These are dark times we live in, at least if you’re watching popular movies or TV.
The vampires of the Twilight saga saturated modern media for a while, and then they got booted out by the warriors of the Hunger Games, in which young people in an imaginary society not too removed from our own are selected to fight to the death.
Teenagers flocked to Hunger Games and a friend of mine took her daughter to see it – and hated it. She hated what she saw as its glorification of death – and feared for how it might affect more sensitive teens.
I doubt you’ll have see any comments like that from professional reviewers though. I figure they’ve mostly become so immune to fictionalized violence that they can’t see any harm in it.
The mood of these movies is very dystopian. Dystopia is of course the opposite of eutopia. If an ideal society is eutopian, then a dystopian one is a place where everyone’s having a miserable time - a bit like what's happening in Spain now but with murder and monsters as well.
There’s also plenty of dystopia on TV, as in the recent Terra Nova series, and let’s not forget UK series Being Human, which features people who have an alarming tendency to turn into ravening beasts.
True Blood is back on our screens too. Shape shifters abound there, with multiple fangs slipping out of the gums of a host of Mississippi vampires, all the better to plunge into tender necks.
The biggest new monster on the block is Prometheus. Its director Ridley Scott is the guy who scared the bejesus out of us with Alien, as you may recall.
It’s a long time since that ghastly critter gnawed its way out of a crewman’s chest in the first Alien movie. Want to guess how long? 1979. Can it possibly be 33 years? Sigh.
Have you noticed how dark these movies are - as in literally dark? So many deep shades and shadows and blackness. Sunlight hardly gets a look-in.
My current question is whether, at five, my grand-daughtet is too young for the latest Snow White iteration, Snow White and the Huntsman.
I just took a look at some it on YouTube. Oh yes,way too young.
I see it has an M rating - "suitable for mature audiences" but still unrestricted.
Sure, I'm mature all right, but this movie could give me nightmares…