Today I was watching The Mummy Returns, it had been a while and I felt like watching Brendan Fraser back when he was still cute, and I couldn't help noticing something rather disturbing.
I hve this unnatural tendency to laugh uncontrollably when people get injured or killed in action films.
It's really starting to become a problem. I mean sure, in the privacy of your own lounge room watching a video, of course there's no one to hear your mirthful glee as someone on the screen has their intestines ripped out through their navels. But in a cinema it's a different story. People give me the most unusual looks in there.
I suppose it's not surprising, they no doubt think I'm a serial killer in the making.
I'm not a total monster though. It's not like I sat through Beaches or Steel Magnolias giggling my head off. It's just the action/adventure ones that do it to me. Oh, and the horrors, they're also a scream (pun intended)! Honestly, I really do think we're supposed to laugh at them.
I'm not really concerned about the attention I get from the other cinema patrons, though. It's my friends I'm worried about. It must be difficult to go to the movies with someone who has a habit of breaking into uncontrollable laughter just because someone was is decapitated onscreen.
But come on, lets all be honest with ourselves. Aren't you all just little bit thrilled when someone bites it in the movies? I think it's that whole living vicariously thing that does it to us. We can't exactly go around killing peole who piss us off, so seeing it on the big screen can be kind of cathartic.
And really, is bloodlust really such a bad thing as long as it's kept in the movie theatre?