LOUISVILLE LOVES HORROR #2: Jim Bob Brown from Quiet Hollers LOVES Cape Fear (1991)

JimBob Brown stays busy these days by playing keys and singing back up vocals in Quiet Hollers, a band whose new-ish selftitled record has gotten quite bit of attention. They have been nominated by this year’s Louisville Music Awards for Best Americana Artist and Best Song with their latest single “Broken Guitar” (Vote here; voting closes October 9th). Their next show will happen Thursday, October 13 at Tim Faulkner Gallery as part of the LEO Reader’s Choice Party. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased here.

We reached out to JimBob to see if he’d be willing to talk about a scary movie that he has a personal connection to as part of our LOUISVILLE LOVES HORROR series. Thankfully, he was kind enough to participate in our month long love affair with October and all things Halloween. Read on as he, in his own words delves into a classic while defending it as a proper horror film…


My father was the king of pirating cable when i was growing up. As long as i can recall we had every single premium movie channel in each and every room of our home, including the upstairs bathroom. (Seriously, my father would watch tv in the bathtub…as I now do today.) My parents were never really aware of the movies I watched throughout my youth. My friends were also aware of this parental loophole, which was why my house was the mecca of scary movie sleepovers. I distinctly remember watching the film Cape Fear for the first time, while laying on the couch, sick from school with pinkeye. I was already a big Robert DeNiro fan, and when i saw his name in the opening credits I decided to linger on the channel.

His character, Max Cady, is a recently released prisoner who seeks his deeply dark and personal revenge on his former lawyer (played by Nick Nolte) whom he felt wrongly defended and incarcerated him. Upon his release, he immediately seeks out his plan to obtain his own form of self-justice, and the lengths he goes are sickening to the soul.

“How does this fit into the horror genre?”, you may ask. Well, the scariest part of Max Cady’s revenge is the ample time that he had spent in prison to plan a deeply personal retaliation on his nemesis. He manipulates the closest people around the ex-attorney to get one step closer to his ultimate plan of payback. Including the befriending/wooing of Nolte’s 15 year old daughter Danielle (portrayed by Juliette Lewis).

The most horrific part of DeNiro’s performance is that you see this beast of a human in broad daylight, a regular guy you would look past on your daily commute. His power of persuasion and his intellectual dialogue captivates you. He’s a villian you unintentionally get to know and somehow understand, a fucked up antagonist that you just can’t seem to turn away from only because you anxiously wonder what is next on his agenda of retaliation.

This film is a remake of a 60s flick starring Gregory Peck. I honestly have never seen the original, but this version will always stick with me as one of the craziest, most suspenseful movies ever. I’ve made at least a dozen people watch it, and the reaction is always the same:

“What the fuck did we just watch man?!!”