I’m a fan of Swery but also wish he wasn’t so into dead ladies as an aesthetic and need to speak to figure out if I’m crazy. Content warning for all linked videos, particularly the Deadly Premonition cutscenes for visible (if occult) signs of sexual assault and The Missing for self-harm.
Deadly Premonition’s opening credits are the discovery of a dead girl. Throughout more women are killed giallo-style, with creative violence/sex allusions. The main character refers to the dead women as beautiful forest goddesses. The heroine’s assault/suicide scene, even by 2010 standards, was uncomfortable (“I’m soiled!”, “Let me die!”).
In D4 the protagonist monologues his wife’s murder where she was murdered during the opening credits (“Someone killed my wife”, “Director: SWERY”). Her death is the overarching plot.
The Missing’s title card pops the scene after J.J. is struck by lightning. J.J. appears to die, however is NOT murdered. But you dismember J.J. to progress across levels; she screams and later explains this is so painful she pisses herself. The story is related to violence in a metaphor spoiler way. Similarly, the other female character is depicted as hanging herself but it’s in the midst of an ~imagery~ very surreal moment. Harm is a game long process but here’s a compilation of some should-be-dead moments (cw: suicide! violence! massive endgame spoilers!)
The Good Life’s underlying plot sparks with the protagonist discovering a dead girl (“Fuck…”, directed by Swery). Her corpse is the story trailer’s stinger.
Is it a given because his games border horror? Lynch does it. Am I seeing faces in clouds? Since The Missing my feelings have been complicated and I really want someone else’s thoughts on this because I haven’t heard any.