Age: 48 and 1/2 year old
Hometown/Town of Residence: Forest City, NC
Relation: My dad Date of Interview: 2/14/19
My dad has been watching movies, whether it’s out in the theaters or at home, for most of his life. Born in late 1970, Billy Holland grew up in the times where DVD and streaming on demand didn’t exist. VCR’s were expensive at the time so if he wanted to watch a movie, he would go to a theater. Back then, it was pretty cheap to go with a group of friends to the movies. His first movie-going experience was when he was eight years old. There was a small movie theater in Rutherford county that he and his friends would go to. They’d buy the normal things that any kid gets at a theater: popcorn, sodas, and candy. (Probably one of the reasons he has diabetes now). My dad and his friends would be gone for hours playing arcade and watching movies, and my dad would always hurry into the car with his mother (my grandmother) because she would pick him up in hair curlers in an old station wagon. (My dad’s family was definitely not the richest)
The most memorable movies he watched in theaters was Superman II (1980), Bullitt (1968), and Rocky III (1982). He usually watched action or science fiction. (Sometimes he’d pay for a PG or PG-13 movie and then sneak into an R rated movie. That’s how he was opened to horror films. That’s how he saw the original Halloween) To him, theaters meant being opened up to new experiences that developed his imagination. He’d never seen that kind of stuff before. Every few friday nights, the Holland family would go eat at a fish restaurant and go to the drive-in a few miles down the road. As a kid, my dad never liked drive-in movies because it was too difficult to see because “no one knew how to park.” It was even harder to hear because you’d place the speakers in the windows.
No, he never did watch Star Wars, not even until a few years ago. He did watch Jaws, but I think that was on TV. It was the first time that he didn’t follow what everyone else wanted to see. What he really wanted to see was Rocky. He still watches action and definately Sci-fi. But he never watches drama or romance. (Same here though, I must’ve gotten it from him because my mom loves romance and drama.) He doesn’t watch horror movies as much because “modern horror movies suck.” That could just be his opinion but there are some that are really bad compared to ones I’ve seen. Even though he thinks most modern movies aren’t good, he’ll still take my family to see some occasionally. We probably go around three times a year, unless there is something so good, we just have to see. Now, it’s just not a good deal economically to take your family to the movies, unless you want to spend 50$ on four people. He does think theaters have changed though. In the past, he’d go to a small theater, it was very old, etc. But now the movie theaters are updated, heating or air, plus a lot more.
The last time we went to the movies was in late December and we watched Wreck it Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet. We watched in a old timey set theater with the great deal of popcorn. (Literally a medium size popcorn that cost about 2 dollars.)
My dad used to work at an old video store, they’d sell VHS tapes and that was how he watched horror movies like: Friday the 13th. and Nightmare on Elm Street. Back when he was a kid, my dad never watched VCR because back then they cost around 400$. Now we usually watch movies online that cost around three to four dollars. He was actually a movie extra in Blood Done Sign My Name (2010) and was seen multiple times.
~Lucy (SugaryMango) : mangoreview.movie.blog 2/15/19