Halloween night I was watching a Lifetime movie, Christina’s House, I believe it was. It was a halfway decent thriller until the last thirty minutes, when it turned to a gore fest. Sorry, but that was the last straw that broke my camel’s back. I am sick (literally) and tired of all the blood, viscera, guts, dismemberment, and gore – and that’s just network television. Satellite and cable are even worse. It’s getting where a mild-mannered person can’t even watch Law and Order without seeing a mild-mannered version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (Okay, I am exaggerating, a little).
Once upon a time, I was a big fan of all those tacky low-budget movies they chucked out on the Sci Fi Channel. Now, though, even their basic science fiction movies are nothing but hatchet-fests with much dismemberment. Where are the days when science fiction was about mind versus machine, space exploration, and an occasional dinosaur that wasn’t dripping blood and when it did munch on a lawyer, we only saw just enough to cheer for the T. Rex? One shudders to think what would be required of a new Jurassic Park or how explicit a new Star Trek would need to be just to pull in an audience.
But, I don’t want this stuff in my chick flicks. I don’t want it on network television. Heck, I don’t even want it in science fiction.
Why is it necessary?
No, I think the important question is what is it doing to our society? What does it say about our society? Is this one of the reasons people are so desensitized to violence and don’t blink when some horrific crime is committed? I know the new reality includes Islamic beheadings, but if we don’t draw the line at such things as part of our entertainment, such barbaric practices are going to lose their shock value, and then what? Are we going to start retaliating by doing the same thing?
Unfortunately, I am afraid that day has already arrived. A week or so ago, I was reading that, in Mexico, drug dealers are now beheading their competition, a practice copied from Islamic brutality. Where does it stop? When does it stop?
If our entertainment is a mirror of our society, we are truly in serious trouble and in decline toward barbarism.