Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween Buddies: Maynard Morrissey's Horror Movie Diary

I thought it was only fair that after all the hard work that was put into his Halloween Buddies interviews someone should put the same questions to our very own "weird but nice" Maynard.

Maynard may be addicted to horror but the only thing scary about this dude is that he is a secret Hugh Grant fan.  The term addict by the way is an understatement!

He is an absolute powerhouse in the blogging world which is impressive in itself, but he does it all in his second language.  He has lately taken an interest in Northern Irish slang which I approve of.

If I have a question about a horror film Maynard can answer it. If I am looking for something different to add to my dvd collection Maynard will recommend it. The guy is without hesitation my absolute favourite Australian Austrian.

- Who are you and why do you blog?
Heya, I'm Maynard, a weird but nice geek from Austria who's completely obsessed with everything Horror, everything Morrissey/Smiths-related (Moz is God!) and the mighty Bret Easton Ellis.
I blog because it's a fun way to keep track with all the stuff I watch, and I love to share my thoughts with similar-minded nerds and geeks who are about as addicted to cinema as I am.
- What are your all-time favourite horror movies?
1. Halloween (1978)
The very first true horror-film I've ever seen and the one that made me the horror-fan that I am. Seen it more than 40 times and counting. One of the greatest movies ever made.

2. The Shining (1980)
A visual and atmospheric masterpiece that manages to thrill, to scare, to unsettle and to impress me at the same time. I adore this movie!

3. The Thing (1982)
Probably the most flawless, most intelligent and most suspenseful movie in history, including the most awesome practical special-effects I've ever seen.

4. High Tension (2003)
The movie's unbelievable amount of glorious gore, stunning suspense and amazing atmosphere is simply mind-blowing, plus: a super-sensational soundtrack and fabulous acting.

5. Ju-On: The Grudge (2002)
The only movie that scares the bejeesus out of me every single time I watch it! A work of art in terms of tension and scariness.

- Do you prefer watching horror movies at home or at the theatre?
As much as I love to go to the theatre, I prefer to watch my horror at home in front of my PC. Curtains closed, lights out, cookies and a cup of tea or coffee - action! :)

- Who is your favourite horror icon? and why? (Michael, Freddy, Chucky etc.)Michael Myers - always was, always will be. The look of his mask, his movements, his invincibility, the evil aura he spreads... aaahh, I love this guy!

- What was your favourite Halloween costume as a kid?[note: we don't celebrate in Austria, but we have the somewhat similar "Fasching"]
I've never been a big fan of dressing up and stuff. Don't know why. Mostly, my mom picked a costume for me and dressed me up - much to my chagrin. The only costume I ever really liked was a Zorro costume, complete with moustache, sombrero, cape and foil.

- What are you up to this Halloween?
A few horror flicks, lots of beer and popcorn at my best friend's pad.

- Tell me the first 3 things that come to your mind when you think about Ireland?U2, The Pogues and Guinness beer

What, if any, horror film scared you the most?
Next to the afore-mentioned "Ju-On", the US remake of "The Ring" definitely scared me the most. Saw it at the theatre with two of my classmates where Samara turned us into shivering wrecks. I was scared beyond belief :)

Who is your favourite horror director?The mighty, mighty John Carpenter, creator of uber-masterpieces like "Halloween", "The Thing", "The Fog", "Prince Of Darkness", "Vampires", "In The Mouth Of Madness", "Christine", "Cigarette Burns" etc. etc.

If you had to recommend one supernatural, one gory/violent and one comedy horror what would they be?Supernatural - Asian stuff like "Ju-On 1 & 2", "Shutter" and "Pulse".
Gory/Violent - The awesomeness of brutal French stuff: "High Tension", "Martyrs" and "Inside".
Comedy Horror: "Shaun Of The Dead", "Braindead" and "Fright Night".

Bonus round - What is your favourite romantic comedy and why?Believe it or not: I'm a huge fan of Hugh Grant rom-coms and I've seen "Notting Hill", "Love Actually" and "Bridget Jones 1 & 2" countless times. I love these movies because they come off as way more "realistic" than most US rom-coms - oh, and I adore Hugh Grant and his clumsiness :-)
Still, my fave romantic comedy of all time is the German "Train Birds" (1998) about a beer-truck driver who falls in love with a girl during his train journey to the International Time-Table contest in Inari, Finland. An absolutely wonderful movie!
Danke Maynard :-D

**I apologise that Maynard's interview is almost picture and link free but this is due to my lack of computer skills. Sorry dude! :-( **


  1. Happy Halloween!! Love the interview with our great friend Maynard. I am a huge fan of Carpenter as well and theink that his 1982 The Thing is one of the best horror films ever made.

  2. Awesome interview! What a great idea to get Maynard to answer his own questions! And he's a Hugh Grant fan... another piece of the Maynard puzzle! :D

  3. Big Thanks for featuring me on your blog. Loved to answer all the questions, especially your questions.

    Ha, now you all know it: the whole Horror-stuff is just fake. I'm only into British rom-coms :D

    1. Anotehr Bret Easton Ellis fan, figured we got along for a few reasons!

      Great work K!

    2. So, you're BEE fan too? How extreme are you? I read his books several times a year :-)

  4. I KNEW it! I thought I could see the words "British RomCom Diary" behind the logo on his page! Great interview - wonderful picks for favorite movies - and man do I want to get Maynard over here for an American Halloween!

    1. Man, how do I want to get over to you for an American Halloween...

  5. Thanks for reading everyone! I am glad Maynard returned the favour and answered his own questions!

    K :-D