Thursday, September 18, 2008

That wheel-chair guy

It's not something I've ever sat down and thought about before, but the thought just crossed my mind and I've decided to include it in a post. How many horror films can you think of that's included a handicapped person? A person in a wheel-chair? The only two films that I can think of from the top of my head is Franklin from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the wheel-chair guy from Friday the 13th part 2.
Just where are all the paralyzed characters and disabled vidtims awaiting their gruseome deaths as they, well, just sit there? Is it some underlying form of racisim against the handicapped people of the world? Probably. What's the world coming to when a handicapped person is murdered on celluloid while his pal(s) (who incidentally stroll around on their onw two legs) are left to survive and carry on with life? C'mon handicapped character from the slasher flick, you're paralyzed. You can't feel anything anyway. It's not like your death was THAT bad when you actually sit down and think about it. Stop complaining.
Franklin and the wheel-chair guy from Friday the 13th part 2 are polar opposites. One is a tubby little whiner, while the other is an independent soul who still tries his best to compete in anything to do with athtletics. Franklin is fat and complains about how hot it is, while the wheelchair guy from Friday 2 is trying to score. And I don't mean soccer points. What they do have in common is that they both bite the dust in a grizzly way. Franklin is incidentally Texas Chainsaw Massacred to death and the weelchair-sports-guy is chopped in the face by the dull ued of a machete in that glorious Friday 2 fashion. Needless to say, both characters are memorable in their own way. Probably even more memorable as they've since become dismembered and had machetes buried in their face.

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