We have all watched movies about some kind of dystopian future where people are in a game and have to fight to the death as cheering audiences watch those brutal killings on tv. Movies such as The Hunger Games, Battle Royal, The Running Man, and Rollerball, just to name a few, gives us that kind of plot. Now it’s one thing for people to participate in those games and kill each other for most cases they are forced to, but then the fictional audience in the movie cheers at the murders projected on the screen. Some of you may have thought about what you would do in the situation of the participants, but may have also questioned “what kind of sick mentality do those people have in order to cheer at people dying on a screen?”
Of course you must see the irony in questioning why people would cheer for death on a television screen. I mean just by watching those movies you are doing the same thing. Going into the theater to see Hunger Games, the irony comes out. Viewers of the movie are watching and cheering for death on the screen just like the fictional audiences in the movies are doing so.
Now by no means am I comparing movie goers to people who would actually cheer for real people getting killed. Of course we’re just watching a movie and everyone goes home safely; we all know it’s for entertainment, so no one is being judged here. I for one love violence in movies, it doesn’t project on anything real for I know it’s fine as long as no one really gets hurt, while the fictional audiences in The Hunger Games, are cheering real people getting killed. Nevertheless, whether it’s when people watch a movie, or from the viewpoint of the movie where people watch people get killed; when something is projected on a screen (death or not death), it becomes larger than life.
It’s why to many people that movie stars and celebrities seem so godly in a way where their presence gives off some kind of godly aura. It’s because we are so used to seeing them on television and movie screens where everything they do is heightened. The music and the drama is added to their presence on the screen so that they do not seem like normal people. Nevertheless, they are normal people, but because of the screen, they are heightened. They are given that godly presence that makes everyone around them flock to them.
On a side note, if you ever wanted to get a normal view of a celebrity just watch their interviews. Through interviews, you don’t have the epic music, the outstanding drama, the makeup, and everything else that goes into a movie. You get them as themselves, and you see under all the flamboyance that comes with being on a screen, they are just like everyone else (also many of them are very nice and humble in reference to Hugh Jackman, r.i.p. to Wolverine).
With that being said, this goes back to those movies where people are killing each other for entertainment for an audience. In Hunger Games, Katniss was given makeup to look appealing to people. Take the movie The Running Man from 1987 for a good example. In the movie, the contestants are in a game show where they fight for their lives, and they are given suits to look appealing to the tv audiences.
Look at the scene. Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is in a bright yellow suit. He is groomed as well to look fitting. Look around him, he is presented by beautiful women in nice blue costumes as their hair looks nice. From the standpoint of the audience inside the movie who are watching this, violence and death are made to seem beautiful. They didn’t give him his regular clothes, and just send him out into the game without any introductions; that wouldn’t seem appealing, it would seem realistic. They propped him up, and added music and an introduction to his entrance to seduce the audience into cheering for the death that awaits their eyes on the television screen. From the audience standpoint, watching the game show is similar to the audience watching the movie The Running Man. Just like the director of the movie along with the stylist gave Arnold Schwarzenegger the suit, and makeup to look appealing to our eyes in the movie theater, so did Killian (the host of The Running Man in the movie) in order to make the game and the action appeal to the audience in the movie. Watching people on television especially when dying, seems so appealing because of the way it is projected through the screen. It’s made to not seem how it would in reality, it’s made to seem theatrical and epic. Obviously in real life, you don’t get epic music playing as you march to your death such as in Braveheart.
To sum it all up, the point I am trying to make is that you can actually see where it would come from that makes people want to watch death. For one you can look at in the ancient times where in Rome people would actually cheer while other human beings get ripped to shreds by lions. Most of all you can even look at society today where people watch murder on television. So next time you’re ever watching The Hunger Games or any other movie featuring people cheer for murder, and you wonder what would make society want to watch people get killed, you may find the answer in our modern society. You see, because although in our society what we’re watching is fictional while in the fictional society in the movies, those audiences are watching something real, the lust for blood on the screen is in both societies.