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Site of the Week: Arrow in the Head

AITHNEWBANNER!.jpgJohn Fallon doesn’t just love horror — he produces it, writes it, and even acts in it. (You may remember him as the video techie in Saw II). But when he’s not working on screenplays (Trance), or appearing in the next great spookfest (The Beautiful Outsiders with Tara Reid), he’s running JoBlo.com’s horror site, Arrow in the Head.

On the surface, Arrow in the Head seems like any other horror site that covers industry news, reviews movies and discusses the art of blood ‘n guts — which it certainly achieves with incredible precision and timeliness. But the site’s charm is in Fallon himself, a no-holds-barred writer who appreciates horror as a fan and creator, and is more concerned with approaching his reviews honestly than respecting the dictates of the politically correct. “When it comes to my reviews,” he says, “I don’t take myself seriously. I write whatever the hell I want and I try to be creative while backing up my stances. And I like to have fun — I mean we’re talking about horror movies here! I think that’s what draws people to read my drivel.”

An example of Fallon’s so-called drivel, in his review for Cloverfield: “Alas, straight up, my eyes were on fire when I walked out of the theater. You thought BLAIR WITCH was the motion sickness king of genre films; f**k that noise taco-bean, we have a new champ: CLOVERFIELD! Less shaky cam stuff would’ve been swell. I mean was the dude shooting drunk or not drunk enough?” In addition to the snark, Fallon’s reviews tally other details as well: Trivia about the making of the movies, instances of T&A (a must for any horror afficionado), and the level of gore. “I take in everything when I watch a film,” he explains. “I rate films more in terms of how much I enjoyed them rather than how good it is on paper. Just because a film is flawed, doesn’t mean it can’t be entertaining.”

And what is Fallon’s favorite kind of horror? “I love shameless, smutty and gory slashers,” he says, “and a good ghost story always hits the spot.” He also maintains the genre has yet to get the respect it deserves from the mainstream media, given how it allows filmmakers to experiment visually while creating biting social commentaries. Not that there aren’t outliers: “I got sick of torture porn real fast,” he says, careful to omit the Saw franchise from his list of grievances. “At this point, I’ll take tension and true scares over torture any day. And if I want porn, I’ll Google ‘lesbian coeds’ and call it a life.”

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