Let’s face it–monster movies will always be part of our popular culture. In fact, they are as much a part of American culture as hot dogs and apple pie. Vampires are cool, sexy, mysterious, and sparkly–werewolves are pure animal savagery. Both always have and always will be part of American cinema. Almost everybody loves monster movies, but no one really knows why. Well, I think that Stephen King best explained the allure of the monster flick when he wrote the following–
The mythic horror movie, like the sick joke, has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to all
that is worst in us. It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized . . . and it all happens, fittingly enough, in the dark. For those reasons, good liberals often shy away from horror films. For myself, I like to see the most aggressive of them – Dawn of the Dead, for instance – as lifting a trap door in the civilized forebrain and throwing a basket of raw meat to the hungry alligators swimming around in that subterranean river beneath.
Why bother? Because it keeps them from getting out, man. It keeps them down there and me up here. It was Lennon and McCartney who said that all you need is love, and I would agree with that.
As long as you keep the gators fed.
Now, Twilight Eclipse “keeps the gators fed” nicely, but in a PG-13 way without any sex or gratuitous violence. Oh, and the vampires are all beautiful and sparkly (like real men!), which definitely adds to the whole ambiance of the flick (See trailer below).
In fact, the Twilight series has become so entrenched in our popular culture, that none other than A.O. Scott of The New York Times went to review Twilight Eclipse (the most recent film in the series). Now, of course, Mr. Scott pretended not to like the film. (He probably thought that being an admitted Twilight fan wouldn’t go over well in the Manhattan cocktail party circuit.) Scott implied that the plot was unrealistic and that “there wasn’t much in the way of good acting”–like he was reviewing Sense and Sensibility or a Daniel Day Lewis film, instead of a pop culture vampire flick. However, Scott also declared in his review that he is “Team Jacob”–and, he even went into great detail to explain why he is “Team Jacob” (Scott claimed that Jacob is “hotter” than Edward). I found this to be a tad bit amusing. In other words, Scott thinks that the movie is silly, but he cares enough to take sides in the “Team Jacob/Team Edward” feud? Just a thought…