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Are we the scary generation?

5 Jan

Firstly, lets start by watching this video by the film critic Mark Kermode on the sub-genre of films that explore a strange fear of children and young people.

‘The terror is not to do with the young people of today are thugs, hooligans, maniacs, rioters – whatever.
The real fear is, they’re smarter then us.’ 

I’ve also been interested in how new horror films can relate to modern day themes (explored more within this Empire Magazine feature) and as Kermode states throughout the age of cinema – youth  have been represented as a scary modern force, because of  their intelligence, ambition and forward thinking.

Now, many people could say that the generation of today is not that smart; thousands of Facebook status updates and Tweets show that we “all” love Twlight and Bieber whilst not caring or knowing anything about politics, modern science or culture.
The young people people within the London riots who posed for photos of themselves with their loot of basmati rice also did not carry forward the concept of us youth being smarter then any generation before us…

However, what 2011 and its preceding years have shown us, is a change. Or at least a vast majority of people – mostly of a young age wanting there to be change in quite hard hitting deep social, economical, political and environmental  issues. The Arab Spring being the pinnacle of examples, followed by the Occupy financial movement that has spread across the world and not forgetting the need and want of solving climate change issues for not only today’s youth but for future generations as well.

So now we come to this point, where parents and adults fears, portrayed by psychotic, demon possessed youth within films seem to be taking place within the real world on a large scale- even if they just steal basmati rice.
Leading us to a conclusion that for the next decade, horror films will be full of youth causing gory death and gory despair. (more then likely in pointless 3D)

However, what if the youthful voice for wanting change grows?* Could another horror sub-genre based on generational differences take its place?
Loads of horror films already have youth facing murdering adults, notable examples being

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Halloween – Ok forget the first ten minutes

But unfortunately for many youth-led horror films, there focus on modern social issues goes as far as the latest underwear fashion…
To still be addressed in modern day horror is youth’s own fear of adults destroying our future, leaving us with nothing, not wanting change and for everything just to be as it is right here, right now.

After all, that’s what is happening within the real world.

*Oh yes old folk, the change will come. You thought you were scared when you saw The Exorcist – you haven’t seen anything yet..

“The Sound Of Music” & Why It Scares The Funk Out Of Me

23 Sep

I’ve watched Eraserhead, The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and countless other films that by there originally description can be seen to freak and scare people witless. However for me, a hit Rodger & Hammerstein musical involving a nun, a lovely family and beautiful mountain scenery is the one that sends shivers down my spine – Till this day, I have only seen it once.
(Note:  At the time of viewing I was sober; not drunk or on some hallucinating drugs. In addition to create this blog, I could only read the script)   

  • The beginning starts like The Shining– camera panning over mountain scenery – What happened within the Kubrick film? A flipping bleeding elevator!
  • The nuns act like Maria, is a mental nut – just because she always likes going outside & singing! They seem to have a totalitarian 1984l ook on the world
  • Von Trapp family. TRAP. Clue is in the name – just like Damien in The Omen, Dr Evil, Scrooge etc.. 
  • The children had 12 governesses , before Maria (think Damien from The Omen X 7* killing everyone of them 
  • All the kids are in age/height order! That is too precise – Did the Nazi’s & their genetic experiments start before the war with the Von Trapp’s?  Note the blond hair, blue eyes of some of the kids.
  • German names – OK Austrian, but they still sound evil.
  • Captain Trapp bounds about, sticking to orders & running by the book. In comparison Maria is a hippy. I’m sure at the time this was made (1963) America did not like hippies or communists.
  • My Favourite Things’– is sung during a thunder & lighting storm…..think satanic verses
  • Do-Re-Mi’ – More like a spell for a potion, just like those 3 witches in Macbeth.
  • By the time the Captain returns from somewhere– The children are happy to wear lederhosen made out of flowery curtains???  
    No child can be that happy, wearing Lederhosen! What has Maria done? Cast them under a spell using both of those previous songs –  Which were led by her & have the children join in by second chorus, boosting the satanic verse and spells magical properties.
  • So long Farewell’ – Sounds like a pre-emptive firing squad song before they FIRE.
  • The way Maria talks about being in love with Captain is more like she is being hypnotised into loving him “I could hardly breathe. -Did you let him see your feelings? -I don’t know. That’s what’s torturing me. I was on God’s errand.”

This video agrees with my theory that something creepy is going on

Now I know musical’s have impromptu signing and dancing. But each song here is used as a form of escapism to such a far extent from Nazi’s or feelings. That how can it be right? Its like stating, that we could of kept the Nazi’s from taking over Europe if we just sang songs. I bet the Von Trapp’s in the sequel, would reprise ‘My Favourite Things’ whilst bombs were dropping – and little Brigitta Von Trapp laid on the floor with her guts hanging out.

They just can’t sing until it goes away – & thus that is why it freaks me out.

* Though yes, in The Omen his nanny is a servant of the Devil – However could/does Maria fulfil the same role?