Holiday Horror at The Video Store

Browsing the shelves of your favorite video store, looking for a little holiday entertainment used to be a family event.  Well, from my latest trip to rent a flick I am thinking you may want to leave the children at home.


Every once in a while I see something worthy of a coach Joelle rant and my latest trip to the video store supplied my latest fodder.


I am basically a happy person (just in case you were wondering).  I like kittens and animated films and cheesy chick flicks and I became clear some time ago that I am not a huge fan of the horror genre (I like to be able to sleep at night and not watch an entire movie through my fingers.)


Now, don’t get me wrong, there is a place for all of it, the good the bad and the ugly.  The thing that is distressing me today is the proliferation of horrifying, gruesome, movie covers laying around the shelves of the movie store.


As I walk the aisles, confronted with that little black eyed child from “The Grudge” and the dirty, torn and bloody fingernails on the cover of “Saw II” I realize that horror is no longer confined to the "horror section".  The new release wall is inundated with vacant bloodshot eyes, shredded bodies, blood and monsters that will have you sleeping with the lights on.


I do not begrudge the movie makers for giving it everything they have got to promote and sell their product and at the same time it has me wondering, when did we make it ok to have these graphic images lining the shelves of a place for family entertainment.


What about the little people? Would I want my 4 year old to come face to face with a red eyed wolf-thing with blood dripping off it’s fangs or the screaming girl, completely covered and waist high in blood?  Nope. Not a chance.


Maybe there is something to do about it, maybe not, but it certainly made me stop and think. 


This holiday, make the hot chocolate, grab some popcorn, and send dad out to pick up the movie.

Sending Peace,



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