31 Nightmares: The 20th

WARNING: The following video contains graphic images of violence and adult language. Not intended for all viewers. Especially viewers under the age of 18. Movie Rated: R

*SPOILER WARNING*: The video shared below contains “spoilers” for the end scene of the Wes Craven movie, Scream (1996). Please do not view do not wish to spoil parts of the ending.

For the Love of Horror (Part 2)

This topic has been spoken about here before (way back when I first created this place in 2012), but I later took the article down due to low view/reader count. It was not a subject most popular amongst my regular readers. However, I feel the time has now become optimal due to the in flux of new readers here during this crazy year of 2015.

Horror has long been a love of mine. Perhaps this is why I often feel the need to defend it when the genre becomes attacked in the media or elsewhere. There’s a quote from a popular movie during 1996, Scream —that I often use in my arguments.

Spoilers ahead…

“Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative.”

It tends to drive home the point.

Who else would be the perfect person to hammer down that point than the brilliantly talented visionary, Mr. Wes Craven? There just plain isn’t one.

The statement made in that quote is basically holding the psychopath completely and 100% responsible for his or her actions. It can’t get more real than that. A psychopath is already a psychopath, and an artist or creator should not be held liable for how his or her work is interpreted. I think this holds especially true with someone who is mentally ill, and/or not in their right mind to begin with. That’s why these movies or artistic creations come with warnings and ratings. Their creators should not have to suffer for mere artistic expression. It’s simply not fair and about time we started addressing it.

There are some astounding artistic creations that have been pulled from the shelves at times due to these backwards beliefs, and it makes fans like myself quite ill to say the least. Over the years we’ve seen quite a few changes but, not without some drawbacks. Some projects still come under fire for being “too violent” or containing imagery of weapons or foul language. These viewers are failing to realize something, just because something doesn’t sit right with them, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s influencing the mind of some lunatic.

Even if some of the violence acted out in some of these movies, games, and television is absorbed by some unstable person, should the artist/creator be held accountable? After all, there is evidence to support that these individuals would commit violent acts with or without these forms of entertainment involved. Go ahead, research it for yourself. You’ll see the list of crimes a person with violent tendencies commits. It will make you want to vomit.

A person’s home life and upbringing are said to be the main factors in committing violent acts. There just still isn’t a strong case against the entertainment industry, and certainly not the artistic community either. The numbers simply aren’t there. As for the people that go out there and commit some unspeakably, horrible act and then go and say “The movies made me do it.” It’s a damn copout. They seriously need to stop. So does the news media that points the finger because of some angry parent of some twisted individual. Or some hidden agenda. You are only harming the artists themselves.

This has been Day 20


31 Nightmares

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