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September 28, 2006



This has led me to think about how satire is applied to graphic design in general. Where does one begin?


The american horror genre is most at home in suburbia. Poltergeist was not the first and certainly not the last to use the suburban homogeneity as it setting. Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Salem's Lot, Carrie, and so forth...all are disturbing sequences of events that are housed by ordinary environments. Poltergeist is probably the most direct metaphoric look at suburbia as a kind of cultural death because the father's vocation is literally track housing development.

But I think the most interesting thing about these films is that it illustrates what horror cinema has always known about the suburban landscape; and that is that it is a really terrifying place. It has always been the most profoundly maddening thing to watch citizens in small towns on the news following a sensational event like that of Columbine. As if each resident was handed a script by the reporter, looks desperately into the lens and says, "I just can't believe something like this could happen here. I can understand in the city, but here?" And I want to scream at them, Are you kidding me??!! It is EXACTLY in suburbia where I expect these kinds of horrors to take place. How can you expect to govern so microbially people's value systems, personal aesthetics, shoving "ordinary" into every pore of their lives and not understand how this can result in horrible wrong turns in psychosis?

Also, if you are interested in film examining suburban reprocussions from a more literal and directly horrifying window, check out Todd Solondz "Happiness", now THATS scary.

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