WBEZ | Sinister http://www.wbez.org/tags/sinister Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What is America most afraid of? Carousels, high schools and our own children http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/what-america-most-afraid-carousels-high-schools-and-our-own-children <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/silent hill carousel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/f06VJSsh8II" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Dana Norris, the&nbsp;founder and host of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.storyclubchicago.com/" target="_blank" title="">Story Club</a>, reviewed&nbsp;<em>Silent Hill 3D</em>,&nbsp;<em>Paranormal Activity</em> and <em>Sinister </em>for Halloween. What did she learn? In 2012, America has been the most afraid of moving to a new house or town, carousels and our own children, among other things.</p><p>Read an excerpt below, or listen above:</p><p><em>I hate horror movies because I don&rsquo;t need them. I know that other people get a delicious thrill from being scared but that&#39;s only because they&rsquo;re not normally scared, but I start out scared. I wake up every morning and walk to the &quot;L&quot; thinking,&ldquo;Is someone going to hit me in the back of the head with a brick?&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /><br />But I think that horror movies are important. Maybe they show us something about ourselves, what we all, as a culture, are most afraid of. I don&#39;t know for sure because I absolutely refuse to watch horror movies. But I wanted to investigate&nbsp;this theory further, so instead of watching the horror movies currently in theaters, I just watched the trailers with the sound off. This is what I found:</em></p><p><strong>Silent Hill 3D</strong><br /><br /><em>A girl with a mid-&#39;90s Meg Ryan haircut moves to a new town. Now, we all know that we should never, ever move to new towns because new towns are where the Devil lives. This town has an idyllic-looking high school, and then we smash cut to some dude WITHOUT A FACE and then we smash cut to a little girl with black eyes who makes snow tornadoes behind her, which seems to me more like an X-Men thing than a horror movie thing to me, but that&#39;s just me.<br /><br />So Meg-Ryan-haircut, she&#39;s a teenager and she lives with her Dad who&#39;s played by Sean Bean, the guy who plays both Boromir in&nbsp;</em>Lord of the Rings&nbsp;<em>and Edward Stark in&nbsp;</em>Game of Thrones<em>&nbsp;so you know he is going to die before the movie ends, so, spoiler, sorry. And then the teenage girl&#39;s boyfriend is the guy who plays Jon Snow in&nbsp;</em>Game of Thrones<em>&nbsp;and I&rsquo;m like: Did the Khaleesi direct this movie?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />Anyway, Meg-Ryan-haircut keeps having dreams that she&rsquo;s in some sort of devil basement and &ndash; oh no, a door handle is jiggling, that is not good. And then Edward Stark is kidnapped cause that&rsquo;s what he does. And there&rsquo;s a message on the wall in &ndash; blood? It&rsquo;s too dark to be blood. Tar? Tar&#39;s the worst, it&#39;s so hard to clean up &ndash; telling her to go to Silent Hill. And then Jon Snow gets kidnapped too, so Meg-Ryan-haircut has to go to Silent Hill to get the cast of&nbsp;</em>Game of Thrones<em>&nbsp;back. And then there&rsquo;s this like, guy crawling towards her who is MADE OF SPIDERS and you guys, I close my eyes and that is all I see now. And then there&rsquo;s a carnival? And Edward Stark is forced to work there by the Devil? And Meg-Ryan-haircut is on a carousel and it&rsquo;s on fire? And then it&#39;s over, so maybe it makes more sense in 3D, I don&#39;t know. I&#39;m giving it. . . </em><em>two stars.&nbsp;</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/what-america-most-afraid-carousels-high-schools-and-our-own-children