Friday, January 23, 2015
Population 436 (2006)
Steve figures he'll be in town for just a few days, but he's puzzled by the lack of fluctuation in the towns census records which go back into the 1800s. The townsfolk are nice, but within minutes of him getting to town everyone knows his name. There are also several odd instances where people mention that Steve is staying with someone because he hasn't found a home, or remark that Steve has moved to town.
It shouldn't be a secret to anyone who watches the movie that there are only two ways a population can stay exactly the same. Either every time someone is born or moves to town then someone else must leave, or the town has completely incompetent census takers. The movie has similarities to Shirley Jackson's short story, The Lottery, although this movie is nowhere near as powerful or shocking. In fact, it's fairly tame, slow at times, and not anywhere near the same class. People certainly won't be talking about this movie in two years, let alone fifty.
What is puzzling is why the townsfolk don't let people leave town when there is a new arrival. This would alleviate the problem of a changing population. Also this is the only town in the world which counts visitors as part of their population. What is wrong with these people? A visitor isn't a resident. You just let them leave and your population stays the same. Oh wait, these people are probably inbred simpletons since most people never leave town.
So to sum up, they don't want you in their town. But if you do come, they won't let you leave and someone will have to die. Yup, thanks crazy religion!