I was volunteering for the Samaritans, when the Exorcist was released. The disturbing effect that it had on many cinema goers was reflected by the avalanche of calls that we received. I went to see it, to better empathise with those that it had upset, I found the film upsetting and unpleasant!!
I got dragged to “Damien Omen 11”, some might say a classic of it’s time, me a vehicle for some for a month of nightmares!
And then on a long weekend to London with a GF, we went to a Sunday afternoon double header, the first film was from the Monty Python team, the 2nd what I thought was an innocuous offering based on a Daphne du Maurier book, “Don’t Look Now!!”
The GF began to cry about half the way through the film, and soon after we had to leave.
Some see being frightened as entertainment, and as the years go by the intensity of the horror seems to multiply, in order to fill seats. And Halloween is part of that discussion. No one wants to be the “odd man out,” so I am sure that some children put up with it, not to stand out. But quite what goes on, in their barely formed consciousness’s when the lights go out at night - is anybody’s guess.
Society seems to be getting increasingly desensitised by violence, gore and horror.
Some say, it is only a film!!
I say, try attending a bad road traffic accident or a factory explosion or bodies on the helideck after a ditching and that IS the real world.
Is it any wonder that we see many of our brave soldiers return from combat, police and other emergency services personnel after terrible “incidents” that end up PTSD damaged, unemployable, drug or alcohol addicts or on our streets.
I am a passionate believer in freedom of speech, but we should do better (don’t ask me how) in protecting people from themselves or being much better helping them post exposure.
How was that for a rant?!!?