Horror Roundtable Week 100

Say your goodbyes.

Dave – Rue Morgue’s The Abbatoir

The problem I’ve often had with the Horror Roundtable questions is that sometimes they feel too broad, that they demand an essay or a top ten to answer appropriately. Ah, such is the excitement of a horror geek.

Steve’s project has been a fantastic forum for passionate genrephiles to good naturedly argue, to shed light on the more obscure corners of The Dark and generally share the love of all things transgressive.

So, I’ll end this last Roundtable contribution with an argument:

“Death Proof” sucks, and will only suck harder in the future. Please stop defending Tarantino’s ham-dicked snore-a-thon, and celebrate the gooey goodness of “Planet Terror”.

By shedding some light:

“The Reflecting Skin”. I don’t think I ever got to talk about this 1990 film, but it’s an amazing prairie gothic tale guaranteed to disturb. Unavailable on DVD here, but rumour has it you can find a nice widescreen laser disc rip on the torrent sites. See it!

And, some love:

I looked forward every week to, if not participate, at least read the entertaining bytes of insight here. Coming up with a 100 questions isn’t easy, so nice work, Wintle, I can’t wait to see what you cook up next. I hope the end of the Roundtable means you’ll finally have time to finish that robotic Sasquatch you’ve been working on for so long, and that the people who mocked your mad science will finally pay for their scorn.

Make them pay, Steve. Make. Them. All. Pay.

GlowStormLion – Happy Horror

The last Roundtable… I remember the very first time the crew of Happy Horror participated (yet I can’t figure out WHICH post it was so just pretend you remember, too, ok?). I remember wondering how long it would go and how entertaining it would be. I found out about SO many blogs I had no clue existed. Sites that helped me broaden my understanding of horror as a genre and horror fans as a community.

Steven’s given us such a terrific opportunity to be able to vent and speak our minds while we connect with each other. He’s a big part of what kept Happy Horror going by sending us visitors even during our leanest months. I never feel very confident with goodbyes and maybe I just secretly hope for a resurrection or change of heart.

Either way, though I didn’t participate as often as I wish I would have, I’ll miss the fun of getting to ponder the questions and respond as intelligently as possible. At least we’ve got the archives, though! :)

And those of you participating here and running a horror blog shouldn’t forget to come over to Happy Horror and not just read our completely subjective reviews, but ask us for a link to your own site, too!

Eric – Bloody Good Horror

Wow, it’s really over, huh? I’ve only been posting on this roundtable for a few months now, but I’m going to seriously miss it. Steve’s questions in the mailbox every Sunday afternoon were sort of like a sign that a new week was about to begin. Not only that, but they were also a handy reminder of why horror movies are my passion, since reading through everyone’s answers every week always served as inspiration to keep up all the work I’ve put into my site.

And since he implored us to plug our own sites, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention to visit bloodygoodhorror.com. We’re a fully functional horror website, with reviews, columns, interviews, blogs… as well as a weekly podcast where we all get together and debate the crap out of each other. If you’re a reader of this blog, hopefully you’ll find something in our rag tag crew that you can identify with. So, hope to see you around! And long live The Horror Blog.

T Van – Tolerated Vandalism

Thanks for the opportunity to participate in a great roundtable. It’s been fun. Now if you’ll excuse me, i have to go fill my freezer with my own blood.

B-Sol – Vault of Horror

I’d just like to thank Steven for the opportunity to be a part of the Horror Roundtable. When I started, The Vault of Horror was just getting off the ground. Now, it’s one of the most widely read horror movie blogs on the internet. I’m glad for the chance to share my opinions, and to help my website reach more readers than it would have otherwise. Hope to see you back in action soon, and don’t forget, the invitation to the League of Tana Tea Drinkers remains open!

RedHawk – Happy Horror

I had alot of fun participating in the round table. I know I didn’t post as often as alot of other people did, but it was still fun. Take care, everyone!

Unkle Lancifer – Kindertrauma

I’m really going to miss checking out THE HORROR BLOG every Friday. It’s quite an incredible feat to get so many interesting and different opinions corralled into one space. It’s been a pleasure throwing my 2 cents in the mix for the last couple of weeks and I’m sure I’ll be returning every once in a while to dig through the extensive archives here. At the risk of sounding like a door-to-door salesman or an annoying telemarketer, I can’t pass up this opportunity to invite all the readers and writers here to stop by Kindertrauma.com to share their tales about the films, books and whatever that scared them in their youth. (I know, a site dedicated to ONE question, while the HORROR BLOG has posed exactly ONE HUNDRED. Don’t I feel like an underachiever?) Anyway, we’d love to hear from all of you. In the meantime, long live THE HORROR BLOG, truly a constant source of inspiration!

Nathan – MicroHorror

Honestly, what is there to say? I’m really going to miss this thing. I came in about halfway through the Roundtable’s run, and my only regret is that I wasn’t able to get on board earlier. I’ve learned a lot, found out about great movies I never would have heard of otherwise, and had a marvelous time all around. Thank you, Steven, for creating and helming this wonderful project, and thank you for letting me in despite not being a horror blogger per se. Thanks to the other Roundtablers as well– I’ve found some terrific horror blogs that have become part of my daily reading. I’m going to miss the Roundtable– it was a highlight every week.

