Science fiction and horror are like a pair of abusive lovers.
SciFi attracts horror with its possibilities and potential. Horror pulls science fiction in because it’s a “bad boy”, something SciFi is constantly told not to date but that only makes horror more enticing. The result is often a bad mix that seemed so promising at first, only to end in violence and a lot of screaming. Anyone remember Prometheus?
Afterwards, SciFi gets up, dresses and takes the walk of shame home, hoping she doesn’t wake up horror. Her friends, fantasy and time piece fiction, tease her and tell her to stop seeing him. So SciFi goes back to work, becoming interesting and credible again. She has a date with crime fiction, which results in Looper, a great movie.
Suddenly, the phone rings. She risks a glance. It’s him. No, not just horror. Someone more meaningful than that.
Him. The one that got away.
She doesn’t want to answer the phone. If she does, it’s a chink in her armor that he’ll exploit. Or did SciFi hurt him, walking away? She saw his violent side and yes, it scared her. But he did not hurt her. Only scared her.
No, it was more than that.
He explored her to the fullest. She helped her see more, reach for the stars. Together, they created an amazing world, rich in detail and history. They crafted a wonderful story that played on the old rivalries of church and state.
Before SciFi realizes it, she’s driving over to his place. No fancy dinner, no coffee. There is no fine dining nor wining. She knocks. He’s at the door, and takes her hand. He leads her straight to the bedroom.
They do not pass Go. They do not collect $200.
Yes. He shares with her everything. The tight spaces, the darkness, being bound together. Even his ugly side, his inner monsters, are something special. They beg to be explored, their behavior intriguing and meaningful, a Mr. Hyde to his Dr. Jekyll. And she was his Nicole, the one he hallucinates about.
Being apart from SciFi is what hurts him.
Dead Space is the best sex that science fiction and horror ever had. And before you ask, yes. He used the handcuffs.