Gas Mask Horror

Is this Mugatu's fall line?

Is this Mugatu's fall line?

A Rant by Michael Schutz

I can't wait 'til the next day!

I can't wait 'til the next day!

Have you noticed the proliferation of gas masks on horror movie posters? What’s with all these respiration-impaired monsters and villains? Sometimes our heroes wear the masks. That’s the worst; that means that we’re about to sit through 88 minutes of reductive post-apocalyptic tripe.

Here's Another.

Here's Another.

Muted colors and dust blowing. Vaguely identified zombies or cadres of armed survivors. Symptoms of a quickly made, bad movie in a saturated genre.

No one survives... the Death Tunnel!!

No one survives... the Death Tunnel!!

I bet someone in our stronghold won’t heed the rules. Will their leaving cause a failure of security leading to an invasion from outside forces? Ooh, maybe a child in our camp will get sick. Is the only cure located out there in the horrible new world order? Or will she turn into one of the monsters and destroy what we’ve worked so hard to build? That’s a metaphor for the state of the world and our loss of personal freedoms, you know! After playing Texas Hold’em on my phone through two-thirds of The Hatred, I’ve decided to make a stand. Got a gas mask on the cover? Skip!

Hated It!

Hated It!

This one looks pretty cool.

This one looks pretty cool.

Another one?

Another one?

This one was pretty good.

This one was pretty good.

Wait... what's going on here?

Wait... what's going on here?

2005? My God, they've always been around!

2005? My God, they've always been around!

And you thought the summer of '69 was bad.

And you thought the summer of '69 was bad.

Gas Mask: The Movie!

Gas Mask: The Movie!

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Michael Schutz

Michael Schutz was born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, where the macabre tales of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King kept him warm at night. He’s seen way too many horror movies to be healthy and blogs and podcasts about them on Darkness Dwells. Watch for his new novel, Edging, from Burning Willow Press in spring 2017. He is the author of the novel Blood Vengeance and the novella Uninoch. His short fiction has been featured most recently in Dark Moon Digest, Sanitarium, and the anthologies Beasts: Revelations, Beyond the Nightlight, and Cranial Leakage: Tales from the Grinning Skull. He lives with his three naughty cat-children in northern California.