|The Creeping Terror (1964) claims another slow moving victim.|
Yep, it is. Glad that's taken care of.
I'm being facetious, of course - but only a little bit. It's difficult to make a valid argument that too much time watching movies - particularly movies of often questionable merit - is a worthy pursuit. I could be working in a soup kitchen or planting trees. I could be reading to the blind or assisting the elderly. Hell, I could even be doing something as arguably useless as making movies, and at least then there would be a historical record of my efforts, something for future generations to study and dissect. As it is, there's just that ass dent in the couch. Every crease tells a story, though.
The Howling (1981) for the first time. It was the Wayne Theater in Waynesboro, Virginia. It was a sunny afternoon, and my mother and I had been shopping in downtown Waynesboro when we happened upon the now iconic poster for the movie in the light box outside. I'd seen a television ad for The Howling the night before, and I persuaded mom to spring for a couple of matinee tickets. Oddly, neither of us knew it was a movie about werewolves. The advertising used for The Howling (including that poster) was intentionally ambiguous since most of the audience for horror in '81 was only looking for the next big slasher movie. Werewolves were passe. We paid our money, though, and we took our chances. I ordered a popcorn with extra butter at the concession stand, but I had to settle for a Mr. Pibb to drink because they didn't have Dr. Pepper.
The Wayne was one of those old megaplex prototypes made by splitting a pre-existing full size theater into two separate venues. Theater number one was the larger one. The Howling, of course, was playing in theater number two, which was small enough that it bore an unnerving resemblance to the porno booth in the movie in which reporter Karen White first meets Eddie Quist. I remember that afternoon showing was sparsely attended, and I distinctly remember being spooked when I had to slip out of the theater alone for a Pibb induced bathroom break. I even specifically remember that the scene playing when I returned from the bathroom was the one in which Karen's friend Terry first realizes the woods near The Colony look suspiciously like a sketch taken from Eddie's room.
|Ok, who's responsible for this mess? Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)|
The Dog Farm is creeping up on its first anniversary, and a big part of the appeal of creating this blog was to apply some kind of structure to the fruits of my misspent life watching horror movies. I'm far from being the resident authority in the company of the knowledgeable folks who run their own horror movie blogs, but I do take solace in the fact that there are so many others like me. It's like one big old horror themed Narcotics Anonymous meeting - but I digress.
Following that mental image of my big-headed, movie watching self turning to mush on the couch is the image of my baby Gunnar all grown up and watching the horror movies I loved. He'll know I loved them even if I'm gone, because he'll have access to a time capsule called the Dog Farm that's still drifting in the blogosphere like an abandoned satellite. It's all here.
So is it all just a waste of time? I think not. It's more like a calling. It makes me happy to be building something for myself, for my future, and for Gunnar. It ain't much, but it's home.
Now I'm going to watch The Creeping Terror just one more time. You can join me if you like. You'll have to sit in the recliner, though. That ass dent in the couch is mine.