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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Famous People Love Horror: The DJ P Edition

Name: DJ P

Occupation: DJ

Horror Fan Credentials:

a) His favorite holiday is Halloween.
b) Enjoys watching horror movies by himself on Valentine’s Day.
c) Played Freddy Kruger at a haunted house in Springfield, Missouri for over six years.
d) Owns a killer collection of horror movie soundtracks on vinyl.
e) Has released two horror movie/Halloween themed mixes: Hell on Wheels 1 and 2.

Favorite Horror Genre: I’m into the slasher genre with characters like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, and Michael Myers. I’d even say that Stanley Kubrick’s’ classic The Shining has certain elements of a slasher movie. Werewolf movies are cool too. I like The Howling and American Werewolf in London a lot, but overall, those aren’t really my type of movies. I like the kind of horror where there is an actual person doing the killing. Those are my type of villains.

Favorite Horror Villain: If I had to pick my favorite villain it would probably be Freddy Kruger. He had a personality that was really cool and he was scary at the same time. I used to work in a haunted house and I played Freddy Kruger for over six years. That was nothing but fun. I’d make people scream, pee their pants, and run. The haunted house was in Springfield, Missouri and it had a three story slide at the end. It was really cool.

Michael Myers was another great villain. What made him creepy was the way that he looked with his costume, his back story, and the fact that he didn’t talk. I think a lot of people were more people were freaked by Michael Myers than by Jason. Jason was a crazy, macabre dude who came back from the dead after drowning. He was just out of control and swinging blades. He was scary, but I think Michael Myers was even more frightening.

The fact that he didn’t run when he would kill people freaked me out. He would walk and still catch people. He would walk down the stairs, walk around the corner, and the next thing you know, he’s right there killing someone. I used to have bad dreams about him. He was pure evil in human form and there was no reason for him to be that way. He just had a lust for blood. Jason was a kid who drowned because some camp counselors weren’t paying attention and that’s what drove him and his mother. Michael Myers didn’t really have a reason like that.

Favorite Horror Movie Soundtrack: I love John Carpenter’s work and Halloween had a great soundtrack. Phantasm’s soundtrack is really ill. Those two are probably my favorites, but The Shining also has a really creepy, interesting soundtrack.

Dawn of the Dead has some really crazy b-boy sounds on it. There are some samples on there you could make b-boy tracks out of.

Best Horror Movie Sequel: I think the Friday The 13th sequels are a good example of well done horror movie sequels. When the first one came out, it was a shock to everyone who saw it. A lot of that had to do with the effects of Tom Savini.

Part 2 was good, but Part 3 was better and it was the installment where Jason started wearing a hockey mask.

Part 4 was awesome.

That was the one where Corey Feldman came into the picture.

That movie freaked me out man. It was crazy. My favorite Friday the 13th’s were Part 1, 3, and 4.

Most Slept On Horror Movie of All-Time: I could be out of line saying this, but Phantasm is one that a lot of people have kind of forgotten about. To me that was one of the dopest horror flicks of the late 70’s and 80’s. It has some funny moments, but it’s very creepy.

The whole concept and way that it was shot in a morgue/funeral home is just eerie. I think a lot of people slept on Phantasm.

All-Time Favorite Horror Movie List:

Please take the time to read this related interview I did with P for The Smoking Section about his Hell on Wheels mix tapes by clicking here.

To order DJ P's horror mix tape masterpieces Hell on Wheels 1 and 2 as well as the rest of his tapes, click here.

To read about P's extensive horror movie soundtrack collection in his Can You Dig It? interview, click here.

To visit his MySpace, click here.

To visit his website, click here.

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