NWK2000 wrote: ↑Oct 2nd, '19, 08:09It might be the same Bray Wyatt, but the gimmick has been retooled to incorporate more universally understood elements of horror. Ghouls, mental illness, the unsettling sunny nature of child-oriented iconography (how many times have dolls/nursery rhymes/puppets/children's toys been used as the central theme of a horror movie?) and etc.Big Red Machine wrote: ↑Oct 1st, '19, 20:22
This IS how I look at it. It wouldn't occur to me to look at it any other way. Which is why I have come to the conclusion that this is the same old Bray Wyatt except with the cryptic nonsense promos replaced with kitsch and the occasional insider comment. None of it means anything and none of it ever did. They've just changed it from nonsense to something smarks can smirk at and suddenly the smarks all like it now.
To have found the hillbilly cultist creepy, that's a very specific subset of horror that doesn't really click unless you're a fan of Cape Fear or you grew up in a rural area so the iconography of the early Wyatt vignettes hits home.
So have your more universally encompassing horror character do sh*t that makes sense and ties in together, then. My issues is not with the iconography, but rather with the incompetent implementation of it. This Bray Wyatt is to Victorian horror as the old Bray Wyatt was to creepy cultist hillbillies. He had the physical trappings of one, but once you looked below the surface he was exposed as just a dude saying random cryptic sh*t and then magically teleporting to attack people and take over the TitanTron.
Bray Wyatt was supposed to be a creepy hillbilly cult leader, but he never acted like one, did he? The extent of his character was that he did magic. He had large minions, but nothing made Harper and Rowan different from any other set of big bruiser minions. Not to toot my own horn, but I think my Bray Wyatt in my ongoing fantasy booking is MUCH more of a cult leader than the actual Bray Wyatt we saw for six years. My Bray Wyatt had a message and actually convinced people to join him. The real Bray Wyatt never did that.
The mistake you are making is giving them credit for what you know that they are trying to do, regardless of how competent their execution is. They have given us a start point and an end point, but haven't actually given us a middle that connects them in any way.