Mr. Horror Blogosphere: Entry #10

Blogger: Carl Manes
Blog: I Like Horror Movies

I am just an average guy living an average life, and that is all I want. I try to live an egoless existence, and focus on my family more than anything. I have already accomplished all of my goals in life by getting married and starting a family, but I am a huge Horror fan and writing has become a great creative outlet in recent years. I am currently working on my second screenplay, I surf, draw, play games, and try to get out to parks and events as much as possible. My life can pretty much be summed up in the words of my favorite song: Where I go, I just don’t know, I got to got to got to take it slow, when I find my peace of mind, I’m going to give you some of my good time.

What are some of your favorite horror films?
In recent years, my taste in Horror has greatly expanded. I used to be just the average, surface level fan, mostly obsessed with Gore and Slashers. My tastes have become a bit more refined, and I now consider classics like BLACK SUNDAY and THE WICKER MAN to rank the highest on my lists. I am also a huge fan of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, BEHIND THE MASK, and an array of different films from all across the Horizon.

What are some of your least favorite horror films?
I have never been a fan of Survival Horror. I think it is boring. Because of the limited cast, it is inevitable that the lead character will always survive and thwart evil, and though this is true in most sub-genres within Horror, it becomes particularly annoying in films like WRONG TURN. While I love sex and Horror individually, I’m not particularly fond of Sexploitation, WIP, or other explicit sub-genres either.

Blogging can be fun as well as drama filled, so why do you keep doing it?
I try to avoid all of the drama that can stir up as a result of competition and rivalry and focus on the positive effects that blogging has to offer. Blogging offers writers a chance to establish lasting friendships and create a sense of community between like-minded individuals, and it is important to foster these opportunities and work together rather than compete amongst ourselves. I continue to write because I love writing. I would work just as hard if I had zero readers, since writing has become such a motivating creative outlet in my life. I also like being able to give back to the Horror genre that I love so much, and if I am able to help one fan find one new film they may not have seen otherwise, my goals as a blogger have been achieved.

Who’s your favorite female lead in horror and why?
Barbara Steele has such a mysterious and haunting presence on screen. Her cold stares and jet black hair make her one of the most memorable characters in Gothic Horror, and she has quickly become one of my favorite actresses in the genre.

What do you look for in a woman? Is liking horror movies required?
I am certain that my past relationships failed because my previous girlfriends hated Horror movies. I met my wife online before the Myspace days, and all I had to read in her profile were the words “I Like Horror Movies” and I was done. My ideal woman is just as happy touring the world as she is sitting at home watching BLOOD FEAST. She is smart, beautiful, and genuinely enjoys life. She also has to be open to creating a family and ready for marriage. Thankfully, I found everything I was looking for in one woman!

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My daughter is the single motivating factor in my life. Everything I do, I do for her. I work my ass off so that some day she can have all of the same privileges and advantages I had. I would sell everything and live in a cardboard box if it meant keeping her happy.

How would you best describe your blog?
I Like Horror Movies is a minimalist blog that produces nearly 1,000 Horror reviews a year. On top of that, I release fun Horror facts, articles, reviews, and any other Horror related items daily. My reviews are generally kept short and concise, but with an average of 10 or more reviews a week, there is always something for everyone on ILHM! In addition to my main blog, I also offer both of my movie scripts as daily readers, and I began the Horror Blogger Alliance to build a stronger sense of community and friendship between Horror bloggers.