Put It All Together And You Get ...
A horror movie starts with an innocent who slowly learns all the rules and how to exploit them, but loses that innocence just as the great mystery is explained. Yep: Horror movies are about losing your virginity.
Western culture places a huge amount of importance on losing our virginity. Most of us don't have rite of passage ceremonies anymore. For those of you who aren't fans of having your genitalia mutilated with a rock while bits of it are fed to fire ants, that's probably a relief. But coming-of-age is still a thing we have to deal with. We have our milestones -- getting our license, our first job, graduating high school -- but culturally, adulthood is still tied to sex. Our official passage into this big, scary world is losing our virginity. There's a lot of pressure around it, we don't fully understand how the rules work, and because it's a huge milestone with so much fear and uncertainty associated, it kind of scars us. So we end up telling scary stories about the process to help us deal with it.
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"And some say that penis roams these woods to this very day!"
No theory is bulletproof, of course. That's not the point. I write books. I know what their subtext is supposed to be while I'm writing them, but I've heard fan theories about my own works that make a hell of a lot more sense than my intended meaning. This could be because I'm a terrible writer (buy ... The Unnoticeables?) or it could be because these theories that we come up with aren't meant to tell others how they should be viewing movies, but explaining how we view them, and so giving some insight into ourselves.
That being said, assume what you will about my terrifying and bizarre sex life.
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