Horror Q&A With Randy Larsen Of Cable

October 9, 2010 by Chris Grosso

If I were to make a horror movie, based on someone from a band as the vengeful killer, it would definitely be Randy Larsen. If you know him, you know he’s a hell of a nice guy. He’s sincere and very dedicated to his passion of music, but if you’ve ever seen him perform with Cable, you know he’s a force to be reckoned with. Put him in a ring with Jason Vorhees and I honestly don’t know who’s going down first (unless it’s Jason from the new Friday remake, in which case the answer is obvious). The following is a perfect example of how to have fun with an interview!

The Randy Larsen Interview 

TIS: What’s our fascination with horror movies?

RL: Ever since I was a little kid I have been drawn to horror films. I remember getting our first family VCR. One of the big box type things with a remote that had a chord attached to the dam thing! I remember walking into Video Galaxy in my home town for the first time and being drawn to the horror section as soon as I spotted it. The images on the covers really caught my eye—films like I Spit On Your Grave and Dawn Of The Dead. I walked out that day renting Dawn Of The Dead and Halloween. Those two films sucked me into the world of horror. They are still two of my all time favorites to this day.

TIS: What’s the first horror movie you remember seeing and what emotions did it elicit?

RL: Roger Corman’s Piranha was the first. My friends parents had gotten HBO which in those days was a big deal. I lived to far in the woods and could not get cable TV at all until many years later. I remember looking at the TV in shock as the piranha devoured the you children at summer camp. I instantly wanted more. Weeks after that I went on a baby sitting mission with my older sister. That was the first time I saw The Exorcist. Piranha may have been the first but The Exorcist was by far the most extreme thing I had seen on a TV in my short lifetime. To this day it is the only movie that I can say actually scared me. Amazing film!

TIS: Why do 99% of today’s Horror Movies suck?

RL: I don’t think its so much 99% of today’s horror films suck as 99% of today’s U.S. horror films suck. I have seen some amazing films in the last few years like Let The Right One In, Inside, Martyrs, Gozu, Audition and many others which are all foreign films. The U.S. just seems content with churning out shitty remake after shitty remake. Then any film that may have a glimmer of being good usually gets ruined with all the shit C.G.I. effects and terrible way too loud sound effects.

TIS: What’s the last great Horror movie you saw and why?

RL: The Woman In Black. Though not quite a horror film maybe more of a suspense film. This was a made for TV movie in England based off the book by Susan Hill. I actually watched it with Mr. Caxide as he acquired a copy via EBay. House Of The Devil was also quite good because it evoked the feelings of 70/80’s horror classics.

TIS: To this day I still get excited when I hear the eerie piano of John Carpenter’s Halloween theme. What are some of your favorite and most memorable horror soundtracks?

RL: The Thing by Ennio Morricone. The original Hellraiser themes by Coil that were never used in the film. John Carpenter’s Halloween and Suspiria by Goblin.

TIS:What are some of your favorite indie horror films?

RL: Once again House Of The Devil. May is one of my favorites and Angela Bettis was really great in it. The Last Winter by Larry Fessenden would be up there to even though the end was pretty terrible. I Sell The Dead was another good Larry Fessenden film, not the best film ever but a fun watch.

TIS: There’s many genres of horror movies including Monster, Slasher, Supernatural, Zombie, Occult, Gore, Sci-Fi etc. In your opinion which is the scariest & which is the lamest?

RL: Not sure which is the scariest I’ve seen great movies in all the sub-genres but there are a lot of shitty gore films that have no substance. I’m not the biggest Sci-Fi fan but there are a few Sci-Fi films I love. I’ve been getting into watching the old Universal monster films lately also.

RL: I would have to go with Stuart Gordon and John Carpenter. Phantasm and Halloween are two of my favorites but The Thing might be my favorite of all time. I’m also a big Dario Argento fan. Suspira is a classic.

TIS: What the worst horror movie you’ve ever seen?

RL: The Friday The 13th remake, utter shit! I sat in a theater on opening night and wished 5 minutes in that I was the first kill. A horrible movie and a theater full teenage dickheads. I’m so sick of fucking remakes.

TIS: Steel Cage Match: Pick a winner for each match with the reason why.

Round I:
1. Michael Meyers (Halloween) Vs. Pinhead (Hellraiser)
Winner:  Michael Myers  Why? Because he’s Michael Myers for fucks sake, come on.

2. Freddy Krueger (a Nightmare on Elm Street) vs. Possessed Reagan (The Exorcist)
Winner:  Krueger Why? The Glove

3. Norman Bates (Psycho) vs. The Birds (The Birds)
Winner:  Bates Why: He’s a person and they are birds

4. Jason Vorhees (Friday the 13th) vs. The Shark (Jaws)
Winner:  Shark Why: Jason can’t swim

5. Pennywise the Clown (Stephen King’s “It”) vs. Xenomorphs (Alien)
Winner:   Xenomorphs Why: Clowns are lame

6. Ash (The Evil Dead) vs. Shaun (Shaun of the Dead)
Winner:  Ash Why: You can’t fuck with Ash man.

7. A Zombie (28 Days Later) vs. A Zombie(Night of the Living Dead)
Winner:  28 days zombie Why: Faster,smarter

8. Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) vs. Candy Man (Candy Man)
Winner:  Leatherface Why? Chainsaw

Round II:
1. Myers vs. Krueger
Winner:  Krueger Why: Glove

2. Bates vs. Shark
Winner:  Shark Why: He is a shark man

3. Xenomorphs vs. Ash
Winner:  Ash Why: Can’t fuck with Ash once again

4. 28 Days Zombie vs. Leatherface
Winner:  Leatherface Why: chainsaws

Round III:
1. Shark vs. Krueger
Winner:  Shark Why: Krueger’s glove are useless against a shark

2. Ash vs. Leatherface
Winner:  Leatherface Why: Two chainsaws are better than one

Final Round:
1. Shark vs. Leatherface

THE CHAMPION:  SHARK

  

 Why: Shark dude, Shark!

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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.
  1. samatha says:

    is it me. or im getting a little crazy
    beacuse im in love with michael myers?
    or freddy krueger?