“Holy Sinner” and “The Boy by the Creek” left Johnny a rattled mess and temporarily speechless after we walked out of the theater. “Christ, Scragg, your movie is excellent, but seeing you do some of that shit was unnerving. I couldn’t believe Maggie bared all and the violence was certainly visceral. Kevin’s flick is one of the darkest movies I’ve ever seen, and he played a role that he hadn’t done before. He’s good in it, and the ending surprised me. Man, I need some lighter fare now,” the little guy said. “I know what you mean,” I replied.
The crew went back to the farm, and we discussed the films with clearer heads. Paige told Paul that he should have pulled back some, which the director summarily dismissed. “It’s just a movie,” he replied. “Okay, I just gave you my honest opinion.” “Look, I understand that some of you were offended by the movie, which is okay, no film is for everyone,” Paul then added. “I know, it’s just that the films have taken a dark tone that is sometimes unsettling,” Paige said. “I agree,” Kevin replied in a somber tone. “What is this? They’re movies, nothing more,” Paul immediately reacted. “Exactly, and it’s not like the theme of the films were a surprise to anyone,” Jordan added. “You can make any movie you want, I’m merely stating my opinion,” Paige said. “We don’t need any negative word of mouth,” Jordan snapped. “I’m not going to say anything, Sir, I just stated my opinion,” Paige fired back. “Okay, let’s not get into a fight over flicks,” I stepped in. “I’m sorry, Paige, it’s just that everyone seems to be down on these films, which has me concerned,” Jordan said. “Jordan, I’m not into those kinds of film. I didn’t like “Cadaver” “Killing Cowboys” and “Short Fuse” I loved “The Guard” “Short Order” “Mop Up Man” and “Getting in Tune, ” I thought “Blood Relative” was incredible. Do you now see where I’m coming from,” my daughter asked. “Yes, and that’s fine,” Jordan replied.
I then spoke.
“There’s always a film in production around here, which is okay, but it’s a business, and we don’t want to saturate the market with intense flicks that wrack people’s nerves. We can do this because we have billionaires and connections that allow us to do so, but we also have to cognizant that we’re not making the same kinds of films at the same time. On the plus side, those three films are high quality and should do well. The radical film made down here is “Sunny in South Dakota” because it doesn’t have any sex, violence, or profanity, yet, it was a hit. That’s something to think about,” I said.
The crew agreed.
The film industry is a business like any other, and it requires careful analysis and creative thinking to be successful. We don’t operate like Hollywood down here; however, the business is still the same, which is to make money. In the future, a more coordinated effort needs to be in place to ensure that a certain genre isn’t overrepresented during any given time.
You can have too much of a good thing.