The Fear of God: The Endless

30 Aug

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead’s The Endless.

One Response to “The Fear of God: The Endless”

  1. FictionIsntReal September 20, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    I wanted to respond to your podcast on “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”, but that’s three episodes ahead of the latest to appear at MTOL, and I don’t feel like waiting.

    I liked the black and white cinematography as well as creating the redundantly named fictional location of “Bad City”, but I wasn’t nearly as impressed as Nathan. I would put this on a decidedly lower tier compared to It Follows, The Witch, The Babadook, etc. Now that I think about it, I might even put Under the Shadow above it. It was surprising that she then decided to use all her auteur cred on The Bad Batch, which I can’t say was good but was definitely weird in an interesting way. Nobody else was going to make that if she didn’t.

    One thing many Americans don’t know about the Iranian government is that decades ago they launched a campaign to lower their birthrate, and were very successful. That’s what made me surprised to hear from you that they’re trying to bring it back up, but then again China has dropped its one-child policy.

    Women aren’t an “oppressed minority” because they’re not a “minority” at all, but rather a majority. And the notion that a majority can be oppressed is part of the justification for democracy. I also didn’t think of the “Girl” as representing some sort of backlash to the oppression she experienced. As a vampire, generalizations about human women don’t apply to her. We get no backstory about her experiencing anything to cause her later actions. For a contrast, I’d point to Justin P. Lange’s “The Dark”, which is heavily indebted to “Let the Right One In” but replaces the vampire with a ghoul and sticks with her POV, including her backstory.

    You made a far bigger deal out of the “Girl” scaring the kid than I would. She’s a vampire. She kills people for food, like that homeless guy who didn’t do anything to cause his death, regardless of what some material outside the film might say. I don’t expect vampires to adhere to the norms of human beings.

    What is “normal”? If the status quo has been around as long as you remember, wouldn’t that be your normal?

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