The Comedy in Get Out

Last year Get Out was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Many consider Get Out one of the best horror films of 2017. I was intrigued for months, but I rarely watch movies nowadays, but I decided to see Get Out for myself and see whether it’s a comedy or a horror. Well, I found out it’s neither, but can be interpreted as both, and it’s really fascinating to see why.
Get Out is… interesting. It certainly plays with horror tropes, probably taking inspiration from works such as The Wicker Man and The Stepford Wives (and their derivatives), but it’s also very clear from the first minute that this story is a statement about representation of black people, highlighting causal (and perhaps unintentional) racist behavior. Continue reading “The Comedy in Get Out”

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Family Dynamics in Resident Evil 7

Sometimes I find the concept of family perplexing. It is something that we take for granted, something that we think of as natural, but give it a second thought, and you’ll find that people living together solely on the basis of blood… can be kind of disturbing.

There’s a chance I’m thinking this way because I come from a broken home, but I can also recall how unnatural our family reunions are. Some of these people are essentially strangers, yet still talking to each other once a year. You can tell that they have nothing in common, sometimes even turning on each other, arguing about politics, inheritance or worse. And they eventually reconcile over food.

You can live your own life, be your own master, but once in a while, there comes a day when you have to sit at a dinner table with people you secretly despise, or even fear. Only because it is expected. Enforced by nature and society. That’s something you can’t control. Continue reading “Family Dynamics in Resident Evil 7”

Introduction

I guess this would be a good time to introduce myself, although for some reason, it makes me a bit uncomfortable. I’ll try to keep things brief.

I’m a Hungarian writer, mostly interested in the macabre and the weird.

This year I turned thirty, and I decided to take a step towards writing for an international audience. Horror and weird fiction are niche genres, especially in a small country, so it made sense to me to at least try to extend my reach.

My non-fiction writings in Hungarian are varied in subject. Similarly, my short stories are varied in genres and styles. So far I’ve published a novel, a short story collection, numerous articles and essays, but if you look at this ouvre, you’ll notice that it’s very unfocused. It doesn’t make a commitment to a subject or a genre.

This blog will serve as a remedy for that, as I will dedicate the site solely to dark and weird subjects. Expect my occasional translations of short stories to follow that pattern as well.

So… let’s get started.