The Boss. Was born on Halloween, 1980. Grew up with a deep fear of masks but got over it. Caught part of Return of The Living Dead through the crack of a door at a stupidly young age. Caught the horror bug at about ten years old and sneakily started watching as many horror films as possible. Childhood favourites include Fright Night and Creepshow. Favourite films include Zombie Flesh Eaters, The Wicker Man and The Exorcist. Mad fan of exploitation films and Italian zombie and cannibal movies.
Worked for a while as a freelance sports journalist. Started AndyErupts.com as a means to babble at like-minded people about horror. Has Jason, Freddy, Pinhead, Michael Myers and Leatherface tattooed on his left arm. Is grateful to have such an awesome team of writers on hand, doing what they do, for free. Is a geek and proud of it. Also writes for the absolutely wonderful “Scream – The Horror Magazine“.
Attended the 2012 Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, as a juror in the Shadows Shorts competition.
Is currently in post-production on his first short film, Dysmorphia, with two more to follow. Hopes to make a feature about cannibals in 2013. Enjoys splashing about in fake blood.
Like Andy, my introduction to horror began at an early age… I can remember quite vividly being shown, at the age of 4, the transformation scene from An American Werewolf in London by my Dad and Uncle. They thought this was hilarious. I, on the other hand, was terrified!
This terror developed into love as I eventually got a TV in my bedroom and found Hammer horror movies, in particular their monster offerings, to entertain me late at night. My love of monster movies still continues and in addition to this, I have a particular penchant for zombie flicks and post-apocalyptic world-gone-to-hell-in-a-handbasket type fayre.
For me, horror novels tend to be far superior to their celluloid offspring. I shall continue to endeavour to bring you reviews as and when the Boss sees fit to allow me to contribute to the site.
So, I am the resident animal horror expert. It’s true. I love it. One of my all-time favourite films has to be Jaws. Think that’s where the fascination came from. Athough I have always enjoyed horror, (though I don’t do too well with gore), my interest in the genre grew during the two years that myself and Andy were flatmates. It’s hard to be around him and not be exposed to many, MANY horrors. Not just in films, either…
If it has a massive shark fighting a humungous crocodile, count me in. If it contains piranhas and boobs, ditto. I hope to be able to spread my wings occasionally and offer reviews and articles on other genre related items too, including games
I join Andy Erupts as the self-proclaimed resident Sci Fi expert, experiencing horror from an early age I recall disobeying my mothers orders to never turn the TV on after nine, it seems she may have been right. Upon watching Critters and The Fly my sleep pattern was deeply affected, yet this only enhanced my curiosity to stay up and watch more movies. To this day horror still affects my sleep, which is what it should do, THE TERROR MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE. I still can’t watch films that make you jump, I’d rather see a man be gutted like a fish then feed the entrails to his pet Xenomorph rather than scare the bejesus out of me. Anything with aliens and I’m there.
Favourite movies include The Thing, Aliens, Predator and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. My favourite author is enigmatic Stephen King, this might be because I nearly own all his books.
I also play for Scottish alternative band Stuntman Mike.
The first scary film I saw was Stephen King’s IT. My parents were watching the movie and said I could watch it with them. I felt all grown up and then soon realised I wasn’t! I would then try and test my resolve on other movies, watching them till I could take no more withPoltergeist proving quite tricky. I managed to find a copy of A Nightmare on Elm Street and I was never the same again. Scares and graphic violence, what a combination. I watched all the sequels and looked for as many slasher movies as I could get my hands on.
My most memorable experience with horror movies is withhout doubt my first viewing of The Exorcist - wow! Still ranks among my all time favourites alongside The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Evil Dead. Horror movies are the ultimate in escapism and entertainment and it is great to be part of this website which celebrates the genre.
For myself the concept of horror was nothing short of torture, growing up as a child with an extremely over-active imagination. I recall sitting through the 80’s remake of The Blob at an impressionable age and having lots of sleepless nights forthwith. I feel as though the truly impressionable moments of simulacrum suspense in my times have been spent inside many fine videogames, I hope to bring this corner of the genre close to you (on a street corner, at night, and wave it at you ominously).
I’ve published abstracts and papers before but my faux journalism has only ever skirted the internet (so be gentle people). I also design videogames and interactive media professionally. I’m fixin to cover the gaming world of survival horror on as many fronts as you’re willing to make the trek to, with me; I’ll play the part of the guy who points repeatedly at the horizon and shouts at you about it! Come.