Thursday, October 31, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #277: Horror (TV edition)

This being Thursday, it's time for another edition of Thursday Movie Picks, the blogathon run by Wandering Through the Shelves. We're still in October, so it's time for another Halloween-themed edition. And this being the last Thursday of the month, it's time for a TV edition of the blogathon. The theme is horror, and rather than going for the usual theme of episodic TV that would fit in with horror movies, I decided to go with three shows starring personalities who I find quite frankly horrifying. (Or, technically, I'm going with "horrid" rather than "horror".) Now, I have an odd view of the world, so what horrifies me may not horrify you:

To Catch a Predator (2004-2007). This iteration of Dateline NBC starred Chris Hansen as a man who lured alleged pedophiles to a house with hidden cameras and microphones with sting operations. Hansen claimed not to be working with the police to be able to film the arrests, but in one case, he had the police show up at the alleged suspect's house, and when the SWAT team entered the house the man committed suicide.

Nancy Grace (CNN, 2005-2016). Grace, a former district attorney from Atlanta, used her show on one of the CNN channels to rail against the idea of innocent until proven guilty, glomming onto certain high profile cases and inciting hatred of the defendants -- and continuing to hector them even after the defendants were found not guilty, as in the Duke lacrosse case or the Casey Anthony case. I find this sort of behavior as abhorrent as the running of mugshots of people arrested but not convicted in an attempt to humiliate them publicly, or the drumbeat from police and prosecutors that if you've done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide.

Judge Judy (1996-2016). I have no idea what sort of judge Judith Sheindlin was in Manhattan Family Court, but on TV she uses the platform to berate the poor people foolish enough to want to arbitrate their cases on TV, constantly shouting them down and debasing the legal system by giving home viewers the idea that this is something that it's good for a judge to do. My mom watched a bunch of these court shows during the afternoons and I frankly find all of the "judges" on them horrid.


thevoid99 said...

Nancy Grace is an evil bitch. She always gets her facts wrong and always says the stupidest things in the world.

Ted S. (Just a Cineast) said...

I'm glad I'm not alone in that assessment! :-)

Birgit said...

Great take on the horror aspect. I can't stand Nancy Grace and don't care much for Judge Judy who both talk roughshod over people, have no empathy, and they always think they are right. I have no clue why Nancy Grace has a show because her voice alone send me in shivers. The best thing was, when she was on Dancing With the Stars (yes, I watch that show) she had a nip slip and she farted.