Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I Want This To Be A Hoax

I Want This To Be A Hoax

From the marketing material for StagKnight:  “An entirely independent project, following in the footsteps of Shaun of the Dead, StagKnight boasts better kills, hotter babes, more laughs and one of the most original horror villains ever seen.”

Am reminded of lyrics from Roger Water’s best solo album, Amused to Death (itself inspired by Neil Postman’s best book, Amusing Ourselves to Death—worthwhile if you’ve not already read it, especially now that the 20th anniversary edition has an excellent introduction by Neil’s very funny son, Andrew Postman):

No tears to cry
No feelings left
This species has amused itself to death.

Am also reminded of lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s song, The Future, on the soundtrack to Natural Born Killers:
When they said repent,
I wondered what they meant.

Or as Postman himself said, “What is the antidote to a culture’s being drained by laughter?”

Better kills, hotter babes, more laughs:  Could it not be the slogan of most videogames?  The tagline of most media?  The national anthem of most contemporary cultures?

phlog ::: from publisher :::



You couldn’t find satire at a Monty python convention, if you run this site then where are the clever people?
Did you ever contemplate that this maybe a satire? You think an independent feature film would stoop as low as Hollywood. If you are going to be a pessimist learn how to do it right. Read a book. I think harold pinter’s the homecoming might suit you.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10 Feb 06 at 03:07 PM

I fear we have a failure to communicate.  I understand perfectly well that this is a satire, and I want this satire to be a hoax.  To be not made, not released, not shown.  It is an ignoble project.  There is such a thing as ‘too much’ and such a thing as ‘enough’—and this film, I believe, will meet all qualifications.  Btw, I love Harold Pinter, and suspect he would find this Stagknight a bit much too.

Posted by publisher on 14 Feb 06 at 07:09 AM
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