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Saturday, April 14, 2018

{Review} Psychopath (1973)

First thing's first. The version of this movie I watched was labeled as being from 1985. Upon further research, I've just learned that it was originally released in 1973, with a VHS release in '85.

"Oh boyyy, chocolate cake...."

"Psychopath" from 1985 comes across at first as the sort of absurdly bad movie that wouldn't feel out of place next to The Room or Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2. The acting is stiff and inconsistent, the music is inappropriately cheerful whenever the protagonists are on screen, regardless of how grim their dialogue is, and the first death scene is so anticlimactic that it feels more like a slapstick comedy than a mid-80s slasher film.

Powering through the layers of bad, however, we find a surprisingly poignant examination of the culture of child abuse in a time when society was far more oblivious, if not accepting, in regard to the effects of mistreating children. Even to this day, it's not uncommon for my stupid Facebook friends to share memes about the "good ol' days" when parents were allowed to spank their children for misbehaving. They seem to think this form of physical discipline turned the children into upstanding, respectful members of society and not broken machines struggling to perform their function in the network and constantly fearing the point of obsolescence, when they expect to be destroyed and thrown away.

Throughout Psychopath, we see numerous cases of mental and physical child abuse occurring in front of the camera, and we see that the other children and adults in the area seem to give no fucks. Even when one of the other parents does seem uncomfortable with the situation, they almost never speak up. The only characters who do seem to have any regard for the well-being of these kids are the police, the doctors, and of course the Psychopath.

The plot itself is pretty basic, with the focus being on a mentally ill children's entertainer who, as a result of childhood trauma, never really grew up inside. He forms deep bonds with the kids he entertains, particularly those at a hospital where abused children are taken far too frequently. In an attempt to punish bad parents, just as his parents had punished him, the man sets out on a slow-burning rampage as local detectives struggle with the uncomfortable nature of the crimes as much as they struggle to solve them.

Like I said, there's a lot wrong with this movie and in some ways that works in its favor. It can be considered "so bad it's good," and there are definitely laughs to be had. The sheer vitriol the adult characters display for their children, however, struck a personal chord with me and became very difficult to watch at times. I think if it hadn't been so silly, this movie would have been more than a little too dark.

Be nice to kids.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Music Monster of The Month: Marilyn Manson

  There's proof that people fear and loath what they don't comprehend, for reasons just and unjust, Brian Hugh Warner (know as Marilyn Manson) was man who brought out the profound shock and all of the common household family with common christian value in them. I remember the moment I realized that he was a pop culture icon and a man of his time when he would be mentioned in song, a cameo-esque appearance in an adult cartoon show, Manson even had some minor movie roles in major movies, he's even been used in a negative light by politicians such the first american school shooting at Columbine high school.
  I remember when my brother had gone to see him in concert around 1997 (about the the time he had gone mainstream) and came back with tales of how there were people outside of the venue casting down their own wraith of god upon those attending the show not understanding (or never to understand) what flirting with the idea of satanism to understand an aspect of life was not something they wanted to confront and even more so with the children.
  Yes, manson had a short network with Anton Lavey, and to some that type of worship is false but that isn't here nor there because he had the following to say,

  Manson is still here, the sites staff are all a fan of his, millions of people to this day are fans of his, and millions of haters still keep him just as relevant today. But sure we can say he has an impact but what about the man's music? Surly, he's just all look and good brains to be a man with such impact without establishing himself as the musician he claims he is. Well, there is proof here as well that he can do such things with  great albums like 

  Antichrist Superstar, theme is all about just confronting, progression, struggling against the norm, and true commercial success. Catchy rhythm that the average country and disney pop households wouldn't normally be playing at the time. To some this was frightening but to many, Manson's lyrics combined with his metal sound  proved that gothic wasn't just emotion (although there's plenty of it in this album) and find examples are displayed in tracks like If I Was Your Vampire from the album Eat me, Drink Me which shows mansons growth into the new era where most has gotten over his shock value which most who have protested Manson before should really listen to because he express his humanity by showing his love and lost, and it feels personal.

  Another good one was also release in 2015, called The Pale Emperor, which feels like it has caught the scent of political blues, reflections of how pure attentioned angels can get mingled in tragedy amongst demons, if you know what he's saying . His most emo of albums in my opinion and I'm saying that in a good way. Manson's album from last year Heaven Upside Down shows he keeps his sound consistent with new energy to every release to this date.
  I strongly suggest to give Portrait of an American Family, Mechanical Animals, and Holy Wood all a listen to as well, each just as good but perhaps more so then others but that's for you to decide. More then likely people will be a fan of many of these albums those proving Marilyn Manson an artist worth his salt. 

  Marilyn Manson has earned his spot to be observed this month because his impact on American history and will forever be remembered as the ground breaking individual that meant well to the people from the start, forever to show he's here to express himself as the artist that he is.