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Meet the Staff: 10 Questions With Blumhouse Writer Tony Giles

Our ongoing series of interviews with the Blumhouse crew continues, in which we share our collective passion for all things scary, discuss our personal and career histories in the genre we all know and love, reveal our favorite films, and maybe even share a few spooky stories.

Today we sit down for a Q&A with Tony Giles, Writer for Blumhouse.com!

How long have you been a horror fan, and what attracted you to the genre?

I came to horror late mainly because it genuinely terrified me. I saw the Michael Jackson video for THRILLER when I was 4 or 5 and as soon as Michael started to change into the wolf, I was traumatized. It took me another 10 or so years to actually even attempt to watch a horror film. I became a fan during my teens after a back to back viewing of HALLOWEEN I & II and never looked back. I’m into horror because of the range of emotions it brings out in me. When you can go from happy to sad to terrified to relief within 90 minutes, to me that’s the sign of a good time.

What is your role at Blumhouse Productions? Can you tell us a little about your job?

I write the soundtrack column ‘Talking Tracks’ for Blumhouse.com. Over the past few years there has been a real resurgence for soundtracks and, in particular, soundtracks on vinyl. With my column, I get to talk about soundtracks new and old as well as talk to the labels and artists releasing some of this amazing music.

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What is your career background, training, school, etc? 

I currently host and produce a vinyl-centric soundtrack podcast-The Damn Fine Cast. Alongside that, I also run an online soundtrack record store- Shipping Records. Pretty much 90% of my day is filled with either listening/talking/promoting or selling soundtracks hahaha.

What/who is your favorite monster and why? 

Hands down has to be The Wolfman. This probably goes back to being scared by the THRILLER video, but, I’ve always been a fan of The Wolfman’s tragic story.

What is your weapon of choice? 

A big kitchen knife. If trouble is coming, I want something that won’t run out of ammo.

List five of your favorite horror films.

In no order whatsoever: HALLOWEEN, THE EXORCIST, THE OMEN, PROFONDO ROSSO and THE BEYOND.

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What was the first horror movie you ever saw, and what was your reaction? 

As I mentioned up top, I avoided horror for years but once I started watching, HALLOWEEN was the first horror film I saw and from that first viewing I fell in love. That one viewing started a life-long interest I can never see stopping, in fact a lot of what I do now with soundtracks and writing can be traced back to that one viewing.

Describe one of your favorite Halloween costumes that you’ve worn. 

The last time I actually went to a Halloween party I dressed as the Ryan Gosling character from DRIVE. In no way do I resemble Gosling, It was just fun wearing the jacket.

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Name one horror celebrity, dead or alive, you would love to meet, and tell us why. 

This is actually a really tough question. I’d love to meet John Carpenter at some point to talk about music, but Christopher Lee would have been the ultimate. Lee always came across as a true gentleman and regardless of the role he played; he always gave you his best.

Can you recommend a recent horror film that you saw and really enjoyed? 

There has been some great horror recently; picking one is tough so I’m going to pick two! haha.

While some would disagree and say its not strictly horror, I’d recommend BONE TOMAHAWK to everyone. It has a compelling story, a wonderful cast and some of the most horrific on screen terror I’ve ever seen.

Along with that, I’d also recommend THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN. My wife and I were flicking through Netflix one night and decided to give it a whirl. A found footage film, which I know, can be a turn off for some, but I really enjoyed it. A story that keeps you wondering with some genuinely good scares.

You can hear Tony Giles talk all things soundtrack on a weekly basis on The Damn Fine Cast, available on iTunes & Soundcloud or stop by shippingrecords.co.uk to pick up some vinyl.

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