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Mar 3, 2010

Bloggenaire: Andre Dumas, The Horror Digest

Andre Dumas did not write The Three Musketeers, although it would be easy to get her confused with Alexandre Dumas. I believe that he, too, was a "cat enthusiast" and "blood lover". Or maybe I made that up- who knows? on't be so uptight. Anyway, Andre runs herself a fine blog over at The Horror Digest. She just wrapped up a fantastic series of horror-related tributes for Black History Month and she's racking up an impressive list of reviews rather quickly.

Every time I visit her blog, I expect the banner to say "Where horror movies are reduced, reused, and recycled", but it never does.

1) What's the key moment that led you to click that "Start Your Blog" button?

Unemployment. Somewhere along the 3rd month, sitting around wearing no pants just wasn’t fun anymore.

2) Please describe your blog in no more than 3 sentences. You must include the words / phrases "morbid", "aesthetic", and "electromagnetic".

Despite having an electromagnetic black background, the Horror Digest is not morbid. It is a blog devoted the aesthetic nature of horror rather than the nature of boobs.

3) Bearing in mind that opinions are subjective (except mine because I'm always right), do you enjoy movies that are generally considered "bad"? Why or why not?

YES. I love bad movies but only if they are good bad movies, like Showgirls (but only the version with digitally added clothing) and Wild Things.

4) Did you know that there exists one variety of carnivorous parrot? It's true. They live in the mountains of New Zealand, and they eat the fat surrounding the kidneys of sheep- WHILE THE SHEEP ARE ALIVE. It's horrible.

Sounds like a good horror movie I just saw called Carnivorous Parrots of New Zealand. You should check that one that out.

5) What's the one- ONE- horror movie you love so much you want to stick it down your pants?

Oh boy. Ooooh jeez this is hard. I’m having trouble concentrating cause the woman using the copy machine just farted and I can’t breathe but ummmm ok if I have to choose…..Suspiria!

6) Adrienne Barbeau. Discuss.

If she could have just found a better babysitter than stupid old Mrs. Kobritz I would have liked her better. But yeah she’s okay.

7) Why should people bother to read your blog?

Because I like cats, potato chips and horror movies…honestly how can you go wrong?

8) Where does Jigsaw get all the money he needs to build all those traps and buy all that warehouse space? Better yet, does he have some sort of engineering background? He must, right, if he designs all that crap?

Jigsaw is what I like to call an asshole. Just because you have cancer doesn’t mean you can do that to people OK?!! He did tell me that gets his money from Google Adsense. I know what you’re thinking and the answer is-yeah, he gets a lot of hits.

9) Several theories regarding the reasons why people would subject themselves to watching horror films (when they're so, you know, traumatic) exist. Which is closest in line with your feelings on and reactions to the genre? Feel free to elaborate. Or don't, see if I care.

a) RELIEF THEORY: The unpleasant feelings of distress cause more stimulating feelings of relief when the unpleasantness passes- the stressed arousal caused by fear becomes pleasurable arousal later on.
b) CONTINUOUS REWARD: The excitement felt during the film is the appeal in and of itself.
1) Stereotypical gender roles are reinforced: men act as protectors, women need protection.
2) Violating social norms- watching "deviant" entertainment- is exciting.
3) Experiencing heightened emotions with others makes us feel like we "belong" and we're truly part of a group.

B. I refuse to elaborate because I have to pee.

10) Which year produced better horror movies: 1977 or 1981? Why?

Clearly based on my which horror movie would you put down your pants answer I will be picking 1977.

11) What the eff is up with those French and their crazy horror flicks?

Let me get something straight right now. I freaking love French horror movies. They are the new Asian horror and by far the best movies that are coming out right now period. You feel me?

Andre Dumas, living blogger. Or Alexandre Dumas, dead author. Dammit, it's so confusing!

12) What's your favorite Animals Run Amok movie?

Well I know technically they are arachnids, but Arachnophobia wins it for me. It’s pretty funny you guys! (and scary too!)

13) If Jason Voorhees is on a train heading east at 80mph and Leatherface is on a train heading west at 65mph…why the hell would anyone ever watch Rob Zombie's Halloween?

