Short conversation after viewing...
(Knocked Out Loaded and I were talking about Phantom Thread
and different ways films challenge us.)Sandy: ...I was super challenged this evening!KOL: In a good way?Sandy: I don't know! I watched Scream.KOL: Sandy: People getting mutilated, hacked up, shot, stabbed... This is something people enjoy? They like the adrenaline rush? KOL: MaybeSandy: I don't know... I feel a little less human, like it brought something into me that diminishes me some. KOL: So, in a way you feel that you have hurt yourself?Sandy: It's as if I need to replace what I saw with other things, like the need to heal my soul, I guess.KOL: I sense that it was a less than a good experience.Sandy: It's hard to define good. I'm not desensitized from watching numerous horror movies, so it's raw to me. I'm an empath for goodness sake! I don't have enough protective filters!KOL: Your empathic capacities means that you enjoyed Scream less? Sandy: I don't watch films lightly. They affect me.KOL: That is a cool aspect. Scream's stupid setup never takes me there. I remain unaffected because there is so little realism there from the get go.Sandy: The blood KOL: It is just paint!Sandy: It is?! KOL:I hope! Sandy: Why can't I sit back unattached and say, "It's just paint"? ...In these type of movies, I'm the type to clutch someone's arm and peak out from under a blanket... It must be why guys like to watch horror with their dates. KOL: That is a valid point I never have thought of!Sandy: Seems pretty smart. And the real value I see in such films. KOL: It makes perfect sense! We have deconstructed the genre!
I think I came at horror backwards. I've bypassed all the modern classic horror films and went right into the meta spoof ones, mainly Scream
and Cabin in the Woods
. Perhaps this way, if I do watch the others, I will have one level of separation from them and can watch with a more neutral eye. I'll take any buffering I can get!
Personally, I was very impressed with Scream
. I didn't know the story, so everything was new to me and it unfolded as if I were sitting in a theatre in 1996. Pretty neat trick, which is a big anomaly, I'm sure! A little horror goes a long way, but I have Alien
sitting here at my desk and now that I've had a week to decompress from Scream
, it's time to dive back in! Wish me luck.