Laura Schaubschlager is a Winona State University graduate with a B.A. in English, which is seldom put to use in her health insurance career. She is an avid horror fan (movies, novels, video games- anything that makes her hesitate when she goes to turn off the light at night), and she’s always looking for writing opportunities, although her current portfolio is made up of partially-completed short stories and an occasionally-updated blog: schaublahblah.wordpress.com
1. What do you love most about movies?
Oh, gosh, this is a really tough question! I love everything about them. I love really well-written movies that are able to suck me in, get my heart racing and keep me at the edge of my seat as I forget that what’s happening isn’t real, and I love truly bad movies because they’re so unintentionally funny.
2. What’s the first movie you ever watched that left a huge impression on you?
The first movie that left a huge impression on me is probably the first movie I ever saw in theaters: Beauty and the Beast. Being immersed in this fantastic story, gorgeous animation, and incredible music was such a cool experience at such a young age.
3. What’s your ultimate guilty pleasure flicks?
I love cheesy, 1-star low budget horror movies on Netflix. Fantasy/action/adventure movies from the 80’s are always fun, too- especially the Highlander movies, even the sequels (yes, even The Quickening, just for its unintentional hilarity). My sister and I also love watching Lifetime movies and riffing them the whole time; we’re like the cast of MST3K if they watched bad made-for-TV thrillers starring Tori Spelling.
4. What are your top 5 favorite movies of all time?
- Young Frankenstein. It was the first Mel Brooks movie I ever saw, and even after nearly twenty years, it still cracks me up.
- Murder by Death. It’s a surprisingly obscure detective film parody considering how incredible the cast is (Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, TRUMAN CAPOTE-yeah, he acts in it and he is hilarious), but it is SO funny. My dad, sister, and I quote it constantly.
- The Godfather. Shout-out to my cousin Michael to introducing me to this at the ripe old age of 27, haha. It’s beautiful, tense, and one of the best book-to-film adaptations I’ve ever seen.
- Labyrinth. Amazing Jim Henson puppetry and David Bowie at his David Bowie-est? Yes, please.
- Pan’s Labyrinth: It’s such a dark, gorgeous modern fairy tale, the acting is fantastic, and Doug Jones, who plays the faun, is the coolest actor you never recognize outside of loads of costume and makeup effects.
5. Who are your top 5 favorite actors/actresses?
Actors: Vincent Price (I’m assuming this question includes actors alive or dead?), Doug Jones, Will Smith, Tim Curry, Alan Rickman
Actresses: Maggie Smith, Eileen Brennan, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Emma Thompson