With the release of Piranha 3-D last week (creative title,eh?), another great movie was let loose among us mortals. That movie follows in a long line of “horror” movies in which you see a good number of people die horrible deaths in a thousand different ways. What makes it even better is that it’s in 3-D…so you know,more realistic bloodshed.
On one hand I want to say that horror movies are so uncreative these days, but I’m not too sure. Although I’ve never seen any recent horror movie (nor do I have a mind to), from what I hear it sounds as if these directors are getting pretty diverse in how they kill off their characters. These guys seriously make the Romans look tame. Having Christians get torn apart by wild animals? Pshaw! Just have someone get sucked up by an esacalator or force them to watch Richard Simmons videos till they use thumb tacts to gouge their own eyes out.
What’s amazing about all this is that people actually go to see these movies, knowing full well that a gorefest awaits. What’s even more amazing is that this isn’t limited to “horror” movies alone, comedies are starting to invent creative bloodbaths for howling audiences. And then you’ve got your war movies (where,granted, horrible deaths are more expected) bringing you an onslaught of severed limbs and ripped apart corpses.
This really isn’t the 1940’s anymore.
Now before some of you modern movie lovers fly off the handle and tell me to cool my jets, I just want to make an observation. There is almost no area in our current entertainment industry (movie,tv,etc) where we can avoid coming face-to-face in some way or another with severed limbs and gruesome deaths. In some cases this may not be so bad (like a war movie), but in others it’s totally unnecessary (like a comedy). Should I be laughing that someone just lost an arm? Should seeing a gaggle of people getting eviscerated by a swarm of piranhas entertain me? Is my generation slowly becoming desensitized to violence?
Allright,enough rambling,what’s the point? A couple of things. One,can we be shocked anymore? Does hearing about soldiers in Iraq getting blown apart or horribly mutilated affect us? Do international and national tragedies still prick our hearts to compassion? Two, are all the severed limbs pointing toward our obsession with death and violence? Have we fallen to such a base level as to humor ourselves with voilents deaths? Why don’t we just build coliseums and bring back the gladiators? Finally,in terms of the church, does this hinder our spiritual growth in any way? Does it numb us to everyday pains going on around us? Maybe coworkers,friends,and classmates are dying slow, gruesome, horrid spiritual deaths, but we’re blinded to sensitivity.
What say you?