Horror as a medium is at its best when it provides commentary and insight into the human condition, when it tackles the big ideas. FRANKENSTEIN, for example. The book, the movie(s), the characters. How far should Science go, it asks us? Is there a limit to what men should attain? Are some things beyond us as a species? The werewolf is a perfect metaphor for the dark side of human nature, the unevolved side, the part that is still animalistic. Serial killers may not have fur and fangs, but they are monsters nonetheless. The vampire as an archetype teaches us about mankind’s fascination with and fear of death, its linkage with sexuality, and the universal desire for bodily survival beyond the cessation of our biological functions.
The new film PYOTR495 is about the struggle of being homosexual in a society that can be hostile to it. It’s about bullying. It’s about persecution, and the all too real threat gay people face in other countries (and sometimes in this one). It draws comparison between the typical monster in a Horror flick being chased by a mob of maddened, shouting, torch-waving villagers, for no other reason than its “other-ness.” Oh, and after undergoing maltreatment from a gang of bullies, the title character, Pyotr, turns into a monster—a REAL one.
I always love it when the monster turns the tables on those stupid villagers. Don’t you?