Blogger: Jayson Kennedy
Blog: Basement of Ghoulish Decadence
I'm a 27-year-old long time home video collector/watcher with an extremely unqualified passion for writing. I started collecting horror, cult, exploitation, and dumb action with DVD years ago and have titles stretching over nearly every consumer format. I also like to (at least) believe that I have a solid gauge on the my favorite genres and will fiercely defend my opinion. Sometimes to my detriment. I love exploring the "outer limits" of the horror genre and tend to favor esoteric little curiosities over what's in theaters. So usually if you want to hear thoughts on that one new remake; check my blog in three years. Otherwise I'm fairly boring, toil away at a golf course, remain unmarried, and have zero children...thankfully.
What are some of your favorite horror films?
My absolute favorite is Romero's Dawn of the Dead and I can't see that ever changing. Others are Theater of Blood, Dellamorte Dellamore, Session 9, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Videodrome, Deep Red, Black Sunday, Demons, Ringu, Fright Night, Bride of Frankenstein, Mr. Vampire, Martyrs, Waxwork, Return of the Living Dead, and many more. I know it might seem like I'm stuffing titles in, but I've seen all of these quite a number of times. You just get that itch sometimes to watch them.
What are some of your least favorite horror films?
This might sound like an Eastern horror hate-a-thon bitchfest, but I couldn't stand Sang-Gon Yoo's "Face" from 2004. Just an unsatisfying fermented trucker bomb of generic police mystery, chokingly sappy TV melodrama, poorly executed flowing hair CG, and half-hearted Grand Guignol mad doctor horror. Also Shinya Tsukamoto's Nightmare Detective, his weakest effort, is like a Japanese mindfucked rendition of Twilight annoyingly fashioned for mainstream teenage consumption. I also couldn't sit through Soo-youn Lee's tedium-rich The Uninvited and Yasuo Inoue's awesome-if-you're-a-morose-14-year-old Neighbour No. 13.
I don't care about other people. Just kidding, nah, I see blogging as an extension of my hobby. Before I was a member of the horror blogosphere, I'd usually great info on titles I'd be searching for on some way outdated and out-of-the-way blog. This is what I want my blog to be; a source for rough wit and information on that one foreign VHS release of that one super obscurity that someone might be digging through a search engine for. It's a source for education...a source for caring.
Who's your favorite female lead in horror and why?
I'm in eternal lust with aerobisized once Penthouse "model", big box porn mistress, and '80s horror B-goddess Michelle Bauer. Master of the hypnotized five fingered penis clean-and-jerk, Ms. Bauer had an Olympic run of fantastically goofy VHS-bound trash throughout the '80s. She's stunning with a hint of sadness and towered over the other pretty womanly flesh that encircled her in these romps.
What do you look for in a woman? Is liking horror movies required?
36D, redhead, violently jade eyes, skin as pale as the finest Czechoslovakian porcelain, perhaps a facial scar or two, and impeccable body hair maintenance. Oh, I'm just kidding again, I can't help myself. It's certainly nice if a girl I'm courting can speak my vernacular. Though guys, if you can find one that can sit by your side through Tumbling Doll of Flesh or Nekromantik, try to hold onto her like white lightening.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
As far as horror blogging, the late great Chas. Balun. A man who carved a road to the great pages of Fangoria and Gorezone independently with no holds barred gusto. Self-published and made. Long before any horror fanatic could sign up and blog away for free.
How would you best describe your blog?
Basement of Ghoulish Decadence is the greatest horror blog on the Internet, ever. Well, so says my uncle who kinda looks Stephen King without glasses, if that counts for anything. Just like my words say on the blog, "A horror flick blog given to the gory whims of its author, be it old or new on old magnetic tape or new shiny disc." I don't encumber myself to gimmicky little things so BoGD always remains fresh for me and hopefully readers. You might get quick thoughts on recently watched horror, a video detailing my collection, a DVD picture quality comparison, VHS cover scans, weak attempts at humor, or awesome crap I exhume from swap meets. It's like a box of chocolates...