Locus Focus: Take Twenty-Five!
Welcome to Scary Settings: The Movie Edition!!!
This is our first Movie Edition and I don't know why it took me so long to host one. Cinema can do wonders for settings--especially scary ones.
"Thrillers" can mean either novels or movies; "Romances" are still dominated by books; "Biographies" don't quite call to mind documentaries; and "Philosophy" must still call to mind scrolls. But say "Horror"--and everyone's mind jumps to the most frightening film of his life. Cinema owns this genre . . . and we all know it.
(And that is why, next year, October will be reserved for Scary Settings from movies all the way!!! I just hope we all can stand to wait that long . . .)
Please note that I watched the following movie for "Peril of the Screen" in the RIP V Challenge. I've already linked this post up at the RIP V Challenge Review Site.
"What's your favourite scary movie?" Sidney Prescott asks LAPD homicide detective Mark Kincade.
He answers: "My life."
Sure enough, what we learn in this scary movie, which is partly set on a real set (which, of course, is a fake set on the real real set), is that everything Hollywood hands us is really just a smokescreen. Every Horror movie that comes out of Tinsel Town only distracts us from the fact that the scariest setting of all, filled with some of the sickest psychos of all, is Hollywood itself.
Scream 3 plays with this smoke-and-mirrors idea by layering realistic sets over reality and vice-versa, starting with the near-exact recreation of Sidney's Woodsboro home. The actual home is where the killings began; the reconstructed home is where the killings continue. And all the time the viewer is reminded, with a tart dose of irony, that the real Horror is not what you see on the screen, but what you might never see behind the scenes . . . or behind the backdrops . . . or behind the two-way mirrors . . . or behind the revolving bookcase . . . or in short, behind the mask. And no, I don't mean Ghostface's.
In other words, forget every made-up scary setting this town has treated you to. Hollywood's reality is all you need. While you're at it, forget all the classic characters, the beloved Scream Queens, who never met a villain who could keep them down for long. Here we have the story of a young, beautiful, innocent heroine--an aspiring actress--whose only chance at her own schlocky B-movie success is an audition on the infamous casting couch. Never mind whether she was ever cast as Final Girl or not. In her own life, she was nothing but fodder.
Since seeing Scream 3, I can't watch a starlet-packed Horror film without wondering what real-life horror it fed from first. And I think about every actress who ever got her start in this genre and made it big, and wonder whether the cost of being Tinsel Town's Final Girl was worth it.
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Other Loci Foci from this week . . .
Haddonfield, Illinois (Halloween) @ From Midnight, with Love
Summerisle (The Wicker Man, 1973) @ Birdie's Nest
Sleepy Hollow (Sleepy Hollow) @ This Miss Loves to Read
San Francisco (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1973) @ Hey! Look behind You!
Image Source: Scream 3