Joseph Gervasi, who I met through Exhumed Films 16 or 17 years ago, recently did a short introduction to a double feature of Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Deadly Spawn. The show was a benefit for James Harris of docterror.com and the Horror Sexy podcast, who is battling Ewings Sarcoma.
It’s not what I would have expected to come from introducing such a double feature. You should watch. It’s really good.
It’s easy to malign or laugh at small subcultures or communities that form around niche interests (here, fans of horror and cult films). It’s easy to dismiss them as wastes of time. But in almost every case, these groups are so much more than collections of people with a common interest. They’re groups that can support and lift up members during times of need.
Additionally, he speaks on the importance of hope and generosity:
Cynicism, I think, is the worst possible attribute that anyone can have. It makes you into an extremely boring person, a very ineffective person, and someone who is in no way artistic or creative.
Be sure to also check out Joseph’s interview with James on episode 60 of the Cinepunx podcast.
(Update: Sadly, James passed away in April of 2017.)