Why comedy is liberal

Horror is conservative because its essence is fear, comedy’s liberal because its essence is play.

Comedy’s puckish, punctures the pompous. Authoritarians love rank, comedy only uses it to punch up. Otherwise it’s flat, you’re as good as your set / script / essay / bit.

A liberal horror flick would invert the reactionary horror formula where only being chaste, sober and cautious makes you the final girl. Stray moments of joy would be power-ups, not creature beacons.

Horror’s fun, but you wouldn’t want to live that way. A sunset? Chomped. Cuddling a baby? Chomped. Defensive bunker. Partition babies.