Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rant: BRAINSCAN, THE TRENCH-COAT MAFIA AND BLAMING MOVIES


51VGM4DKJWL.jpg (260×475)
John Conner

I think there are certain moments in history that define a time period.  September 11, 2001, for instance, drastically changed the entire world.  There is the world pre-September 11 and the world post September 11.

The Columbine Massacre in 1999 was a similar situation.  It changed the face of school violence.  It brought attention to bullying and created an environment that caused people to ask why.  Why would these young men go into the school and kill all those people and then kill themselves?

The answer?  Violent video games and movies.

However, similar to September 11, a simplistic answer to that question provided simplistic solutions.  They ignored the history of such acts.  Short term fixes without any sense of context brought about nothing but more problems.  If anything, school violence has only intensified.

Adults have probably always feared their children.  Those rowdy and rambunctious street toughs with all their hormones and their destructive tendencies.  However, a certain crowd of kids seems to have been especially targeted since the mid 1980s.  Goth culture was an easy target.  Wearing all black, listening to scary music, having an interest in the occult and loving horror movies are immediate and simple signifiers for evil.  That diving into the dark side of the human experience was alienating to adults.

Likewise, there has always been a fear of cinema itself.  From the beginning, people thought it would be the downfall of society.  The first image of a moving train sent audiences screaming out of the theater.  For fear of corrupting the youth, different censorship groups have showed up over the years to attempt to protect us from the dangers of cinema.

This fear of goth culture started to show up in mainstream cinema as early as Blade Runner.  When it really intensified, however, was in the mid 1990s.  Films like The Crow and Interview with the Vampire appealed in a certain way as ambassadors to the dark world.  On the other hand, films like The Craft and The Lost Boys provided a much more chilling archetype of young people who dress in black.

Enter Brainscan.

This little film from 1994 is deeply ingrained in my psyche.  I can vividly remember going to my friend Cody's house and playing Resident Evil nearly every day.  We would slowly shamble through that old house as Jill (the master of unlocking) and cut down zombie dogs, killer plants and giant monsters.  Maybe it's there where my love of the macabre began.  I fell in love with zombies as a concept and sought to find anything remotely similar in tone or concept.

One afternoon, Cody and I were at the video store and picked up this crazy looking movie that Edward Furlong was in.  Edward Furlong?  wait... JOHN CONNER!?!?  Consider us invested.  The video store clerk called home to Cody's mom (my mother would never have let me rent an R rated film) and got permission to rent that sucker.  We skateboarded home as fast as we could and put that baby in the machine.  The next hour and a half was mind-blowing for our little 12 year old minds.

The basic premise is that Michael (Furlong) lost his parents in a car accident and now owns a giant house with all the sweet stuff he could ever want.  Mostly, he wants to watch horror movies and play horror video games and get with the cute girl who lives next door.  He is introduced to Brainscan, the new interactive horror video game that puts you in the driver's seat.  In the process of playing the game, he finds out that he's actually killing people and is forced to continue to kill to cover up the mess.  He's fooled into accidental murder through a video game... And the same could happen to you!  Or your kids!

Sure, the film is far from brilliant and probably never registered with anyone else the way it did me, but it's stuck with me and it was influential in it's own way.  The trope of the horror club that actually kills people in Scream is a rehash of the ideas here.  The assumption that it's the goth kids who did the murdering would become reality in West Memphis as the ritualistic murders of three young boys were falsely pinned on some teen goth kids.  The culture of fearing goth had gone mainstream.

The thing that never sat well with me in Brainscan, or the much inferior Scream, is that the cause of all this violence is movies and video games.  That same overly-simplistic answer.  As an aside, I think Wes Craven made Scream over a bloated and megalomaniac guilt over making horror movies.

tumblr_lls4x19edB1qadkreo1_500.png (500×281)


Video games and horror movies did not cause the Trench-coat mafia to open fire that day in Columbine.  It is the culture itself.  Its us.  Its our disconnect from one another.  It's the endless and ruthless bullying of the small, the weak, the weird, and the outsiders.  Its our obsession with guns.  It's the health-care system and our mis-prioritizing mental health.  Its singling out goth kids and horror kids as villains that should be feared.  It's the inability to accept people who are different.  Its a lack of listening.

It is not video games and it is not movies.  They simply feed us the innate fears we already have.  They are a way for us to interact with the darkest and deepest wells of human experience.  And, so ends Brainscan, simply a harsh nightmare that we can move past.  Or, share with others.