But here’s a thought: If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our favorite genre, it’s that it’s awfully hard for things to stay dead. Maybe the Roundtable will come crawling back out of the grave someday. We can only hope.

P.S. Visit MicroHorror.com for the world’s largest online archive of short-short horror fiction. Read hundreds upon hundreds of terrifying stories, each no longer than 666 words. Hey– you did suggest that we plug our sites. :)

Tim – Mondo Schlocko

All I really want to say is that it was a honor being here and I had a blast. It’s a shame to see the roundtable end. Good-bye to all of the fellow roundtable guests and I will continue to check out your blogs as well as this one as well. Stay weird!

Matt – Highway 62

Goodbye? But I just got here.

And kinda played hooky for the last many weeks. My own fault for thinking “I’ll just give it some time to stew and then I’ll get right to it,” and by that time it’s Saturday and I’ve gone and let another one rush past me.

I should push my book, so I will. Strangeways: Murder Moon. Ask for it by name. Western horror like you like it (if you like 70s Warren horror mags and the cramped, dirty atmosphere of the haunted frontier). It’s still relatively fresh; not too many scavengers have gotten to it yet. http://www.highway-62.com/strangeways is the place to go.

Thanks to Sean for turning me on to this place and Steven for letting me play along. And all the commentators out there who gave me something to chew on.

State of the art? I’m the last guy to ask about that. Hell, I had to look up “torture porn” to even follow recent conversations. Pretty clear that the genre is wider than anyone here, which means there’s a lot of room in it yet, a lot of unexplored territories. We’ve been on the map a long time (I certainly didn’t deviate from it much), but now we oughta give some thought to the terrifying blank spaces left, where you go upriver and maybe don’t get to come back.

The best thing about it is, that those places are just around the corner and under your nose, having only to be seen in a slightly skewed light, a momentary insight that lets you understand that this is indeed an uncharted region, and maybe just maybe, there’s someone else out there who’d appreciate that insight. Go uncover those, the stucco ruins of the bright city, where shadowy titans make their true selves manifest. Find daytime horror, that is unafraid to walk in the sunshine, knowing that the piercing light of day can only illuminate its true nature further.

Those blank, soft places are unwritten and undiscovered as of yet. But they can’t stay that way ever.

Curt – Groovy Age of Horror

Thanks for a great run, Steven! I’ve enjoyed a lot of these questions tremendously–both answering them and reading everyone else’s answers. Enjoy your hiatus, but know that your return will be eagerly awaited!

Chick Young – Trash-Aesthetics

“In forgetting they were trying to remember.” W.P. Blatty, The Exorcist

Ah yes, parting is such sweet sorrow. And, as a relative latecomer to The Horror Blog (on the contributing end – not the reading), I don’t have archives of posts to fall back on for plugs, laments, or missed opportunities! I really hope Steven reopens the doors to The Horror Blog sometime in the near future as it has always been a wonderfully stimulating and lively site, thank you Steven.

Well, ya know, horror has always been my thing. I was the kid who had his face stuck in Famous Monsters while the other kids were reading Sports Illustrated. I was the kid who was figuring out how to get that blood bladder to work for my Halloween costume, I was the kid who never put his hands over his eyes during the scary parts, and I was the kid who always chose the evil girl over the nice one (not so much anymore).

I’m not entirely thrilled with the state of the genre (as a professor of film, I expand upon this greatly in writing and in class – of which, neither are appropriate here). Suffice it to say that the state of the genre is also a good barometer for measuring the state of human affairs – which is a bloody mess. The most profoundly philosophical genre – horror is always with us – utterly ubiquitous. In a car, on a plane, on the beach, in a house, in an airplane, in the woods, in the desert, in our minds, etc. – it is not dependent upon a place or a time or a character (unlike other genres). Horror is locatable everywhere and usually is most profoundly found when looking in the mirror. To quote the great Stephen Prince, “The anxiety at the heart of the genre is, indeed, the nature of human being.” I am not thrilled with the climate of the remake, prequel, sequel culture (lazy, mundane, easy), which thrives not on the genuine creative impulses of a writer or director, but typically, more on the distinct ring of the cash register. This business practice and attitude is not new, but it is certainly far more pronounced than it has EVER been. And yet, in the midst of such transparent efforts, we get a modest little film from Spain in 2007 which scared the absolute shit out this 37 year old genre veteran. Yes, “.Rec” is that good – if you have not seen it, do yourself a favor and do so. So, there is hope for the state of the genre, but not because of anything the industry will or could do – there is hope because the diet staples that feed this genre are synchronic with social anxieties, fears, taboos and ideologies. And, dear friends, as long as these remain good and fucked up, we will continue to find repressed monstrosities to feed the machine.

