Wednesday, April 30, 2008
An Old Cliche
Every horror movie includes a scene where the hero (or heroine) has the villain in his (or her) sights. Finally!, we think. A [happy?] resolution and retribution is nigh, such as Nicole Kidman seen here in "Dead Calm" (1989). But then, we see the villain's (or market's) smirk. Perhaps a shiny filling is revealed. Is he taunting her? Further incensed, if such a thing is possible, the heroine pulls the trigger. Click! Nothing happens. Confusion. Panic. CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! Boo hoo. No Ammo. And so, we must wait through yet another torturous interlude of pain, shock, and horror before the heroine once again can manoeuvre herself into a position where she stands a chance of ending her ordeal.