Anonymous: Even though you don't call yourself a brony, do you listen to any personal small horse fandom music?
Oh, hell yeah! That’s one of the things I think is so marvelous about this fan base - there is such an abundance of incredibly talented people, including when it comes to music. Not only do people make fantastic remixes, but there are also those making original compositions as well!
Seventh Element makes this amazing, 80’s retro-sounding synth music that is just fantastic.
When it comes to remixes, JackleApp has done some great work, including one of my all-time favorite remixes, "Coolness that Defies Gravity". Bronytech is another good one - I love their "Art of the Dress" remix in particular (always makes me dance in my seat). Psycosis is another of my favorites - his mash-ups are just perfect, one of my favorites being “Flimflamdro”. There’s also The Living Tombstone (also creates original music as well), Eurobeat Brony, Silva Hound, Sim Gretina, PonyFireStone, and F3nning (I unapologetically love “Giggle at the Ghosties (Glue Factory Remix)”).
I’m sure I’m probably forgetting people, and I’m super sorry, but it’s 2:31 a.m., and my brain isn’t running on all cylinders at this time in the morning.
Anonymous: As a connoisseur of horror, I have to wonder what you think of the "Monster High" toy franchise. I was discussing the concept with some other people and they were just horrified at the concept of The Creature from the Black Lagoon having a half-human daughter.
As I’ve said before, I think they’re fantastic. It’s a line being produced for girls that’s grounded in horror - how cool is that? Also, the dolls are of an exceptional quality, with highly-detailed outfits (making them highly desirable as collectibles), and quite respectfully done, as far as I’m concerned.
If I could afford them, I would have gotten one by now myself.
I’d probably get Operetta, because she’s a rockabilly girl based on The Phantom of the Opera. How awesome is that?
Anonymous: Hey dude what's the horror movie were if you die in the video game, you die in real life?
I believe you’re thinking of Stay Alive (2006). At least, that’s the only one that comes to mind. I’m afraid I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know whether it’s decent or not.
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Anonymous: To add to why people like horror; I find I like how it analyses people and society. Different views of different people.
Absolutely. George Romero’s zombie films, for example, are more about an idea - a theme - than about the characters: Night of the Living Dead was about revolution and uprising. Dawn of the Dead was about materialism. Day of the Dead was about festering mistrust, and failing to cooperate with one another. Land of the Dead was about greed and corruption, and how the economy favors the upper 1%.
Many other directors have used their films to make statements about society. John Carpenter wrote They Live out of his disgust over Reaganomics, and the conservative mindset that was trying to control and censor the media. Larry Cohen made It’s Alive due to the difference of opinion between the older and younger generations of that time, and how people were becoming so distanced from their own children - he expounded upon the idea: What if you were truly afraid of your own child?
The films of Lloyd Kaufman and Troma are very topical and relevant to their times. As I’ve mentioned before, The Toxic Avenger was made during a time where the illegal dumping of toxic materials had become an issue. Class of Nuke ‘Em High came on the heels of news concerning the building code violations found in many nuclear facilities.
Horror has a way of slipping this kind of social commentary past the public, because it isn’t the film’s “main attraction”. In creating a film intended to scare audiences, they were able to get away with saying and showing things that they otherwise likely wouldn’t have been able to. This is even more evident in the exploitation films made in the Philippines in the 70’s. While not classified as “horror”, films like The Big Doll House and The Big Bird Cage were able to get away with showing very scathing depictions of fascist dictatorships while making the film in a country that - at the time - was under a fascist dictatorship.
Horror (and to a similar extent, exploitation) is one of the most surprisingly honest sources of social and political criticisms, because, by being on the fringes of the film radar, they aren’t scrutinized to the extent that serious melodramas and contemporary comedies often are.
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