Warden Walker

Warden Walker spends some quality time with his youngest brother.

Birthed to two understanding but watchful parents, this furry creature spent the majority of his formative years hiding in the attic where he felt safest. Having spent most of those years distrustful of scary things, the closest that he probably ever got to a horror film was Interview with the Vampire. However, his love-at-first-sight experience with the first season of Supernatural was probably a good indicator of things to come. Then Walker went off to college, and The Man in Black opened a new door for him. Probably his first true venture into the genre of horror, 28 Days Later left Walker’s nerves jangled, his heart racing, and his curiosity piqued. Slowly, he began to agree to more and more outings of carnage and terror. He started to watch more horror movies, too. Now he includes John Carpenter’s The Thing and An American Werewolf in London among his favorite films of all time. And it’s probably not because he admires the facial hair in both movies.

All joking aside, there is something simple about horror films that I have come to realize in the relatively short time I’ve been watching them. Almost nowhere else in the film industry does there exist as vast a reserve of creativity. In most cases, movies are about people, through time and place, experiencing the extraordinary things that life has to offer. But they are bounded by reality. Pushing beyond the reality of facts was something done in few places in the movie industry, namely science fiction and horror. The sci-fi staples of Star Trek and Star Wars pushed humanity out into the depths of what we knew was there but knew nothing about. These views are full of imagination and marvel. But the truth is that we don’t know what’s out there, and that is terrifying. Things like The Twilight Zone, Alien, and The X Files demonstrate just how frightening the unknown is. They also show how closely linked the worlds of sci-fi and horror are. But the potential for the unknown doesn’t have to extend to the stars to be realized. Folklore, religion, and even humanity itself hold untold potential to frighten us with creatures, powers, and actions that we simply do not understand. What I’ve come to realize is that it isn’t the adrenaline of being scared that I like about horror movies; to this day I refuse to ever set foot in a haunted house. I don’t care how many scary movies I’ve watched, if some dude jumps out at me brandishing a weapon, I will jump out of my shoes, scream like a little girl, and then kick him in the nads. Instead, my thrill is in seeing how far the filmmakers pushed their imaginations. I want to see what terrifying creatures they dreamed up or what grisly deaths they could realize. I want to see how it is they hope to scare us.

Top 5 Favorite Films:

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), directed by Sergio Leone
  • The Princess Bride (1987), directed by Rob Reiner
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
  • Seven Samurai (1954), directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), directed by Irvin Kershner

Top 5 Favorite Albums:

  • Consolers of the Lonely by The Raconteurs
  • Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
  • Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
  • Seven’s Travels by Atmosphere
  • The Alchemy Index by Thrice

Top 5 Favorite Novels:

  • Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • White Noise by Don DeLillo
  • The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

Top 5 Favorite Comic Stories:

  • Agents of Atlas Vol. 1 by Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk
  • Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin
  • Astonishing X-Men “Gifted” by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • Runaways “Pride & Joy” by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona

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