WILL RAHMER OF MORTICIAN TALKS ALL THINGS HORROR
Soon it will be October, the month of all things horror related. So, what better person to discuss horror movies with than Mortician’s own Will Rahmer. Not only are Mortician New York death metal legends, but they are famously known for having long intros to their songs using samples from classic horror movies. Will also owns a record label called RedRum and will be fronting Mortician as they are one of the headliners for 2019 Maryland Death Fest.
CN: What is your earliest memory of horror movies? When is the first time a movie actually scared you?
WR: From what I remember, watching some parts of the early 70’s hammer horror movies, not sure exactly which one was first to scare me but it was definitely one of them.
CN: Why do you think there has always been such a similar fan base between underground heavy metal and horror movies?
WR: I think it’s due to the similar themes that the music and movies have. They just seem to go hand in hand with each other and the movies are always great for lyrics.
CN: Do you agree with the majority that the Exorcist is the scariest movie of all time?
WR: No! Not at all! It is a great movie but I wouldn’t say the scariest of all time. There are quite a few others out there scarier without even showing much violence or gore.
CN: What is your personal favorite horror movie and what is it about that movie you love?
WR: I don’t really have #1 favorite so that’s hard to answer but up there on top is Silent Night, Bloody Night, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, Halloween 1&2, The Fog, Curtains, Basketcase. Mostly 70’s / early 80’s era.
CN: Have you ever thought about making a horror movie or writing one?
WR: Yes I have. I’ve had ideas for several years and one day I may just go through with it after I stop playing live, so I have more time for it
CN: What do you think of horror re-makes? Suspiria is coming out soon and we have seen Rob Zombie re make some classics.
WR: I haven’t seen the Suspiria trailers or anything so not sure but if done right then good. Rob Zombie’s Halloween, the first one was cool and I liked the early years how he showed how Micheal got started killing. The 2nd one started off sick but turned weird after that.
CN: Several classic horror movies take place in the seedy Times Square back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Maniac and New York Ripper are just a couple that come to mind. As a native New Yorker, do you remember Times Square when it was like that? What did it feel like to see that in those movies for you?
WR: Oh yeah, Bloodsucking Freaks and Driller Killer too! I was just a bit too young, but when I was around 17 yrs old I started hanging out in times square/8th ave all the crazy places. It wasn’t as chaotic as the 70’s since it was around 1986, but still crazy enough up until early 90’s when Disney started taking
over! I do some tribute night where I watch all those movies in a row – pretty cool.
CN: What are some of your favorite soundtracks to horror movies?
WR: Definitely most of the the John Carpenter movies, The Shining, Night of the Living Dead, etc.
CN: Who is your favorite horror villain? What makes this character stand out from all the others?
WR: Its hard to say since I like so many but Michael Myers, Old Jason in the first few movies, Leatherface, Killer in curtains, etc.
CN: Who are your top 5 favorite scream queens?
WR: mostly the older ones Jamie lee Curtis , Linnea Quigley, Caroline Munro, Lesleh Donaldson, Mary Woronov. There are more but way too many to name.
CN: Do you like any horror movies that have been released lately?
WR: Yes, There is a lot I liked recently so to name a few: Incident in a Ghostland, House of the Witch, Living Among Us. There are a lot more, mostly straight to DVD ones.
CN: Are you a Halloween guy? Do you get into the holiday or is it just another day for you?
WR: Oh yeah, my favorite time of the year! I decorate the whole house inside and out and for at least 2 months I keep everything up, haha!
CN: What is in store for Mortician in 2019?
WR: Definitely playing MDF + a few more limited shows. We are doing another final bloodbath type of session with the drummer Sam first time recording, it will be a bunch of re-recorded older tracks nothing that was on final bloodbath, all different.
CN: Finally, I assume you have seen the Facebook page “I Make Memes While Listening to Mortician.” Personally, it’s one of my favorite pages. What do you think about it and what is your favorite meme you have seen so far?
WR: I’ve seen it, although I don’t really follow much on Facebook. I don’t’ have time for much on there cause I am always busy with my record label, RedRum. I’ve seen a few here and there with some actors holding mortician stuff, etc. I think it’s pretty funny!
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