It’s the spooky season! You know what that means! The first hints of seasonal affective disorder are just around the corner! So while that starts to sand down the edges of your enjoyment of life, you might as well watch some HORROR MOVIES!
I decided to sit down and watch The Sadness, because I had heard that it was really good and particularly grim. Based on the rather high “Fresh Rating” on Rotten Tomatoes, and on some Twitter chatter from genre freaks that I follow, I thought it would be a good idea to see what all the super dark fuss was about!
It was a great idea! But, like, for different reasons than you might be expecting.
The Sadness is a 2021 Taiwanese horror movie (“zombie” movie?), directed by a Canadian(?). I guess I had been vaguely aware that this was a “zombie-style” feature, which is usually not my bag these days, but I decided that it was so universally acclaimed that there must be something about it that set it apart. And you know, it seems like it really has something.
I lasted about 20 minutes! Then I had to turn it off! Because the violence and tone were deeply upsetting to me!
There was a time in my life when I would seek out this kind of thing and watch it with some sort of gleeful pride and giddily brag to others about how I love extreme shit! Something has happened! The chaotic sadism and brutal gore in this film made me feel very bad!
I think this might actually be a very good movie. But I will not watch the rest of it. I do, however, appreciate what it has revealed to me, about myself. I have grown and changed.
Into a wuss.