Spooky Season: The New Halloween Movie Is…Pretty Good(ish)


Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  1. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    I am a big fan of the Darwin Awards. You don’t have to read too many of the books or her original web postings to realize that no matter how dumb the behavior is, there’s probably someone out there who has done it. Sometimes the dumbness just comes from an idee fixe – never stopping to think about what other meanings and consequences your actions might have.

    Honestly, I see that a lot.

    So, when I see people doing dumb things in horror, I understand what is being described.Report

    • Avatar Sam Wilkinson in reply to Doctor Jay says:

      @doctor-jay Counterpoint: A boxer tries to beat up Jason Voorhees, rather than running away from him.Report

      • Avatar Doctor Jay in reply to Sam Wilkinson says:

        That was meant to be funny, right? I hope so.

        That scene makes sense on the metaphorical level. It portrays the horrifying “I thought I was good at this but all by best stuff is producing nothing at all” moment that most of us have had at some point.

        It’s nonsensical on the literal level. Which is why making it be black-humoredly funny sort of works. Or was that a parody of F13? I mean “Jason takes Manhattan”? That doesn’t really seem serious.Report

        • Avatar Sam Wilkinson in reply to Doctor Jay says:

          @doctor-jay This is a very fair reply, and I think it shows us coming at this from two separate perspectives. I have seen Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan many times, and so by now, this scene is simply amusing, as it is occurring within a world in which so many positive bizarre things have already occurred (this movie involves kids from New Jersey taking an “ocean liner” to Manhattan and finishes with Jason drowning in New York City’s nightly flood of toxic waste [???] and turning back into a small boy).

          However, what you are seeing is very accurate, and almost certainly what the audience was intended to see (although the head coming clean off is, perhaps, a nod to the absurdity of the whole thing).Report

          • Avatar Sam Wilkinson in reply to Sam Wilkinson says:

            @doctor-jay Incidentally, the ridiculous things that are happening in this movie are really, really, really ridiculous, but are also absolutely necessary to get the plot moving from point to point. It’s fine of course – horror movies are often predicated upon characters doing outlandish things in service of getting us to the next set piece – but it is extremely transparent, even by horror movie standards.Report

    • Avatar atomickristin in reply to Doctor Jay says:

      I’ve been thinking about this lately due to something that happened in Daredevil, Season 3. A normally very smart character reveals a major secret to a sociopathic villain and my knee jerk reaction was “that was too stupid to be believable, no one would ever do that”. But in reality people reveal their own secrets for all sorts of reasons – to prove a point, to get attention, to rub salt into someone’s wounds, to form bonds of trust with others, even just so you don’t leave someone hanging after they’ve told you one of their secrets (I actually got roped into this one once with a “friend” who turned out to be completely insane).

      People (including myself) often behave idiotically in situations of potentially life-threatening stress. Some people act too quickly and others sit around debating when fast action is needed.

      I have also seen men get into physical fights for lots of silly reasons. I guess maybe Hollywood is actually being insightful for once.Report