If a new Papa Ginos hadn’t just opened up across the street from me yesterday I would have answered this differently- but the answer is I don’t know man.

14) What are your funereal wishes?

To have John Landis read my eulogy which would just be a gigantic love letter to him from me. I already wrote it.

Andre Dumas, always looking for new perspectives on that one nude.

15) Why do I have such a fondness for Shelley Hack? It's not like she's really done much to deserve it, but there it is.

Because she’s a hottie. Plus she was pretty fab in the Stepfather.

16) You're on a sinking ghost ship that's being piloted by a witch. What are your last words?

I can’t answer this until I know whether she’s a good witch or a bad witch.

17) Asking about your funereal wishes and your last words means nothing, I swear.

Oh it means something alright. It means you knew what my funeral wishes were and that you wanted everyone else to know just how much John Landis cares about me. It’s okay, I understand.

18) Do you know where I can get some lye?

Depends on what you want to use it for. If you’re just looking to cure some eggs or pretzels, a food grade lye would be pretty easy to find as long as it’s meets the requirements outlined by the FDA. But if you’re trying to clean your drain out (which I know you are because you keep killing people in your bathtub) then you would need a lower grade lye which can be trickier to find. So no I don’t really know anything about that.

19) Weren't you glad when THAT JERK in THAT HORROR MOVIE got what was coming to him?

People really need to start cutting David Copperfield some slack. If you think doing a magic show on a moving train is so easy, then you try it.

David Copperfield, preparing to cut his OWN slack.

20) Overall, what’s your favorite era of horror films?

The 70s by far. Groovy, beautiful, original, GREAT. Good stuff all around.

21) Would you rather be:
1) a vampire
2) a witch/warlock
3) a werewolf
4) a Frankenstein (and yes, I know technically it’s “Frankenstein’s monster” but “a Frankenstein” sounds better)
5) a Jaws

Jaws. I’m terrified of sharks so if I was one then maybe I could get over that fear. Hopefully I won’t be as stupid as that other jaws and gladly swallow a pressurized air tank. Dumbass. Also sharks have no enemies- except “killer whales or orcas” but I refuse to believe that Free Willy could eat Jaws that’s just….that’s just ridiculous!

22) If you could turn back time- if you could find a way- would you take back those words that hurt me, so I’d stay?

If you’re referring to when I said you were killing people in your bathtub then no, I meant those words. If you are referring to when I said you weren’t as cool as me then yes, I wish I could take it back.

23) What's something you want people to know about you or your blog that I didn't ask?

I once tried changing my background color to white and my font to blue. It didn’t work out.
Big thanks to Alexandre Andre! Kids, if you're a horror blogger and you want to be featured here, then read and find out how. Meanwhile, keep your dial set to Final Girl for another exciting episode of...THE BLOGGENAIRES!


B-Sol said...

Andre, I really love your pocketwatch! And that vest/bowtie combo is to die for.

Andre Dumas said...

Hahah! Yes well, let's just say that was one of my bad days!

James C. Sugrue said...

My loins ache for Andre. Just look at that Kramer hair, and the way her vest buttons struggle to dam the lake of lard pooling behind them. James. wants. now.

kindertrauma said...

Andre is my Jones! meaning, if I was Ripley and I was about to escape a scary space rocket and I heard her meow...I would go back for her!-unk

Unknown said...

Andre is the bees knees. Little does anyone know that she actually has a horror hound magazine hidden in the spine of that soft core book she's reading.

deadlydolls said...

Power to the Andre, love that lass and her truly fine blog. Her Black History Month coverage was superfly.

And of course, I love anyone doubly for preferring those amazing digitalized Showgirls bras.

forestofthedead said...

She is awesome.

Chuck Conry said...

There's something about a woman with that kinda hair and a pocket watch!..made me print this and hide under my cover with it.

Matt-suzaka said...

Andre rawks!

The Igloo Keeper said...

Also, she's hot.

James C. Sugrue said...

For a long time I didn't even realize that Andre was female. I even said at one point that I can't stand most male horror bloggers, but Andre is pretty damned entertaining. It's like having a hot sister who turned out to be adopted.

Chris H said...

She's a national treasure.
Stacie is, I mean.

Andre is...well...
She's a

She's behind me, isn't she?!?!?