horror guilty pleasure –
There are no guilty pleasures – love what you love. Embrace it! That said, I thought the new “Critters” film was fun, so what do I know?
That horror film with a better cast than its script –
I genuinely don’t know.
The horror film you have rewatched the most –
Good question. Probably either the first “Child’s Play”, “Evil Dead”, or “Curse of Chucky”. I think “Curse of Chucky” is massively underrated.
That horror film you have owned on VHS, DVD and Blu Ray –
I don’t think I’ve bought any film on more than one format. I think I may have the “Evil Dead” trilogy on Blu Ray and DVD, but that was an accident.
Your scariest cinematic experience –
It wasn’t in a cinema, but I think my first horror experience would fit the bill here. I accidentally wandered into a room where “The Gate” was on when I was little. I sat myself down, got comfortable and watched the whole thing. It was my first introduction to horror and I remember looking down and seeing my heart beating in my chest. I was terrified… and I was hooked. After that, there was no looking back. I enjoyed the thrill.
That horror film you need a shower after watching –
“Planet Terror”. Look, I know there are scarier and gorier films out there, but that scene, man. THAT SCENE.
The horror film that made your jaw hit the floor –
“The Headhunter”. I think it’s one that divides opinion, but I was amazed at what they did with a small cast, next to no dialogue, and (what I believe is) a relatively small budget. I buy a lot of cheap horror DVDs in my local supermarket and, while I’m expecting to be entertained, I’m never really expecting to be that impressed. “The Headhunter” is impressive.
A horror film you used to love but now despise –
Ooh, I can’t think of any.
On the flip side, a horror film you despised but now love –
I’ve mentioned it already in this interview, but I’ve got to say “The VVitch”. The first time I watched it, I didn’t get it at all. I was watching at home and I allowed myself to get distracted by my phone. That’s the thing with “The VVitch”, it’s a real slow-burn, but you’ve got to commit to it 100%, even when you feel like nothing noteworthy is happening. Anyway, so the first time I watched it, I turned it off before the end and figured I’d just give the DVD away or something. I forgot about it for a while, but then I saw the film mentioned multiple times in a horror Facebook group. It split opinion with some people loving it and others feeling much the same way that I did. Deciding that I must have missed something, I thought I’d give the film another go, so I tried again. This time, I made sure that my phone was in another room, the lights were off, and I had all the snacks I needed to get me through. It worked. I was completely immersed in the film from the very start. Now I love it… possibly to an obsessive degree.
The horror film you laughed the most at that isn’t a comedy –
There are many for a variety of reasons, but Freddy and Jason feel like quite comedic characters to me, so I do have a giggle at the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films and the “Friday the 13th” franchise. In fact, “Jason X” is comedy gold (and one of my favourite films!).
What is the craziest practical effect you have seen in a horror film –
Everything in “The Thing” and the chest-bursting scene in “Alien”.
The film that you introduced family or a friend to that you wished you hadn’t –
I recommended that Mark (my other half) watch the Banana Splits film with me. He was not impressed… but I loved it.
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