Being a stay-at-home dad has its perks. I answer to no one (except my wife and my four-year-old and exhaustion), I have time to write every day, and I get to watch my son grow up. Its downsides are minimal (actually) except that I have a hard time remembering what day it is. Thank God for podcasts! If it weren’t for the podcasts I subscribe to I’d have no idea what day of the week it is (hyperbole… kind of). Wednesday is F This Movie! days and Friday is Corpse Club (and Shock Waves) day. The common thread between these two shows is the (co)host. Patrick Bromley is a midwestern guy (no offense to coast people, but I have a hard time relating to you all) whose knowledge of film is staggering. On top of running FThisMovie.net, Patrick is a senior contributor to Daily Dead, and belongs to the Chicago Film Critics Association as well as the Online Film Critics Society. You can also follow him on Twitter @patrickbromley I respect the hell out of Patrick so much, and I’m honored he answered The 7 Deadly Questions.
1. What’s your favorite horror movie and why?
The original A Nightmare on Elm Street is, for me, the best horror movie ever made. It’s got everything: a brilliant concept, strong characters, an iconic (and original) villain, the best Final Girl ever, expert direction and tons of imagination. The score is brilliant. I like horror movies that lean towards the fantastic and I love slashers, so the first Nightmare is the perfect combination of both. Every time I watch it, I’m reminded of everything I love about the genre.
2. How would you want to die in a horror movie?
3. What’s your favorite scary book and why?
I grew up reading a ton of Stephen King and have only in the last few years branched out into a lot of other horror fiction. A recent favorite is Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts, but I should probably name Stephen King’s IT as my favorite. It spoke so directly to me at the age I read it because I was the age of those kids, and King is so smart about tapping into things that make us afraid as kids and stick with us through our entire lives.
4. What has been your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
I love Halloween, and I love Halloween costumes. But I’m also a hypocrite because I don’t really enjoy dressing up myself. I love seeing people in costume but suck at making them myself. One year I took my son to a trick or treat event at school and I dressed up as DJ Lance from Yo Gabba Gabba!. That was pretty sweet. Terrible answer. Let’s pretend I said something cool and obscure. I went as Vulnavia Phibes. How’s that?
5. Tell me about your most terrifying nightmare you’ve ever had.
It happened on the night of November 8, 2016, and is schedule to last about three and a half more years.
6. You’re in a zombie apocalypse, you have one weapon, but it’s not a gun. What is it?
A magic lamp where I can wish for the zombie apocalypse to end. I can also wish for a gun. Also unlimited wishes.
7. Who would win: Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, or Leatherface?
I think it has to be Jason. Michael Myers and Leatherface are just guys in masks (and sometimes it’s not even them under those masks [RIP Ben Tramer]). Freddy vs. Jason settled the rest of that debate, I guess, if you’re going to count it as canon. He’s just so totally unstoppable.