1. Who are you?
Me? I’m just a girl. I like scary movies a lot. More than my friends do. I wanted a place to talk about the movies that I love, so I started a blog.
In more detail, I got the R.U. Screw so I graduated from college right when the recession hit. Fun! Now I’m in mortuary school and I’m hoping to be part of the next wave of eco-friendly funeral directors and help move our culture towards a more healthy view of death. I’m a huge fan of The Order of the Good Death.
I haven’t formally studied writing, art, or film, this is all just what I do to stay sane.
I live in New Jersey. I know most Americans think of NJ as America’s Armpit but I really love my state. It’s gloriously weird.
2. What’s a “scarina?” How do you pronounce that?
Scarina is something I invented. I wanted to riff on popular movie-hostesses like Elvira and Vampira. Take the word “scare” then add “eena.”
3. What does that title even mean? Redundant much?
Yeah. I’m a huge fan of Jhonen Vasquez and Roman Dirge’s works, especially their comics. So I’ll admit, I was consciously emulating their controlled-randomness when coming up with a title. Mostly, I was thinking, What would be the name of the horror t.v.-show that’s on in the “Invader Zim” universe? What show would Nny hate?
4. Uhm, there’s a lot of pink. Why pink?
I like pink. Black is such an obvious creepy color. But I think something that looks sweet and innocent but turns out to be horrible is way scarier than something obviously bad. This is reflected in the creepy-cute aesthetic of my artwork as well.
5. Where’s the banner picture from?
It’s currently a screencap from my favorite scene in Silence of the Lambs.
6. How do you choose what movies to watch?
I watch what I’m curious about. Plus, I bought one of those Mills Creek Fifty-Movies-for-Twenty-Dollars sets as blog fuel. The running joke with my friends is that there are a lot of classic movies that I haven’t seen, like The Godfather, but I’ve seen five movies by Bill Rebane.* I’m not the first or last voice on horror fandom. There are a lot of scary movies I haven’t seen but I look forward to seeing them.
*For the curious (Or masochistic), these are Monster-a-Go-Go, Giant Spider Invasion, The Alpha Incident, The Cold, and The Demons of Ludlow.
7. How do The Besties get chosen?
You vote for them. I don’t choose them at all. Frankly, people have chosen some movies that make me question my abilities. I gave A Serbian Film a quietly-dignified review, trying to take away all the bombast associated with it, but people still like my review of A Bucket of Blood better? The hell?
8. What’s YOUR favorite scary movie?
That’s such a hard question! There are so many subgenres within horror. I guess my short list would include The Silence of the Lambs, American Mary, Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.
9. I made a movie. Will you promote it? Or review it?
I don’t promote movies because I’m trying to remain impartial as a reviewer. I’m more than willing to review your movie but I can’t promise a good review, even if you personally contact me. I have to be honest. Drop me a line with your info.
- Scarina--the authoress and editrix of this site. I like scary movies and have dedicated my free time to cataloging horror--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes there are books too.
There's film criticism, literary criticism, and humor here. I can be highbrow but there's lots of pop culture too. And feminism.
I fervently love "Twin Peaks" and wish it were a real place so I could move there. I can't list my favorite scary movies because they change depending on my mood, the season, and how much coffee I've had.
I'm an artist looking for ways to blend creepy with cute. I try to channel my childhood nightmares, my love of horror, and my experiences with sleepy paralysis.
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