Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Your Worldview Terrifies Me: Se7en and the Four Shades of Horror

When it came time to shoot the final scene of my short horror movie, Enter the Dark, I knew it had to have a certain tone.  This dark ending had to deliver a crushing psychological blow, like the amazingly resonant movies of David Lynch - especially Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive.

A few days before shooting the final scene, I got this gnawing feeling that I needed watch Se7en, one of my all-time favorite films.  As I sat in admiration of the incredible skill involved in that movie - the script, the acting, art direction, cinematography and of course, David Fincher's overall vision, I was mostly overcome by the absolute bleakness of its ending, and especially the amazing performance by Brad Pitt as he is forced to make an impossible decision with the realization that no matter what he does, evil has already won.

I knew I was watching the embodiment of what my ending had to be.

The night that we shot our ending, I had my actor, Charles step into my office, and we alone sat in the darkness and watched that ending of Se7en.  Then we stepped into my hallway and shot our scene.

This got me thinking - what about this movie (Se7en) makes it so above the ordinary for me?  Why does it emote such feelings of dread in me, while other so-called horror films seem so shallow.  It struck me that in this movie, the key issue is that evil has already won.  Throughout the film, Somerset tries to warn Mills that society is rotten to its core, but Mills only learns after he has paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

To me, it is this pessimistic worldview that ultimately terrifies me.  As I examined some of the films that have effected me the most, I realized that most of them contain elements of this same worldview.  Extrapolating this further, I realized there are really four different worldviews that a horror movie (or any story, for that matter) can be set in.  How a storyteller sees the world will greatly influence the shades of horror that he or she creates.

There are 4 primary worldviews: Light, Grey, Dark, and Empty(I know these may sound silly - bear with me with the names, you'll see where I'm headed in a sec.)

-LIGHT - In this world, people are inherently good.  The systems they create: Science, Education, Politics, The Media, The Police, The Military, The Church are all essentially good.  Therefore, the world in which we live is essentially good.  The occasional outbreaks of bad behaving people are anomalies that are swiftly and effectively dealt with by the systems we set up to protect us.

There is no evil - no monsters, no demons. There are simply misbehaving individuals that may have been damaged as children.  Rehabilitation is always the best way to deal with misbehaving individuals. They can always be fixed - there is always a cure.

Good ultimately and always triumphs.  The perfect refinement of our systems will ultimately lead to peace and nirvana.

-GREY - All people have good and evil within them.  Who they become is determined by their upbringing, and ultimately their actions.  Every one of us, every day by our own actions choose to be good or evil.

However, there definitely is real Evil in this worldview - some of which can never be rehabilitated.  The systems we create may be corrupted by this evil and at times work against us. However, Good can always battle back when enough people band together to take a stand and fight against the exposed Evil.

The battle rages on...

-DARK - People are inherently selfish, greedy, violent, sadistic and destructive.  The systems they create reflect their diseased state.  Occasionally there may be glimpses of people who try to do good, but they are ultimately taken down by the true wretched state of mankind.

The systems we create perpetuate a vision that they are protecting us simply to keep us passive - like sheep being led to the slaughter.

Dystopia and destruction are the ultimate outcome.

-EMPTY - There is no good or evil, no right are wrong.  Things just happen.  There is no meaning.

The systems we create do what we tell them to - no more or no less.

In this Nihilistic vision, there is no final judgement -no God or Devil.  What you do, how you treat your family, how you interact with the world matters not.

You are ultimately alone in the universe.


So, if we go back to my old pal, Se7en you might say that it lives squarely in the Dark worldview. I think that is what makes it so damn frightening to me.  If you were to draw a graph (and you know how much I like graphs) and place Se7en on a spectrum from Light to Dark, you might see something like this:


Now, most films will not live entirely within one of these worldviews, but will tend to have elements of one or more.  Looking at a bunch of my favorite movies, if I had a bunch of time to waste, I might graph them like this: (click on image to enlarge)

I find this to be an interesting way to look at movies, and horror movies in particular.  You can see that most of my favorite movies tend to live in the areas of Dark or Empty, or some combo of both.  You'll also notice that almost no horror films live in the Light worldview (no surprise there) so I added some stuff like E.T. and Care Bears Movie so you can see what would live there.  And if anyone can find a movie that is both Light and Empty, please let me know.  A happy, positively nihilistic film is something I'd like to see someone pull off - perhaps the ending of Life of Brian comes close??

