I am a horror movie fan, primarily a fan of the more cerebral psychological horror films like Jacobs Ladder and The Shining, I am also a big fan of
fantasy horror like Hellraiser, Evil Dead, and The Mist (the Frank Darabont film not that crappy 80s movie).
Movie gore and things of that nature do not make me squeamish as they are fictional, so I am not usually disturbed by horror films.
I have recently been introduced to some "films" (if I can truly even call them that) which have for lack of a better term "raped my soul". I say that
because I read a review for one of these movies which expressed that feeling as well, and I could not help but agree.
These films primarily come from Europe and many of you have probably heard of at least one of them. These movies are not like The Human Centipede, oh
no. These movies make Tom Six's work look like Rugrats.
The first of these movies is Inside
. Now many might have seen this movie and shrugged it off. What I
saw was over an hour sadism, on a level that took me beyond horror, it was just sick. I was not afraid at all during the film, I just felt sad,
helpless, and defeated.
And this trend continues...
Next was Antichrist
. This film was just a glorified sadomasochistic fantasy, albeit a
beautifully filmed one. Lars von Trier is a very gifted director, but this film shows me a part of him I do not even think he is willing to admit to
himself, and that is why he has to express it through cinema.
And then I saw it, the film to end all hope.
A Serbian Film
If there was ever a time that I felt so offended, and disgusted the was it. I actually did not want to see after this, i would have gladly given up my
eyes. I wish I could just take the memories away, Jesus!
Maybe these directors accomplished what they set out to do, maybe the disgust I felt, the sadness, the helplessness. Perhaps this was all according to
plan, but I cannot help but think upon other horror films such as the Shining that was an amazing film which created an atmosphere of fear and tension
that did not need to show a women be ripped apart or raped to get its point across.
While death and violence are facts of life and are more than acceptable to be portrayed to convey a sense of fear and unease, I just cant help but
hate myself for viewing these movies, they are like fantasy snuff films.
So ATS, do you agree? Or am I just a wimp?
edit on 13-3-2013 by Openeye because: (no reason given)