Welcome to my 31 Days of Halloween! Each day in October I will be watching a Halloween(ish) movie which includes anything that helps get me into the spooktacular mood of the season. While watching each movie, I’ll record my inner ramblings for everyone to view. This is a true baring of my soul people! Just kidding, it’s not – but it will be a true honest-to-god reaction to everything I’m seeing. So if “inner monologue” articles are not your thing – maybe you pass this up. For those of you sticking with me, the genre I’ll be watching will revolve around Halloween themes, including (but not limited to): Thrillers, Horror, Suspense, and of course Disney Classics! So buckle up campers, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
DEATH BECOMES HER:
“It stops the aging dead in it’s tracks, you’ll never grow a day older!” Exclaims Lisle Von Rhuman. And honestly – if you saw nothing else in this movie, this one line sums it all up. What wouldn’t we do to stay young? This question on its own is the brilliance of Death Becomes Her, directed by Robert Zemeckis.
For many years I gave growing older very little thought – I mean, for what it’s worth I’ve always considered myself young, or at least young at heart. But the reality is that I am not the same young chicken I used to be. So – the themes revolving around eternal beauty and the false hope that we’re invincible is a brilliant backdrop for a modern-day scary movie.
In 1992 when this movie first came out, I was too young to care – really about anything. I was more worried about soccer matches on the weekend, than I did about my appearance or lack their of. It wasn’t until after college (truthfully) when I started to become more self aware and concerned with my image. It was weird – all these years nothing phased me until I was out of the protective school bubble and joined the working world. Maybe it was the constant infiltration of mixed messages from family, co-workers, media, and everything in between that finally got my attention and fed on my insecurities.
And isn’t that just what this movie is all about? Insecure women and men lost in a cycle of emotions and poor decisions that ultimately lead to death and destruction? HA! It’s the perfect tale of precaution and horror at the same time. And what tickles me the most is how Zemeckis pokes fun of youth and the quest thereof throughout the whole movie. It’s not only a mockery for our insecurities, but a blatant call to action to WAKE UP.
Beauty fades, but wisdom never dies. The real horror is if we never learn this lesson.