Pax Romano’s blog, Billy Loves Stu, is one of the more interesting horror blogs out there. The title is a reference to the homoerotic implications of the relationship between the killers from the first Scream picture and it should clue you in to what Pax’s blog is dedicated to. He writes about horror from the perspective of a gay fan and it makes for some of the more unique takes on horror blogging be you straight or gay. He and I don’t have a lot of contact, though. We share a syndication in the form of the League of Tana Tea Drinkers, though. I saw BJ-C’s run on his questionnaire at Day of the Woman and thought I’d take a swing at it since I’ve exhausted the Walking Dead Comic Con material and don’t have much else to write about right now.
1: In Ten Words or Less, Describe Your Blog:
It’s more than just a horror blog, damn it!
2: During What Cinematic Era Where you Born?
E: The Exorcism Era (Early to mid 70’s)
3: The Carrie Compatibility Question: (Sue Snell or Chris Hargensen, who would you take to the prom?)
Chris Hargensen – I even thought Nancy Allen looked good in body armor in Robocop.
4: You have been given an ungodly amount of money, and total control of a major motion picture studio – what would your dream Horror project be?
This is the sort of question that makes me seize up. Complete creative control and enough money to lure anyone I want into the picture? It would have to be a visually striking; Fritz Lang meets Chris Cunningham striking, with a script collaboration by Paul Schrader and Thomas Harris, based on an original story by me, a sort of true-crime serial killer manhunt by the FBI on a D.W. Griffith scale starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
5: What horror film “franchise” that others have embraced, left you cold?
A Nightmare On Elm Street. I could never connect with it. I don’t care for a funny, quipping killer, no matter how original and surreal the kill scenes are.
6: Is Michael Bay the Antichrist?
I can think of far worse directors working today. McG and Roland Emerich deserve to be dragged to death by monster trucks, if you ask me. Every medium of entertainment has its fast food variety and it just so happens that the current trends in film make a rock star out of Michael Bay because his movies are all spectacle and require zero thought. Quite frankly, if he were working in the 70’s, he’d be making trashy cops and robbers movies and car chase flicks. I’m surprised the exploitation movie fanbase aren’t writing love letters to the guy since the movies he makes are low-rent exploitation flicks with ridiculous fucking budgets! I think his movies suck cocks in hell, but he is a far cry from the cancer that is killing Hollywood.
7: Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Frankenstein Monster – which one of these classic villains scares you, and why?
Sorry. None of the above. I want to be Dracula, I wish I had the license to let my id run wild in public like The Wolfman and I feel bad for Frankenstein’s Monster. None of the classic Universals really scare me because each one is a direct reflection of something hidden in our subconscious that is already a part of us. I’m just a little more transparent than most people in that I readily admit that I’d love to be a sexually alluring parasite, a wild animal and that I have a sympathetic loner streak that allows me to understand and sympathize with a monster.
8: Tell me about a scene from a NON HORROR Film that scares the crap out of you:
The answer: Any one of the sex scenes from The Room prominently featuring Tommy Wiseau’s ass. But seriously, folks. I have thought and thought about this and have come to the conclusion that while I’m sure there’s one out there, I can’t think of it. Truth is, there aren’t a whole lot of horror movies that scare me so if you make some non-genre flick and something is either intended to make me jump or it comes off awkward enough to be spooky, it’s probably not registering with me because I’m just not turned for it.
9: Baby Jane Hudson invites you over to her house for lunch. What do you bring?
10: So, between you and me, do you have any ulterior motives for blogging? Come, on you can tell me, it will be our little secret, I won’t tell a soul.
I started Cinema Suicide back in 2007 because I was tired of having my pitches to Rue Morgue and Fango rejected or ignored on the grounds that I had never been published before. In a passive-aggressive move to tell them all to go fuck themselves, I started up this site and became my own editor. But somewhere along the lines I actually caught on and started living with the fantasy that I could turn this site into a full-time job so I didn’t have to write code for a living. In 2008 I made a pretty hard push to make that happen and when it all came apart, I ditched the fantasy and kept this as a means to get free stuff from movie distributors looking for press. Now that doesn’t happen all that often, so I honestly don’t know why I keep doing this. As far as I’m concered, the only thing that sets me apart from your average horror blog is that I say fuck 50% more than anyone else. Also, the animosity that I feel toward the horror reporting powerhouses is gone since I’m friendly with Dread Central’s Steve Barton and I have an article running in the September issue of Rue Morgue.
11: What would you have brought to Rosemary Woodhouse’s baby shower?
Diapers and wipes. It doesn’t matter if you’re having your garden variety baby or the antichrist, nobody ever brings diapers and wipes to a baby shower and they ought to because them shits ain’t cheap and parents are always running out of them at the worst of times.
12: Godzilla vs The Cloverfield Monster, who wins?
Godzilla would rock the Cloverfield Monster’s ass so hard his feelings would be hurt. Seriously. It wouldn’t even be a fair fight and the battle would have wound up in that montage in the middle of Final Wars where G makes short work of every monster he’s ever battled in the past.
13: If you found out that Rob Zombie was reading your blog, what would you post in hopes that he read it?
I’d probably be flattered. I don’t have a beef with Rob Zombie. I don’t much like his movies and I think he makes music for people who don’t like good music but I certainly wouldn’t call him out here hoping to start a bro-down or a fight. He seems like an alright guy and I’m sure that with the sort of resources he has at his disposal, I’d probably fulfill my own fantasy of being Alice Cooper and John Carpenter simultaneously.
14: What is your favorite NON HORROR FILM, and why?
Escape From New York. Growing up in the 80’s, it was hard not to notice that we were all living on the precipice of nuclear oblivion or complete social collapse because it was at the top of everyone’s mind, even a ten year old’s. Escape From New York made it look like fun, though. Snake Plissken was the first time I’d seen anyone in a movie who was pure anti-hero and I got the feeling that I shouldn’t be rooting for him because he was actually a bad guy doing a good thing because he had no choice in the interest of self-preservation. The setting was really awesome and I think Carpenter’s score for the movie is the greatest score of any movie ever made ever. EVER.
15: If blogging technology did not exist, what would you be doing?
If blogging software or the internet in general? If there was no WordPress or anything like it, this would probably be a custom CMS of my own design because I’m capable of building that sort of thing but that’s not the answer you’re looking for is it, Pax? Let’s say there were no internet at all. Cinema Suicide was an inevitability in my life and would have wound up a low-tech fanzine of the xerox variety. I grew up punk and I loved zines. They’re still out there floating around in the U.S. Postal system and places elsewhere, but the golden days of the zine are gone and keeping up with them is a real pain in the ass now that we can spend the entire publishing budget of one issue on a year’s worth of hosting and publish daily rather than a couple of times a year, you know?