You can completely ignore this but I saw your tags on David S. Pumpkins and I have A Lot of thoughts. I love David S. Pumpkins so much?? I can't explain it. It's the kind of love that just is. I really want to try to do a critical analysis on the positive reaction to him, like is it because the skit interrupts horror and the expected fear it entails-because when a person watches a scary movie or goes to a Haunted House they're making a conscious choice to participate in a manufactured narrative
of horror/suspense. The creation of David S. Pumpkins, who as harmless and fun(!) as he is, actually elicits some of the same tones recognized in classic horror seen in his oddity and the confusion he draws from the people in the elevator. Most of David Pumpkins illustrates the core of horror in his deviation of social norms-the people he dances for came to be scared. They expected to be scared but only within their own societal definition of what is scary The people even experience relief when they later encounter stereotypically scary images because it falls within their expectations. While the little girl and chainsaw were terrifying, their familiarity gives them a sense of safety that fails to include David S. Pumpkins because of his unpredictableness. The true terror the characters face is positioned at the end of the sketch, when David S. Pumpkins deviates from his own script and steps inside the elevator which can now be viewed as a metaphor for the dichotomy between oddity and and familiarity (look at the choice of an elevator as a vehicle for the story. Elevators can only travel in two directions, such as one between ‘good’ and ‘evil.’ There is no space for the grey area of David S. Pumpkin’s funky dance moves and his sureness of himself and will to not be defined). David S. Pumpkins is enjoyable because he subverts the horror genre and subsequently makes people question what actually terrifies them. Also, the music! His costume! He’s a nonlinear sequel to the CW dancing Pumpkin!! I’m sorry if this is A Lot, it’s five a.m and I have a lot to say about David S. Pumpkins. I laughed so hard the first time I saw the sketch I could not breathe. I startled my dog.
@madameandeve this is everything I’ve ever wanted in life