LMC: You were born under a bad moon, on
Halloween and your mother was born on Halloween. Were you
destined to become a horror fanatic?
DL: I've heard that a lot over the years.
Because my Mom and I both have Halloween birthdays, people make
jokes about us being vampires or witches or something. We've
been hearing the same silly old jokes for nearly three hundred years
LMC: Did you grow up on a steady diet of popcorn and late night
DL: Absolutely, Even as a little kid, I was
always dying to watch something scary. If there was an old
Karloff or Lugosi movie on TV at 3 a.m., my mom would have to
promise to wake me up for it. That was in the pre-VCR era of
corpse. I can't remember very much of my childhood, but the
first horror movie I can remember seeing was the 'Monster of
Piedras Blancas'. Seeing it so young probably caused permanent
LMC: What type of movies do you prefer, the
older classic horror or the new ones?
DL: I enjoy movies from every period, really.
Sometimes you have to take into account the time period and attitude
of the society in which a film was produced to fully appreciate it.
You can't beat the old Universal classics; they're great to watch
again and again. I love alot of the Hammer horrors too.
In terms of more modern stuff, I especially like a lot of the
Italian and European stuff. They don't stick so closely to the
same rules as Hollywood, so they are often more unpredictable.
The sleazy drive-in horrors from the '50s and '60s are always a
treat to watch too, and I'm a big Star Wars fan. I also can't
get enough zombies. Yay for zombies!
Tell us your 3 all time favorite horror movies and why.
That's hard to say, I have so many films I'm fond of for so many
different reasons. The first all-time favorites that come to
mind are 'The Bride of Frankenstein', 'Dawn of the Dead', 'Star
Wars', the original 'Dracula', the Frederic March version of 'Jekyll
and Hyde', 'Phantasm', 'Creepshow', ...er, wait, that was more than
three. Uhh, sorry.
Now tell us the 3 most important horror movies, whether you liked
them or not.
Well, obviously the genre would be very different if it weren’t for
the endless influence of the first ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula’.
But ‘Frankenstein’ seems to have gotten at least a little
inspiration from the German silent ‘The Golem’ from 1920, so maybe
‘The Golem’ is one of the most important ones. More recently, I’d
say the ones that most changed the shape of the modern horror genre
are ‘Night Of The Living Dead’, ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Halloween’.
get it out of the way early. Why the heck are you just now getting
mean besides my vague, creepy feeling of distrust toward the
gigantic uncontrolled all-pervasive corporate selling tool that is
the Internet? I think there’s something rather insidious about it
that most people don’t see because they’re too busy gawking at stuff
they can’t afford on eBay. The technology is still flawed and
inefficient. But because a lot of rich people stood to get even
richer because of it, it was crammed down America’s throat before
anybody really had a chance to figure out the most beneficial ways
to use it. Getting involved with such a thing just didn’t interest
me. And I already had a lot of business contacts and clients
without it, so it just didn’t seem like a priority. Gosh, that was
long-winded, wasn’t it?
opinions of the online world (aka the cyber wild wild west), now
that you’ve dipped your foot in the pool?
only been using a computer and going online for about two months
now. I think everybody needs to be very careful of to just what
extent they use the Internet and to what extent they let it use
them. So far my two biggest problems are (1) occasionally one
of my e-mail messages will mysteriously get lost somewhere along the
Information Stuporhighway and (2) I can’t think of any more new
swear words. If you want the best illustration of my feeling about
the Internet, go look for the old original ‘Outer Limits’ episode
houses were a major part of your life from an early age and still a
major part of it now. Talk about how you got started.
to have something to do back before the Internet was
invented. Personally, I went for putting on little haunted houses
in my garage. God, I must’ve driven my parents crazy!
is your opinion of a good haunt?
is my opinion of a good haunt?” That’s a strange question. I
like a good haunt. Don’t you?
has the haunt industry evolved to where it is today? Any thoughts
on where Transworld is today, and where it is going (well, not in
the literal, geographical sense)?
glad you clarified that. Of course I hope the future of the haunt
business is bright, but I kind of worry that it’s going to get
over-regulated and strangled with so much governmental red tape that
private citizens won’t be able to do haunted houses any more, only
big wealthy corporations. And the big wealthy corporations would
love that, wouldn’t they? We’ve seen it all over the private
sector, with big soulless chains like Blockbuster and Mall-Wart
taking over and putting thousands of privately-owned shops out of
business. So I think we need to be aware that Global-Conglomo-Mega-Pre-Fab-Haunted-House-Attractions
may be lurking around the corner. And I’d hate to see that happen,
because the creativity of so many private haunters would be