Thursday 2 March 2017

Episode Three: Shadow of the Vampire & Gods and Monsters

Wrong With Authority is back from the dead, hosted by James this time, with an episode looking at two movies about the creators of classic horror cinema.

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As ever, beware spoilers, and also one or two possible triggers.


Shadow of the Vampire (2000) is the fictionalised story of genius director F.W. Murnau, actor Max Schreck, and the making of classic silent horror Nosferatu, but with a twist...  

Directed by E. Elias Merhige, written by Stephen Katz, and starring John Malkovich, Willem Defoe, Caroline McCormack, Udo Kier, Eddie Izzard, and Cary Elwes.  


Gods and Monsters (1998) is the fictionalised story of the last days in the life of James Whale, the director of classic Universal horror films, including Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.  

Directed and written by Bill Condon, based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram, and starring Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave and Lolita Davidovitch.  


  1. Just wanted to expand on some of the stuff you guys were saying about assisted suicide near the end. Jack is correct to say that we need to restructure society before we should do this, but it's not just the state that we need to look at, but all of the various kinds of injustice in society. Yes, people who are on disability benefits or relying on family for care or money face pure economic pressure to perceive themselves as a burden. There was talk about ~government death panels~ in the US during the health care reform thing, which distracts from the reality that Americans at least already have private insurers deciding what care they want to pay for and therefore, in practical terms, whether people get care or die. That's hardly going to get better when the cheapest health care choice for them to cover is the suicide box.
    But this is all more severe and more complex for people of colour, queer people, trans people etc. not just because economic pressures always hit those groups harder. There are historical reasons and trends that come in to play, because Nazis are not the only bad doctors out there. The doctors who approved of and carried out the Tuskegee experiments were not just government employees, they were also members of the AMA, who knew of and supported the experiment nearly from the start. The pathologization of homosexuality is technically over, but only quite recently. It's been proven repeatedly that doctors today underprescribe painkillers to black patients. We could go on in this vein for a long time.
    And to go off of one of Daniel's points, it's not going to be just the artists who are going to be allowed to want to die when they can't produce, but any worker who's "all used up", to borrow Utah Phillips' phrase, and no longer profitable to care for.
    Part of the problem of having these conversations about relatively privileged people, via stories generally made by even more privileged people, is that it's easier to forget just how far we are from a society that is just enough to do this, and how unevenly the costs of getting there (if we ever can) will be distributed.

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