Re: RARA-AVIS: Bruen and Unnecessary Anything

Date: 16 Mar 2005


I really appreciated your post, especially the distinction you drew between serial killer books and books with serial killers in them. I agree with you that the former are boring, a ritualized update of gothic cliches -- serial killers are the new vampires.

You reminded of a similar observation in Glenn Kenny's review of Old Boy in the April Premiere:

"From Seven to Saw, in between and probably beyond, the motive-free thriller-horror movie has been a boon for morbid, sunlight-deprived would-be Hollywood players who are more at home expending their energies on ways to kill people than on reasons for doing so."

Reminds me of what Chandler said about Hammett giving murder back to people who did it for a reason.


ps -- I guess I should note that Kenny went on to praise Old Boy for exploring the motivations for the graphic violence it offered.

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