-J. Moret

25 comments:

  1. Nice information, valuable and excellent design, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information and inspiration, both of which I need, Very good points you wrote here..Great stuff...I think you've made some truly interesting points.Keep up the good work.
    car removal hobart
    car buyer hobart

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wonderful blog post. This is absolute magic from you! I have never seen a more wonderful post than this one. You've really made my day today with this. I hope you keep this up!
    car removal gympie
    cash for cars gympie

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have read your excellent post. This is a great job. I have enjoyed reading your post first time. I want to say thanks for this post. Thank you.
    top cash for cars brisbane
    best cash for cars brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wonderful blog post. This is absolute magic from you! I have never seen a more wonderful post than this one. You've really made my day today with this. I hope you keep this up!
    car disposals Brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  5. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward to your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!
    cash for scrap cars melbourne

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired! Extremely useful information specially the ultimate part :) I maintain such info much. I used to be seeking this particular information for a very lengthy time.
    Thank you and good luck.
    car wreckers logan

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks for sharing. Wow, that was strange. I just wrote a really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well, I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!
    accidental car removal sydney

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi, I am really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and internet and this is actually irritating. A good site with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for keeping this web site, I'll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.
    North Coast Wreckers Townsville

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for sharing. We pay our customers instant cash up to $9,999 without any waiting time. It is our policy to not let customers wait for their money. We also provide free towing services, so customers save even more money when dealing with us. This strategy has been a great success with our customers in Queensland. Through this, we gained a lot of goodwill from our customers.
    cash for cars sydney

    ReplyDelete
  10. When you sell your unwanted car to us, You get it removed freely today. Sell your car or truck to us in minutes and your removal is on its way. Get a quote over the phone or online.
    CALL Us: 0499 022 036

    cash for unwanted cars adelaide

    ReplyDelete
  11. Max Cash For Cars is a professional scrap car removal company located in Rocklea. We are top car buyers who offer free no-obligation quotes, same-day car removal, and the highest cash for cars.If you live in Logan and feel like giving up on your unwanted car, give us a call on 0421 500 519, and we will help you sell your car for top cash for cars Logan up to $9,999.

    car removal logan

    ReplyDelete
  12. At AD Cash For Cars pay top cash for your old, scrap, used, and unwanted cars Adelaide Wide. If you are looking for hassle-free cars for cash services and same-day free car removal.

    cash for scrap cars

    ReplyDelete
  13. We buy any make, model, and vehicle type including cars, vans, SUVs, Utes, jeeps, trucks, and 4WDs. We buy cars from private sellers and auto companies that have vehicles in their fleet that they are looking to sell quickly.


    truck wreckers Canberra

    ReplyDelete
  14. If you are searching for cheap spare parts for cars which are used, we can help you. How to Choose Auto Parts At A1 Car Wreckers Brisbane, you can find the best quality in replacement parts available.We understand how much maintenance a car needs in order to function properly and the overall cost can be pretty expensive. In fact, one of the biggest costs in keeping a car in the perfect working conditions usually lies in the purchase of new parts for a car.


    auto parts brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  15. That’s great :) I must say it is full of informational blogs. When you are unable to transport your old car to a wrecking yard, our cash for Cars Gold Coast service is the best option since they come to you. At no expense to the vehicle owner, we provide free car towing. Make your car with any make or model removed by the professionals without worrying about the hidden charges.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Nice information, thanks for sharing. If you are looking for top dollars for an old car, We are literally the Cash for used cars Brisbane company- with hands-down the most efficient, quickest, and highest paying car buying service. You won’t help but simply fall in love with our team. They will leave you wanting to get rid of the old and flaunt a new car every now and then.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website. Searching to remove your Car for Cash Ipswich? Metal Biz Recyclers provide Best Cash for cars Ipswich services. Just let us know your location, and we will come to you within 1 to 2 working hours.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Awesome article! I want people to know just how good this information is in your article. APlus Car Removal welcomes anyone with any make, model, or condition of the car. Our professional team comes to your given location and quickly remove the car for free and offer the highest cash amount up to $11,000. Get an amazing sell my car Brisbane offer with guaranteed satisfaction.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I came on your post when browsing for related information, and I think you have a fantastic blog. Continue in this manner! Thank you for making it available. Cash For Cars Adelaide, Cash For Car, Top Cash For Old Cars.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow, thank you so much for writing such an interesting article about this subject. Congratulations for another excellent performance.. Car Removal, Cash For Unwanted Cars, Cash For Cars Adelaide.

    ReplyDelete
  21. An excellent article. I enjoy your posts very much and find it extremely innovative. Thanks for sharing. Scrap Car Removal Adelaide, Cash For Cars Adelaide, Cash For Unwanted Cars Adelaide.

    ReplyDelete
  22. This is a fantastic piece of writing. I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate your postings, which I consider to be highly original. Thank you for your contribution. Cash For Cars Adelaide, Toyota Wreckers Adelaide, Honda Wreckers Adelaide.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Thank you for your post, which has provided me with a great deal of inspiration. Your site has been a pleasure to follow, and I like your effort! Top Cash For Cars Brisbane, Old Car Removals, Remove Junk Cars.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thank you for writing such a good article that was quite beneficial to me. Definitely looking forward to reading more of your work; its fantastic! Cash For Cars, Car Removal Logan, Old Car Removal Brisbane.

    ReplyDelete
  25. This is a terrific blog that I stumbled across when looking for information on a relevant topic. Let's keep going in this way! For making it available, I thank you. Cash For Cars Adelaide, Cash For Car Adelaide , Top Cash For Old Cars.

    ReplyDelete