Happy Birthday, um, me! HorrorsNotDead.com turns 1!

Posted by Peter Hall - January 19th 2007 @ 7:49 am

I guarantee no one noticed – and chances are fair no one cares – but 365 moons ago, this site was loosed upon the intarweb.  I, Peter Hall, who holds your brave, youthful, trembling hands through the grown up’s world of horror films, televisions and writings, managed to get a ‘handful of stuff’ done.

Magic, like unicorns, typically shouldn’t be exposed to the blinding rays of science, theory and quantification, but for those playing at home, the following ‘handfull of stuff’ could all be found within HorrorsNotDead.com’s first year’s worth of diapers:

  • 255 Posts
  • 92 of those being Reviews
  • 610 comments
  • A growth from an initial 4,106 hits to a monthly high of 111,814
  • 2 posted pieces of original fiction
  • 1 citation (if you could call it that) by a distributor
  • At least 3 missed months of DVD Guides (since their own conception)
  • And yet, to my horror, 0 offers to purchase this epic pantheon of horror criticism

So what does this all mean?  It means that the bar is set pretty low for ’07, so topping it all won’t be all that much of a challenge.  I’ve got plans for the site.  Don’t walk out the door yet, the band is gonna make it!

I’m going to try to write, at least, 10 reviews a month.  I don’t think – and this isn’t another moment of self-deprecation, the numbers just aren’t there – that anyone actually reads the Short Stories and Scripts (granted there hasn’t been anything new in months), but I am going to try and force myself to write something new every couple weeks.  A vague goal that will inevitably lead to even vague-er results, but it’s something I need to do.

But what do you, the loyal fans, have to say?  Have I been doing a decent enough job?  Do you want more reviews of one kind or another?  Looking at the statistics, there are predominantly more Excellent or Good reviews than, say, Bad or Worthless.  This isn’t because I grade on a curve, but rather that I don’t even bother to see things I know are going to be balls.  So, my loaded question is, do people want me to review more of those films?  Do I need to sacrifice a box office ticket to go review things like, say, today’s The Hitcher remake?  Do you care what I write about?  Or, perhaps more importantly, do you like how I write?  Does anyone even give a fuck about the recently absent DVD guides?

Should I post more regular news?  I simply don’t have the time to stay as hourly as news sites like Arrow in the Head or Bloody-Disgusting, but should I be doing daily re-caps instead of weekly?

Any other comments?  Do you still hate me because The Descent was flat out bad?  Please, let me know.  I like to imagine that the numbers actually care some degree of a minimum.

Finally, later today, I’ll be posting the original script of The LAN for all to see.  It is bad writing.  This isn’t a warning, this is factual information for your benefit.  I impress that you read it, because I do think it is endlessly entertaining – like watching a bear try to juggle -, but don’t hold it against me when you realize the person who harshly judges other horror films failed hysterically when he tried to make his own.


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  1. January 19th, 2007 | 8:29 am | #1

    Ding level 2!

  2. January 19th, 2007 | 9:40 am | #2

    Hippy Barthday, HND!

    The DVD release gudes are were great. However, when I find out that the Texas Chainsaw Remake Sequel has been released on DVD via TV commercial instead of a fine website such as this, it concerns me a bit.

    I’d like to see more retro-reviews. “What does Peter think of Maniac?” is a passing thought I have every now and then. “Does he agree with me or did he find the hidden genius embedded within?”

    TCM’s Underground + a DVR could get you started there. (Should be required viewing for everyone anyways.) Watch Zombie all the way through for once. Tell us about it.

    Remember, I’m now living vicariously through you, as I don’t have time to watch anything, let alone write my silly little reviews anymore… at least for the next few months.

    Weekly recaps are enough. If something important happens between, you make a separate post for it anyways.

    Most of the things you do work quite well, they could just be more consistent. (Hey, you asked.)

    Looking forward to year 2!

    J

  3. R.J. Sayer
    January 19th, 2007 | 3:00 pm | #3

    I agree. Do more reviews of older titles. A weekly recap is enough (leave the SCOOP! type stuff to the other sites). What sets your site apart is the intimacy; the personality.

    Even when i disagree strongly with your opinion of a film (which is pretty rare. Most of the time i only disagree slightly), i still appreciate the style and voice of your reviews.

    It would be nice to maybe see some thematic retrospectives, lists, polls, guest reviews, etc.

    i also like the idea of the VHS giveaway contest thing… do that again. maybe involve some trivia this time around.

    i’ll be starting up my own site pretty soon here and would love to coordinate some kind of back-and-forth if you’re at all interested. nothing exclusive. just a fling sort of relationship. a casual “friends with benefits” kinda thing.

    that was metaphor, by the way.

    anway, CONGRATULATIONS! the first year is easy, i’ve been told, now you just have to keep your baby from being kidnapped and sold on the blackmarket, hit by a bus, killed by polio, etc. and then what? THE TERRIBLE TWOS! good luck with that, pal.

    really though, good job.

  4. January 19th, 2007 | 4:35 pm | #4

    Thank you, thank you. And thank you on the criticism/suggestion front. Laziness is my biggest problem. But it’s good to know people actually are interested in the DVD guides and more retrospective reviews.

    I also want to put more of a focus on foreign films. I used to watch some 4 or 5 Korean films a month (not just horror), but now I’m lucky if I watch one every 3 months.

    I do have some more editorial stuff planed, that I should get off my ass and do. It’s a pretty unique project, so I’ve been looking forward to it, but again…the laziness.

    As for your site, Andy, just let me know. I do want to get into more cross-blog relationships.

  5. Brian
    January 20th, 2007 | 6:20 pm | #5

    Even after your review for The Descent I still check this site every couple days. Kudos for that.

    I would also like to see some reviews of older movies, if only b/c I find it much more interesting to read a review of a movie I’ve already seen. I have no way of watching many of the smaller films you review unless I want to buy the DVDs off of Amazon. Well, I guess I could sign up for that new-fangled Netflix thing.

    – TheDecentSuperfan (not really…but I did think it was dang good)

  6. Brian
    January 20th, 2007 | 6:21 pm | #6

    yeah, that is defintely supposed to be “TheDeScentSuperfan”

  7. jayoh
    January 22nd, 2007 | 1:53 am | #7

    Goals in ’07 for HND:
    -Start Spreading the Popularity of using “HDN” instead of “Horros not ect ect…”
    -Send Joe A Graphic that he can put on a Sticker and Start his West Coast / East Bay Gurilla Street Marketing Campaign
    -Continuing to Keep It Real and Refusing to Cater to “The Man”
    -A Revamp of The DVD Buying guide to Something Less Time Consuming (see: P!ters New Release Recomendation of the Week)
    -Staying Black.

  8. shawn
    January 28th, 2007 | 2:04 pm | #8

    I love this site. I recently discovered it and love that recent trailers are posted here so that I can look forward to new films. I visit other horror sites that just brush on dead silence and 1408 but have every other story about rob zombies remake of halloween. I get it, it’s cool, but I am bored already with it and am glad to have gotten a burst of fresh air through this site. Thanks Peter. I shall visit again.

  9. January 28th, 2007 | 6:16 pm | #9

    Well thanks to you, too. :)

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