As I had written earlier I love/live/devour horror movies
So today in my List-Serve I received this letter which again highlights the idiocy (as has been pointed out by the senior member) that horror fans have to face. The letter is penned by one my best correspondents ( I have never been in touch with him but his comments on horror and everything related to the genre I look forward to.)
Hi all -
Like probably every decent person, I was horrified by the massacre in Norway.
But later, I was also aggravated by a post a friend made on Facebook:
“And people wonder why I’m not into horror movies. Who needs them when things like this happen?”
I don’t know about other people here, but I get really sick of comments like this. There’s an implication in there that something is wrong with people who like horror, that perhaps we’re not appalled enough by real-life horrific events and have to go trolling for more.
The other thing that irritates me is that the person who wrote this is a big fan of action movies. You know, movies which often portray mass killings as light-hearted entertainment. Where the heroes often rack up bigger body-counts than the villains. Movies where shooting people is the right thing to do.
So why are so many people so upset by horror movies, which by definition present violence and death as horrifying, and yet totally blasé about action movies, where violence is usually presented as being fun?
Do you know what really makes me sick? The news as entertainment. Much of what’s presented on the news is stuff that does not impact on our lives and, to be honest, is none of our business: someone else’s tragedy offered up as something to keep us tuned in past the next ad break. Meanwhile, things that would actually be useful to know (e.g. decisions that elected officials are making and why they are making them) are not being reported because that’s not as “entertaining” as the latest shooting or celebrity scandal. That’s the real exploitation.
The information in this communication and any accompanying attachments may be legally privileged and confidential. It is intended only for the recipients named in this message. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that any use, disclosure, copying or distributing of the information is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please delete the message and notify me immediately. Thank you.