Friday, 10 December 2010

The Twelve Deaths of Christmas: A Chainsaw Gang Blog Tour! (Verse 5)



On the first day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
A corpse hanging from a pear tree. 

On the second day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me
Two werewolves howling
And a corpse hanging from a pear tree. 

On the third day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me
Three zombies snarling
Two werewolves howling
And a corpse hanging from a pear tree. 

On the fourth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me
Four Wheezers wheezing
Three zombies snarling
Two werewolves howling 
And a corpse hanging from a pear tree. 

On the fifth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me
Five buzzing saws
Four Wheezers wheezing
Three zombies snarling
Two werewolves howling 
And a corpse hanging from a pear tree.


If you have been following my blog posts over the past few days you will already know about The Chainsaw Gang blog tour. As part of the tour various bloggers were given the opportunity to pose a question to the group. Today is their first stop off at The Book Zone and my (particularly gruesome) question was:


What is your favourite movie death? (I recently mentioned one of mine on Twitter - the decapitation of David Warner in The Omen - and I think I really shocked a non-horror author who found it astounding that anyone would have a favourite movie death).


Sarah Silverwood: You stole mine!! (we're showing our age here...) I also like the one in The Thing just after they've done the blood tests....


Jon Mayhew: It’s not true horror but I always loved it when the Nazis got melted in Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s that moment when the angels go all skeletal and then it all goes wrong.


William Hussey: David Warner’s death is a peach, isn’t it? Hmm, so many deaths and I only get one choice? Well, Jaws is my favourite movie of all time – the plot construction and character interaction is sheer perfection. So I’d have to say the death of the Kintner boy. That geyser of blood, and then the crash zoom on Chief Brody, still sends shivers down my spine. There might be gorier and more inventive death scenes out there  – many Friday the 13th efforts spring to mind – but little Alex Kintner’s will always hold a special place in my heart!


Sam Enthoven: How about the autopsy scene in John Carpenter's The Thing, in which the supposedly dead victim's chest cavity suddenly grows teeth and bites the examining doctor's arms off? I bet most early audiences for that film didn't see that one coming, let alone what comes after: hee hee hee! Some people just don't see the appeal of these things. Unlucky for them, say I.


Alexander Gordon Smith: Great question! Okay, off the top of my head I’d have to say either the death of Captain Rhodes in Day of the Dead (shot by a zombie, then ripped apart by zombies, screaming “choke on them” and referring to his intestines as they are unwound from his severed torso), or the classic exploding head from Scanners, or the melting Nazi from Raiders of the Lost Ark. We hope to create a few memorable deaths with our horror film, Stagnant, which is being shot next year!


Sarwat Chadda: Roy Batty out of Bladerunner. While the villain of the peace he is the true human, reflecting on his life and whether it had meaning. That he saves Deckard is one of the most brilliant twists in movie history. Time to die. Perfect grace.


David Gatward: Girl in Jason X has head thrust into pool of liquid nitrogen, so that it freezes solid, then has it smashed to pieces on the side. Genius! There are others, but I’ll leave it at that.


Steve Feasey: I have to go back to Alien. The scene where the monster bursts free from John Hurt’s stomach is revolting in the extreme, and it never fails to make me wince, no matter how many times I watch it.

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Yes, it's true I have no shame asking a question like that - thank you to The Chainsaw Gang who responded to that somewhat bizarre question with such gusto. For their next stop they are visiting Book Gazing tomorrow - please click on the link and pop on over and read more answers and also the sixth verse to The Twelve Deaths of Christmas. The Chainsaw Gang are back at The Book Zone to answer more questions on Monday, and you will also have the chance to win a signed book from each member of the Gang.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for posting this, book zone - we had a rather entertaining discussion about this on facebook. they really ought to integrate the comments on FB links and blogs.

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