One indisputable sign that you're getting old (whether it be chronologically or emotionally) is "They don't make 'em like they used to" syndrome. Anyone who has experienced this bitter reminiscing knows exactly what I'm talking about, and those who haven't already inevitably will. I was struck with a strange case of it last night as I was catching up on the most recent episode of Fringe; only I wasn't longing for the glory days of the X-Files, I was wondering why what I was seeing was more grotesque than most imagery found in PG-13 horror movies.

If you're unfamiliar with the show, it's produced by JJ Abrams and airs Thursday nights on Fox (a station anyone with a TV and an antenna can pick up) at 8pm CST and is about a team of FBI agents and scientists who investigate science experiments gone wrong. The episode in question, titled Snakehead, featured a close up shot of a jaw that had been torn apart when a four-foot long worm/squid hybrid tried to use it as an exit. Considering the type of movies I'm typically found watching, this shot didn't bother me in the least, but it did find me noting to my wife how impressively nasty of an effect it was for primetime television and how no one could have gotten away with such a close-up years ago.

I hadn't thought much about it until later on in the episode when a character slit their throat with a razor blade. Now this is a common enough gag in any PG-13 horror movie, but instead of going the bloodless, hand-across-the-neck route, Fringe actually stepped up to the gore plate and showed the smiling man's throat split 4 inches wide. And that really got me wondering...
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