I feel like the simplest solution to this is a very logical and understandable one, and it’s probably something like “If you’re so worried about it than it probably is perpetuating a horrible trope, don’t do it.” And that’s a very reasonable response I think. And if that’s the general consensus of the replies to this thread then I’m fully ready to accept that.
I’m gonna try to keep this description/explanation as short as possible. And for the sake of context, this is a horror movie. And feel free to ask me to go into further detail, I’m not worried about someone stealing my idea or anything like that, if only because “execution matters more than premise”. That’s a really shortened version of a point made in this really good video on Funny Games.
There’s a murder in a suburban neighborhood that happens before the story begins. The victim of this murder was a young woman, she was the main characters primary romantic and sexual partner. Her death is the most recent, readily significant and tangible trauma that weighs on the main character. And later information revealed about the death is crucial to events that take place in the final act.
That was pretty short and very vague. Hopefully not too much of either. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.