a comic book collector and aspiring comic artist (supposedly),
he has known Emil from shopping at Queen City Book Store. After
various conversations, over a period of several years, other shared
interests surfaced between the two creative individuals, the most
prominent being theater, movies and filmmaking, which is how Terry
was asked to help out on this fascinating, strange and totally
original film project.
An only child who emigrated with his parents from the Netherlands
to the U.S. when he was only 3 months old, Terry was pretty much
raised as an American: fast food, drive-in movies, Marvel comics,
etc. But he is also proud of his Dutch-Chinese-German-Indonesian
background. Someday, he'll convince his wife, Amy, to bravely
board a plane and fly overseas to check out the various old (and
adopted new) countries.
Terry's cinematic tastes are varied. His two favorite films are
It's a Wonderful Life and Pulp Fiction. Besides Frank Capra and
Quentin Tarantino, other favorite filmmakers include Kurosawa,
Hitchcock, Scorsese, Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, and David Lynch.
In recent years, however, his tastes and interests have wandered
into stranger celluloid currents. Two books specifically triggered
this development: Mondo Macabro: Weird and Wonderful Cinema Around
the World, Immoral Tales: European Sex and Horror Movies 1956-1984,
written and co-written by Pete Tombs. This has led him to purchase
several DVDs of films that he finds fascinating primarily, and
sometimes entirely, for their plot and character elements. Like
Santo vs. the Vampire Women (Masked wrestlers! Gorgeous bloodsucking
women!) or Lust for Frankenstein (Michelle Bauer as the creature,
clad only in stitches and combat boots!) versus their storytelling
ability; indeed. The movies themselves may be almost impossible
at times to sit through without fast forwarding or taking occasional
breaks. Sometimes reading the descriptions of films made by Jess
Franco, Jean Rollin, or Italian horror directors of the 70s and
80s is far more interesting than watching the actual movies.