Of course this is all open to interpretation, which is ultimately what makes it so interesting.  So, I invite you to argue with me, make your own graphs, chart tv shows, books, comic books do whatever.  It might help illuminate why you've always been attracted to or repelled by certain stories.

The question also becomes then, how do you view the world?  Where would it be charted in the above graph?  I think for me, I'd like to live in the Light world, but know that's a fairy tale.  More and more, I'm convinced we live in a Grey world - somewhere between Grey and Empty. Yeah, we exist in a world somewhere between Alien and Jaws.


Heaven help us all...

79 comments:

  1. My worldview definitely is Grey. Though when I write (which seldom happens nowadays, unfortunately) my worldview tends to shift to black.

    And I would also very much like to be able to write something in a Light worldview, tending to Empty. Because sometimes the coincidence of our actions and the ways in which they come together seems so laughably silly... Which sometimes leads me to think the villain may very well be killed by a piano dropping from the sky, ending the story and restoring everyone to a state of sheer happiness.

    Empty goes pretty badly with my religious views, but somehow I've not been able to incorporate God in a story in a believable way...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your idea for Light & Empty was on the right track, but got the wrong film. Meaning of Life.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ah yes, the Meaning of Life. How could I forget:

    So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth
    And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
    Because there' bugger all down here on earth.

    ReplyDelete
  4. My world view is most definitely empty. It's interesting how jcz talks about an incompatibility with his religion and emptiness; With utmost respect I find more reason all the time to disassociate myself with religion altogether. Our own societal values are so entrenched that many are under the illusion of the existence of good and bad. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's meaningless however; I believe the lack of meaning is meaning itself.

    Hmm it made sense when I was writing it. Not so sure reading over it. Possibly because I'm distracted by The Eagles, and they're one of the few lights in the emptiness for me ;)

    ReplyDelete
  5. first few things I thought of for light and empty were adult swim cartoons, ever seen 12 Oz. Mouse? Also thought of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Slacker, although it's not necessarily that they inspire trust in society don't show good & evil, more that the main characters are just so positive compared to most.

    ReplyDelete
  6. If you need your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend to come crawling back to you on their knees (no matter why you broke up) you must watch this video
    right away...

    (VIDEO) Text Your Ex Back?

    ReplyDelete
  7. We are the best writing company providing Nursing Writing Services papers in discourse chapters. Some students have the expertise required to complete a disquisition but result to seeking Buy Research Paper for Nursing help.

    ReplyDelete
  8. How to create a website
    In year 2020, How to Create a website without knowing anything about web disigning and web development or any type of codings. Whether you want to create a website for your company business or for your own you can create it by doing right things. These 5 easy steps for beginners will help you to create a website without spending your money.

    ReplyDelete
  9. .....
    Best Hollywood Movies, Hollywood movie download, hollywood movie, hollywood movie action, hollywood movie actress, hollywood movie actor, Best Hollywood Movies, Hollywood movie download, hollywood movie, hollywood movie action, hollywood movie actress,
    ....
    ....
    .>>....Best American Movies

    .>>....Best Hollywood movie download
    ....
    ....
    Top Performing Countries:
    United States,..... Best American Movies
    ....

    ReplyDelete
  10. At present, the service provider in this field Has increased greatly Until unable to select the best that is appropriate and worth being “An important partner”, we would like to offer a service that no one else can offer. biogaming

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have just come across your post and I believe this is exactly what I am looking for. I want an economics assignment help from a tutor who can guarantee me a top grade. Do you charge per page or does it depend on the
    bulk of the economics homework help being completed? More to that if the work is not good enough do you offer free corrections.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Matlab Assignment Help helped me to complete my seventh Matlab assignment, which was also the best-performed! It scored 92/100, which I've never scored before on any other assignment/exam in my lifetime. Otherwise, their service was as quick as usual. The delivery was also on time. I'm now requesting to use this same programmer multiple times. He seems the best in Image Processing tasks. Meanwhile, I'll ask for more Matlab Homework Help soon

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am looking for a Statistics Assignment Help expert for Statistics Homework Help. I have struggled enough with statistics and therefore I just can't do it anymore on my own. . I have come across your post and I think you are the right person to provide me with SPSS homework help. Let me know how much you charge per assignment so that I can hire you today

    ReplyDelete
  14. Besides my C course, I have a job and family, both of which compete to get my time. I couldn't find sufficient time for the challenging C assignments, and these people came in and saved my skin. I must commend them for the genius Programming Assignment Help. Their C Homework Help tutors did the best job and got me shining grades.

