Article by Allie, The Dead Connection
The Dead Connection had the pleasure of covering Walker Stalker Atlanta 2016. This year we were able to get two exclusive interviews, the first of which was with Sean Clark of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds!
If you are a fan of horror then you HAVE to check out Horror’s Hallowed Grounds! I love scary movies so talking with Sean was a treat for me. He’s the kind of person I could have sat and talked with for hours. He’s just that cool. I sat down with Sean on the first day of Walker Stalker while he had a free moment.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with Sean, let me fill you in on his professional background. He is the host/writer/director/creative genius of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, a writer for Horror Hound magazine, a talented musician (he is in the bands The Heathens & Malfunction) and the owner/operator of Convention All Stars LLC.
Again, I could have talked to Sean for so much longer but I did not want to take up a ton of his time. If you have ever seen him at a convention you know how incredibly busy he is. My original plan was to ask 10 questions and take about 10 minutes; however, my questions turned in to an almost an hour’s worth of discussion on a wide range of topics.
It was an honor and a privilege to pick his brain, I hope you guys enjoy this Q&A as much as I did.
Thank you so much for talking with me today! Let’s start with horror movies: What’s your favorite of all time & why?
“The Shining, it still creeps me out to this day. It’s incredibly well directed, I mean, Stanley Kubrick! You don’t get any better than that. It’s just one of those films that still gives you a sense of dread that hasn’t been matched, in my opinion.”
You have visited so many film locations. Has there been to a location that you were uncomfortable or afraid?
“No, I don’t get easily spooked. The creepiest location I have ever visited was Danvers State Insane Asylum from the movie Session 9, which was an abandoned mental asylum that was built in the late 1880’s.”
“The entire building and all the windows had been boarded so if you turned your flashlight off you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. It was pitch dark and dangerous as hell because parts of the building were collapsing. It was easily the scariest location I’ve visited. I stayed in there for hours and went back a couple of years later but now it’s been torn down. You can see that footage on the Session 9 Blu-ray.”
Which filming location stands out in your mind?
“That’s the one (Danvers), hands down, that’s my favorite and I say that in the episode too, it was just such an incredible building and the excitement of being there was such a rush.”
What is on the horizon for Horror’s Hallowed Grounds? A weekly show would be nice!
“I write for Horror Hound magazine as often as I can, Carrie just came out on Blu-ray and we’ve been negotiating for a few other titles”
In your opinion, what are some the best horror films of the last 5 years?
“Wow, that’s tough one. There’s been some good ones- I was a big fan of both Conjuring films. The other isn’t technically horror but it has horror elements is a movie called The Green Room. Love that one, it was a great movie. As far as scary, I don’t know. There’s nothing that has blown me away but I was impressed with The Conjuring.
Let’s talk music for a minute. Judging by your Instagram, you have an impressive vinyl collection- what are your all time 5 favorite albums?
“Oh boy, really..um.. number 1- Pink Floyd, The Wall. That’s my all time, favorite album. Wow, top 5, this is tough! The rest I’m just going to be winging it. ”
You only get to pick 5…
“Kind of like desert island discs?! Ok, I’m going to go with Commencement by Deadsy, that might be one. I have to throw a Kiss album in there, so I’ll go with Alive II because it has my favorite era with the live songs and studio tracks. And, The Descendents , Everything Sucks, from the late 90’s because it’s such a solid album. I have to have some power punk in my collection.”
“If I could do a greatest hits, I would go with Queen’s Greatest Hits. Freddie Mercury was the greatest vocalist of our time so you can’t go wrong with that one. Maybe I need to add Bowie’s Greatest Hits too? Oh wait! Meliora by Ghost has to be in there!”
You go to shows a frequently: What has been your favorite concert of 2016 (so far)?
“I just saw Ghost at the Wiltern. That particular show, I think, is their best yet because they’ve revamped their stage show and now they have pyro and smoke- they’ve really stepped up the theatrics, They’re such a great band!”
What is your all-time favorite concert?
“My best concert has to be Roger Waters doing The Wall. I saw him about 4 years ago and it was amazing. I just bought tickets to his Us and Them Tour for next June.”
“My favorite concert ever was Kiss, 1979, Dynasty Tour. I was 9 years old, it was all original members in the height of their career and that moment for me was magical because, as 9 year old kid, I had no idea I could see Kiss in concert! My dad surprised me with tickets- to me, Kiss was like a cartoon. I owned their records, and I had seen the movie, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, they were like super heroes. My dad surprised me he said ‘hey, guess where we’re going? We’re going to see Kiss!” and I’m like ‘what do you mean we’re going to see Kiss? What do you mean we’re going to SEE them??’ I had no idea we were going to see them play live, I had no idea you could do that! To me, that will always be a special moment.”
Unfortunately, at this point we had to conclude the interview because people had formed a pretty lengthy line behind us to eager to meet Sean. Not to mention that he still had much work to be done at the convention.
This interview was definitely a highlight of Walker Stalker 2016, it was an awesome weekend that I won’t soon forget. I hope to be able to sit down and talk with Sean again in the future!