I have read stories and see movies that center around vampires, werewolves, ghosts and almost any other supernatural creature that I can think of.
I am pretty de-sensitized to horror at this point in my life. Not much really scares me.
Now, I can still get grossed out.
Children whose heads spin as pea soup comes out their mouths is a prime example.
Face hugging aliens are also another example.
But those are gross outs, which are pretty common.
(I have dogs. Gross outs can be an every day occurrence in my hood, actually.)
But, while pea soup spewing kids, face hugging aliens and dog vomit in unspeakably large piles can gross me out and make me dry heave, in the end, these things don’t scare me.
Most of them, in fact, are not possibilities.
(Except for the face hugging aliens. You don’t know how many times I have had to clean up after the face hugging aliens and their nasty messes. Oh wait…)
Now, I can (and do) still get frightened.
All that requires is just turning on the evening news.
Or watching true crime documentaries.
In other words, man’s inhumanity to his fellow man.
(And women too. Trying to be inclusive here.)
Man’s inhumanity to man is just…
I know I have said it in this blog before, but I will say it again:
Stephen King’s stories work well because most of The Master’s stories contain that backdrop of reality.
Domestic abuse, financial troubles, family strife, bullying and child abuse are just some of the themes that run through King’s stories.
We are given characters and situations which are often familiar to us.
That backdrop of realism makes the actual monsters that much more terrifying, because we believe that since the situation may be something that is realistic, so is the monster in question.
And monster is a relative term.
Vampires, shape shifting clowns and inexplicably mobile fingers in the bathroom sink are just a few examples of King’s monsters.
But, we need to add something else to the list:
Often, King’s human monsters are his most frightening. Again, there is that backdrop of reality.
While the show Castle Rock may not be a King creation per se, it is definitely a creation that belongs in the King cannon.
The show also has its inhuman monsters (zombie douches,, for example) but the show is also no stranger to human monsters.
Episode 5, titled The Laughing Place, is great example of man’s inhumanity to man.
There is nothing supernatural in this episode.
In other words, all human fuckery.
So, let’s get to it, and dive into the recap and review of episode 5.