DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:
What makes a cinematic death an "iconic" one? Is it the brutal fashion in which the character bites the dust, or the impact that losing that character causes the remaining cast? Is it the gasp that the audience emits after realizing their favorite character won't make it to the end, or the amount of plot that rotates around this particular loss? I say it's all of the above, in addition to the penetration of said death in pop culture. Does anyone still talk about the death of whoever the bad guy was in the fourth James Bond movie? I had to look it up to find out it was Largo from Thunderball and he was killed with a harpoon - clearly not a big culture splash. Now here's a list of deaths that movie-going audiences of any age can recall immediately and with crystal clarity. And perhaps shed a manly tear.
The music. The absence of color. The chocolate syrup (look it up). This is all I need to say for you to instantly know what death I'm talking about. Despite the knife never actually penetrating the character on screen, this death scene has led millions of people to have at least a moment of hesitation before showering alone in a strange place. All anyone has to do is make the violin-screech eeehhn, eeehhn, eeehhn and people know what death scene is being referenced.
What makes this scene sad? The girl didn't do anything seriously wrong, not by "horror movie rules" as they stand. The elder god from Cabin in the Woods would not accept this as an offering, if you know what I mean. Some crazy guy was attracted to her simply because she existed, and then the mother inside his head got jealous and killed her for it. She was killed because someone was attracted to her! Murder with no rules or patterns or anything...that's just sad. And it was all by chance that she was there in the first place.