An opinion piece on tropes and the horror of growing older.
Loved this article. Aging can be really scary because it comes with so much baggage, invisibility, forgetfulness, poor health and a weird notion that there are more important things to do than sex. I'm actually in good health, hobbit-size so I've always been invisible, and have a dog to help with the exercise. The real horror is created by the rest of the world making you irrelevant.
As someone who’s well past the halfway point, I think you really hit the nail on the head with this. In addition to the body horror of slow deterioration, there’s an aspect to getting older I’ve found really fascinating to experience. The older you get, the more invisible you become. Almost like a living ghost. In reality, I don’t mind it because I’m an introvert anyway and rather happy going about my day unnoticed. But there have been times when I’ve had no more physical presence than a fence post to be walked around. It’s kind of weird 😂
Loved this essay and loved John’s comment about invisibility. Captured a lot of my feelings about how our society sees (or doesn’t see!) older women, especially. In fact, thinking about this inspired me to write a short story some months ago. If you are interested, check out “The Carny” at theghoststory.com. (Stories are free to access online).
Thank you for writing this. I’ve been feeling and thinking much the same way since I’ve hit my 30s. And I still haven’t watched Pearl or X, yet, but now I definitely will!
So much of this resonates, and yet I do admit a certain love of Hagsploitation films. I would love to see more badass older women represented in horror. While I don't love the new Halloween films, I do love that JLC is presented as an older woman worthy of being a protagonist. Great post!
I've been meaning to watch the X movies for a while now, but I agree with all this. I'm trying to be more comfortable and honest with myself as I age. Retinol can only do so much. I can't wait to be the naked old lady in the swimming pool changing room, honestly.