Oh You Bad Girls, Here’s Some NecrotitisJuly 25, 2013
So it seems with Eric Falardeau’s Thanatomorphose and Eric England’s Contracted, that it’s ok to punish our female leads, for having sex we find immoral or irresponsible. They should show these films at a Pro-Life rally, some of those folks are all about punishing women for having sex, not exactly saving lives.
Thanatomorphose’s lead is in “a debasing sexual relationship” which leads to the plague and then mental breakdown from rotting inside out.
Contracted’s lead engages in an “unprotected one night stand with a stranger” to wit she begins suffering a plethora of ailments that most women hate, like severe vaginal hemorrhaging and varicose veins. Notice none of them get fat? That’s just not sexy enough– their creators want them pus-leaking sore ridden, mentally ill, and suffering, but not fat.
The author of one article-review, Kier-La Janisse, pans the lack of well-written characters in these two films, but it’s the characterization that pisses me off. Would I feel differently if women made the film? Yes, I think the causes of the ‘rot’ in each film wouldn’t have been down the female lead engaging in sexual activity that most people deem ‘wrong’ or ‘unsafe’.
I have more respect for Lichtenstein’s Teeth, it plays on the fear men have of Ye Ole Vagina Dentata, but at the same time, empowers its female lead with something most women dream about… a inherent way of protecting our selves from rape (or in this films scenario–classless douche-bags).