Posts Tagged ‘homicidal maniac’

I Never Met A Slasher Film That I Liked

October 13, 2010

Recently, Nightmare on Elm Street the classic slasher film from 1984 about “the son of 10,000 maniacs” who visits people in their dreams and kills them, was redone. I didn’t see it because I don’t like films of the slasher/horror genre. While my tastes in film are of the escapist/Hollywood variety, slasher films don’t do it for me.  I need more to a movie than some homicidal maniac/malevolent entity who kills, torments or both with all the gory details displayed in living color. (Sometimes in 3D)

Since I came of age in the 1980’s, many of the people I grew up with lived for movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, the Friday the 13th series and low budget films like Evil Dead. Yuck. Still, what is it about horror films that appeals to people? Well, here’s what I think.

1.)Vicarious thrill. As crazy as it sounds some people just like seeing movies that feature running and screaming, slicing and dicing, blood and gore.  While the protagonist and companions are being chased and slashed by the homicidal maniac/malevolent entity, the viewer gets all of the excitement without the harm. He or she is sitting at home or in the movie theater, safe from all harm. Hopefully they are smart enough to realize that what they see in a movie, stays in the movie. There already is too much violence in the world, there is no need to add more. Of course, there are other ways to get some excitement in your life, but that’s a blog entry for another time.

2.) Morality play. How did the protagonist fall victim to the villain in the first place? By going camping when you shouldn’t, not leaving that house when they should, not noting what day it is, not realizing that it is all a dream, hitting a pedestrian on a deserted road and not reporting it, etc.* If the protagonists were more aware of their actions, they would not fall victim to the villain.  That can be expanded to our own lives. If we were more aware of what we do, there would be less trouble. So, let that be a warning to you. Be aware of your actions and a homicidal maniac won’t come and get you.

Just know that no matter who’s staring in the film or who’s doing the special effects, horror movies aren’t my cup of tea and they never will be.


*Plots of Deliverance, Amityville Horror, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and I Know What You Did Last Summer

Movies You Won’t See

April 9, 2010

Good movies make you suspend your disbelief. So, no one is surprised that at the end of a mainstream Hollywood movie, the guy gets the girl or the villain goes to jail. If for some reason the ending can’t be happy, then it has to be hopeful. Still, just for the heck of it, what would happen if…

The Bad Guy Gets Away
It was the perfect crime, with a foolproof plan, executed by master criminal and—it works!  The criminal robs the biggest bank in town and gets away from the cops without so much as a paper cut. The criminal takes the money and settles in some Caribbean island. The island’s authorities know who this person is but the criminal worked out a deal that in exchange for not alerting American authorities, the criminal convinces casinos to set up shop on the island. The island gets income. The criminal lives in a penthouse suite at one of the casinos and has unlimited comps. Life is good.

They Live Happily Ever After—Just Not With Each Other
Boy and Girl meet. Girl has fight with Boy. Boy leaves Girl to practice law in Boston. Girl finds Boy and they both realize that this relationship will never work. She’s a vegan. He loves a good steak. So, they agree to disagree and part on good terms. She finds a job with PETA and he becomes partner in one of the largest law firms in Boston. They are both very happy because they following the beat of their own, not someone else’s, drummer.

They Leave
It started out as a dream house or a quiet weekend camping trip. Then came the homicidal maniac or evil spirit. Since the people involved are mild mannered citizens, they get out of the house or flag down a park ranger and get as far, far away as they can from the malevolent entity. After all, fighting a homicidal maniac or evil spirit and expecting to win is just plain crazy.

So there it is, movies that won’t be playing at the local multiplex. By the way, if the any of the powers that be in Hollywood happen to be reading this and are interested in making a movie based on my ideas, for the right price, I’ll do the screenplay.