We are a brother and sisterhood of genre fanatics. I’ve been honored to throw in with you on Steve’s notoriously interesting and diverse roundtables. I suggest you stop on by my pad sometime and we can mull it over – over a frothy stein of A negative (www.trash-aesthetics.blogspot.com). I have a good deal of fun there, and, on occasion, may even have something clever or entertaining or even rhetorically sound to say now and again. Cheers.

Retropoliltan – Tales To Astonish

I’ll just say that I’ve loved this feature for 99 weeks, and I’m sad to see it go. I was honored to be a part of it while it lasted, but I hope some industrious young horror blogger out there takes up the Roundtable mantle. Thanks for the good times!

Also, I would like to add:


Louis – Damaged 2.0

Well, this really sucks. The Horror Roundtable has been something that I’ve looked forward to every Friday, and now what will I have? That’s right. Now I have nothing. I have discovered so many awesome blogs through this exercise, and made a few friends, so at least there is always that. At least. I should pitch my blog, Damaged 2.0 to you at this point, so, if you get the time, try to visit. It’ll never take the place of your dad, and I’m not trying to, but I really love your mom and want to be part of this family. Vaya con Dios, Horror Bloggers.

Corey – Evil On Two Legs

I think this roundtable is a fabulous idea; my only regret is that I didn’t discover it sooner. I hope that it returns in some form in the near future as I will miss reading the responses of so many intelligent writers on a single topic. In any case, thank you for allowing me to participate.

In regards to the state of the genre — I’m very excited about the future of horror. Since the advent of film, horror has been well represented (going all the way back to Edison’s Frankenstein). However, the quality, tone and relevance of horror films fluctuates in a cyclic pattern. Fortunately, I think the last few years show that we’re in the midst of a horror revival. Some may feel there’s been an over-saturation of J-horror, but you can’t deny that The Ring ushered in an unprecedented appreciation for foreign horror, opening the door for films from Japan, Korea, France, Australia and others to be seen by American mainstream audiences. The widespread adoption of unrated DVD releases (as well as the fact that the MPAA is more lenient than they have been in decades) has given horror auteurs more freedom than ever before. It’s a good time to be a horror fan, and I only see that becoming more true in the coming years.

Sean – Attentiondeficitdisorderly Too Flat

Good times and bad times
Hellos and goodbyes
Just past the joint
And let’s get high


Arbogast on Film

I came to the Horror Round-Up very late in the game, making me feel a bit like William Smith on the last season of HAWAII FIVE-0. It’s been my honor to rub shoulders with the big wheels of the Blogosphere and to wax thoughtful about our favorite subject. To a continuing world of Gods and Monsters. But mostly Monsters.

JA – My New Plaid Pants

I just want to take this opportunity to thank you Steven, for allowing me to participate, and for introducing me to all of my brilliant fellow Rountablers, and for all of the movies that I’ve been introduced to via the topics and answers that’ve come up over the past 100 weeks. My horror knowledge had been rather limited in scope – I never really realized that I even was a horror geek until well into my 20s, and I’ve had a lot of ground to catch up on, and this forum has been absolutely instrumental in my continuing education. Oh how we’ve laughed and we’ve cried, and lovingly pondered all manner of viscera – this is what family is supposed to be like!

So much for just discussing the state of the genre or plugging your site. I’ve always strived to keep the Roundtable topics easy and accessible, which is why I never put forward one that centres on saying nice things about me. Thanks, everyone. That must have been the toughest Roundtable yet.

My computer broke down last night just as I was getting ready to compile this Roundtable. I started this blog, and the Roundtable, within weeks of buying that computer. I think it’s trying to tell me something, or at least reinforce what I already know.

Before I invited people to the Rountable I sat down for a few hours and typed up over 100 potential topics, just to make sure I could make it that far without running out of steam. I added to the list as topics came to me, and even now I sometimes think of a topic and go to write it down without realizing that it’s over. When I sent out the first batch of emails, I was convinced that no one would reply. Thanks for proving me wrong.

For the last time, from me anyway, thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s Horror Roundtable, as well as all our comrades from Roundtables past. Whether you’re a long-time reader or just joined the party, please take a moment to visit the various blogs and sites of the participants found above. That’s what this whole thing was about, after all.

A wonderful world of Horror awaits you.

4 Responses to “Horror Roundtable Week 100”

  1. Jeff Allard Says:

    I’m very sad to see the Roundtable come to a close. I discovered it late in the game but it quickly became an anticipated part of my week and it exposed me to many writers and blogs that I might not have otherwise discovered. I’m sorry to see the Roundtable go but thanks to you Steve, and to everyone who contributed along the way, for the many weeks of great reading!

  2. gil mann Says:

    Yeah, this was a hoot. I’ll miss this feature, but then, I’m already used to that bittersweet feeling since Steve TOTALLY NEVER BLOGS ANYMORE.

    Fair warning: I’ll busy myself with the archives for as long as I can, but there will come a day when I start agitating for more frequent posts.

    Oh yes. That day will come.

  3. Kimberly Says:

    I’m disappointed that I missed the last hurrah but it was fun while it lasted!

  4. John Says:

    “Ham-dicked snore-a-thon.” Gotta love it. That’s how I feel about every Tarantino flick. The most overrated director since Kubrick.

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