Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New followers & new Nightmare

Hey Ghoulies!

     Whoa, I have new followers!  That's a great thing to see.  Welcome to the Lab, all those that dared to enter.  I guess I have Twitter to thank for that.  I've been spending more time there, and I have "met" some pretty cool horror fans from the U.S. and U.K. because of it.  I'm still on Facebook a lot as well, but I use it to keep in contact with people, not to play those stupid games, mind you.
     There's something about those two social networks I thought about yesterday: I look at my followers on Twitter, and then my friends list on Facebook, and remembered that they were, at one point, two very different worlds.  Looking back at what my Facebook page became, it was a pretty "safe" environment.  In the beginning, it was great.  Facebook was my grown-up alternative to the cyberspace Jerry Springer show that was- and still is- MySpace.  After some time, most of the people on there were family, old classmates, old co-workers, and friends of exes.  Because of the old classmates from high school, specifically, it was beginning to be a family-friendly place, and it was bothersome.  As you might have guessed, most of the people from that part of my life have gotten married, had kids, and all that stuff.  Of course, there's nothing wrong with that in it of itself, but coupled with the fact that I was raised in a rather rural part of California?  Yeah, despite the passage of time, and getting past the Welcome to the Dollhouse dramatics, I still can't relate, you know?  I don't know, maybe it was the self-conscious part of me, but I was imagining that it was a pretty pathetic thing to be an outcast on the internet.  That feeling didn't last long, but despite the concern, I've met a few really great friends who share my enthusiasm for all things horror on Facebook, who then started following me on Twitter, which then opened the floodgates!  Because of Twitter, I've "met" a lot of horror film fans and/or writers in the last few weeks.  Here's the funny part: some of the followers on Twitter are now my friends on Facebook (I even got a message from Night of the Demons director, Kevin Tenney!).  I say funny, because with all the horror fans, writers, artists, punkers, and "misfits" in general put together, seeing them migrate towards my safe-and-sane Facebook page like a disease brings a big ol' Joker smile to my face!  So, yeah... Thanks, guys!

     So, the last thing I shot my mouth off on before I took a break was Platinum Dunes' upcoming remake of Wes Craven's 1984 masterpiece, A Nightmare on Elm Street.  In the months since my last post, I still haven't made a decision as to whether or not I'm going to see this.  Honestly,  I have never been so on-the-fence about a remake as much as this one.  A part of is still curious about it (courtesy of the trailer below), but another part of me is convinced that it will not have the nerve-shattering impact the original had on me when I first watched it in 1st Grade.  Again, we'll have to wait and see.  Watch trailer Number 2, and judge for yourself.  The movie opens April 30th.  All I can say to Platinum Dunes is: Good luck trying to retain any business after Iron Man 2 opens the next weekend!

~ Doctor Splatter


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