Deeply Unsettling

Playlists of Psychopaths

Movies have tricked us. They made us believe that Classical music and psychopaths are strongly intertwined, when in fact, it’s actually R&B and Hip Hop that scratch that psychotic itch.

Perhaps I’m tapping this perplexing news piece a bit late – The Guardian and Independent already covered this on September 2017 – but the thought of this vile connection came up to me while enjoying a classical piece on the radio last night which naturally evoked Alex in A Clockwork Orange and Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs.

The gist of the research as described on both magazines:

The researchers at New York University named Eminen’s Lose Yourself and Backstreet’s No Diggity as two favourites amongst those with the highest psychopath scores, The Guardian reports.

In a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too.

Psychopaths have sensitive souls. However it’s not Bach that helps eradicate their inner demons, but Blackstreet and Eminem.

Love this song? You’re probably a psychopath.

So what can we say about classical music and psychopaths in films?

A myth?

Scene: A person enjoys a blood covered glass of milk while relishing over a 10 minute symphony –  a Slim Shady symphony.

Which brings us to…

Milk 

Another deeply unsettling complexity. Adults drinking milk in movies is deeply unsettling. Milk associates us with childhood innocence, the most tender times of our lives. So what the hell is an adult doing with a glass of milk?

A Clockwork Orange, No Country for Old Men, Hitchcock’s Suspicion, and Inglorious Bastards all use the act of drinking milk as eerily as possible.

 

According to culturacolectiva.com , showing an evil adult drinking a glass of milk also represents evil consuming or destroying innocence (i.e. SS colonel Hans Landa asking for a glass of milk when offered wine in Inglorious Bastards).

Milk is used for lighting contrast, meshes well with blood and creates the best contradiction to antiheroes –  drinking it means overpowering the good.

Alongside manipulation, ‘innocence’, smooth-talking, uncanny sense of normalcy and niceness, it seems that psychopaths, in and outside the film industry, have a rather surprising taste in music and love milk.

 

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The Wrath of Negan – No Spoilers Ahead

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Yesterday I pleasurably watched the 1st episode of season 7 of The Walking Dead and besides having a heart attack, a rising blood pressure, and a nervous itching all over my body, I was in complete shock!

WTF!

Negan. By far one of the most atrocious cold-blooded psychopaths ever created.

Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who took quite the risk of becoming the most hated man on earth after this, Negan is a sick twisted fuck with psychotic tendencies and a very unsettling sense of humor, that rules his subordinates like a fierce king. No worries, no spoilers ahead. With his barbed-wire baseball bat, Lucille (so called after his dead wife), he bashes brains and loves it.

Once a loving family man and a school teacher seeking respect from his students, this relentless butcher is now preaching the ways of the new world to his group and captives while making a disturbing speech & madly swinging Lucille.

Who’s it gonna be?

“Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers, let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.”

He’s powerful and loves playing wicked games, like a predator playing with its food, and the more you resist, the more he’ll want to introduce you to his hungry Lucille and you’ll “take it like a champ”.

This episode is a true masterpiece in its most evil sense. It scared me out of my wits!

BRRRR……..

If you haven’t watched it yet or did and crazy enough to watch it again, here are some helpful do’s and don’ts:

  1. By all means, bite your nails. They’ll grow back.
  2. Do not eat sushi during.
  3. Do not watch while children are sleeping in the next room. You might freak out and wanna express yourself.
  4. Watch it with The Walking Dead fanatics. It adds another layer to the fun.
  5. Talk about it after with them. It’s fun to analyze.

Any other suggestions? Feel free to add some in the comments below.

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