Tuesday, January 6, 2009

the uplifting quality of death

We just started renting Dexter now that I am out of the grips of Tony Soprano; apparently I have an affinity for murderous stories - who knew? Okay, maybe the clerks at the store where I always sat on the magazine rack when I was a kid reading "True Crime" while my mom was in line. Or all the theater attendants who lifted eyebrows when my dad took me to see Phantasm and The Exorcist and Halloween. And now the workers at Blockbuster who've watched me peruse the shelves in the TV section, stopping to pick up Six Feet Under before settling on the show about a serial killer. After finishing a series about a ruthless mob family.

Huh.

Besides being attracted to the gruesome tales (and the accompanying grim, grainy black & white police shots) at the check-out stand or my willingness to risk weeks of nightmares for a couple hours of horror movie thrills, I've also always been intrigued by forensic science & the psychological profiles of deviants. I can't figure out if this speaks to a latent dark side or is simply an indication of how very calm, clean, and trouble-free my childhood was; my psyche can afford to dabble in the shadowy underbelly of society for entertainment.

To top off all my gleeful gloom, I got in the car after school just in time for this song:


This is the life.

13 comments:

Hairline Fracture said...

I'm the opposite. I stopped watching The Sopranos even though I loved the characters because it got so violent--I had nightmares. I did read the books Dexter is based on but so far I haven't been brave enough to watch it!

Amy said...

Oh, I loves me some Dexter.

With great remorse, we had our cable turned off this fall so I missed the latest season. Such a bummer. :(

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

You know how much I love the dark shows. (I'm still lobbying for you to watch Six Feet Under, although I may have built it up too much. But I did love it with my whole heart.)

dkuroiwa said...

Six Feet Under...I loved that! I tried to get into the Sopranos but it was hard to watch regularly and I kept getting lost....if it would only snow here, I could rent the whole series!! (or at least the ones I missed!)
One show that totally freaked me a bit was Oz...not sure what the English name was but it was the drama set in the prison...now THAT was freaky...and I watched every. single. episode!! ooohhh..

And thank you thank you thank you!! I do love me some Oingo Boingo!! What memories THAT song brought back!!!

MelADramatic Mommy said...

Dexter is a great show. I like almost all the stuff on Showtime. Have you sen Californication? Good stuff.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Dexter is the one show I thought I would love, but just could not handle. I may be getting squeamish in my old age.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Dexter is the one show I thought I would love, but just could not handle. I may be getting squeamish in my old age.

Fantastic Forrest said...

Guilty pleasures, violent shows. I'm not usually into the bloody stuff, but two of my favorites are Silence of the Lambs (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas).

I believe the expression is... sqee!!

Shana said...

If you're renting Season 1, let me know when you're ready for Season 2, because I bought it. Dexter is my main man.

Danielle said...

I HIGHLY reccomend Six Feet Under. I was so sad and depressed after it was over. You should watch it.
I might have to check out Dexter, I am a FBI Files and Cold Case Files junkie. And A Haunting junkie too...

Fooferoo said...

I haven't watched Dexter...yet but am currently on Criminal Minds. I love some carnage...

Janet said...

I never got into the Sopranos...the lead actor just kind of grossed me out ... not sure why. But I love me some Dexter! Jimmy Smits was great on the show this past season :-)

holly said...

oh ! oh ! oh ! we so share this.

i got dexter season 1 for christmas. season 2 restarted tonight on a channel - but i think i'm going to blockbuster tomorrow (if it hasn't closed down yet) to see if they have it.

would it be cheeky of me to ring my former colleague (he gave me the first three episodes over a year ago - he's a downloading freak) and see if he'd let me have the rest? yes? okay.

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