Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Liebster Award Part One!

An Award has Been Bestowed!

The Liebster Award was given to LGOOH by three wonderful folks:

Kaijinu from Sticky Red: A Bodycount Compendium

Harry from Maynard Morrissey's Horror Movie Diary

Michelle from The Girl Who Loves Horror

However, I have a (stolen) graphic that shows 4 Liebster awards, so I'm going to give one to myself too!

Here are the rules!

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them.

For all the love the number eleven gets in these rules - you would have thought there would be eleven rules.

Now there are!

7. Have fun.
8. No red wine with fish. Unless you like red wine with fish.
9. "I" before "E" except after "C".
10. Remember that the best way to fight jetlag is to take off your socks and shoes, and walk around, making fists with your toes.
11. Always bet on black.

So here we go - 33 things about me. (I already know everything about me - so I'm not adding any extra bits from giving the award to myself!)

1. I really like bacon.

2. The first movie I remember seeing in the theater was Night of Dark Shadows. I was four years old.

3. I once spent 60 days living in Florida in 1988. In that time I watched 125 movies.

4. I have met local horror hosts Dr. Paul Bearer (central Florida) and Misty Brew (Southern Illinois).

5. I met comic book inker Bob Wiacek one time and inadvertently insulted him.

6. My favorite color is purple.

7. I wrote two feature length screenplays in college. Both were romantic comedies.

8. I have written six feature length scripts since then. Five of them were horror, one was a B movie spoof.

9. I have sent scripts to Full Moon and Troma; and once pitched a script to 70's drive-in movie legend Earl Owensby. None were purchased.

10. I have also submitted treatments to Full Moon more recently for the third Evil Bong and two other movies. None were purchased.

11. Burt Reynolds has called me The Best Trivia Player in the U.S. Not sure who's got me overseas, but I challenge the buzzard here and now!

12. When I was a tot - the opening to the soap opera Dark Shadows - stormy graphics, creepy theme song - would send me screaming from the room.

13. My very first Halloween costume was "The Spider." Not Spider-Man. One of those cheap wraparound tie-on tops with plastic mask held on with a rubber band; supposed to be a giant arachnid. I couldn't have been more than three years old. I wonder if that's why I'm arachnophobic now?

14. My most recent Halloween costume was this one:

That's right. I'm "God's Gift to Women." Look at them swarming me.

15. The first thing I purchased off Ebay was a reprint Creature from the Black Lagoon poster. It arrived with a big hole in it, which put me off Ebay for a while.

16. The most recent thing I purchased off Ebay was a set of lobby cards from Earl Owensby's Death Driver a copy of Earl Owensby's Chain Gang on DVD. (another auction ended since I started this. I'm on an Earl Owensby kick right now.) It was recently enough they it haven't hasn't arrived yet.

17. My first TV crush was Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter).

Any excuse...

18. My first real life crush was a girl named Laura. She was some years older than me and friends with my brothers. I have always liked the "older woman."

19. My first date was with a girl named Lori. We went to see An American Werewolf in London.

20. My last date was with a girl named Jenny. We went to see Scream.

21. My mother-in-law has created several advertising icons for me to own - she's made me a Bad Andy (Domino's Pizza); a Spongemonkey (Quizno's Subs) and a googly eyed pile of money (Geico).

22. I played a pretty pompous Dr. Van Helsing in a high school production of Dracula.

23. There has been a lot of theater going movie watching in my life - a fair amount as a kid; nearly every weekend in high school; a lot in college; then a whole lot as reviewer for a local entertainment guide from 1992-2001. But it took until 1994 before I sat in a theater completely alone. The movie was Milk Money. Guess I understand why too.

24. I am known as such a James Bond fan I used to have people call me after they attended a new movie to let me know they saw the trailer for the upcoming 007 movie on the front. I would then usually head to the theater next chance I got and cajole my way into the auditorium long enough to see it. Now of course they pop up on the internet. Truth be told - I kind of liked going to the trouble and first seeing them on the Big Screen.

25. The first movie I have vague impressions of seeing with my folks at the drive-in? Little Big Man (1970), but probably seen in 1971 since drive-ins were usually second run. The most recent movie I have seen at the drive-in? Night Angel, from 1990. The best movie I ever saw at the drive-in? The Evil Dead. The worst movie I ever saw at the drive-in? Can't say, because I always liked going to the drive-in!

