Why do we like dark films? What is it that draws us to the horror genre? It is an age-old question that has existed since the inception of the genre itself, and in many ways, it is philosophical in root, because there is no one answer, nor is there is a right answer to the question. It should also be said that it is a question asked of me and horror fans like me all the time by people are openly NOT fans of the genre. Being scared is thought of as a negative emotion in real life, so why would one want to incur it willingly? While I can not speak for everyone who is a horror fan in the following article, I can speak for myself, and I believe in that process, will be speaking for many like me. It is not the idea that we like seeing people hurt. It is the idea that we can escape into a world darker than our own, but we can do so with the ability to come back at any time.
I would say, all in all, for an orgy thrown by a bunch of people who have never thrown one, it went pretty well. That being said, I did decide to do this thing in my apartment, which left me with a lot of cleaning up to do, and a lot of lingering scents to remind me of our missteps. I thought, rather than silently brood about the aspects of our love-in that bothered me, I would write-up a quick list from some notes I took that I thought would be best to pass along to the rest of the party-goers. Not sure when the next orgy will be, but as long as we follow some of these simple rules, I think it will be even better. Oh, and to Alicia, yes, we will pay for the dry cleaning. Some of us misjudge our trajectory and how gravity works. Sorry about that. In the same breath, wearing Louis Vuitton to an orgy seems a pretty stupid idea. Just saying, might as well get this out now while we are all being honest.
I found a list yesterday online that was titled “The Ten Scariest Movies on Netflix”, and on that list was Insidious 2. As soon as I saw that, I knew I had to write a list of scary movies to watch on Netflix, right now (as of 9/17/2014) because that list was such total and utter shit that I could not let it go uncontested. No, I will not link to it, nor will I say what site I saw it on. I will say that list was absolute shit, the writer had no clue what they were talking about, and I thought I would just contest it with a better list. Let the movies speak for themselves, as such. Keep in mind, I learned from the first time I wrote one of these and I date them in the headline now, in case some of the films are eventually no longer available. As of time if publish, all five horror films included here were available on Netflix instant. Alright, let’s do this.
First thing I need to address before I go on my You Oughta Know tirade is, I know it is about 20 years too late. Sorry, I didn’t have a blog when the video and story about what the song was about finally revealed themselves. In the same breath, twenty years later puts it right at retro hilarity peak for Gen X and Gen Y, who are my favorite of all generations, so this can still work out. So flash back with me to a simpler time. It is 1995, and one of the best decades ever is halfway done. Suddenly, on the musical horizon, a young woman appears who seems to be spitting venom and filled with rage (which lent itself with to the riot grrrl ideal that was permeating music at the time). Her name is Alanis Morissette, and the first song she releases to the public is a song called You Oughta Know. A song so filled with venom that you know the guy who fucked her over must have been some sort of alpha male asshole who made her feel like nothing more than meat when he tossed her aside. You can hear how bitter she is in every screeching note and lyric, and you sit there, uncomfortably admiring the passion (or rolling your eyes, depending on who you are). But as we would all come to find out, HOLY SHIT, that song was about UNCLE JOEY FROM FULL HOUSE! A man who may be, for all intents and purposes, the least fuckable man on Earth, really. Yet here we have this lovely young woman, screaming about how she cannot let go of the fact that he hurt her. Something does not add up, right? Well, let’s delve a little deeper, shall we?
Many years ago, a dear friend approached me and asked me if I had seen the movie The United States of Leland. I told her I had not only never seen it, but up to that point, had never heard of it. She told me how it is a movie she genuinely believed would have a huge impact on me. A movie that dealt with autism, empathy, and emptiness in a way she had never seen before. She also went on to tell me it starred a young Ryan Gosling, and at that point, I was sold. Little did I know it would take my years until I found myself sitting down, watching the movie, in awe that everything she said was right. The movie had such a strong impact on me, the first thing I thought was “I need to tell more people about this movie”. What better place to do that then here? Don’t worry, much like my Why Haven’t You Seen It Column, nothing major will be spoiled here. Just me explaining why I think everyone needs to see The United States of Leland. By the way, if you HAVE seen this, please hit me up here, as I would genuinely like to share some theories, and only know one person who has seen this film. My goal here is to change that.