Films:(disclaimer: This is only my opinion. I do not expect nor do I encourage that others should agree)
I have such a seething hatred for what has become known as "Grindhouse Horror" that I feel it should be illegal. Furthermore, I believe makers of it should be succored and given appropriate therapy, as its content betrays a true sickness of mind. This "genre" is defined by plots that involve unspeakable cruelty and unimaginable evil carried out with no remorse whatsoever: A form of perversion so hideous that, irony of ironies, it makes the monstrosities conducted in the past of our Western Civilization seem just to a certain, limited extent, in as much as there in could always be found some sort of reasoning, principally, questions of Faith. Much ado, for instance, is made of the unpardonable acts of horror perpetrated upon the Jewish People by the State of Germany. Less is made of equally unpardonable acts of an even more savage nature perpetrated on Christians by other Christians. Still less attention is paid to truly monumental epics of history which savagely took the lives of countless innocent souls such as the Armenian Massacre, (Genocide of Orthodox Christians) the "Other Holocaust" that is now nearly forgotten, as the State which conducted it to this very day formally denies that it ever occurred, when there is so much undeniable evidence that it did, to an even more grotesque extent than we have ever imagined. The young of this State are still educated to believe that this monument of untold ferocity never happened: That it is merely a myth, invented by countries and powers unsympathetic to their beliefs. Of all of these atrocities, none were bereft of a certain reasoning, albeit savage, faulty, diabolical: Whatever term suits the reader may here be applied. I betray my own beliefs in my suggestions, but do not in so doing attempt to force them on others. "Grindhouse Horror," now a kind of cult movement, guarantees massive success at the box office. The main audience envisioned for these films and their spin off electronic games, music, and sundry productions are young people in their formative years. In these films, and in their "offspring," the viewer is relentlessly shown torture in its most graphic form, cleverly veiled in a kind of glamour, which presumably has for prime motivation the idea of making human suffering somehow appealing. (Example of "Grindhouse Horror: the "Saw" series) Lately, an offshoot of this type of media has blossomed in the form of yet another kind of horror, aimed at a more evolved audience, even at intellectuals and "glitterati," of which type we have seen many examples since the late sixties: The Misogynist Horror. Perfect examples of this could be found in any work of Lars von Trier. Most recently, in the film "We Need to Talk About Kevin." These films seem to perversely illustrate a form of intellectual suffering that is specific to women, making it, as does the latter genre, seem glamourous and acceptable. It fascinates me to witness how our media can stand by and allow these types of monstrosities to be shown to our youth without posing some sort of questions about what the results will be on their psyche: These films are designed to be scarring, and to leave indelible marks on society, as were certain blockbusters of the late 60's through the mid 70's: "the Exorcist," for example. It would be difficult for any of us who saw that film at the time of its advent to not carry certain elements of it with us for the rest of our lives. The most disquieting thing about our current culture is, simply put, such media "is" our culture: Regular forms that we have known in the past, The Fine Arts, visual or otherwise, have become footnotes whilst Cinema, Internet Games, Fashion, Television, which at this point in history has "become" reality, dominate what precisely is educating our youth. It is no wonder that those who have the means would sooner starve than allow their children to set foot in a public school, as Education has necessarily become a kind of "Confinement." Interestingly, this omnipotent uber-God, now all-controlling, leaving not behind the News of the World as it is fed to us, "The Media," fits snugly into the predictions made in the Book of Revelations: Obviously, all such things occur differently than we imagine or predict. In the early days of the rise of Hitler, for example, few, if any, Jews could have ever imagined or predicted what the very near future would hold for their kind: As it unfolded, there was still a kind of denial that lingered, since, as humans, we are hard wired to believe that Humankind is good. We discuss here purely Western Culture, making abstraction of Near Eastern Culture and all of its complexities. This harkens something I myself was taught to recite by memory as a youth: In my day, being made to recite things by memory, using perfect diction and making a display of irreproachable poise was an integral part of Education, where most "exams" were oral, and the pupil would be made to stand alone in a room, at a podium, facing a panel of "profs," knowing not beforehand on which matter he or she was to be grilled. Here it is, as best I can translate:
"Would you know the History in brief of all things that have gone astray and lead us into our troubles? Here it is: There once existed a Natural Man. Into this Man was forcefully inserted an Artificial Man by means of Society, and there sprang up between these two, which live as one, a Civil War which lasts as long as does Life itself." -Denis Diderot, inventor, and principal editor of
"The Encyclopedia," considered so dangerous as to be banned by King Louis XV of France.
On the note of History, it is my theory that we are currently living in a downward spiral that is so swiftly quickening by the day, making it by sheer speed of advancement more threatening than it has ever been since it's beginnings, which, by my estimations, were the result of the French Revolution.
This degeneration is happening now with such speed, that our Society is fast becoming one of Warriors outright, prepped to fight, without even being aware of it. Does it not stand to reason, then, that, ultimately, a battle to the Ultimate Death will be fought, and this, in our lifetime?