Brutal killings, grisly beheadings, sadistic rapes... no, its not the 6 oclock news, its whats playing at the local cineplex. Or are they one and the same?
Gruesome horror movies are making a comeback, and teenagers are flocking to the theaters to see them, in spite of or maybe because of their R ratings. Whats the appeal? Could these movies be a reflection of the
cruel reality we see on CNN and Fox News every day?
Think about it. Over the past few years, the 24/7 news channels have brought us 9/11, the BTK Killer, Natalee Holloway, child kidnappings, brutal terrorists, suicide bombers, and gruesome beheadings in Iraq. And thats just the tip of the terrifying iceberg. Perhaps filmmakers feel compelled to make movies that reflect whats happening in the real world. But why do we feel compelled to see these ugly events again on the big screen?