Subject: Horrifying by suggestion or implication. (Dragnet and Twilight Zone spoilers)
Posted on: 2021-09-11 12:53:36 UTC
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You know, sometimes there is more horror in a reaction or a bare-bones description. A lot of the modern horror films really pile on the gore, when gore isn't necessary.
And in both radio and televised Dragnet, this comes into play. In one radio episode, Webb narrating as Friday gives the ages of the two missing girls, the fact that the corpses were holding wildflowers—and the fact that a veteran homicide detective had never seen such a sight as those corpses before and never hoped to again. And in "The Big High", the corpse in the bathtub is never shown, but is so horrifying that Officer Gannon is going to be sick for the first time in seventeen years on the job.
In the Twilight Zone episode "Death's-Head Revisited", when former concentration camp commandant Lütze spurns his last chance to repent and be shown mercy, he is made to go through everything he enjoyed putting his captives through, And it is chilling not only what he's going through, but the fact that none of this is disproportionate; he was THAT BAD.
And in the Second Doctor story "Fury from the Deep", one of the censor clips--chilling to the bone--is accomplished simply by a human mouth emitting the noise of hissing gas--uncanny valley right there--and the target's gasping and choking.
You don't need graphic blood and guts to be terrifying, so why do so many modern horror pieces rely on them? Are so many people so jaded?