I do not like horror movies for one simple reason: violence and pain is not entertaining.
There is too much real horror in the world for us to get our jollies from “fake” horror.
So I was intrigued when I read about The Conjuring, no real violence? Only a modicum of bloodshed? Has a man known for his scarifying horror porn turned a corner in making a scary movie with old-school methods instead of new-school exploitation?
Perhaps. But I don’t usually stray into movie review just for kicks.
The reviewer I read pointed out that most of us just say–why doesn’t the family move? That is the second time this week someone has posed that question in connection with horror. The first time the question was in response to the 7 deadliest neighborhoods in the US. A friend asked–why don’t they just move?
There is no reason why a fictional family beset by camera-funded haunts could not up and move except the placement of the crafts services table.
In real life however, the answer is right up front–poverty. People stay because they are too poor to move. The neighborhoods stay dangerous because poverty does not fund decent law enforcement.
Poverty begets crime, neglect, and the exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens.
When the money is gone so is the safety. We live in a dangerously impoverish country–little girls left in trash bins and garbage bags. Grown women murdered by a sex offender who stalked their neighborhood…then left them curled in trash bags. Kidnapping and harm.
The value of human life is plummeting in our country. Law enforcement does not keep us all safe–especially in the poorest places.
Ironic. We all know this movie will gross millions, hundreds of millions, all the while the gleaming cities of America go bankrupt, and more children die in our haunted streets.
Where could we move to be safe?