    ReplyDelete
  15. The ardent Programming Homework Help tutor that nailed down my project was very passionate. He answered my Python questions with long, self-explanatory solutions that make it easy for any average student to revise. Moreover, he didn't hesitate to answer other questions, too, even though they weren't part of the exam. If all Python Homework Help experts can be like this then they can trend as the best Programming school ever online

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hey STATA homework help expert, I need to know if you can conduct the Kappa measurement of agreement. This is what is in my assignment. I can only hire someone for statistics assignment help if they are aware of the kappa measurement of agreement. If you can do it, then reply to me with a few lines of what the kappa measure of agreement is. Let me know also how much you charge for statistics homework help in SAS.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Me and my classmates took too long to understand Matlab Assignment Help pricing criteria. we're always grateful for unique solutions on their Matlab assignments. Matlab Homework Help experts have the right experience and qualifications to work on any programming student's homework. They help us in our project.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi, other than economics assignment help are there other subjects that you cover? I am having several assignments one needs an economics homework help expert and the other one needs a financial expert. If you can guarantee quality work on both then I can hire you to complete them. All I am sure of is that I can hire you for the economics one but the finance one I am not sure

    ReplyDelete
  19. High quality economic Assignment Help at highly competitive rates. Get microeconomics assignments prepared by highly qualified professionals and score high grades on all your assignments.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hey there, I need an Statistics Homework Help expert to help me understand the topic of piecewise regression. In our lectures, the concept seemed very hard, and I could not understand it completely. I need someone who can explain to me in a simpler way that I can understand the topic. he/she should explain to me which is the best model, the best data before the model and how to fit the model using SPSS. If you can deliver quality work then you would be my official Statistics Assignment Help partner.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hey there, I need an Statistics Homework Help expert to help me understand the topic of piecewise regression. In our lectures, the concept seemed very hard, and I could not understand it completely. I need someone who can explain to me in a simpler way that I can understand the topic. he/she should explain to me which is the best model, the best data before the model and how to fit the model using SPSS. If you can deliver quality work then you would be my official Statistics Assignment Help partner.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I don’t have time to look for another expert and therefore I am going to hire you with the hope that I will get quality economics assignment help .Being aneconomics homework help professor I expect that your solutions are first class. All I want to tell you is that if the solutions are not up to the mark I am going to cancel the project.

    ReplyDelete
  23. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  24. That is a huge number of students. Are they from the same country or different countries? I also want your math assignment help. I want to perform in my assignments and since this is what you have been doing for years, I believe you are the right person for me. Let me know how much you charge for your math homework help services.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hello. Please check the task I have just sent and reply as soon as possible. I want an adjustment assignment done within a period of one week. I have worked with an Accounting Homework Help tutor from your team and therefore I know it’s possible to complete it within that period. Let me know the cost so that I can settle it now as your Accounting Assignment Help experts work on it.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Just what I was looking for. I am struggling with my accounting assignment. I want an Accounting Assignment Help tutor to offer me two services. One is to complete my accounting assignments and the other is to provide me with online classes. I believe you are experienced enough to offer both Accounting Homework Help and online classes. I know you charge assignments based on the bulk. Tell me how much you charge for the online classes per hour.

    ReplyDelete
  27. As much as there are discouragements, it is true that mathematics is hard. Like in my case, I was never discouraged by anyone about math but I still find it very hard and that is why I am requesting your Math assignment help. I am tired of struggling with mathematics and spending sleepless nights trying to solve sums that I still don’t get right. Having gone through your Math homework help, I am sure that I will get the right help through you. Please tell me what I need to be able to hire you.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I have submitted my assignment to your website without any challenges. The economics assignmenthelp expert handling my assignment has already contacted me and I am certain that my work is underway. I am just hoping that I will get quality economics homework help. I have a lot of hopes in you and I am just hoping that you will not disappoint me.

    ReplyDelete
  29. How much do you charge for a Statistics Assignment Help task? Take, for statistics assignment experts my case, where I need you to provide me with the Statistics Homework Help on plotting a scatter plot with a regression line? How much should that cost? Do you charge on the basis of the workload or have a constant payment?

    ReplyDelete
  30. You can find Foundations Of Nursing 7th Edition Test Bank online in pdf/word format. Avail instant assistance for issues 24/7. There is no waiting time!

    ReplyDelete
  31. ​Seamlessly convert thousands of ISBN's with the ScholarOn ​​ISBN Converter. No costs, no forms, no hazzles.

