Thursday, February 15, 2007
Someone (don't remember who, and a cursory Google doesn't help)said that when watching horror movies viewers identify with both Red Riding Hood and the wolf. That's part of why I love movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its first sequel. I find plenty to identify with in both the victims and the sick, sad family they go up against. Ever since I spent a year working for Stanley Steemer, going into peoples' homes and, y'know, dealing with a diverse array of people, many of them cracked or curdled, I completely identify with the protaganists going into the home of Leatherface et al. But I also identify with Leatherface, a sad, lonely, mentally deficient hillbilly who ain't been raised right. And I related to the barbeque chef who seems okay until you get to know him, a man who wants to fit in with decent people, but also wants to eat them.