Just in case you’ve never heard of it, “Oprah’s Favorite Things was an annual segment that appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show from the 1990s to 2010, with a one-year hiatus in 2009. In the segment, which was typically aired during the holiday season and inspired by the song “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, Winfrey shared products with her audience that she felt were noteworthy or that would make a great gift. In addition, the audience members that were present during the taping of the episode receive items from that year’s list for free.” (source: Wikipedia…cut and paste because I’m too lazy to type out an explanation of OFT).
Well, I have some Favorite Things too! There’re so many of them in fact, that I could fill a book. I don’t have a book to fill, but I do have this blog so I’m going to start sharing my favorite things with you. Some will be lifelong favorites; while others will be great stuff that I’m just discovering. And while, unlike Oprah, I don’t have the means to place all of my tangible favorites beneath your seat for you to rapturously discover after reading, I hope that you will seek out Freddy’s Favorite Things.
My newest Favorite Thing is a website unlike anything I’ve seen. I’ve been feeling social, so I’ve been reaching out to like-minded folks and horror fans on Twitter. One of the people that I’ve met is Bleeding Critic. He’s a mysterious character. He presents an anonymous presence, his face hidden beneath a very unsettling clown mask. I’m not scared or intimidated by clowns, but Bleeding Critic has a frightening onscreen countenance.
Bleeding Critic’s ABOUT page at his site simply reads: “My name is Bleeding Critic. I wear the mask to really scare people. I’m a horror film critic and an author of disturbing stories. Once I’m in your skull I ain’t leaving.”
The video content is where the site really shines. The best critics inject their personality into their critical writing and discussion. Bleeding Critic seems like he may just be dangerous if you were alone in the room with him. That’s not to say that he isn’t charming because he really is. His voice is at once menacing and soothing (sort of like an English Keith Morrison). His words seem carefully chosen and his criticisms are works of art in and of themselves. Visually, Bleeding Critic goes beyond the typical talking head style YouTube criticism. He creates scenes that immerse the viewer more deeply into whatever it is that is rattling around in that clown brain of his.
I was honored to be invited to contribute to Bleeding Critic’s site this week. He asked that I send a video about one of my most disturbing Horror Memories (you can see my video after the break below).
So, my first Favorite Thing to be featured on the blog at NOTLP.com is a horror site run by a possibly evil English clown. I love it because it’s unique. Bleeding Critic got me excited about the creative possibilities in film and literary criticism. I mean, aren’t most critics creatives at heart too?