Sunday, June 23, 2019
The Special, Just Say No...If You Can
The monster that is addiction. Just saying no may make a great bumper-sticker but the physiology of humans makes that adage unrealistic. Addiction takes over and just like Lon Chaney, Jr., you change...into a monster. Those near to you are endangered (never mind yourself), and just like the werewolf, you can blend into society. Before others know what you have become, its too late. Some may die, some may be ruined, and its all your fault. The horror film can offer so many blatant metaphors for addiction and the addicted, so today we look at a new film by B. Harrison Smith, "The Special." A preachy tale about addiction? Perhaps, but be warned...this is a horror story...an icky one that will stick with you long after the end credits.
Is there hope for Jerry...and Lisa? Exactly what is "The Special" and how did it get hold of Jerry so quickly...or can it be banished from his life? Is there something more than deviant sex offered at Madame Zhora's brothel? The reveal will be shocking and the plot leading up to it will be unsettling and squirm-inducing. Long after the end credits the ick factor will grow more intense as your brain begins to process just what "The Special" has laid onto your conscience. For some shocking horror which puts forth a hard metaphor about addiction, see B. Harrison Smith's "The Special." Those of you who write screenplays may want to take some lessons for the two who wrote it for this film, Mark Steensland and James Newman (they wrote the novella, too), who kept this horror story crisp and fast-paced.