26. The first movie I ever owned was The Evil Dead. On BETA. It was given to me for doing some industrial spying for a local video store owner. He had the first tapes in town - and when another guy opened his own video store - I was sent to check out what he had available to rent. For this, I was given the store's copy of The Evil Dead (really because the store owner had been told it was too gory to keep on the shelf.) I still have that Beta tape somewhere.

27. The first movie I ever bought was Basket Case (on VHS!), because director Frank Henenlotter brilliantly convinced the execs at Media Home Entertainment that movies on tape didn't need to retail for $100, but could be sold to newly minted home video buffs at a lower price point. The price for Basket Case was $19.95 - but I got a copy at dealer cost from the same video store owner - paying only $15 for the tape! I still have that tape somewhere too!

28. I almost doubled Ned Beatty in a movie. And no, it wasn't in Deliverance.

29. The first interview I ever conducted was with the great character actor Brion James - for Psychotronic Video magazine.

30. I love popcorn, and have some at the theater nearly every time I go.

31. Thanks to a lovely camera operator named Malcolm - I own a crew sweater from The Living Daylights.

32. First saw my name on a movie screen when I saw Virus in 1999.

33. First saw my name on television when The Birds II: Land's End aired on Showtime in 1993.


Okay, well, this has turned out to be a pretty danged long post - so I will answer all the questions posed to me - but I will do it in a Part Two which I'll post as soon as it's ready. In that post I will also bestow the award to those I have chosen.

Hopefully two medium long posts is better than one murderously long one. I am a wordy cuss.

(And you thought you went long and self indulgent, Michelle! I'm having to go with two posts to hopefully prevent a mutiny!)

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!


  1. You are a wordy cuss, but a very, very cool one. I am good at trivia, but you are a god. Love the Halloween Costume BTW. That is a movie star grin to perfection.

    You like James Bond, who would have thought? I am quite shocked to day the least. ;P Looking forward to more, my friend.

    1. Thanks, Melissa! Playing old cowboy movie trivia with Burt Reynolds was one of the more surreal episodes of my life - but damned amazing!

  2. so you had dates to horror flicks?...that would have been either awesome or awkward, how were they, the dates?

    1. I've taken dates to a few horror movies. In addition to the above, I know I took a girl to Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives too. And I have to tell you, Mr. K - not awkward at all - way more awesome! Cuddling as they get frightened throughout the movie - "keeping them safe" after the movie's over - oh yes - quite a bit of fun, sir!

    2. You know, I don't know what chicks you all have been taking to horror films, but I'm the girl who keeps her guys "safe" after the movie. LOL

    3. As well we would expect, Ms. B! But it was the 80's and Southern Illinois - and we kept up our gender stereotypes back then down there! ;)

  3. Greatest Halloween costume ever!

  4. Congrats Craig. Three at one time (ok four) is very impressive. 125 movies in 60 days? Amazing.

    1. It's an accurate count too, because I was obsessively writing them all into a notebook back then - I actually started then and kept it up with every movie I saw until the mid 90's. When I finally gave up I did the math - for those seven or eight years I averaged 1.2 movies a day. So every five days I had averaged seeing six movies. I still have that folder somewhere. I've thumbed through it since - and there are titles in there I could tell you NOTHING about - unless I looked it up on the IMDB to jog my memory...thanks for the comment, Maurice!

  5. 125 movies on 60 days? wtf??? awesome!! :-)

    Seeing Night Of The Dark Shadows at the age of 4... well, that's just cool!

    LOL at your costume. Man is obsolete now because CRAIG has landed on Earth - thank God! :)

    1. Florida was a crazy adventure - my parents went middle aged crazy and moved down there for a fresh start. I was too scared to cut loose the ties yet, so I went with them planning to finish my last year of college down there. Arrived in mid-September, too late to join school for that semester. So I sat on this couch in a living room while my parents house and job hunted. I had brought with me a TV and double VCR setup which sat on the coffee table in front of me. I found a video store that was renting 3 VHS for $1.50 for (I think) two nights! I was plowing through their movies like there was no tomorrow - and heading to the theater periodically to see stuff like Halloween IV; Elvira: Mistress of the Dark; Phantasm II; and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - all of which came out in that two month window. It was an amazing 60 days.

      I can still see images from that Dark Shadows movie - which started with a hanging scene!

      God's Gift to Women - now if I could just convince all the women!