    ReplyDelete
  32. myassignmenthelp Now is a valuable source of getting experts’ help for academic papers. Connecting with the well-qualified professionals helps you to score top grades. Students who have no ideas about how to start their papers, they can search for our superior assignment help service to compose their documents.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Do not waste countless hours on your college assignments anymore. Get Test Bank For Multicultural Law Enforcement Strategies For Peacekeeping In A Diverse Society 7th Edition and work smart with better results.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Looking for the best study guides online? We offer Solution Manual For College Algebra 5 E 5th Edition at the lowest prices. Download instantly and improve your grades today.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Updated version of Test Bank For Sociology A Brief Introduction 7 E 7th Edition available for instant download. Avail great discounts and offers now.

    ReplyDelete
  36. College exams are not hard anymore! Face even the toughest tests and assignments with Solution Manual For Essential Statistics With Data Cd And Formula Card 1st Edition right away!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Looking for the best study guides online? We offer Solution Manual For Essentials Of Investments 9th Edition at the lowest prices. Download instantly and improve your grades today.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Do not waste countless hours on your college assignments anymore. Get Test Bank For Keys To Business Communication and work smart with better results.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Make the best use of your time by browsing about this awesome topic right away!

    ReplyDelete
  40. ebinews.comExciting new features can be seen in the Galaxy S21, but in this section we will say in more detail what has changed in the construction of this phone compared to previous models and what specifications have remained the same. Join us in this expert review.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Thank you for posting such a great article. Keep it up mate.

    Karma Sathi Prakalpa West Bengal Yojana 2021

    ReplyDelete
  42. Struggling with writing a research paper? Learn the art of writing a research proposal by seeking immediate research paper writing help from SourceEssay. There are a team of research paper writer who help acquire the skills they require to write a high-quality research paper. Research assignments give sleepless nights to students because it's a lengthy assignment. And students need to write the research proposal writing service after thorough research. In some cases they also need to implement their analytical skills to write a proper thesis paper. If you have been struggling with your research paper hire reliable PhD dissertation writers from SourceEssay to seek assignment help from them at reasonable rates.

    ReplyDelete
  43. https://tinyurl.com/m97cpswk At the heart of the heart, the cardiologist's doctor takes place from the patient, prescribing several tests or heart tests to assess cardiovascular health. As part of the examination, the doctor examines the symptoms of heart disease, in addition to blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose and individual weight.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Dodge Quinn was launched from the beginning with the goal of fun and entertainment, but you should know that Dodge Quinn is a digital currency that is mostly considered Meem Quinn, but nevertheless, Shiba Inu digital currency has its own independent blockchain network as well as its fans. Also, unlike Dodge Quinn, there is no information about Sheiba Ino and its https://www.55online.news/%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1-2/225098-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AC%DB%8C%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%B4%DB%8C%D8%A8%D8%A7 manufacturer, and it does not even have a white paper, a white paper document that explains the functionality of a product.

    ReplyDelete
  45. https://nabzema.com/72456/%D9%85%D8%B4%DA%A9%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AC%D9%86%D8%B3%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%AA%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%84One of the most common sexual problems for men is erection. This problem is such that a man can not have a full erection. It should be noted that erectile dysfunction occurs when the male body's hormones change and the blood vessels on the penis become hypertensive. Of course, this problem is also rooted in other problems such as stress, anxiety and worry about keeping the sexual partner satisfied.

    ReplyDelete
  46. The best method to approach a study session is through the best learning tools available online. TestBanks21 is one of the best online sellers for testbanks and solution manuals like Policy And Politics In Nursing And Healthcare Revised Reprint 6th Edition Solution Manual Stay Ahead with our assistance!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Be a successful student and class topper throught TestBank2022 assistance. Try our Test Bank For Finite Mathematics And Calculus With Applications 10th Edition right away!

    ReplyDelete
  48. he phage currency, which is known in the digital currency https://www.ana.press/news/626482/%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%B2-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2-%D9%81%DA%AF-%DA%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA market as the Gorilla symbol, has been operating since the second month of 2021.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Canon IJ Network Tool is a toolkit software with the options to keep a check on most of your Canon printer network settings and adjust them according to your requirements. The Canon IJ Network tool will get you through the network settings uninterruptedly.Canon IJ Printer Utility is a complete software package meant to adjust and modify the configurations of your printer device as per the requirement.

