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  •  What disturbs me is that a lot of the slasher ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, walkshills, northsylvania

    ... and gore films don't seem to be about laughing at all.  

    Some definitely are, and clearly have a sense of humor and talent and imagination -- like some that have appeared in this series.  But others just seem to me to be out-and-out ugly and sick in their spirit.

    Sort of like reality TV.  It's not funny.  It's just repulsive people doing awful things.  The same thing also struck me recently when I saw that one channel I loved years ago -- the Biography channel -- has apparently become the "Serial Killer Channel," with nonstop documentaries about true crime and serial killers.  And A&E has also been taken over by true-crime-and-murder shows (when they're not focusing on rednecks and people fighting over storage units).  Not to mention the apparent obsession with TV series' and movies about gangsters, drug dealers, and low-lifes in general ...

    Again, I can only feel it reflects something not very healthy in the American psyche as a whole ... maybe a sense of powerlessness, fear, insecurity, anger, nihilism ...

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