Tuesday, August 10, 2010
A long time ago, in a dorm room far far away, there lived an 18 year old girl full of hope and ambition that someone out there would actually give a rat's ass about what she had to say. Although a horror fangirl through and through, her recreational activities left her "too different" to be respected as a horror fanatic. Yet, one opinion article written about a reality television competition changed everything. Alright, I'm done talking about myself in past tense. The first article I ever wrote on Day of the Woman, the very first entry on this here blog, was an opinion piece on season one of VH1's Scream Queens. I hated just about everything that had to do with the first season, but I had a slight inch of hope that they could redeem themselves in the second season. While the first episode gave me a tiny bit of excitement, the second episode has already lost me for the rest of the season.
Speaking of credibility, NONE of these girls know anything about the genre they're trying to break into. When Freddy Kruegar fell from the ceiling, a girl referred to him as "the boogeyman". Let's be honest here, she called him the boogeyman because she had no friggen clue who he was. Don't you dare try to tell me she was referencing the "do you believe in the boogeyman?" line from A Nightmare on Elm Street. I understand that this is an "acting" competition first and foremost, but at least do your freaking research before you show up to the set. I would bet my college tuition money that none of these girls had any clue who Tim Sullivan was.
Despite having a host that hasn't even earned the right to call herself a Scream Queen, the lack of James Gunn is extremely disappointing. I personally like Tim Sullivan and his work, but I also love really shitty and campy horror movies. These girls are trying to get a role in Saw 3-D which despite the franchise's dying reputation, is far from camp or cheese.
I just feel insulted as a horror fan that THIS is what we bring to the table when it comes to reality television. It's hard enough for the horror genre to find respect within the film community as a whole, and this show isn't helping our case at all. I've said numerous times before that horror acting is a completely different realm than any other form of acting, and none of these girls have any idea of what they're doing. If you really pay attention to their credentials, they're all models. Thankyou VH1 casting department for once again showing us that the film industry would rather have nice boobs and a pretty face than someone who can believably portray fear and strength in the same film. The biggest complaint people express about modern horror films, is the fact that all of the actors are nice to look at...until they open their mouth. How about for next season (because Saw is NOT going to die) you actually find contestants that know what they're talking about and can actually, you know, act.