Film & Media Studies Theory

Whitman College – FMS 387

Abjections of Bad Milo

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I have yet to see the actual movie, but from the trailer, it seems to have multiple examples of abjection.

First starting with the obvious: the gore. While it is a “horror comedy,” comedic blood may have the same effects of horror blood. It possesses the images of mutilated bodies, which may cause the viewers to cringe and say that it “made me sick (Creed 253).” Where I am not a fan of blood or horror, this movie seems to be aiming for the audience who enjoys the perversity of the abject (Creed 253). To play the comedic angle, so the audience is laughing at the gore, not cringing.

The second abjection in Bad Milo is the parallel to the idea of the monstrous-feminine and the archaic mother. Although Milo is “birthed” from a male (and therefore, the symbol of the womb does not exactly fit), it is similar to the example of Alien, “the ‘mother’s’ body has become hostile; it contains the alien whose one purpose is to kill…, just as Milo is “birthed” from the man to kill or harm the person causing stress to his “mother (Creed 260).”

Female genitalia is considered a “mysterious black hole,” in the Bad Milo trailer, a “mysterious black hole” is shown as a doctor attempting to solve the mystery of Milo performs a colonoscopy. The protagonist’s “black hole” is just like a female’s black hole, “[giving] birth to equally horrific offspring (Creed 261).”Since this is not happening to a woman, it really isn’t seen as a threat of castration, however, as in Alien, “it represents a man giving birth, to deny the mother as signifier of sexual difference—but here birth can exist only as the other face of death (Creed 261).”

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One thought on “Abjections of Bad Milo

  1. I’m interested in the way abjection changes from “serious”(horror films are absurd, but continually serious) to “comedic.” You say, “While it is a ‘horror comedy,’ comedic blood may have the same effects of horror blood,” but I wonder if the appeal of the “comedic blood” and “horror blood” are actually the same? Do they attract the same set of viewers? And how does over-the-top “comedic blood” compare with realistic “horror blood?” What about vice versa(can comedy do realistic violence without becoming more horror than comedy? Does self-awareness(as most contemporary comedies tend to be) change abjection? Very interesting analyzing how genre borders break down.

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