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Victoria couple shares love of campy horror films

By Sara Sneath
July 14, 2014 at 2:14 a.m.
Updated July 15, 2014 at 2:15 a.m.

James Gallardo talks about his love of the horror genre between two bookshelves full of DVDs and VHS tapes at his home. Gallardo and his wife have begun screening horror movies in their backyard, a tradition they brought to Victoria after living in Austin.

If you go

Once-a-month viewings are listed on the Theatre 13 Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/Theater13.

You must be 21 or older to attend the movie nights.

When Lydia Gallardo, 32, of Victoria, was younger, her mother took her to see horror movies at the drive-in theater in Tucson, Ariz.

At home, her mom would chase her and her siblings around shouting "braaaains" while pretending to be a zombie.

"So my mom messed me up real bad. She started me on it, and hopefully, he's next," Gallardo said, looking at her 2-month-old son, Edgar Gallardo, who is named after Edgar Allan Poe.

Lydia and her husband, James Gallardo, 31, of Victoria, were active in the Austin Horror Society, a group of makers and lovers of horror films before moving to Victoria - James' hometown - last summer.

The two have since purchased a screen and projector in hopes of sharing their love of the horror genre with the Victoria community. Their first screening was in their backyard in late June.

The couple's horror cult film club, called Theater 13, plans to show movies once a month and eventually move into a permanent location at a public venue.

What kind of films can people expect to see at your movie nights?

We don't ever want to show something too mainstream. Everyone's heard of "Halloween," "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street." What we want to do is expose people to something they haven't seen. We like to keep it campy because when you're watching a movie with a group, the campiness can make everybody laugh.

Favorite scary movie?

"Evil Dead II" - it's a perfect combination of horror, comedy and campiness.

If I find myself in a scary movie, how do I stay alive?

Don't drink. Don't fall. Basically, you just have to be the nerd in the movie. Don't draw any attention to yourself and don't spilt up from the group. And always listen to the old wise man who gives you advice at the beginning because he's always right - always.

What makes a campy horror flick?

When there's elements of comedy, and they're not exactly intentional. The acting is a little bad. The writing is a little bad. And it just comes off goofy. When you're watching it as an audience and thinking, "you can't be serious."

Nerd out for a minute. What's one of your all-time favorite scary movie scenes?

There's a movie called "Scanners." In the movie, people can control others with their minds. There's this one really cool scene where they control this guy's mind to make his head explode.

Why should people watch horror films?

They're the most fun out of any movie genre for me. Horror is kind of like the bad-boys movie genre. Anything can happen. It's the only genre where I actually feel excitement while I'm watching it. I kind of get an adrenaline rush.

What's the first scary movie you'll show your son?

This weekend, we took him to the movie theatre to see the RiffTrax version of "Sharknado." I actually feel bad that his first movie was "Sharknado." When he gets older, one movie I'm excited for him to see is "Nightmare on Elm Street" because that was my first scary movie.

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