Blogger: Marc Patterson
Blog: Brutal As Hell
I only get one paragraph? To be honest, I really don’t like talking about myself. But in a simple paragraph – I’m a marketing manager by day, working for big brand consumer publishing clients, and a dad, a husband, and a major horror geek everywhere else. I’m snarky, opinionated, and not always right. Outside of waxing poetic about horror films I also play in a band that can be best described as a cross between Led Zepplin and the Monkees, with heavy influences from Ween, and a penchant for long jams. As a matter of fact we call ourselves Led Monkees. I think this “don’t take anything seriously” aesthetic summarizes my philosophy about life.
What are some of your favorite horror films?
If I’m going to just sit down and watch some films for nothing better than pure enjoyment, films I can watch again and again, then I have to say Alien, Psycho, American Psycho, Zombi 2, Cannibal Ferox, Repulsion, The Lost Boys, The Descent. There’s so many great ones this list could really go on. I haven’t even mentioned John Carpenter. But I also like more intense horror that is really masterful, but not heavy on re-watch value. I’m talking anything from Gaspar Noe like Irreversible. Let the Right One In was brilliant, but I can’t watch that one every weekend. Let’s talk Park Chan-wook for that matter. The whole Vengeance Trilogy blows my mind away. Then there’s stuff like Eden Lake. Great film, and one of my favorite horror flicks, but I’ve only watched it twice.
What are some of your least favorite horror films?
I’m slowly growing to dislike slasher flicks. So many modern slashers are so indistinguishable. People raved about how great Laid to Rest was, with this “iconic” new killer, Chrome Skull, and I found the whole film to be pretty dull and ho-hum. My patience is also wearing thin with filmmakers who are too lazy to try to get creative or take chances with their films. Listen… any schmuck with a camera can go out and make a dumb formulaic horror film. I can point to hundreds who have. It’s not enough to just add to the noise anymore.
Blogging can be fun as well as drama filled, so why do you keep doing it?
Well – I don’t do it for the drama, I can tell you that. I have enough drama in my real life, so I really try to steer clear of that whole aspect of blogging, and believe me… it’s there. I write about film because I love it right down to the marrow in my bones. I also love the community, and the camaraderie that comes from blogging. Some of my best friends have come from blogging, and the crew that writes for me, and with me are people I consider friends. Most folks in my “real life” don’t get it. Horror film is a joke to them, and that’s cool. I don’t need approval from anyone. I love it and I’d be happy just to sit by myself and watch horror films without sharing with anyone. To get to be able to do so, and attract a huge audience is nothing short of fantastic.
Who’s your favorite female lead in horror and why?
I only get to pick one? I know I’m Irish, but I really love the Italian ladies. For me Susan Scott is the epitome of sexy, even though she’s technically from Spain. She’s high fashion, classy, and drop dead sexy. A more modern lead would be Asia Argento. Seriously… do I need to say more?
What do you look for in a woman? Is liking horror movies required?
Well I’ve been with my wife for ten years, married for five, so thankfully I don’t have to look for a woman anymore. My wife hates horror films. Well… that’s not true. She doesn’t hate them. She just watches them through her fingers. Mostly though she doesn’t watch them. I enjoy having my own “hobby”. I’ve always been someone who walks to my own beat. If you want to walk along, cool. If not… no biggie.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Inspiration for what? Waking up in the morning? Writing?
How would you best describe your blog?
My tagline says it best. We’re “Horror Without Mercy”. We don’t kiss the ass of studio’s or filmmakers. We call the shots as we see them. If we dislike a film we’ll say so. But we’re also not a bunch of rude douchebags. We try to do everything with a sense of style and class and embrace the larger community. We also do our best to report on news that focuses on original horror and minimize how much we report on the big studio horror flicks. I hope folks take note of how LITTLE we have reported on stuff like A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, et al. So many other big sites have that stuff covered. We really want to give readers some in-depth coverage of horror that deserves the spot-light. That being said we’re also NOT journalists in the traditional sense of the word. We are heavily opinionated and bring that sense of color and commentary into our news items. Again… you can get that black and white journalism in so many other places. We’re not going to just cut and paste some press release. We want to say more, and whether you agree with us or not is completely subjective to the reader.
I also want to give a big shout out to my whole staff. I started Brutal As Hell as a solo project and have been lucky to have picked up some talented writers who lend their unique insights into the blog. Without them we wouldn’t have anywhere near the cool website that we do. Everyone really throws everything they have into the site and none of us get anything in return outside of the satisfaction that we’re putting out a quality product. It’s always been a project of passion for me, but I think it’s obvious it’s the same for the whole crew.