A few months ago, I had the good fortune to come across a little place on the web that made me feel completely at home. And if you enjoy reading this blog, then that place would probably make you feel at home, too. It's the Classic Horror Film Board, or the CHFB as we hepcats call it.
I enjoy posting on messageboards. It's fun sharing information, memories and opinions with people all over the world. But it has to be the right place. Unfortunately, a lot of horror boards are just not fun places to be. Some are filled with comments that don't go much deeper than "Rob Zombie is awesome!" or "Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood sucks way more than Leprechaun in the Hood!" Other times, I get that sinking feeling that the posters are not so much horror movie fans as fans of the content of horror movies. To illustrate, whenever I come across threads like "Who is the coolest serial killer of all time?" or "What would be the best way to torture someone?", I usually head for greener pastures.
The CHFB has become a favorite of mine, and it's one of the places I post to regularly, along with Bloody-Disgusting and the Rue Morgue forums. I guess what I enjoy most about it is that it's filled with fans who never forget that this stuff is supposed to be fun. The kind of fans who grew up watching B-movies on late night TV; or aren't ashamed to say they've built a model or two; or can recall the days of "horror hosts". These are real horror fans--not petulant emo-types whose mommy and daddy don't understand them and who are about two wedgies away from going Columbine.
So if you truly love this stuff and have wide-ranging tastes that can go anywhere from Dr. Caligari to Dr. Satan, then the Classic Horror Film Board will be a breath of fresh air. It's a place for the intelligent exchange of ideas, for shameless mass reminiscing, and real community-building for scary movie enthusiasts in the age of information. See you there!