The reason why the room was pink was because on black and white film, hues of red become dark shades of black. Pink is the perfect balance to give it that dark creepy grey.
A related fun fact: while old black and white film was under-sensitive to reds, it was correspondingly over-sensitive to greens. Actors whose characters were meant to have unnaturally pale complexions - like Morticia Addams - would often take advantage of this by wearing makeup with a green base tint in order to make their faces “pop”. This is where the modern trope of cartoon vampires having green skin comes from.
These are some fun fucking facts
don’t u love how movies about the future changed it used to be like
woa flying cars
woa time travel
and now its just like
to die in some horrible apocalypse
says a lot about out…
We have so few interesting and challenging SF movies atm that it’s easy to cherry-pick some positive-themed ones from the past because there were just so MANY. There used to be a lot more challenging and interesting and provocative idea films. We HAVE had The Hunger Games, and Dredd (which I’m sorry to not see above), but apart from that there’s been a lot of money thrown at fun effects movies - superhero movies - which I enjoy, and some of which are good, but many of which are not.
I found it really interesting presenting Terminator 2 (as a masterpiece of both existensial horror and existential positivity) to an audience of people who had grown up in the boom years of the 90s (mostly in the UK). They didn’t fear nuclear war, or technology, or big business. They just didn’t GET the visceral terror, or the corresponding sense of hope and struggle, and that was very strange. But I realised it was because they didn’t really feel that much threatened them. There wasn’t much they were looking for films to warn them against.
I hope that’s changing. Not that I’m overjoyed about the financial crisis (really not), but I think our art is starting to get more critical again (see The Hunger Games), and I think that’s important. But the idea that SF futurescapes were all about flying cars and time-joy-rides is laughable, and kind of insulting to the intensely critical and provocative art that has been made in the past.
Yo Tumblrs so here is one of those questions that writers often ask their Google search engine that looks sufficiently dodgy that it could feasibly get them arrested:
If you needed some way of getting hold of a large number of people for sinister purposes without anyone finding out, what would you go for?
So far, my three possibles are religion (a cult of some sort, most likely), sports (if you could target a specific team somehow) and prison (because society forgets/doesn’t care about prisoners). Two of those are quite good, but the sports one is a bit iffy. Can anyone think of anything else?
How large is your large number? Because I’m thinking there needs to be some sort of isolation (having read your explanation post) rather than plucking them straight out of society. Military base is an obvious one, and soldiers have the advantage of being trained to not protest when someone says ‘go to that building and do what the person in there says’. University campus with lots of people resident on campus might work well too - you’ve got lots of people away from home and not sure what is or isn’t normal behaviour (and you could also make it somewhere like Essex, with lots of international students, for added ‘hey, maybe that’s just what happens here’ deniability) and a self-contained community where neighbours might not question some weirdness.
Problem with a cult is getting lots of people in one place without someone outside it getting too suspicious, especially if there’s rapid growth in a short time. Enough weird (and harmful to the rest of society) things have come out of cults that the proper authorities would get suspicious quite quickly.