10/7/13 – 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #7 – A Clockwork Orange

Clockwork Orange

The definition of “horror” can sometimes be stretched.  What each individual finds terrifying definitely wavers from person to person.  Sometimes “horror” is supernatural.  Sometimes “horror” is a pus-oozing monster.  And sometimes “horror” is a social commentary that makes us look at the potential of our own unhinged dark sides through a twisted psychological mirror.  A Clockwork Orange is not a horror film.  And yet, I find it to be one of the most terrifying movies ever made.  Many of you know I’m obsessed with Stanley Kubrick.  What film nut isn’t?  We’ve all heard the tales of his eccentricities.  We’ve heard of his obsessions over every shot, sometimes shooting individual scenes near a hundred times to get it perfect.  But we also know that he tackles each of his themes with more care and precision that most filmmakers could ever dream.  The multiple themes and social issues showcased in A Clockwork Orange are difficult to accept, and yet impossible to argue with.  It is a difficult film to sum up briefly, but if I had to, I’d say it is essentially a futuristic sci-fi fable about youth running wild, the repercussions of their actions, and the repercussions of those repercussions.  There, that’s all I’ll give you.  In a disturbing and unwavering way, Kubrick forces questions upon us about ourselves and our own society, that we don’t want to answer.  He shows us things that we don’t want to see, yet because of his artistic genius, we accept the challenge.  There are moments in this film that will leave you absolutely disturbed and conflicted.  He mixes a horrific scene of rape, with the character singing and dancing to “Singin’ in the Rain.”  He mixes “ultra-violence” with Beethoven.  Hell, he even mixes our main character into both the protagonist and antagonist.  Angry and sadness alternate sometimes in the same scene, dealing with the same character!  It’s a tightrope that is as difficult as it is genius.  The entire film is a dichotomy, and it’s made that way on purpose.  A Clockwork Orange is NOT for everyone.  That could not be made more clear.  Made in 1971, it is the type of movie that would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to be made today.  And yet, it’s subject matter could not be more relevant.  If you haven’t seen this film yet, do yourself a favor and wait no longer.

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