Brendan Small has helmed Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse for the past three years but seems to have been amassing horror movie fanboyism since the tender age of seven. In this interview with the AV Club’s Keith Phipps, Small recounts his first experiences with the horror movie genre with Poltergeist and how that relatively tame Tobe Hooper outing quickly gave way to gorier fare. Stand-out titles like Eli Roth’s name-making Hostel and Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive pepper this list of most desired films for a 24 hour gore-fest.
However, also included in Small’s list are several less than horrific movies he calls “palate cleansers.” Films like Kramer vs. Kramer and You Can Count on Me pop up among Horror classics like The Exorcist and Silence of the Lambs, included to offer pacing and temper the senses for the long haul. One presumes they function in the same way as the quieter moments in horror movies, the long, silent walk down the dark hallway before the killer jumps out of the closet. The guy clearly knows his stuff when it comes to this kind of thing. I only wish this interview had suggestions for how to stay awake that long. One can only imagine a Clockwork Orange-like apparatus to clamp open the eyelids.
Included below is a trailer for one of the Small-endorsed films, Dead Alive. It takes on one of the more inventive trailer conceits in recent memory. The screen is split down the middle, showing grusome, splattering images from the film and video of a fluffy lamb on either side. A voice over instructs the viewer to close one eye or the other, depending on one’s stomach for “broad-minded comedy.” Indeed.