Writing partners, Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies, who together write under the name Lex Thomas (get it?) got their start writing screenplays together. So it’s no surprise that in crafting their first novel, Quarantine: The Loners (which is out today!), the two looked to the silver screen for inspiration. The novel, the first in a trilogy, tells the creepy, campy tale of McKinley High, a formerly typical high school, put under quarantine when all the students become infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. We’re psyched that Lex and Thomas, who are currently working on the sequel to Quarantine and its movie adaptation (can’t wait!) shared a list of their favorite freaky films that helped them write the book.
Say Lex and Thomas…
When you take a meeting in Hollywood as a writing team, the first question you’re usually asked is: “Where did you two meet?” Our answer is boring: We met in a writing group. But then again, the question is boring too. What’s more important is why we became friends.
We love the same kinds of movies.
Our favorite movies do things that are unexpected, unfathomable, and irreversible. If it shocks us, it has a place in our hearts. No genre achieves this more consistently than horror. These are stories where reality is torn apart and heroes are helpless against evil. Main characters die and monsters live to kill again. That’s just plain fun.
To celebrate the release of Quarantine: The Loners, our first novel, we’ve compiled a list of ten horror films that blew our minds.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like for the person you’re dating to slowly mutate, day-by-slimy-day, into a human-insect monstrosity? No, you haven’t? Well luckily for you, David Cronenberg’s The Fly has figured it all out for you. The Fly is an awesomely gross and sad love story that I’ve watched a bunch of times. What’s great is that it achieves a beautifully slow and horrific transformation of a lovable and well-intentioned scientist into an inhuman monster. You follow along with the journalist woman who is intrigued by the scientist, falls in love with him, and then has to watch him mutate while trying to hold on to the belief that his humanity can survive his vile transformation. I also like it cause his puke is acid and it melts off people’s fingers.
Poltergeist rules because it’s one of those great horror movies that grounds you in a loving family world, where everything is normal as can be for a while, before the horrific things start to happen. It makes the arrival of the ghosts and the way the ghosts warp the family’s reality into something so much scarier. The ghosts torment the family with man-eating trees, evil clown dolls, steaks that are still alive, and unseen spirits that steal vulnerable little girls and trap them in the netherworld. This family has no choice but to stick it out, and battle the evil force that has their baby girl, even as it threatens to tear their world apart. This movie haunted the dreams of kids in the eighties. So turn off all the lights and turn the volume up. No pausing allowed.