    ReplyDelete
  50. It is very helpful and informative blog post. I would like to thankful to you providing such a information I have also have website providing very good information

    artificial intelligence internship | best final year projects for cse | internship certificate online | internship for mba finance students | internship meaning in tamil

    ReplyDelete
  51. Visit
    www.hp.com/go/wirelessprinting and open the door to the world of HP smart printing solutions.
    Visit ij.start.canon | ij.start canon and find out the best way to download Canon printer drivers.
    Once you are done with the driver setup via
    canon.com/ijsetup , you will have to insert a pile of pages into the printer tray for printing the documents.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Some factors need to be in mind while choosing an inkjet printer for you. Later, you can easily set up your Canon printer through drivers from wireless connection, USB, and a few components. canon.com/ijsetup is a website to download Canon printer drivers, you can also visit canonsetup-canon.com/ijsetup website for same.
    ij.start.cannon setup process for every Canon model is almost similar, however the download through https //ij.start.cannon or http //ij.start.cannon and installation process may differ.

    ReplyDelete
  53. Ij start canon and find out the best way to download Canon printer drivers.
    Ij.start.cannon | Ij.start.canon | canon.com/ijsetup

    ReplyDelete
  54. This is the first time I visit to your website and I really like your website and post also. Keep it up and keep sharing such posts.
    Students are always losing nights over the assignments and looking for someone to guide them. If you feel you also waste too much time on crafting assignments which resluts in getting less time for your studies then you may get the help of academic writers. Academic writers can help you in almost any technical subject like Hr assignment, CHCCOM005 Assessment Answers help, and MYOB assignment.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Guru er indrettet i en super lækker lounge stil og take away frederiksberg er bestemt et besøg værd. Der er ingen tvivl om at vi kommer igen snart.
    The nature of the copyrighted work. cheap disposable coveralls The more creative the work, the more heavily it’s protected under copyright.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Follow cricut.com/setup and it is the online portal that allows you to set up your Cricut machine. A most advanced Cricut machine is best in cutting shapes, text, and photos. It doesn’t only make cuts on card stock or vinyl but adhesive foil, faux leather, balsa wood, and more. So how do you start your circuit machine? You have to download Cricut setup from cricut.come/setup then connect your machine and software to get started.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Visit ij.start canon | ij.start.cannon and find out the best way to download Canon printer drivers. Canon printers are ideal for every situation wherever you need a document, paper, or photo print or even if you wish to scan, fax, and do more.

    All-in-one Canon Inkjet printers are suitable for home, business, school, and others to improve productivity. You can easily set up your Canon printer through drivers from Canon.com/ijsetup | canon.come/ijsetup , wireless connection, USB, and a few components.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Make sure the surface where you are placing the printer is clean and close to Pc or laptop.Check the shipped components with your inkjet printer
    http //ij.start.canon,
    https //ij.start.cannon

    ReplyDelete
  59. It’s the online support platform to download and install canon printer drivers, firmware, and software. To get started with ij.start canon setup, you can select wireless, wired, or USB connection method.
    ij.start.canon,
    ij.start canon

    ReplyDelete
  60. Assignment Help Service is the most dependable Programming Assignment help service provider, helping students with dissertation writing, coursework writing and offering Thesis Writing Service for all programming assignments. In addition to providing assistance in all areas of programming, the company also provides Project management assignment help for complex programming project development tasks.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Looking for Test Banks Online just browse test bank 21 and purchase the current updated version of test banks you need at great discount prices now.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Looking for Test Banks Online just browse test banks 22 and purchase the current updated version of test banks you need at great discount prices now.

    ReplyDelete
  63. I was amazed to see the long-lasting string of valued content pieces. Hence, it would be great to keep it up. To leverage mutual communication, you should connect with the assignment help online. e team for in-depth learning.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Students frequently find themselves in a scenario where they have no time to complete an management assignment and, even if they do have time to complete a portion of the work, they must sacrifice their grades. They will be able to present the best management assignments and receive a perfect score on the management assignment if they seek assistance from management assignment helper. Rather than sacrificing sleep, postponing outdoor excursions, and being concerned about projects, it is preferable to seek assistance from a management assignment expert. ASAP stands for Affordability, Plagiarism-Free Solution, Availability, and Professionalism, and it is the foundation of our work. We vary from the rest of the management assignment experts because of our proclivity for the concept of ASAP. Our custom management assignment help. is based on the comprehension of concepts and their application in order to produce a better management assignment solution.

    ReplyDelete
  65. Get help from our experts on Economics Assignment Help. We offer best Economics Assignment Help at affordable prices.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Over the years, our experts have assisted several university students with their tasks. We have already helped more than thousands students all through world with their professional cookery assignments. Get Cookery Assignment Help Saudi Arabia immediately. We provide you with excellent advice for Online Assignment Help that will help you get high scores.

    ReplyDelete