I got into weird movies because I am a bit of an odd guy. I can’t help it. I’ve always been the weird kid. I didn’t have a lot of friends because I just didn’t know how to manage socially. I was kind of a loner. I’m not saying I was going around torturing puppies as a kid. I just sort of laughed at things that other people did not think were funny, had interests that other kids did not gravitate toward, and felt like I was different from everyone.
Growing up sucked a bit, I am not going to lie.
But as I got older, I realized that it wasn’t just me. There are plenty of other people out there who feel the same way – a society of outcasts, if you will. And with the internet being the way it is now, it is even easier to find a group of people who think the same way. It is a relief to find out you are not alone. You’ll find that there are plenty of people who get your sense of humor and laugh at the same things you do. It might be hard to believe sometimes but there are people who have the same interests as you. You’ll feel validated. It’s actually a cool feeling.
Seeing odd movies is another way that I feel like I belong. If somebody makes a movie that really makes you laugh, or think, or makes you really happy, you feel more understood and actually seen. It is awesome. The movies that make me feel that way are often not mainstream movies. They are the weird ones that come out of nowhere and get distributed by a place like Troma Studios. Then it makes its way around internet forums and you hear about it and it is easier for those of us who are interested in these things to get a hold of it and watch it.
I don’t mind being the way I am anymore. I don’t know if the internet helped because now I know I am not alone or if it is because I am a little older now and I care less. Or maybe because as time goes on, I have gotten better socially and have friends now.
It’s ok that I am weird. It is OK that I like weird horror movies. I like watching bizarre movies with subtitles and foreign languages and random actors who probably still have day jobs. I like films that have really impactful messages and lots of themes. And also gore and dark humor and noir. The interesting stuff. I don’t want to see the formulaic blockbusters that have the same basic characters over and over blowing up the same things and all the special effects. I can’t relate to sappy romantic comedies with meet-cute scenes. I’m tired of it. I am smarter than that. So are you. We should expect more from each other and from our entertainment.