Tuesday, March 1, 2011
"GRIND HOUSE." To this day, this movie makes me say, "Wow." I never enjoyed slashers, and I don't think I ever will. Movies like "Saw I," "Saw II," "Saw III," etc. were too much for me (yet, I still managed to watch most of them...). It's just too brutal. For me, clever horror films have just the right mix of gore, mystery, and suspense. So when my friends begged me to go watch "Grindhouse" with them, I flat out rejected them. After I had watched Tarantino's "Hostel," I was expecting another disgusting slasher film. At this, I was a silly high school kid who hadn't begun appreciating Tarantino's works. Even though I knew it was a parody of poorly made '80s style horror films, I didn't think my stomach could take it. But, as you probably all know, your friends always somehow convince into doing stuff you hate.
Yet, thank God I watched that film. I think "Grind House" is one of the greatest films I have ever watched, to this day. It seemed so unintentionally hilarious at times it caught me off guard. I would even dare to say it might be better than "Kill Bill." For those who haven't watched this masterpiece, "Grind House" is literally a parody of a grind house, a theater that would show two shoddily made exploitation films back to back. The fake movie trailers in between the two films are probably one of the most hilarious things I have ever watched.
I think I realized I liked "Grind House" because it wasn't a typical slasher film with gore and guts just for the aesthetics (although Tarantino does often use them in that manner). It was a parody of the violence that we find so hilarious. It made me really wonder why I found violence so hilarious, when in fact shooting people and sawing off people's legs are no laughing matter. Even now, this question haunts my mind: Is society slowly changing us to laugh off and be numb to the violence?