Sunday, June 08, 2008
Why Is It?...
Why is it that I feel perfectly safe walking around New York City at 3 in the morning, but if I go jogging in my parents' suburban neighborhood after 8 p.m., I always feel like someone's about to pull up behind me in their car, shove a chloroform-soaked rag over my mouth and throw me in their trunk?
Don't get me wrong, my parents' nabe is ridiculously safe (and ridiculously named Sugar Land). But I think Commenter John is right -- it's the whole trend of horror movies usually being set in the suburbs. Have you seen the preview for The Strangers, by the way? I pretty much have a massive coronary every time it comes on. Those masks!
I think another part of it is that the media jumps all over the story whenever a white girl disappears while jogging in an upper middle class neighborhood. I can already envision my promo running during commercial breaks for Grey's Anatomy or something: "How the daughter of two local parents ran into trouble when she made the serious mistake of going for a run after nightfall. Tune it at 11..."