Sometimes it’s good to step away from the big screen and discuss some other aspect of horror. For me, a fine place to do that is the Chrysler Museum Of Art. I spend a fair amount of time there since it’s less than five minutes from where I live, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to go over a handful of the pieces I find, well, a little unsettling.
When I started Blogferatu.com, one of my first decisions was to avoid reviewing current titles. That’s what I thought the fine folks at, say, Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central were for (and precisely why I love them so).
Then Bone Tomahawk came along and with it an onslaught of reviews that were all over the spectrum. Initially it was one of my “probably interesting but nothing I’m champing at the bit to see” movies. But with all the wildly mixed opinions, I thought, “Ok. Let’s see what all the hoo-hah is about.”
I liked it fine. I like Kurt Russell in just about anything. But it occurred to me that nobody was talking about Bone Tomahawk in terms of one especially interesting connection (okay it’s interesting to me as an academic type).
Switch hostile terrain and cannibals for the ocean, and with a fair dose of gore, S. Craig Zahler essentially retells Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat.”
I harbor nothing personally against The Hunger Games (other than the whole Battle Royale issue which I won’t discuss here). Hunger Games got pre-ruined for me when people started treating it like some fresh, visionary take on dystopia.
Maybe, as has often been suggested, I’m just a contrarian. Maybe it’s some variant of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. When something gets overhyped and overpraised, I get suspicious. Sadly, my suspicions almost always hold up.