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A SAW by any other name…
I like to pride myself on being proactive… Both in my career and my life… however I have been anything but proactive when it comes to my blog.
I guess I get overwhelmed with how many thoughts I have in a day and instead of just focusing on ONE thought and blogging about it, I shut down.
My News Year’s resolution is to blog more… Not that any really cares what I have to say, but it’s cathartic… I have grown tired of telling Ninja and Chance all of my innermost thoughts…
Truth be told, I am sure they have grown tired of hearing them.
So I turn to the Internet, where everyone has a voice, and anyone can babble on endlessly about everything and nothing at all. It’s insane when you think how the Internet has changed our lives, as well as society as a whole.
If it were not for the Internet, both “Repo!” and “The Devil’s Carnival” would have died horrible, horrible deaths. Luckily for the aforementioned films, the Internet existed, and it allowed fans to talk, speak their mind, and spread our little musical plague to others.
Information is so freely accessible… What used to be secret, is now easily revealed… What used to be mysterious is now quickly exposed…
I remember a couple of years back when I was buying a TV for the house, I did research… Actual research… I went to various stores, looked at the different models, read “Consumer Reports”… Now, I just look at the Amazon rating on something. If I am looking for a restaurant, I YELP it… Gotta check those reviews… What are my peers saying?
The truth is I am LAZY. Gone are the days where I actually investigate anything – I let others dictate what I buy, and what I don’t. What I watch, and what I skip… I am a sheep, regardless if I want to admit it or not. Maybe sheep is the wrong word; I am a Lemming…
A few days ago, I was out and about when I passed a movie theater showing “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”
(Full Disclosure – the producer of Texas Chainsaw is a friend of mine: Carl Mazzocone produced some of the “Saw” films, but more importantly, he was the main producer behind “REPO! The Genetic Opera”. I have been a fan of Carl for some time, as he was one of the few people who made “REPO!” a reality, and never stopped believing in or fighting for our little musical.)
Ironically, I had read nothing about it, and I also realized I hadn’t read a single review on the movie. I had fallen out of touch with Carl, and had no insight on how filming went, or what stories he could share from the set. All I had was the poster…
As I stood there in front of the theater, I pulled my cell phone out. I started to pull up Rotten Tomatoes, and then stopped myself. Fuck it, who cares what anyone else thinks of this? I am going in and supporting Carl.
I gotta admit, I liked it. I actually really dug the film. Was it perfect? No… Did parts of the timeline confuse me? Yes? But who fucking cares? In the 90+ minutes I was in the theater, I found it entertaining and exciting, it had some good kills… (come on, the girl in the freezer! That was epic)
Not only was I excited for Carl Mazzocone, and Mark Burg, I was happy to see LGF was still releasing R rated horror films.
The critic in me, can look at Texas Chainsaw and pick apart things I didn’t like… But the reality was, while I was in the movie, I went on the journey and had a good time with it. Texas Chainsaw was not a movie I would allow myself to pick apart.
The minute it ended I jumped on Rotten Tomatoes, curious of what others thought of the movie. As one would expect, it wasn’t getting the love Carl, and others who worked on the movie probably had hoped for.
One need not be a rocket scientist to understand how EVERY horror movie that is released effects me, and directors like me… It effects all the horror films coming out… It is important that horror stays atop the box office… It’s important it’s supported, and fans see these films, as you VOTE by your dollar… I am nothing more than a poser if I am not out there as well, voting with my dollars… I WANT TO SEE MORE HORROR, I want to see R rated horror – this is the genre I love, and so every time a movie like this comes out, it’s important, as it’s another chance to make a statement. When I came home that night, I was curious what some of the bloggers I followed thought of the film, so I sat down and spent a good hour reading other people’s thoughts and reviews on “Chainsaw”.
About an hour into my curiosity, a realization hit me, if I had read a fraction of this prior to going to the theater, I would not have seen the movie. I would have prejudged it, and written it off based on what the others thought. The Others.
I have never personally made a movie that The Others have endorsed. In fact, pretty much every film I have made has been destroyed by the critics from Rotten Tomatoes.
I wonder what other movies I would have seen, or restaurants I would have visited or TV’s I might have bought if I didn’t so easily accept the advice of others…
I would like to tell my followers to support my friend Carl and LGF, and horror in general by going out and seeing Texas Chainsaw 3D, if for no other reason than the great Bill Moseley, that man is a God Damn National Treasure.
But who am I? Just another voice in a sea of voices, so don’t listen to a word I say… But be your own judge… Do your own thing.
I challenge you to an experiment. Do one thing this week that you know NOTHING about… Go on Netflix and watch a movie you have never heard of (no reading reviews). Go to a restaurant and don’t YELP it, or do any research… Go buy a CD based SOLELY on the cover art and nothing else… Pick up a comic book because you like the title even though you have no clue of its content.
While a great deal of you will probably strike out, and be met with severe disappointment, some of you will discover diamonds in the rough… I want to hear about it all — the successes and the failures (though no promise I will listen to any of you – I will be out discovering my own stuff)!!!