Here’s something kind of cool: I shot a video on Tuesday with the guy who manages midnite movies at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Though I’m obviously still pretty new to video editing, I think it came out well, considering.
It was also one of the most fun videos I have done so far. As anyone who knows me is well aware, I’m pretty obsessed with horror movies. Partially because I like the constant stimulation, but partially because they are, in their weird way, really lady-friendly. There is so much space in horror for revenge and power grabs and subversion. Much like camp, horror is a space where weird things can happen; the element of parody is practically built in to the structure, which makes it a virtual breeding ground for under-the-radar messages and unsaid meanings. There’s space for slippage and play and movement and all of those Derrida-ian post-structuralist things. (Okay, I admit it, I’m getting nostalgic for Lit Theory 101).
Oh, and in case this gets lost: it’s also really, incredibly fun. Horror movies are such a social experience—I like watching them with people and making bets on the order of deaths.
Finally, my last word on the subject for now: I’ve been watching two good post-apocalyptic series, ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC and ‘Survivors,’ which was a British show about a group of—you guessed it—survivors. Though ‘Walking Dead’ is getting all kinds of attention lately, I’m actually way more into ‘Survivors.’ The characters are better, there is more action, and the overall effect is much, much scarier. But out of patriotism, I trudge on.